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Saint Laurent mixes tweed with fetish-style catsuits for Paris show

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Luxury fashion house Saint Laurent juxtaposed staid tweed jackets with fetish-style catsuits when it showed its winter collection at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.

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Kizomba - Angola's answer to Salsa - gaining global following

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It's a warm humid afternoon in Luanda Bay - an urban waterfront on Angola's Atlantic shore. Pairs of dancers in close embrace sway their hips from left to right and shuffle their feet to the sensual beats of Kizomba music.

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Dior plays with 1970s influences at Paris Fashion Week

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Christian Dior turned back the clock for its latest runway show in Paris on Tuesday, as designer Maria Grazia Chiuri dipped into her childhood and teenage memories in Italy with 1970s-inspired looks.

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Old wine in new cans? South African startup sniffs new export opportunity

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A South African startup is hoping to cash in on a growing global taste for canned wines as a lighter, more convenient alternative to bottles.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro gets the Rio samba parade treatment

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Brazil's top samba "schools" have peppered the country's annual carnival celebrations with a sizzling fusion of music, dance and costumes, and plenty of jabs at far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Huge sandstorm closes airspace around Spain's Canary Islands

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All incoming flights to Spain's Canary Islands were diverted on Sunday, airport operator AENA said, after a sandstorm from the Sahara hit the archipelago, coating the islands with orange dust and limiting visibility.

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Scottish parliament approves free sanitary products for all women

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The Scottish parliament approved plans on Tuesday to make sanitary products freely available to all women, the first nation in the world to do so.

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Coronavirus travel: national advice not all of a piece

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Should travelers avoid parts of the world near coronavirus hotspots? Or go - but then tread carefully? The official advice they receive may depend on whether they live in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Madrid or Lagos.

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Disney to serve Impossible Foods burgers at parks, resorts

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Walt Disney Co's theme parks, resorts and cruise line will serve Impossible Foods' plant-based meat burgers, the companies said on Tuesday, a new win for the vegan patty maker that is broadening its reach across fast-food chains.

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Italy probes "insane" prices for coronavirus masks, sanitizers

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Italian authorities have begun an investigation into rocketing online prices for hygienic masks and sanitizing gels following the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy, two senior magistrates said on Tuesday.

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'History disappears' as dam waters flood ancient Turkish town

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Every day hundreds of people gather on the banks of the Tigris river in southeast Turkey to watch a 12,000-year-old town disappearing before their eyes.

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Berlin documentary explores value of work in Germany's struggling car industry

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Disruptions in Germany's car industry are eroding job security and national identity, with the most vulnerable drawing more self-respect from work than the wealthy, the director of a documentary screening at this year's Berlin Film Festival said.

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Nepal's Sherpa climbers to make rare winter ascent of Everest

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Four veteran Sherpa climbers left on Monday for Mount Everest on a mission to climb the world’s highest mountain in five days from the Nepali side, aiming to set a record for its shortest winter ascent in nearly three decades, hiking officials said.

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Despite horror stories, California cruise passengers won't let coronavirus spoil their fun

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With a white captain's hat perched on his head, Calvin Ballard seemed relaxed as he waited to depart on his first-ever cruise to Mexico, unfazed by the possibility of being trapped on a ship under siege by an outbreak of coronavirus.

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Belgian carnival defies calls to cancel parade with Jewish caricatures

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A satirical Belgian carnival parade decried by Israel's foreign minister as "hateful" went ahead on Sunday despite being withdrawn from the United Nation's list of recognized cultural events over accusations of racism and anti-Semitism.

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Brazil's Carnival kicks off with political divisions front and center

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Brazil's famed Carnival kicked off in earnest on Saturday, as millions of scantily-clad revelers poured into the streets, many of whom took the opportunity to parody or otherwise comment on the nation's deeply polarized politics.

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Movie magic: Spanish La Vista potato chip sales boom on Korean film cameo

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Cesar Bonilla is still baffled by a surge in demand for the canned potato chips made by his company in northwestern Spain after they appeared in award-winning Korean film "Parasite".

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George Washington sought honest British workers over 'slovenly' Americans

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George Washington, the first president of the United States, praised the honesty of British farmers and sought to entice some to his estates because local tenants were so "slovenly", according to a handwritten letter he wrote in 1796.

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Back to blue: UK passports revert to old color from next month

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Britain will start re-introducing traditional blue passports next month, the interior ministry said on Saturday, replacing the burgundy European Union documents that have been in use since 1988.

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Branson says new Virgin cruise line will overcome coronavirus fears

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British entrepreneur Richard Branson heralded his first cruise ship "Scarlet Lady" on Friday as targeting a younger generation of holidaymakers with a range of attractions that he believes will outweigh any fears around coronavirus.

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