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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
Views: 1786337 AFP news agency
House of Khan: Pakistani waiter a Lannister doppelganger
 
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Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan had never heard of the Game of Thrones -- or its hugely popular character Tyrion Lannister -- until his striking resemblance to the dwarf anti-hero got heads turning at home.
Views: 1377066 AFP news agency
Angels in mega trucks: drivers join rescue in storm-hit Texas
 
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Zub Ferrell's passion is driving through the mud and muck of mega truck competitions. But this week he has embraced another mission: using his huge rig to save flood victims stranded after monster storm Harvey.
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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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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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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
Views: 58180 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 3129770 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 166238 AFP news agency
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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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
Views: 876268 AFP news agency
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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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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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.
Views: 336729 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 178937 AFP news agency
'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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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.
Views: 62422 AFP news agency
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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Hungarian 'Master' fires passion for horseback archery
 
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No one knows more about shooting arrows from a speeding horse than Lajos Kassai, the man called "The Master" by students and visitors alike at his school in a remote Hungarian valley. Duration: 02:39
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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
Views: 33298 AFP news agency
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
Views: 28546 AFP news agency
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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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
Views: 38785 AFP news agency
Lenny Kravitz says he has 'no regrets' but misses love
 
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Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Lenny Kravitz is busy. Just turned 51, he's still looking like the rock sex symbol he's always been. But, in an interview with AFP he admits there is one thing missing, something he sings about the most: Love. 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
Views: 54997 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 79997 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 64176 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 31209 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 571410 AFP news agency
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
Views: 12876 AFP news agency
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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In Baltimore, French swimmer Agnel in Phelps' footsteps
 
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A public pool in Baltimore is an unlikely venue for international swimming excellence. Formerly home to Michael Phelps, the Meadowbrook pool is now where top French swimmer Yannick Agnel is readying his bid for 2016 Olympic gold. Duration: 02:15
Views: 20769 AFP news agency
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
Views: 21623 AFP news agency
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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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
Views: 275045 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 63880 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 42469 AFP news agency
Largest ever thermal solar plant set to open in California
 
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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
Views: 23649 AFP news agency
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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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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Ferry disasters
 
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Twenty years ago 852 people lost their lives in the Baltic's worst peacetime disaster. The ferry Estonia sank in bad weather and heavy seas on the night of September 28, 1994, as it sailed from the Estonian capital Tallinn to Stockholm. The accident is just one of numerous recent ferry or cruise liner disasters.VIDEOGRAPHIC
Views: 17943 AFP news agency
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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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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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
Views: 47964 AFP news agency
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
Views: 6603 AFP news agency
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
Views: 40670 AFP news agency
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.
Views: 10522 AFP news agency
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
Views: 36426 AFP news agency
The little-known story of an East German enclave
 
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When the Berlin Wall went up 50 years ago, it trapped villagers in the tiny East German enclave of Klein Glienicke. Due to quirks of geography, the horseshoe-shaped community of 500 people was nearly surrounded by West Berlin while it officially remained part East Germany. Duration: 01:53
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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
Views: 32079 AFP news agency
Mountain life key to longevity for Kashmir's centenarians
 
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A group of centenarians living in a remote village in Kashmir are defying Pakistan's reputation as one of the worst countries in the world to live as an old person, putting their longevity down to their simple mountain lifestyle. Duration: 02:52
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