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Baltimore’s ‘arabbers’ keep horse-cart vending alive

Yusuf Abdullah, also known as B.J., one of Baltimore's horse-cart produce vendors known as arabbers, leads Tony and his cart through the streets of the east-coast industrial city, on October 24, 2013
Yusuf Abdullah, also known as B.J., one of Baltimore’s horse-cart produce vendors known as arabbers, leads Tony and his cart through the streets of the east-coast industrial city, on October 24, 2013
© AFP/File by Robert Macpherson

On a crisp cool autumn day in inner-city Baltimore, Yusuf “BJ” Abdullah guides his colorful horse-drawn produce cart into Orchard Street and Jerry “Lawlaw” Powell raises his voice to rustle up some customers.

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White truffles fetch three times the price of gold at auction

Truffles are displayed during the World Alba White Truffles Auction in Grinzane Cavour in northwestern Italy on November 10, 2013
Truffles are displayed during the World Alba White Truffles Auction in Grinzane Cavour in northwestern Italy on November 10, 2013
© AFP/File by Olivier Morin

Eleven white truffles have gone under the hammer in Italy for 274,200 euros ($367,620), including a pair bought by an anonymous buyer in China who paid out 90,000 euros, auctioneers said Monday.

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Disneyland Paris attracts a million fewer visitors

People visit the Disneyland park in Chessy, near Marne-La-Vallee, outside Paris on March 31, 2012
People visit the Disneyland park in Chessy, near Marne-La-Vallee, outside Paris on March 31, 2012
© AFP/File by Thomas Samson

Disneyland Paris attracted a million fewer visitors this year after a record 2012, its operator said Thursday, as the debt crisis in Europe hurt demand in the tourism sector.

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Black models slam racism in Brazil fashion in topless protest

FASHION-BRAZIL-SAO PAULO FASHION Models are seen in Sao Paulo's subway on the eve of the 2013 Winter Sao Paulo Fashion Week on October 27, 2013
Models are seen in Sao Paulo’s subway on the eve of the 2013 Winter Sao Paulo Fashion Week on October 27, 2013
© AFP/File by Nelson Almeida

Some 40 black models, most of them women, have staged a topless protest in Rio de Janeiro against the low presence of Afro-Brazilians on fashion catwalks.

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S.Korea put to the test for high-pressure exam

South Korean students prepare to take the College Scholastic Ability Test, a standardised exam for college entrance, at a high school in Seoul, on November 7, 2013
South Korean students prepare to take the College Scholastic Ability Test, a standardised exam for college entrance, at a high school in Seoul, on November 7, 2013
© AFP by Jung Yeon-Je

South Korea fell silent for annual college entrance exams on Thursday, rescheduling flights and restricting traffic as 650,000 students sat a test that will define their adult lives in an ultra-competitive society.

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Spanish winemakers in China push at Hong Kong fair

A member of the press points his camera at a picture of a large wine glass at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair on November 3, 2011
A member of the press points his camera at a picture of a large wine glass at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair on November 3, 2011
© AFP/File by Aaron Tam

Spanish winemakers said Wednesday they are pushing to make gains in the potentially vast Chinese wine market as they showcase their wares at one of Asia’s largest wine fairs in Hong Kong.

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Size 16 mannequins launched on British high street

File picture shows a Debenhams department store in central London, on December 30, 2008
File picture shows a Debenhams department store in central London, on December 30, 2008
© AFP/File by Ben Stansall

Debenhams has become Britain’s first mainstream high street retailer to permanently introduce size 16 mannequins, designed to be more representative of “the average British woman”, the department store said Wednesday.

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