Manila (AFP) - Many malls in the Philippines have small chapels inside, allowing families in this devoutly-Catholic country to combine their religious obligations with a trip to the supermarket, the medical clinic, the spa or even a mass wedding.
Zhangjiakou (China) (AFP) - China's proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country's "fur capital" is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins.
Bologna (Italy) (AFP) - Rare moving - and moving - images of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide will be shown in Bologna on Thursday as part of the 29th edition of the Cinema Ritrovato" (Rediscovered Cinema) festival. AFP has obtained exclusive extracts of the film.
Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - The Russian resort of Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, is hoping to attract one million visitors during the 2018 football World Cup finals, according to the city mayor.
Bamiyan (Afghanistan) (AFP) - 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
Mexico (MEXICO) (AFP) - Mexico City is giving away condoms and metro tickets to commuters willing to do 10 squats as part of a programme to promote exercise in a country where obesity is a rampant health issue.
Beijing (AFP) - North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China says in a rare press conference, ahead of a visit by a US envoy to Beijing.
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