Virtual reality boom brings giant robots, cyberpunk castles to China (VIDEO)

GUIYANG, Nov 24 — Giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of lush mountain slopes on the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China’s poorest provinces. Welcome to...

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Hong Kong lights up for Lumieres festival

HONG KONG, Nov 24 — Glowing cartoon Inuits tumbled down Hong Kong’s post office building and a forest of illuminated bamboo rods lit up the city centre as part of a visit by France’s...

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Paris scraps Big Wheel attraction

PARIS, Nov 23 ― Paris councillors yesterday voted to axe the city’s prominent riverside Ferris wheel, the French capital’s version of the London Eye. Run by “fairground king” Marcel...

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St Helena tourism cleared for takeoff as airport opens

JAMESTOWN, Nov 22 — Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, St Helena, which lies isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now reachable by plane for the first time. The...

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Love hotel janitor turns tycoon with plans to sweep away sleaze

SEOUL, Nov 22 — Lee Su-jin used to work at a love hotel in South Korea, changing sheets and cleaning up after couples who had paid for a few hours of privacy. Sixteen years on, he’s using...

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