• Diving deep blue

    Free diving, the art of plumbing the ocean’s great depths in one breath is fast becoming one of the “coolest” athletic arts around.

  • Lights out for Tokyo's modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura

    Tokyo's sixties-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turned off the lights Monday, more than a half century after it heralded Japan's post-war coming out party.

  • Life in in-between land

    Trapped in limbo, over 7,000 asylum seekers live in Bangkok and Thailand's other urban centres.

  • 'Cure' for Chernobyl children: sun, sea, clean air in Portugal

    Anya wasn't even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the disused plant.

  • Tolkien's first, 'undeniably darkest' prose to be published

    The first prose piece by "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien is to be published in Britain on Thursday, a version of an epic Finnish poem that experts describe as "undeniably his darkest work".

  • Taiwan boy accidentally damages $1.5 m Italian painting

    A 12-year-old boy accidentally punched a hole through a US$1.5 million centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped and fell into the piece during an exhibition in Taiwan.

  • Urban Chat: Sassy fashion beyond spirited soccer

    Whenever the word “Spain” pops up, things that typically come to Indonesian people’s minds are soccer, bullfighting and flamenco. Some devout Muslims may say something about the 700-year reign of Arabic rulers over Andalusia. The foodies might mention paella and sangria.

  • Ten of the world's most significant walls

    There are 65 border walls either planned or erected in the world, up from just 16 when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, according to University of Montreal expert Elisabeth Vallet.

  • Have dog, will travel

    Vacationing with one’s dog a growing trend is a growing trend in Japan.

  • Madrid electrical bicycle share system takes off

    They allow you to climb the steepest streets of Madrid without sweating, even on sultry summer days: more than 50,000 residents of the Spanish capital have signed up for a public electric bike share system.

  • Solving the condom conundrum

    Dhurba Rawal has been selling condoms in Kathmandu for the last three years. He has much to say about the art of condom selling.

  • Pete Docter: Turning a bewildering parenting experience into a heartfelt MOVIE

    Oscar-winning director Peter Hans “Pete” Docter was puzzled when his cheerful daughter suddenly became quiet when she turned 11. “What’s going on inside her head?” Docter asked himself.

  • Get well soon

    A rhino recovers in an enclosure after being treated by Dr. Johan Marais, an equine and wildlife surgeon, at the Pongola Game Reserve South Africa Friday. Veterinarians have treated the injured rhino, whose face was mutilated by poachers, by fitting it with a bandage made of elephant hide obtained from a taxidermist (AP/Johan Marais)

  • More than 170 Elvis artifacts to be auctioned at Graceland

    Want an Elvis Presley "Starburst" jumpsuit he wore during concerts in Las Vegas in 1973? Or how about a diamond and gold pendant the King of Rock 'n' Roll gave Sammy Davis Jr.?

  • Sushi showdown: Women challenge one of Japan's male bastions

    Some jobs in Japan, a nation known for its poor record on gender equality, have been off limits to women for ages. The sushi counter, for one.

  • Cup Noodle Museum

    Visitors look at a display of instant noodle packages from various countries at the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on Thursday. The museum has had some four million visitors since opening its doors in 2011. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)

  • Finding Teletubbies village in Yogyakarta

    The first time Sulasmono saw the British children’s television series Teletubbies was 14 years ago when toddlers in his village flocked to his living room to watch it at 10 a.m. on weekdays.

  • Unique ideas standing out in vending machine industry

    All-you-can-buy from vending machines in Japan.

  • 5 things to know about nuclear power in Japan

    Japan on Tuesday turned on the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant, 1,000km south-west of Tokyo, a move that brought nuclear power back to the country after it was nuclear-free for two years.

  • Flying kites

    A string of kites fly during sunrise as pedestrians walk on the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on Wednesday. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)