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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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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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A 63-year-old engineer: Japan's 'Last Ninja'
 
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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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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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Russia's Putin arrives in Japan for G20 | AFP
 
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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Osaka for the G20 summit. IMAGES Abonnez-vous à la chaîne de l'AFP, et pensez à activer les notifications 🔔 http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCckz6n8QccTd6K_xdwKqa0A/?sub_confirmation=1
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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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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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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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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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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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Brits lead 'dream life' in EU's poorest country
 
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With its low living cost, the European Union's poorest country Bulgaria has become the bloc's best-kept secret for UK citizens wanting to retire or reinvent their existence, and they are now hoping the British government will strike a "Brexit" deal with the EU that protects their expat status.
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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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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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Traditional French feather-workers strut stuff on catwalk
 
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Haute-couture is back on show at Paris Fashion Week, with the Alexandre Vauthier collection making use of one French workshop dedicated to the traditional art of feather-working. Duration: 02:15.
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US World Bank nominee doubles as rapping spaceman
 
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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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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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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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'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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African tribe lost in India
 
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Deep in the jungles of Gujarat state in western India, a forgotten tribe of Africans has quietly lived for the past 1,000 years. Little is known about their origins and many now fear their unique heritage may already be lost.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Le Cinq restaurant in Paris gets third Michelin star
 
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France's Michelin guide, one of the hallmarks of fine dining, announced its 2016 ratings on Monday, rewarding the country's best chefs but stripping other establishments of their top ranking. Among the big winners this year were luxury hotels in the French capital, with chef Christian Le Squer bringing a third star to the George V.
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Exhibition marks JFK's Cape Cod connection in anniversary year
 
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As the US marks the 50th anniversary of president John F. Kennedy's assassination this year, a new exhibition in the beach town of Hyannis Port looks back at his last summer in the famed "Kennedy compound" there.Duration:01:55
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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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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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French couple produce snail caviar
 
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From snails to frogs' legs - the French are well known for having their particular culinary delicacies. But one enterprising couple is taking it all a step further - how does snail caviar sound to you? .
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Real tennis, ‘sport of kings’, survives the centuries
 
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Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Real tennis, a sport that was popular with a long line of French kings before it fell out of favour with Louis XIV, is now dominated by the US, UK and Australia. But a handful of French enthusiasts are fighting to bring the 'sport of kings' home. 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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Filipino 'warrior peacekeepers' raring to don the UN blue helmet
 
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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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Somalis return to their homeland to set up shop
 
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Ayan left Somalia in 1997 and worked as a designer in the UK, and like many others, she has returned to her homeland to set up a business. It isn't known how many Somalis have come back in recent months to set up businesses, but the International Organisation for Migration has been encouraging Somalis with skills to return. Duration: 02:22
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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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Archduchess von Habsburg back in her Polish palace
 
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After 60 years of exile in Switzerland, Archduchess Maria Krystyna von Habsburg is once again living in part of the Polish palace once occupied by her family which they were forced to flee during World War Two. Duration: 02:00
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Shattered dreams haunt life in Spanish ghost towns
 
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When Spain's economic bubble burst, the unsustainable construction frenzy which had widely contributed to financial downfall, came to a juddering halt. Whole towns were abandoned in mid build, apartment blocks lie empty. But some properties are now finding occupants once again. Duration: 02:00
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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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Laos eco-tourism hopes as visitor numbers boom
 
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Nam Ha National Park in northern Laos is at the forefront of efforts by the communist country to become a leading eco-tourism spot - an effort that seems to be paying off.Duration: 01:51
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Iceland's elves, a force to be reckoned with
 
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Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals here will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly to those who know how to see them. Construction sites have been moved so as not to disturb the elves, and fishermen have refused to put out to sea because of their warnings: here in Iceland, these creatures are a part of everyday life.
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Bangladesh otter fishing tradition faces extinction
 
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The rare tradition of using otters to catch fish in southern Bangladesh is dying out as fish populations fall and riverbeds dry up. Duration: 02:22
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Global drugs trafficking
 
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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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Griezmann takes part in Barcelona's first preseason training session | AFP
 
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French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann trains with FC Barcelona for the first time. Barcelona paid a release clause of 120 million euros to acquire the striker from Atletico Madrid. Sports daily AS said Atletico will go to FIFA, the governing body of world football, to argue that Barcelona owe more than the release clause deposited by a lawyer for the player on Friday. IMAGES Abonnez-vous à la chaîne de l'AFP, et pensez à activer les notifications 🔔 http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCckz6n8QccTd6K_xdwKqa0A/?sub_confirmation=1
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Hong Kong: home of world's cheapest Michelin restaurants
 
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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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Designer launches handbag company in Ethiopia
 
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An Ethiopian-born business graduate has left the US to return home, where she has launched a company making luxury leather handbags. Although the majority of bags are sold abroad, 26 year old Abai Schulze is pinning her hopes on Ethiopia's growing middle class.
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Dutch love their Argentine queen
 
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Maxima, the Argentine-born future queen of the Netherlands, has worked hard to win over Dutch hearts and is now immensely popular. Duration: 01:53
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Is Corsica's 'cat-fox' a previously unknown feline species? | AFP
 
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In the Asco forest in Corsica, two agents of the National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) show AFP what they think is a new feline species. Abonnez-vous à la chaîne de l'AFP, et pensez à activer les notifications http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCckz6n8QccTd6K_xdwKqa0A/?sub_confirmation=1
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Fish boom in Jalalabad
 
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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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Larry the cat staying put in Downing Street
 
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British Prime Minister David Cameron is leaving 10 Downing Street to make way for Theresa May, but one resident is staying put: Larry the cat. IMAGES
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