World Watch

Women take part in Japan’s 1,250-year-old ‘naked festival’ for first time

Women officially joined a so-called “naked festival” at a shrine in central Japan on Thursday for the first time in the event’s 1,250 year history, donning purple robes and chanting excitedly as they bore a large bamboo trunk as an offering.

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10 of world’s most unusual foods

While much of the fun of travelling revolves around new experiences, even the most adventurous explorers may draw the line at trying certain foods.

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World Watch: 5 Incredible UNESCO Sites You May Never Have Heard Of

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention stands as a highly effective global instrument aimed at safeguarding the planet’s most exceptional natural locations, distinguished by their remarkable natural beauty, exceptional biodiversity, and noteworthy ecosystem and geological attributes.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A legend of civil rights remembered

Today the United States of America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.

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Elvis train shakes, rattles and rolls to tribute festival in the Aussie outback

Hundreds of hip-shaking and wig-wearing Elvis Presley fans on Thursday began their annual pilgrimage to the Elvis Festival in the Australian outback, the world’s largest tribute to the iconic musician.

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From Kate Middleton to the Princess of Wales: 42 of our Favourite Photos

To celebrate the Princess of Wales’ 42nd birthday, we have chosen 42 of our favourite photos of the beloved royal. 

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World Watch: Argentina – the Land of Unloved Horses

Lorena Melantoni dedicates her weekends running a sanctuary for abused and abandoned horses, an issue in the South American nation known for its polo and stallion-riding gauchos.

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Gaza conflict: how children’s lives are affected on every level

Children living in Gaza have never known anything but overcrowding, shortages, conflict and danger.

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The Gaza Strip − why the history of the densely populated enclave is key to understanding the current conflict

The focus on conflict in the Middle East has again returned to the Gaza Strip, with Israel’s defence minister ordering a “complete siege” of the Palestinian enclave.

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10 Years Later Construction Restarts on the World’s Tallest Tower

The world’s tallest skyscraper, the Jeddah Tower (formerly known as the Kingdom Tower), has resumed construction in Saudi Arabia after a period of delays.

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Kristin Davis, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Praises Resilience of Ukrainian Refugees in Moldova

Actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Kristin Davis has expressed her deep admiration for the resilience and strength exhibited by Ukrainian refugees during her recent visit to Chisinau, Moldova.

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Rescue efforts continue in Morocco; How you can help support the Morocco Earthquake Appeal

A devastating earthquake in Morocco has left a tragic toll.

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What $1 buys you around the world

If you only had $1 in your pocket, what could you spend it on?

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In pictures: One year of war in Ukraine

A year ago, on 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion on Ukraine.

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World watch 2022: The most incredible images of the year

These amazing images celebrate beauty and diversity of the incredible world we all share, from ordinary people finding joy amid the hardships of war, to rare sightings of unique wildlife. 

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‘A central European miracle’: why the city of Lviv is so important for Ukraine

The city has long been both the place where people most strongly identify with Ukraine and a multicultural hub

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What are sanctions, do they ever work – and could they stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

A key feature of the international community’s response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has been the adoption of sanctions.

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Astronomers detect potential planet outside of the Milky Way

Signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy opens up a new window to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before.

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‘This is how we dress’: Afghan women overseas pose in colourful attire

Afghan youth rights activist Wazhma Sayle says she was shocked to see a photograph online, apparently of women dressed in black all-enveloping niqabs and gowns, staging a demonstration in support of the country’s new Taliban rulers at Kabul University.

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Brazil’s indigenous tribes could face “genocide” from COVID-19, say activists

A global coalition of artists, scientists, activists and celebrities has urged Brazil’s leaders to take action to save the indigenous population from a COVID-19 “genocide”. 

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Remains of world’s largest giant penguin identified in New Zealand

A chance find in North Canterbury last year has today led to a remarkable discovery: that a giant penguin almost […]

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Topless bathing given official OK as Barcelona frees the nipple

Going for a topless dip in Barcelona is nothing unusual, but Spanish authorities had to wade in after complaints that some pools were telling women to cover up.

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Miley Cyrus breaks silence after split with Liam Hemsworth

Head-scratcher: Miley Cyrus has broken her silence on her split from Liam Hemsworth, but her cryptic messages need decoding.

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7 breathtaking images of Europe’s winter wonderland

Much of Europe has experienced an icy winter, as snow-fall sees towns and cities turned to breathtaking winter wonderlands.  

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