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Poland's homeless go underground to survive deep freeze
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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'Obama out': president gets in final laughs with US media
President Barack Obama cracks jokes and pokes fun at rivals Saturday in his last appearance as US leader at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, ending his performance with a mic drop and the words "Obama out."
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The man who lives in a sandcastle
Life's a beach for Marcio Matolias, a sandcastle sculptor in Rio de Janeiro who has lived 22 years inside one of his creations a few steps from the ocean. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
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This place is the pits: China opens hotel in quarry
A hotel development sunk into a disused quarry in China has overcome tough engineering challenges to open its doors and welcome its well-heeled clientele.
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Artificial hearts
Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Artificial hearts operate like a natural human heart. They are made of soft "biomaterials" intended to lessen the risk of blood clots or rejection by the immune system and are powered by a belt of lithium batteries.VIDEOGRAPHIC 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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Residents of Hydra remember Leonard Cohen
Among the legions of fans mourning the death of Leonard Cohen are the residents of Hydra, the small Greek island which held a special place in the heart of the iconic musician and poet.
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Driven to distraction: Pyongyang's 'traffic ladies'
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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Prince Hisahito, 6: the future of Japan's monarchy
As an expectant Britain gets royal baby fever and readies to welcome a future monarch -- male or female -- the young boy who carries the destiny of Japan's ancient imperial family lives a life much less examined. Duration: 02:32
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A 63-year-old engineer: Japan's 'Last Ninja'
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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Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro
It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, are up for sale for just one euro, helping to breathe new life into the area, Gangi, Italy on August 19, 2014. Duration: 02:16
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In hard times, poor Americans struggle to feed their families
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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US-Canada border tensions over the road
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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Angola: birthplace of Capoeira
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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New super-slim skyscrapers are changing New York's skyline
A new generation of super-slender residential skyscrapers for the super-rich is changing New York’s iconic skyline, and sparking debate in a city where the price of housing is a hot topic. By William Edwards. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe 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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US daredevil completes Grand Canyon tightrope walk
US daredevil Nik Wallenda becomes the first man to cross a Grand Canyon-area gorge on a tightrope, completing his latest record-breaking feat in under 23 minutes. Duration: 01:18
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France's Elysee Palace
Home to the president of the French Republic, the Elysee Palace comprises more than 350 rooms over 15,000 square metres, from the famous Cour d’Honneur in the north end and 2 hectares of garden in the south. It is a powerful symbol of the republic, but that wasn’t always its destiny. VIDEOGRAPHIC
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US company creates tsunami 'survival capsule'
Almost 20,000 people were killed when an earthquake triggered a tsunami that engulfed the northeast coast of Japan in 2011. Engineers in the US believe they have refined a way to protect lives during such events: survival capsules. Duration: 02:06
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Indian Sikhs seize onto culture in remote Argentina
Sikhs worldwide are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their holy book -- not only in their native India, but also in Britain and North America, to where many emigrated over the past 150 years. One of the forgotten destinations is South America, specifically Argentina, where a tiny Indian Sikh community is fighting to hold on to its customs and culture.
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In Antarctica, a town that thrives despite the shivers
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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Martial arts for the elderly: yes we cane!
Elderly Americans are learning to defend themselves. Luckily for them, a certain martial art makes a weapon out of something that they usually have at hand - a walking stick. The benefits of cane-fu for the elderly are two fold, combining self-defense and exercize.
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Dogs ease Namibia's cheetah-farmer conflicts
Bred by cheetah conservationists to stop farmers from killing the big cats, Anatolian shepherd dogs are transforming farming techniques in Namibia by reducing conflicts between carnivores and humans. Duration: 01:53
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Guns cheaper than smartphones in Pakistani tribal town
Gunfire echoes through a dusty northwest tribal town, the soundtrack to Pakistan's biggest arms black market, where Kalashnikovs welded from scrap metal are cheaper than smartphones and sold on an industrial scale.
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Norway's Svalbard, a haven at world's end
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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Autistic artist draws Mexico City using photographic memory
Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire is drawing Mexico City from memory, after seeing it for 30 minutes from the air.
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How vaccination works
Vaccines work by exploiting the immune system’s memory. Vaccination simulates an infection, training the immune system and enabling it to develop weapons to fight back. Videographic explaining how the body fights infection and how vaccination works.
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Chilean architecture stands test of earthquakes
There is no such thing as zero risk in an earthquake, but Chilean architects have become masters at getting as close as possible thanks to anti-quake measures like base isolation and energy dissipation.
