Isn't it cute? Chilean farm exports tarantula pets As pets go, they are low maintenance. No muss, no fuss, nice and quiet, and even a bit furry. So, how about snuggling up with a giant, non-biting tarantula?
Swiss democracy in its purest form in Appenzell Steffan Millius grips his sword and makes his way through the throngs of people crowding into Appenzell's central square to take part in Switzerland's famous direct democracy in perhaps its purest form.
Hong Kong struggles to overcome mountains of waste An army of road sweepers and refuse collectors keep the streets clean in the heart of Hong Kong -- but on the outskirts, growing mountains of waste are testament to what campaigners say is an environmental crisis.
Bullets to babies, Somalia's war surgeons learn skills of peace Not yet named but much loved by watchful parents, a newly born baby boy is a small symbol of change: a birth, not a death for Somalia's key war hospital.
In Spain's Canaries, cannabis club thrives discreetly In the garden of the cannabis smoking club in the town of Mogan on Spain's Canary Islands, lush green marijuana leaves with serrated edges bask in the sun before being harvested, dried and processed to be consumed on site.
High hopes for Japan's wine in the old world A thousand years ago, a vine that had travelled from the Caspian Sea coast along Asia's Silk Road arrived in Japan, where its fruit was heralded as having unique medicinal purposes.
Tourists fight the flab at Thai boxing camps In a sweltering training camp on a tropical Thai island, sweaty tourists wearing oversized gloves and baggy shorts slam their fists, knees, elbows and feet into a row of heavy bags.
Chavez: Leftist firebrand who divided nation, vexed 'US' Former paratrooper Hugo Chavez led a self-styled revolution that redistributed Venezuela's oil wealth, earning the devotion of the long-neglected poor while provoking foes at home and abroad.
Frogs leap from Indonesian swamps to tabletops in France The Indonesian frog vendor closes her eyes, asks Allah for his blessing, and with one swift strike of a cleaver beheads the trembling creature.
The children who work in India's rat-hole coal mines Thirteen-year-old Sanjay Chhetri has a recurring fear: that one day, the dark, dank mine where he works will cave in and bury him alive.
Right move: Chess gives Ugandan slum children hope Sitting in a dimly lit room in the run-down Kampala suburb of Katwe, Phiona Mutesi stares fixedly at the chessboard in front of her as she ponders the next move in her improbable journey.
In El Salvador, from busting heads to breaking bread After a life of crime in one of Central America's most fearsome gangs, a group of Salvadoran street toughs, some tattooed from head to toe, have now found a way out: making bread.
Britain's 'Secret Cinema' smashes through the screen Under the menacing eye of guards, the cinema-goers sit in silence as their 1950s bus rumbles through London. Suddenly, a prison looms out of the darkness.
Paris's favourite Dame turns 850 Quasimodo only had eyes for Esmerelda but the famous hunchback's fellow Parisians have always had another special lady in their lives.
Bedouins brave elements to attend bamboo school It takes a certain kind of dedication to be a pupil at the Jahalin primary school, where children often walk for hours across tough desert terrain just to get there.
Young UK feminists armed with tweets and jokes A new wave of feminism has taken hold in Britain this year: young, irreverent, and fuelled by social media.
Morocco's 'liquid gold' enriches Berber women In the heart of Essaouira's medina, Khadija, 21, runs a small shop selling bottles of the golden liquid on behalf of five women producer groups, one of many argan oil outlets in the historic port city targeting the tourist trade.
Fly-by art? Gagosian opens Paris airport gallery In a globalised art market, what better place for a gallery than an airport? Thus reasoned US art mogul Larry Gagosian, who this week opens a cavernous new art space right inside Paris's main private air hub.
Taiwan showgirls strip for the dead Dressed in mini skirts barely covering their hips, the two girls took to the neon-lit stage and moved vigorously to the loud, pumping pop music. Their job: to appease the wandering spirits.
India's perfume capital threatened by scent of modernity In the remote town of Kannauj, the perfume capital of India, traditional workers are struggling to keep their craft alive in the face of fierce competition from modern fragrance makers.

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