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The man who lives in a sandcastle
 
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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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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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Image of New Zealand's Ardern projected onto Dubai skyscraper
 
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Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower was lit up with an image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday night, in tribute to her response to the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 50 worshippers. IMAGES.
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Artificial hearts
 
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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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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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Kenyan farmer delivers water for drought-hit elephants
 
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In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water-holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls. Herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra have concentrated near one water-hole where for six months pea farmer Patrick Mwalua has been delivering water to them in a blue truck.
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This place is the pits: China opens hotel in quarry
 
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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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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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Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro
 
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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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Malaysia wins the World Pastry Cup where
 
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Malaysia wins this year's World Pastry Cup held in Lyon, which included a challenge previously unthinkable in France's rich dessert history -- no animal products at all: it's got to be vegan to take the cake.
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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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New super-slim skyscrapers are changing New York's skyline
 
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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
 
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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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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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Chinese farmer finds new life in an orange submarine
 
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In the village where he was born, a Chinese chicken breeder emerged from a lake of green to tell of his life beneath the waves in a homemade orange submarine. Duration: 02:08
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France's Elysee Palace
 
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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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When the House becomes a home
 
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Life as a US Congressman isn't all perks. Some lawmakers are now sleeping in their offices in Washington, bunking down to save money -- and to set an example of cost-cutting as Congress debates the debt crisis.Duration: 02:00
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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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'Millennium' girl tells all, ahead of Cannes
 
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Noomi Rapace, the star of Sweden's smash hit "Millennium", is being propelled to international fame in her role as the post-punk anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander. In an interview with AFPTV, Rapace talks about her affinity with Salander, the making of the film and her own dreams prompted by the success of "Millenium", which screens at the Cannes film festival.
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Guns cheaper than smartphones in Pakistani tribal town
 
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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
 
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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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Obesity, a global epidemic
 
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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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Martial arts for the elderly: yes we cane!
 
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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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How vaccination works
 
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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
 
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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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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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Indian Sikhs seize onto culture in remote Argentina
 
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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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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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Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing
 
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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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Autistic artist draws Mexico City using photographic memory
 
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Autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire is drawing Mexico City from memory, after seeing it for 30 minutes from the air.
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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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Dogs ease Namibia's cheetah-farmer conflicts
 
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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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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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Rugby Union: The rules of the game
 
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The rules of Rugby Union explained.
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African Buddhists come together in Kenya
 
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More than 300 religious and spiritual leaders from around the world, Kenyan musicians, dancers and tribal elders gather for Africa's first Buddhist 'Fire and Water' ritual which is supposed to nurture spiritual awakening.Duration: 02:05
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Sleepy Uruguay village makes tourism comeback
 
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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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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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US company creates tsunami 'survival capsule'
 
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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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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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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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The future of education
 
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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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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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Underground nuclear tests
 
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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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The causes of flooding
 
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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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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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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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India bets on solar power for bright future
 
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India is giving its solar energy sector a major boost to try to satisfy growing electricity demands from its 1.2 billion strong population and tackle climate change. Duration: 02:16
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End of an era: Uruguay's five years with President Mujica
 
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President Jose "Pepe" Mujica, who will be stepping down in January, has shaken up Uruguay, taking often controversial steps to legalize abortion, gay marriage and recreational marijuana. Duration: 03:05
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Black women battling with AIDS in US south
 
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In the United States, AIDS is the leading cause of death among black women aged between 25 and 34. For HIV-positive women in South Carolina, the epidemic is personal, a daily struggle for survival. Duration: 01:58
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20 years after Berlin Wall fell, Nicosia remains divided
 
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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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