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Poland's homeless go underground to survive deep freeze
 
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As bone-chilling temperatures strike across Europe, the homeless of Poland's capital Warsaw have a solution to the sometimes deadly freeze. Thanks to a network of municipal heating ducts, they are able to stay warm underground.Duration: 02:04
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Driven to distraction: Pyongyang's 'traffic ladies'
 
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Snapping their heads from side to side, marching into the roads in close-fitting blue uniforms and black heels, the "traffic ladies" who marshal vehicles at the intersections of Pyongyang are an emblematic image of the North Korean capital.
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A 63-year-old engineer: Japan's 'Last Ninja'
 
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Subscribe to the AFP channel: http://bit.ly/subscribe-afp A 63-year-old former engineer doesn't sound like the typical image of a dark-clad assassin with deadly weapons who can scale walls and disappear into a cloud of smoke. But Jinichi Kawakami is reputedly Japan's last ninja and the only living guardian of Japan's secret spies. Duration: 02:10
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Solar power station in Spain works at night
 
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A unique thermosolar power station in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night. The Gemasolar station, up and running since last May, stands out in the plains of Andalusia. Duration: 1:51.
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In Antarctica, a town that thrives despite the shivers
 
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Antarctica is home to a few hardy souls who endure -40 degree Celsius winters. In Las Estrellas town, the snow and glacial wind doesn't keep its 64 inhabitants from having a bank, a school and occasional visitors. Duration: 02:09
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Angola: birthplace of Capoeira
 
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For most people, capoeira -- an art which mixes combat, dance and music -- is associated with Brazilian culture. But the origins of the discipline can actually be traced back to the west coast of Africa -- in particular, Angola.
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Migingo Island: a rocky marriage between Uganda and Kenya
 
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The densely populated island of Migingo, on Lake Victoria, is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes. There's little else but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port. Nevertheless for over a decade Migingo has been a source of tension between Uganda and Kenya, who have been unable to decide to whom it really belongs.
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Hong Kong police arrest masked man after protesters defy mask ban | AFP
 
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Hong Kong police officers -- many of whom had their faces covered and were not wearing identification numbers -- are seen handcuffing one man who was wearing a mask in the commercial district of Central, after masked pro-democracy protesters marched through the city in defiance of a ban on face coverings. Two others -- a young man and a woman -- were detained and questioned, but appeared to be released.
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US-Canada border tensions over the road
 
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On Canusa Avenue, houses on one side of the street are in the USA, but on the other side they are in Canada. Its a spot favored by illegal immigrants, and authorities are taking notice. The US is planning to build a wall on the street, and they've already installed a customs post. Duration: 01:50
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Brits lead 'dream life' in EU's poorest country
 
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With its low living cost, the European Union's poorest country Bulgaria has become the bloc's best-kept secret for UK citizens wanting to retire or reinvent their existence, and they are now hoping the British government will strike a "Brexit" deal with the EU that protects their expat status.
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Norway's Svalbard, a haven at world's end
 
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With its harsh and frozen landscape, the Svalbard archipelago, the last outpost before the North Pole, is a surprising haven for people from all walks of life, some as far away as Thailand and Iran. Although it officially belongs to Norway, Svalbard has a special status which means that anyone can go there without a visa. Duration: 02:21.
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Hardy Zimbabwean farmers take on Nigeria's challenges
 
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Farming in Nigeria is not for the fainthearted. Intermittent electricity means generators are needed half the time. Chronically potholed roads make transport slow and expensive. Fake fertiliser has previously devastated crops, while toxic feed ruined one dairy farm. But for a group of 13 hardy farmers from Zimbabwe, the opportunity was too good to pass up.
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The daily struggle of America's 'motel kids'
 
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Too poor to rent an apartment but with just enough money for a cheap motel, thousands of American families have become so-called "motel kids" since 2008's recession. Duration:02:25
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Kenya's pimped up matatus are the kings of the road
 
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In Nairobi, Kenya, 'pimped-up' buses known as 'matatus' are kings of the road -- attracting passengers with their graffiti and pop music.
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How earthquakes happen
 
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A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy, rattling the cities of Bologna, Ferrara, Verona and Mantua. Six people were killed, thousands were forced into temporary shelters and many historic buildings, including churches, were reduced to rubble.
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The little-known story of an East German enclave
 
