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Border jam puts Mongolia’s coal lifeline under threat

In Mongolia's Gobi desert, thousands of heavy-duty trucks laden with coal inch along a cluttered highway towards the Chinese border in a journey that can take more than a week.

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New Dehli covered in a haze of smog

India plans to spray water over its capital New Delhi to combat toxic smog that has triggered a pollution emergency.
Maybe combat it by being a lot stricter on what generates the smog in the first place?

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Life after death for the “Love Bug” in Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, cranky, 50-year-old Volkswagen Beetles enjoy a kind of life after death; their parts are never discarded but re-used to keep the city's remaining Beetles on the road.

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For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family

The introduction of Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuban public spaces two years ago has transformed the Communist-run island that had been mostly offline. At dusk, when the worst of the Caribbean heat has subsided, parks around Cuba fill with families video chatting with loved ones abroad or scrolling through social media, their animated faces lit by telephone and tablet screens.

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Testing Trump’s border wall

Eight prototypes for President Trump's border wall with Mexico are being built and tested in San Diego.

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Japan video makers explore virtual reality for adults

Japan is the world’s second biggest virtual reality market after the United States and the adult entertainment industry and gaming sector are turning to VR as a new way to distribute content. Once the adult entertainment industry gets a hold of something it usually goes mainstream soon after.

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The new British aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain has a new largest Navy vessel and it looks pretty impressive.
I cost a hell of a lot of money, carries a crew of thousands and 250 Marines.

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Carving out Michelangelo’s marble dream

In 1517, Michelangelo climbed Mount Altissimo in Tuscany and found the marble of his dreams.
It was, the Renaissance master wrote, "of compact grain, homogeneous, crystalline, reminiscent of sugar". He deemed it perhaps even more precious than that from nearby Carrara, where he had obtained marble for some of his most famous statues.

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Testing the USS Gerald R. Ford

The newly commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier carries out tests of the launch and landing systems in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Classic car rally in Austrian Alps

Gorgeous cars in a gorgeous setting. What's not to love?

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Islamic State’s weapons of war

Suicide vehicles and weapons made by Islamic State militants are displayed at Iraq Federal Police headquarters in Mosul.

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Nepal rebuilds its passenger railway

After years of neglect the revamp of Nepal's railway presents clear signs of renewal and the improvements to come. They've got a long way to go though.

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