Blacksmiths keep flame of China’s molten steel 'fireworks' alive

Blacksmiths keep flame of China’s molten steel 'fireworks' alive

Blacksmith Wang De flings a ladle of molten steel against a cold brick wall, sparking a spectacle of white-hot light in the night sky and keeping alive the flame of a centuries-old Lunar New Year tradition.
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Nancy Pelosi meets with EU foreign policy chief Mogherini

Nancy Pelosi meets with EU foreign policy chief Mogherini

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi meets with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU'sh eadquarters in Brussels.
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Sri Lanka holds annual Buddhist Navam procession

Sri Lanka holds annual Buddhist Navam procession

Elephants, mostly from Kandy, gather in the Sri Lankan capital to participate in the city's biggest two-day annual Buddhist Navam procession scheduled for February 18-19.
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Macron hosts Georgian counterpart Salome Zurabishvili for talks

Macron hosts Georgian counterpart Salome Zurabishvili for talks

Georgia's newly-elected President Salome Zurabishvili arrives at the Elysée Palace for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. The former French diplomat has said her election is a step forward for women and a move closer to Europe.
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'Sparkling Precious Piggy': Centrepiece at Taipei festival

'Sparkling Precious Piggy': Centrepiece at Taipei festival

A robotic and nerdy looking hog is the centrepiece of the 2019 Taipei Lantern Festival. The cultural tradition is celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month, falling on 19 February this year when it is also a full moon.
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After gender change, a bureaucratic brick wall in Japan

After gender change, a bureaucratic brick wall in Japan

Elin McCready, a transgender woman, has been married for 19 years, but registering her female identity and name has thrown her union into jeopardy because Japan doesn't recognise gay marriage.
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Young Russian 'walruses' seek health in ice swims

Young Russian 'walruses' seek health in ice swims

Ice swimming in Russia has long been associated with older, usually Speedo-clad men. But members of Moscow's "Walruses of the Capital" club are giving it a fashionable new image.
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Banksy-like pro-"yellow vests" stencils appear in Bordeaux

Banksy-like pro-"yellow vests" stencils appear in Bordeaux

Stencils resembling Banksy's work appear on Bordeaux streets, including the famous "Girl with Balloon", show a young girl wearing a yellow vest raising a bloody hand to the sky. It is yet unclear if the pieces were done by the artist Banksy himself.
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'Independent Group' MPs split from UK Labour party

'Independent Group' MPs split from UK Labour party

A group of seven Labour MPs announce they’re splitting from the party to create ‘The Independent Group’, criticising Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism in his party and his position on Brexit.
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US House of Representatives speaker meets with EU's Juncker

US House of Representatives speaker meets with EU's Juncker

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi meets with Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels ahead of talks with EU officials.
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Venezuela: aid storage points requested by opposition

Venezuela: aid storage points requested by opposition

Venezuela's Guaido calls for 'million volunteers' in aid standoff. Videographic on location of aid storage points requested by opposition.
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New Delhi protests after soldiers killed in Kashmir

New Delhi protests after soldiers killed in Kashmir

People protest in New Delhi after 41 soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir as hunt for militants behind the attack in the region disputed by India and Pakistan continues. Meanwhile in a Pakistan-controlled area o...
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Volunteers provide makeshift medical care in Caracas

Volunteers provide makeshift medical care in Caracas

Doctors, nurses, students, and other volunteers provide care under canopies for local residents in the Macarao neighborhood in Caracas, among other areas, as part of the offensive to demand the entry of humanitarian aid, headed by opposition leade...
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'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial starts in France

'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial starts in France

Two former French air force pilots go on trial in France, six years after they fled the Dominican Republic following a spectacular drugs bust on a private jet in the Caribbean nation. In what has become known as the "Air Cocaine" case, Pascal Faur...
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Seven MPs leave Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Seven MPs leave Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Seven MPs from Britain's opposition Labour Party announce they are breaking away and forming an independent group in protest at the party's support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism.
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India hosts first 'yoga on a pole' world championships

India hosts first 'yoga on a pole' world championships

Practitioners of Mallakhamb, often described as "yoga on a pole", gather for the first world championships of the ancient sport in Mumbai.
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Austria bids farewell to winter with traditional carnival

Austria bids farewell to winter with traditional carnival

People in Austria's Nassereith dress up in traditional costumes for a carnival to celebrate the end of the winter.
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Taiwan sky shines bright as lantern festival kicks off

Taiwan sky shines bright as lantern festival kicks off

Visitors flock to Pingxi Village in northern Taiwan for the island's annual lantern festival.
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Rubio says Venezuelan aid-blockade is "international crime"

Rubio says Venezuelan aid-blockade is "international crime"

US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio visits Venezuela-Colombia border, where blocked humanitarian aid is waiting to enter crisis-hit Venezuela.
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Istanbul vets make city's stray animals feel at home

Istanbul vets make city's stray animals feel at home

In Istanbul, stray cats and dogs are not chased from the streets, instead authorities keep them in good shape, feeding them and giving them veterinary care.
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US senator Rubio visits Colombia border with Venezuela

US senator Rubio visits Colombia border with Venezuela

United States Senator for Florida Marco Rubio visits Cucuta, Colombia, where blocked humanitarian aid is waiting to enter neighboring Venezuela.
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New 'yellow vest' protest on the Champs-Elysées

New 'yellow vest' protest on the Champs-Elysées

"We don't want to survive, we want to live," says a "yellow vest" demonstrator protesting near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Nearly 300 "yellow vest" protesters were gathered in the late morning in calm on the Champs-Elysées for a new day of mobil...
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24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine

24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine

Rescue workers retrieve 24 bodies and eight survivors from two flooded gold mines in Zimbabwe where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped.
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Saudi crown prince arrives in Islamabad