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When the Berlin Wall went up 50 years ago, it trapped villagers in the tiny East German enclave of Klein Glienicke. Due to quirks of geography, the horseshoe-shaped community of 500 people was nearly surrounded by West Berlin while it officially remained part East Germany. Duration: 01:53
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Living underground in Australia
 
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In the remote Australian desert town of White Cliffs, residents escape from the sweltering summer heat by living underground in "dug-outs."
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Westerners choose a monk's life in Thailand
 
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Thailand is famous for its beach tourism but some western visitors choose to shave their heads, don a saffron robe and enter monkhood -- even if they don't all manage to do it for life. Duration: 01:54.
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Bamiyan's ancient cave dwellings shelter homeless Afghans
 
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Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe On the same sandstone cliffs that once sheltered the giant Buddhas blown up by the Taliban in 2001, hundreds of man-made caves have become makeshift homes for poor families who have nowhere else to go. Duration: 02:26 Follow AFP English on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFPnewsenglish Latest news on AFP English Twitter: https://twitter.com/AFP Share your top stories on Google+ http://bit.ly/AFP-Gplus
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Dutch retirement home breaks boundaries and age divide
 
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An innovative retirement home in The Netherlands has opened its doors to students who live on site and help elderly residents in return for free lodgings while they carry out their studies. Duration: 02:36
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A history of climate change negotiations
 
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The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro laid the foundations of ‘green diplomacy’. It resulted in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Every year since 1995, the Conference of Parties to the Convention – known as COP – brings together signatory states - to try to combat climate change by reducing emissions. VIDEOGRAPHIC
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US World Bank nominee doubles as rapping spaceman
 
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He's a man of many talents. US nominee to the World Bank Jim Yong Kim took a starring turn as a rapping spaceman in a student talent show during his tenure as Dartmouth College president. Duration: 01:32
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French couple produce snail caviar
 
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From snails to frogs' legs - the French are well known for having their particular culinary delicacies. But one enterprising couple is taking it all a step further - how does snail caviar sound to you? .
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Iceland's elves, a force to be reckoned with
 
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Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals here will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly to those who know how to see them. Construction sites have been moved so as not to disturb the elves, and fishermen have refused to put out to sea because of their warnings: here in Iceland, these creatures are a part of everyday life.
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'Ghosts' of the Khmer Rouge haunt Cambodia
 
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Many Cambodians believe the area around Tuol Sleng prison is still haunted by the ghosts of the estimated 12,000 people tortured there during the Khmer Rouge regime.
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Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals
 
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In a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar's last king, Princess Hteik Su Phaya Gyi, lives poor and unrecognised by her neighbours -- a far cry from the power and riches of her ancestors. Duration: 02:28
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Treasures from England's Mary Rose ship resurface
 
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The relics from the Mary Rose, the flagship of England's navy when it sank in 1545 as a heartbroken king Henry VIII watched from the shore, have finally been reunited with the famous wreck in a new museum offering a view of life in Tudor times. Duration: 02:35
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Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: the coronation of a lifetime
 
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Over 100,000 people gathered in the Nigerian kingdom of Benin last Thursday to crown their new king or 'Oba', Ewuare II. Nigeria is deeply divided between a Muslim north and a Christian south but those divisions were put aside, with the four major traditional rulers -- the Oba of Benin, Emir of Kano, Sultan of Sokoto and Ooni of Ife -- standing above the political fray.
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Dutch love their Argentine queen
 
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Maxima, the Argentine-born future queen of the Netherlands, has worked hard to win over Dutch hearts and is now immensely popular. Duration: 01:53
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Global drugs trafficking
 
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An estimated 230 million people around the world are drug-users. Of those, some 27 million are considered to be dependent or drug addicts, making trafficking the most lucrative trade for organized crime networks. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction publishes its annual report on November 15, 2012.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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In hard times, poor Americans struggle to feed their families
 
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It's known as the land of jumbo-sized portions and massive waist lines. But at some point over the last year, one in six people in the United States -- about 46 million -- didn't have enough money to put meals on the table. Food insecurity is at its highest level in the United States since 1995, and local officials report significant increases in the number of families seeking help. Duration: 02:05.
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Hong Kong struggles to combat waste crisis
 
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Hong Kong generates 13,000 tonnes of rubbish each day - the equivalent of six Olympic swimming pools. But in a few years' time all the landfill sites will be full so new solutions must be found. Duration: 02:18
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Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high
 
