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'Children of the Aggressor': The Japanese War Babies Adopted by China

Now 73 and sitting in his Tokyo home, Yohachi Nakajima fights back tears when he thinks of his Chinese adopted mother and the farming village he once called home -- a boy lost inside imperial Japan's crumbling empire.

He was just three years old when Tokyo surrendered on August 15, 1945, ending World War II but also leaving about 1.5 million Japanese stranded in Manchukuo, Tokyo's puppet regime in northeastern China.

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The Walls Have Eyes: Kabul's Anti-Corruption Graffiti

Under a soldier's watchful gaze, a group of artists paint a blast wall outside Kabul's presidential palace with a huge pair of eyes in bright, almost psychedelic colors.

Alongside the eyes, a slogan reads: "Corruption cannot be hidden from God or from the people".

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Australian PM Stymies Gay Marriage Push, for now

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday his government would remain opposed to gay marriage during the current parliament, but suggested the issue could be put to a popular vote after the next election.

Despite growing public support for same-sex marriage, with a poll last year finding those in favor of equal rights had reached a record high of 72 percent, Australia has not yet legalized marriage equality.

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Staff Go on Indefinite Strike at London's National Gallery

Hundreds of staff at London's National Gallery on Tuesday began an indefinite strike, the latest in a series of walkouts to protest at the outsourcing of some services to the private sector.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union have staged 56 days of action since February after plans were revealed for privatising certain services, which the gallery said would allow it to "operate more flexibly and deliver an enhanced service".

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Long Taboo, Kurdish Culture Sees Renaissance in Syria

Driving through parts of northeastern Syria, Vian Khouzy points proudly to dozens of new road signs printed in Kurdish. "It's a dream come true," he says.

The 33-year old works as a taxi driver in areas controlled by the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern and northeastern Syria. 

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Ambitious Slovenia Titillates Wine World with Unique Harvests

From New York to Sao Paulo, epicureans have been revelling in a new generation of exciting wines from one of the least expected places -- Slovenia, a vintner's paradise in full renaissance.

The small nation has in fact a flourishing viticultural tradition stretching back some 2,400 years to the Celtic era, long before the Romans introduced winemaking to France and Germany.

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Ganesha Idols Adorn Indian Town before Hindu Festival

Recently married, Namrata Raut returned to her family home in rural western India to paint hundreds of Ganesha idols ahead of a major Hindu festival celebrating the elephant-headed deity.

Pen, in Maharashtra state, is renowned for its exquisitely designed and beautifully colored statues of the auspicious god, which are sold around the world providing the lifeblood of this small community. 

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Replica of General Lafayette's Ship Returns to France

A replica of the French frigate that transported General Lafayette to America in 1780 to rally U.S. rebels battling for independence was due back in France on Monday after a four-month Atlantic voyage.

The Hermione was due to land with its 80-strong crew at Brest in northwestern France, accompanied by a fleet of 25 traditional boats and a modern navy frigate.

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Derelict Albanian Military Island Opens up to Tourists

Former communist Albania's most secretive military base, the strategic Sazan island on the Adriatic Sea, has opened its derelict bunkers and tunnels, hoping to turn it into a top tourist draw.

Situated at the entrance of Vlora bay in southwestern Albania and at a strategic point on the Otranto canal that separates the Adriatic and Ionian seas, the tiny island of only a dozen square kilometers (4.5 square miles) was through centuries coveted by various armies: Roman, Ottoman, Greek, Italian and even German.

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London Gay Bars Wilt as Tolerance Blooms, Property Booms

Fresh out of jail and sporting tattoos on his neck and knuckles, 53-year-old Shaun Perkins sits in one of London's oldest gay pubs looking bewildered.

"When you're in prison, they put you in a cell and it's like time stands still," he said, dressed in a leather jacket and jeans.

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