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Mexico's «pachucos» keep zoot suits, defiance alive

Decked out in baggy suits, their watch chains swinging to the mambo as feathers bop atop their wide-brimmed hats, Mexico's «pachucos» are keeping alive the tradition of the zoot suit -- and the defiance it represents.

South Korea's fertility rate plunges to 7-year low

South Korea's fertility rate plunged to a seven-year low in 2016, official statistics showed Wednesday, with more women delaying marriage in the highly competitive, workaholic country.

Pet-friendly China acupuncturist gets tails wagging again

Looking like a furry brown pincushion, eight-month-old French bulldog "Dan Jiao" whimpers nervously as he waits for the end of a Chinese acupuncture session aimed at curing partial paralysis caused by a puppyhood injury.

Blind visitors in Colombia try salsa, paragliding

Salsa and paragliding may not seem unusual to many visitors to the Colombian city of Cali. But exotic dances and extreme sports are brand new thrills to blind tourists from around the world.

Taiwan's tribal matchmaking festival

As night falls on a square in the village of Matai'an, young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient match-making ritual.

Los Angeles at war over gentrification

One morning, Los Angeles businesswoman Eva Chimento was about to open her art gallery in the city's Hispanic enclave of Boyle Heights when she found the door slightly open.

Luxury on the rails in train-mad Japan

Japan's latest super-deluxe train left the station Saturday with a select group of passengers who paid thousands of dollars for a leisurely trip harking back to an era of Art Deco opulence and a slower pace of life.

Paris «love locks» sale raises thousands for refugees

A charity auction selling off «love locks» from Paris bridges to raise money for refugees on Saturday brought in over $270,000, though the event was briefly interrupted by protests from far-right nationalists.

«Revenge porn» on «mass scale» in Australia

Researchers on Monday urged tougher laws to protect victims of «revenge porn» in Australia after a survey revealed abuses, including shooting and sharing intimate images without permission, on a «mass scale».

Trump win boosts Japan mask maker

The jury is still out on what Donald Trump's election victory means for close US ally Japan. But at least one local business has emerged a winner.

Three minutes to embrace on US-Mexico border

For 20 years, Laura Avila had yearned to hug her mother again. On Saturday, tears streaming down her face, the 35-year-old had her wish finally come true -- if only for three minutes.

After bloody year, Chicago looks to tougher gun laws

On a recent evening on Chicago's southwest side, an all-too-familiar scene unfolds: within sight of the Windy City's iconic downtown high-rises, dozens of police officers swarm. A 21-year-old man has been shot outside his home.


Haka record in New Zealand

Seven thousand students gathered in the sports field of Mastertoon Intermediate School to stage the typical dance Mahori, made famous worldwide by the All Blacks, the New Zealander rugby team. A dossier on the event was sent to the association that sets the Guinness Book of Records to record the record.


Zombies among the streets of the East Village in New York

Injuries gruesome and bloody clothes: the zombies have invaded the East Village of New York, creating a «Zombe walk», an initiative that spreads from town to town now involving more and more passionate about cinema, books and horror comics.

Thais get inked in tribute to beloved king

Wincing slightly as the tattoo gun punches holes in the nape of her neck, Ohm says getting inked in memory of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week, is the greatest tribute she can pay.

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