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As Thailand became the first in Southeast Asia to legalise marijuana for medical use last year, many Thais are drawn to a northeastern town for its debut weed festival as excitement builds over a medical marijuana boom worth billions. The "Pan Buriram" (Buriram Strain) festival coincided with the annual "4/20" date celebrated by marijuana users globally.
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Mountain life key to longevity for Kashmir's centenarians
 
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A group of centenarians living in a remote village in Kashmir are defying Pakistan's reputation as one of the worst countries in the world to live as an old person, putting their longevity down to their simple mountain lifestyle. Duration: 02:52
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Bangladesh otter fishing tradition faces extinction
 
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The rare tradition of using otters to catch fish in southern Bangladesh is dying out as fish populations fall and riverbeds dry up. Duration: 02:22
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Archduchess von Habsburg back in her Polish palace
 
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After 60 years of exile in Switzerland, Archduchess Maria Krystyna von Habsburg is once again living in part of the Polish palace once occupied by her family which they were forced to flee during World War Two. Duration: 02:00
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Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen
 
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From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.
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Can the Bahamas rebuild after Dorian? | AFP
 
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After Hurricane Dorian left more than 7,000 people without a home in the Bahamas, some residents from the worst-hit Abaco Islands are staying behind to rebuild.
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Is Corsica's 'cat-fox' a previously unknown feline species? | AFP
 
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In the Asco forest in Corsica, two agents of the National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) show AFP what they think is a new feline species. Abonnez-vous à la chaîne de l'AFP, et pensez à activer les notifications http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCckz6n8QccTd6K_xdwKqa0A/?sub_confirmation=1
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Bhutan king and queen greet well-wishers
 
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Bhutan's 31-year-old king married a student 10 years his junior on Thursday in a colourful ceremony showcasing the rich Buddhist culture of one of the world's most remote and insular countries. Duration: 01:01
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Elderly Sufi in Cyprus preaches love to counter radicalism
 
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Nestled at the end of a street in the Cypriot village of Lefke is a house to which an elderly Sufi Muslim sage draws disciples with a message of love to counter the radical face of Islam. Duration: 02:50
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A little bit of France in the middle of Mexico
 
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting Mexico this week, and is giving a reception in honor of the French community there. One very distinct group of French expatriates, the Barcelonnettes, have been around since the 19th century and still have an important influence, especially on the Mexican economy.
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Historic Jewish community holds out on Tunisia island
 
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Jews and Muslims have lived together for hundreds of years on the Tunisian island of Djerba. But behind the seemingly calm coexistence, there is a history of pain. Duration: 02:10
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Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian tackles plastic scourge
 
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An entrepreneur from Bali, disgusted at the rubbish littering the famous holiday island Bali, is trying to tackle the problem with alternatives to conventional plastic.
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Kongthong, the Indian village where names are songs
 
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The 700 residents of Kongthong village in northeast India each have a name in the form of a song, a tradition villagers say dates back four centuries and seen as an expression of maternal love.
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In Uruguay, green school 'plants seeds' for planet
 
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A building made of tires and glass and plastic bottles, off the grid and non-polluting: a village in Uruguay is home to a fully sustainable school -- and a bold experiment in green citizenship.
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The life of a child soldier in Congo
 
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) will start hearing its first trial Monday -- that of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga on charges of using child soldiers. Child soldiers are still a vivid reality in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo. Portrait of one of them.
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Insect meat: food of the future
 
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Scorpions, beetles and worms may be delicacies in some parts of Asia and Africa but they're certainly not everyone's idea of a delicious meal. However, scientists increasingly believe insect meat is a healthy and cheap alternative to traditional livestock meat.Duration: 02:28
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Scientists pierce 'secret' of Stradivarius violin -- in part
 
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Stradivarius violins made by Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries are among the most famous musical instruments in the world. Experts have been trying to understand the reason for its exceptional sound quality for two centuries. As well as the wood and shape, many believed Stradivari's secret lay in a special varnish. After four years of study, scientists in Paris have finally identified the composition of the varnish but they admit that they're no closer to piercing the mystery surrounding the mythical violin. Duration: 02:17
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Maboneng: a hotspot for hipsters in downtown Johannesburg
 
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Thirty year-old entrepreneur Jonathan Liebmann has transformed a no-go area of Johannesburg into the city's most fashionable neighbourhood. The Maboneng Precinct boasts cafes and loft apartments where dilapidated warehouses stood. Duration: 02:19
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