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November 28, 2016, 12:54 pm
It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.
Lopburi has been laying on an annual feast - part merit - making tradition and part unabashed tourist attraction - for its monkeys since the late 1980s.
November 26, 2016, 3:04 pm
Guerrilla revolutionary and communist idol, Fidel Castro was a holdout against history who turned tiny Cuba into a thorn in the paw of the mighty capitalist United States.
The former Cuban president, who died aged 90, said he would never retire from politics.
But emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 drove him to hand power to Raul Castro, who ended his brother's antagonistic approach to Washington, shocking the world in December 2014 in announcing a rapprochement with US President Barack Obama.
Kushagra Dixit/ IANS /
November 25, 2016, 12:40 pm
With Atlas Mountain on one side and the vast Sahara on the other, Ouarzazate -- also known as Morocco's Hollywood, where films like "Gladiator" and TV series "Game of Thrones" were shot -- has become, in a record time of three years, home to the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, holding many a lesson for India.
Akanki Sharma/ IANS /
November 22, 2016, 2:33 pm
A year ago, when 28-year-old Soma Chatterjee Maiti started using mobile messaging app WhatsApp, she did not know that one day the platform would economically empower her.
Living in the small town of Khorda in Bhubaneswar, Maiti is a school teacher and sells suits and sarees via her WhatsApp group during her spare time. She informed her friends about the idea and they helped her get more customers from across the country.
November 17, 2016, 1:45 pm
Mexico City: He is the most obese man alive. The world's most obese man. what brought him again to the headlines is that he has begun medical treatment in Mexico to lose weight.
Juan Pedro Franco, 32, weighing 500 kg, was transported by a specially-adapted van from his hometown of Aguascalientes in central Mexico, to a private clinic in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico.
Venkatachari Jagannathan /
November 15, 2016, 12:34 pm
Chennai: Talk of an aspirational or iconic motorbike in India and the 350cc Enfield Bullet (now Royal Enfield Bullet) chugs straight into our minds.
Today, in the midst of all the midget bikes choking city roads, there is an increasing population of Bullets majestically making their way to the rhythmic exhaust sound of thud, thud, thud, thud, much to the appreciative and longing looks of others.
Sarita Santoshini/ IANS /
November 12, 2016, 2:52 pm
Boinu was about 21 when she fell in love and decided to get married. It seemed a better option than living with indifferent relatives who gave her shelter after the death of her divorced parents-an alcoholic father and a sick mother.
A lanky girl with a solemn face and raspy voice, Boinu (she uses one name) lived on India's far, eastern edge, in the town of Churachandpur, where the plains meet the hills in one of India's most diverse and conflict-ridden states, Manipur.
Charu Bahri /
November 8, 2016, 12:59 pm
In 2008, Arti Chauhan (name changed to protect identity), mother of a 12-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year old girl, became aware that two pills -- mifepristone and misoprostol -- could induce an abortion, a procedure she considered when she got pregnant when her boy was just a year old.
Chauhan, 28, wife of a daily wager in Rajasthan's Sirohi district, did not want another child so soon.
October 24, 2016, 3:12 pm
Cairo: She weighs half a tonne, believe it or not. This Egyptian woman, tipping the scales at about 500 kg, is thought to be the fattest woman alive, media reports said on Sunday.
Only 36, Iman Ahmad Abdulati has not left her home in Alexandria for 25 years and is unable to move from her bed or even roll over because of her enormous size, the Daily Mail reported.
October 20, 2016, 4:05 pm
Manassas: From the outside, the single-engine Cessna Caravan that took off from a small airport in Manassas on Monday looked unremarkable. But inside the cockpit, in the right seat, a robot with spindly metal tubes and rods for arms and legs and a claw hand grasping the throttle, was doing the flying. In the left seat, a human pilot tapped commands to his mute colleague using an electronic tablet.