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Rockin 'n' rollin on Mars: Rolling Stones have space rock named after them

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The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA's Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band.

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Tiny Nevada town near secretive Area 51 braces for alien hunters

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Connie West, co-owner of an alien-themed motel in the tiny U.S. desert outpost of Rachel, Nevada, believes they are coming no matter what. Not aliens, but alien hunters.

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Artists use street murals to change image of violent Caracas slum

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In the sprawling slum of Petare in the east of Venezuela's capital of Caracas, 31-year-old Fabian Solymar begins sketching a mural of abstract figures on a wall filled with Socialist Party political propaganda.

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No-frills Wills: British royals take commercial flight to see queen

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Britain's Prince William has taken a commercial no-frills flight to visit his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, winning plaudits and favorable comparisons to his brother Harry after the younger sibling was criticized for using private jets.

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London Zoo launches its trickiest annual task - the weigh-in

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Bullfrogs, pythons and penguins were among creatures being coaxed onto the scales at London Zoo this week for the annual check on their weight and size.

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From checkpoint to counterpoint: on tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra

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Most international musicians would baulk at the notion of a two-day journey to final rehearsals past military checkpoints on alert for weapons smugglers - but for 19-year-old viola player Ibrahim Masri it's an occupational hazard.

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An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in Ghana

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Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm.

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'People who love life and music' - dance parties return to Baghdad

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Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets, burst out of their semi-circles to break dance, their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glowsticks.

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Historic Budapest synagogue to reopen amid Jewish cultural revival

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Tamas Irsai was a teenager when he last sang in the choir in Budapest's Rumbach synagogue during World War Two, before most Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.

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Samoans ink painful bond with their motherland

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Oliver Fagalilo takes a labored breath and tenses his body before a sharp steel comb, dipped in ink, drives into his skin.

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Massive steel sculpture takes pride of place on Belgian highway

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A 60-metre tall semi-circle of steel cast to look from a distance like a towering but incomplete ring, is set to surprise drivers taking a scenic tour in the south of Belgium to France or Luxembourg.

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Statue of 'comfort women' pulled from Japan exhibit finds new home

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A Spanish businessman has bought a statue symbolizing women forced to work in Japanese military brothels which was removed from an exhibition in Japan after organizers received threats over the piece.

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How 'Woodstock' movie shaped festival's place in counterculture

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Michael Wadleigh never played a note and is not a household name, but he may be the person most responsible for securing Woodstock's place in history as the epitome of Sixties counterculture.

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Still feelin' groovy: Woodstock photo couple together after all these years

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Fifty years ago, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline were just another young couple camped out at the Woodstock festival.

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Fun or folly? Another English cathedral installs a fairground attraction

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When Bishop Herbert started building a new cathedral in the English city of Norwich in 1096, it was unlikely he ever envisaged it would play host to a 50-foot helter skelter.

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Khartoum's Equestrian Club struggles amid Sudan upheaval

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For decades the Equestrian and Racing Club has given upper-crust Sudanese the chance to learn horse riding and watch horse racing in a shady compound set apart from the surrounding urban bustle of the capital Khartoum.

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Rome bans sitting on Spanish Steps, puzzling hot, tired tourists

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You can walk up and down Rome's famed Spanish Steps all you want but don't try sitting down to take in the moment any more because police will shoo you away with a whistle and threaten you with a fine.

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Peace and love? Think AC, brands and working toilets 50 years on from Woodstock

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Three chaotic days of peace, music, mud and free love helped immortalize the 1969 Woodstock festival as the touchstone of Sixties counterculture.

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New footbridge restores crossing at birthplace of UK's legendary King Arthur

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A new narrow footbridge spanning a near 60-metre gorge will open this weekend, restoring a lost crossing to Tintagel castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, on the windswept coast of southwest England.

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Darth Vader balloon takes to the skies above England

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A huge Darth Vader mask balloon took to the skies over the western English port of Bristol on Thursday as the city's annual balloon festival began.

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