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Bye Bye, Bei Bei: National Zoo panda leaves for China next month

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Washington's National Zoo will soon have an empty-nester exhibit on display when Bei Bei, the 4-year-old male offspring of the zoo's giant panda couple, sets out for China next month to help breed more of his species in his parents' homeland.

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Hundreds of dignitaries to attend as Japan's emperor declares enthronement

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Japanese Emperor Naruhito is set to proclaim his enthronement next week in a centuries-old ceremony attended by some 2,000 people, including heads of state and other dignitaries from more than 170 countries.

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One-wheeled juggling: Lagos children learn new skills at unicycle academy

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In a driveway of a suburban Lagos house, 14-year-old Kehinde Oguntokun juggles colorful circus clubs as he swings around on a unicycle.

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Hungarian village's last bell ringer toils on as youth flee to cities

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Ilona Petras' family has been in charge of ringing the bells of the 600-year-old Catholic church in the small village of Tereny in the northeast of Hungary for over a hundred years.

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Kimono runway show lights up Tokyo fashion week

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Rock met kimonos as Tokyo kicked off its fashion week with a dazzling runway show that put a modern twist on the traditional Japanese garment.

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Thailand unveils puppies with royal pedigree

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Thailand has unveiled eight puppies related to the pet dog of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the country observed the third anniversary of the monarch's death.

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Afghan museum restores Buddhist history, one broken piece at a time

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Restoring Afghanistan's Buddhist artifacts that were destroyed by the Taliban 18 years ago is like working on a 1,500-year-old jigsaw puzzle, say conservators working on the latest restoration project.

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Egypt discovers archaeological industrial zone in Luxor's 'Valley of the Monkeys'

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Egypt on Thursday unveiled two archaeological discoveries in Luxor including an industrial zone at the southern city's West Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monkeys.

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Supertyphoon Hagibis gives new wind to Philippine disco band

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For a four-decade-old Philippine disco band, the namesake supertyphoon bearing down on Japan has brought a sudden rush of interest in its macho act.

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Hong Kong protesters gear up at 'National Calamity Hardware Store'

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While months of anti-government protests have taken a toll on Hong Kong businesses, from luxury retailers to hotels and restaurants, Keita Lee's pop-up stall is thriving.

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Austria's Handke and Poland's Tokarczuk win Nobel literature prizes

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Austrian writer Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk was named as the 2018 winner after a sexual assault scandal led to last year's award being postponed.

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Climate change endangers Scotland's archaeological treasures

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Ancient British structures older than the pyramids are being threatened by climate change, experts have warned, as rising sea levels, heavier rainfall and severe weather events endanger Scotland's archaeological treasures.  

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Nobel prize winner Tokarczuk calls for democracy revival in Poland

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, who on Thursday was named the 2018 winner of the Nobel literature prize, said that Poland's general election on Sunday presents a chance for improving democracy in the country.

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Yours for $1 billion only: the glamor of the London Ritz

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The owners of London's Ritz hotel, a haven for royals, statesmen and movie stars, have hinted that they would be open to selling the luxury establishment for $1 billion, a source close to them said on Thursday.

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Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking tourists

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It's the kind of shot every Instagram connoisseur yearns for: century-old railway tracks cutting through dusty backstreets, flanked by tourists drinking beer or iced tea mere inches from the slow-moving trains.

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Alaska's Fat Bear contest crowns Holly `Queen of Corpulence'

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A rotund and furry grandma bear has been crowned the fattest of them all.

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High-tech jacket allows deaf people to feel the music

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Twin sisters Hermon and Heroda Berhane love dancing but can't hear the music because they're both deaf, so the invention of a jacket with sensors that enables them to feel the different sounds has transformed their nights out in London clubs.

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Underground necropolis to ease Jerusalem's grave shortage

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A massive, new underground necropolis is being built in Jerusalem to help overcome a looming shortage of gravesites for Jewish people in the holy city.

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Mona Lisa's smile a touch clearer through Louvre's new protective glass

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Visitors to the Louvre in Paris should have a clearer view of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" after the museum installed a new, more transparent form of bullet-proof glass to protect the world's most famous painting.

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Russian village's last teacher stays on for her one remaining pupil

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Uminur Kuchukova, 61, could have retired years ago, but she continues to teach at this dying Russian village's once bustling school for the sake of its last pupil, a 9-year-old boy. When she leaves next year, the school will close.

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