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US World Bank nominee doubles as rapping spaceman
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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Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing
Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes -- and at a cost of less than $4,000 could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing. Duration: 02:26
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Underground nuclear tests
North Korea said Tuesday it would restart a nuclear reactor to feed its atomic weapons programme, in its clearest rebuff yet to UN sanctions at the heart of soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula. Videographic explaining how underground nuclear tests are carried out.VIDEOGRAPIC
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Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen
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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Sleepy Uruguay village makes tourism comeback
A sleepy village in Uruguay of some 200 inhabitants has transformed itself into a chic tourist destination over the past few years. Visitors are flocking to Garzon -- located about 180 kilometres northeast of the capital Montevideo -- for its peace and tranquility as well as its good food.Duration: 02:16
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The causes of flooding
Several people have died as torrential rains lashed central Europe on Sunday, forcing hundreds to leave their homes after floods and landslides. Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic sent in army units to help with rescue efforts after rains reached record levels in some areas.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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The future of education
Videogames, digital pens, holograms and tactile learning platforms could all become the norm as education looks set to change dramatically over the next 30 years. With technology dominating in and outside the classroom, interconnectivity is likely to play a key role in helping students adapt to the changing world around them.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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Rugby Union: The rules of the game
The rules of Rugby Union explained.
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Pakistan workers fire 'Brazuca' ball to Brazil World Cup
The official balls for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are shooting off a production line in a Pakistani factory. Duration: 02:31
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How earthquakes happen
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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Dutch retirement home breaks boundaries and age divide
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
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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Hong Kong: home of world's cheapest Michelin restaurants
After queuing on the street, diners are sat next to strangers in the cramped Hong Kong restaurant before rinsing their own cutlery. Welcome to the world's cheapest Michelin-starred experience. Duration: 01:54
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Largest ever thermal solar plant set to open in California
The largest solar thermal plant in the world, a Google-backed project in the California desert, is set to go online at the end of the year. Duration: 02:09
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French language across the world
The international grouping of French-speaking nations opens its 14th summit in Kinshasa on Friday. The decision to unite leaders from the 75 participating countries in the Democratic Republic of Congo has raised eyebrows given the nation's poor democratic credentials and human rights record. A videographic on the use of French language across the world.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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Obesity, a global epidemic
Obesity is now a global epidemic, affecting even developing nations. In 2010, 1.5 billion people were classed as obese, with the largest developed nations having the most obese people, notably the United States, where 34 percent of the population are affected.
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Orangutan mother of twins returns to Indonesian jungle
A once-blind female orangutan is released back into the Indonesian jungle but looking after both her young twins just proves too difficult. Duration: 02:18
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Filipino 'warrior peacekeepers' raring to don the UN blue helmet
The Philippines is a long-standing contributor to United Nations' peacekeeping missions around the world. At a training base three hours’ drive from Manila, soldiers are raring to don the UN's blue helmets and head overseas. Duration: 01:44
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20 years after Berlin Wall fell, Nicosia remains divided
The Green Line cuts the Cypriot capital of Nicosia in two. UN troops oversee security on the border dividing the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot republic in the south from the Turkish-backed statelet to the north. Since a UN-backed reunification plan was scrapped in 2004, the island has remained in a state of limbo, with no plans to see the city unified again.Duration: 02:20
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Fish boom in Jalalabad
For years chicken, mutton or lamb has been the dish of choice for Afghans, yet in Jalalabad fish is becoming ever more popular, encouraging some to start their own fish farming businesses. Duration: 02:37
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Global drugs trafficking
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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Saudi eases access to long-hidden ancient ruins
Dating back to the second century BC, the Nabataean archaeological site, also known as Madain Saleh, has long been hidden from foreign visitors in this ultra-conservative kingdom that rarely opens up to tourists. In recent years, however, Saudis have increasingly ventured to these sites and the authorities are more tolerant of their curiosity. Duration: 01:49
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Treasures from England's Mary Rose ship resurface
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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Beaufort scale
Nearly 70,000 homes were left without electricity Thursday as a cyclone lashed the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion. Winds of up to 180 kph and torrential rain caused extensive damage to the electricity network after cyclone Dumile passed within 90 kilometres of the island's west coast Videographic explaining the Beaufort scale, which classifies wind in 13 categories linked to speed, sea conditions and the visible impact on land.VIDEOGRAPHIC
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