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Yemen's ancient art of brickmaking endures war

SANAA Traditional mud brick tower houses have always been a source of pride to Yemenis, and over a year into a devastating civil war, they are also providing some much-needed jobs in the ancient capital Sanaa.

Belgian scientists make novel water-from-urine machine

BRUSSELS A team of scientists at a Belgian university say they have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer using solar energy, a technique which could be applied in rural areas and developing countries.

Security concerns fail to quell cheers at German Wagner fest

BAYREUTH, Germany - Security concerns after killings in Germany, coupled with Islamic elements in a new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal", created a nervous opening for the annual festival dedicated to the composer in Bayreuth on Monday.

Japanese fantasy world fever grips young Cubans

HAVANA Cuba may be one of the world's least connected countries but that is not stopping the Japanese subculture of animated movies, manga comics and video games from spreading feverishly among its youth.

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