Saudi crown prince arrives in Islamabad

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman is greeted by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at the airport in Islamabad, as the powerful royal scion kicks off an Asia tour.
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Drug 'godfathers' surrender to Bangladesh police

Drug 'godfathers' surrender to Bangladesh police

Some 102 Bangladeshi meth dealers have surrendered to authorities at a pre-scheduled ceremony in a coastal town, as a Philippines-style anti-narcotics crackdown sows fear among kingpins. Bangladesh last year launched a "war" on drugs following a p...
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Girls sport their ancestors' hair for Lunar New year in China

Girls sport their ancestors' hair for Lunar New year in China

Girls with large headpieces made from the hair of their ancestors, wearing intricately patterned dresses, dance in isolated villages in southwest China to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
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Taiwan couples race piggyback for Lunar New Year glory

Taiwan couples race piggyback for Lunar New Year glory

More than two dozen couples take part in a piggyback contest in Taiwan as part of the Lunar New Year celebration in Taiwan.
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Building partially collapses at university in St Petersburg

Building partially collapses at university in St Petersburg

Rescuers arrive at the scene of a partial building collapse at a university in St Petersburg.
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US humanitarian aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

US humanitarian aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

Humanitarian aid from the United States designated for Venezuela arrives in neighboring Cucuta, Colombia. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for nationwide protests to support volunteers planning to travel to the border to bring i...
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Carnival of Venice kicks off on Cannaregio Canal

Carnival of Venice kicks off on Cannaregio Canal

The Carnival of Venice kicks off on the Cannaregio Canal, with floats and performers illuminating the night.
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Footballer Sala's body departs funeral in Argentina

Footballer Sala's body departs funeral in Argentina

Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's coffin departs after his funeral at the San Martin football club in his hometown of Progreso.
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Thousands don smurf costumes in Germany to attempt world record

Thousands don smurf costumes in Germany to attempt world record

Around 2,762 people dressed as smurfs gather in Lauchringen, Germany in an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the small blue creatures created by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo.
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Spain: Protest against the trial of Catalan independence leaders

Spain: Protest against the trial of Catalan independence leaders

Hundreds protest in Barcelona against the trial of Catalan independence leaders.
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Police fire tear gas on 'yellow vest' protesters in Paris

Police fire tear gas on 'yellow vest' protesters in Paris

Police fire tear gas on 'Yellow Vest' protesters gathered in Paris on the 14th consecutive week of the demonstrations.
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Mourners pay tribute to footballer Sala in Argentina

Mourners pay tribute to footballer Sala in Argentina

Mourners pay tribute to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala in his hometown of Progreso, Argentina, three weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.
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Top Colombian ballet dancer takes migration crisis to stage

Top Colombian ballet dancer takes migration crisis to stage

The "black prince" of the Royal Ballet, Colombia's Fernando Montaño, went from hardship to stardom, migrating from Colombia to Cuba and then to Europe. In his latest role in the opera Viaje Barroco, the dancer is interpreting an African migrant's ...
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Emiliano Sala's hometown prepares for his funeral

Emiliano Sala's hometown prepares for his funeral

The hometown of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash between Nantes and Cardiff, prepares for his funeral at the San Martin de Progreso club.
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Opposition volunteers gather in Caracas for rally about aid

Opposition volunteers gather in Caracas for rally about aid

Opposition supporters gather in Caracas for the inauguration of a volunteer movement that would help distribute blocked humanitarian aid, which opposition leader Juan Guaido has vowed will enter the country on 23 February.
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US investor appears in Moscow court over fraud charges

US investor appears in Moscow court over fraud charges

The US head of a major investment firm appears in a Moscow court after Russia opened a fraud investigation into him and several of his colleagues.
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Nigerians react to one week delay to elections

Nigerians react to one week delay to elections

Voters in Lagos, economic capital of Nigeria, react to the postponement of the presidential elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the one week delay just hours before polls were due to open.
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'Yellow Vest' protesters march towards Eiffel Tower

'Yellow Vest' protesters march towards Eiffel Tower

Several hundred "yellow vest" protesters march towards the Eiffel Tower on the 14th consecutive week of demonstrations as a poll now suggests that most of the country wants them to stop.
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US, Asian military forces hold annual 'Cobra Gold' exercise

US, Asian military forces hold annual 'Cobra Gold' exercise

The US and Thailand hold the annual joint 'Cobra Gold', the largest US-led military exercises in Asia involving gruelling drills in the Thai jungle, war games, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. This year's 11-day exercise is th...
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US man being fired kills five co-workers, wounds five police

US man being fired kills five co-workers, wounds five police

A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country's latest mass shooting.
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'Yellow Vest' protesters gather in Paris for 14th week

'Yellow Vest' protesters gather in Paris for 14th week

Several hundred "yellow vest" protesters gather in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the 14th consecutive week of demonstrations as a poll now suggests that most of the country wants them to stop.
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Nigerians arrive at polling stations to find them closed

Nigerians arrive at polling stations to find them closed

Nigerians are waking up to the news that the elections, which were due to happen today, have been postponed by a week. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the one week delay just hours before polls were due to open.
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Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Nigeria's electoral watchdog on Saturday postponed presidential and parliamentary elections for one week, just hours before polls were due to open.
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Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Nigeria's electoral watchdog on Saturday postponed presidential and parliamentary elections for one week, just hours before polls were due to open.
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'No regrets' for ballet bad boy as he premieres show in Moscow

'No regrets' for ballet bad boy as he premieres show in Moscow

In his Moscow dressing room, dancer Sergei Polunin pulls off his T-shirt to show the tattoo of President Vladimir Putin on his chest as the Ukrainian-born ballet star premieres his new show in the Russian capital. The 29-year-old, who has been acc...
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