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Myanmar's ancient temple city faces modern danger

Myanmar's ancient temple city faces modern danger

The spires of Bagan have survived wars, earthquakes and centuries of tropical sun, but in recent years Myanmar’s ancient capital has faced a distinctly modern threat — scaffolding and cement.

Fashionistas take heed as 'WearableArt' goes global

Fashionistas take heed as 'WearableArt' goes global

Fashionistas first scoffed at Suzie Moncrieff’s displays of bizarre bras and out-there attire, but 25 years on international designers are clamouring to be part of Wellington’s annual World of WearableArt show.

Hong Kong tattoo convention aims to make its mark

Hong Kong tattoo convention aims to make its mark

Visitors flocked Friday to a Hong Kong tattoo convention, the first to be held in the southern Chinese city where tattoos were once seen as a sign of triad gang membership.

Colourful geisha trainees hit grey Tokyo streets

Colourful geisha trainees hit grey Tokyo streets

Trainee Japanese geishas wearing colourful kimonos and with full-face makeup were out on the streets of a grey Tokyo on Friday, drumming up tourist custom for the ancient capital of Kyoto.

New app turns Van Gogh fans into art detectives

New app turns Van Gogh fans into art detectives

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum on Thursday launched a new app for tablets allowing users to turn “art detective” when looking at the Dutch master’s paintings.

Busan festival looks to unearth gems of Asian film

Busan festival looks to unearth gems of Asian film

A Bhutanese film directed by a monk opens Asia’s largest cinema festival in South Korea on Thursday, a selection organisers say celebrates the diversity of talent in a region where box office takings are overshadowing Hollywood.

Internet technology becoming cyber chic

Internet technology becoming cyber chic

Models wearing Google Glass eyewear, Pebble smartwatches and other hot gadgets strutted a catwalk late Monday as Internet technology continued to merge with the world of fashion.

Long-lost Napoleon portrait resurfaces in New York

Long-lost Napoleon portrait resurfaces in New York

A portrait of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, thought lost for two centuries, has turned up in New York, having been bought for less than a hundredth of its probable value.

Vast Benidorm skyscraper a symbol of Spain crisis

Vast Benidorm skyscraper a symbol of Spain crisis

Stretching into blue skies far above other towers crowding the Spanish resort of Benidorm, the Intempo skyscraper stands as a hard-to-miss beacon of excess from the days of Spain’s property bubble.

Saint Laurent gets 1980s rock vibe at Paris fashion

Saint Laurent gets 1980s rock vibe at Paris fashion

French designer Hedi Slimane had the fashion world on the edge of its seat for his latest Saint Laurent show, hard on the heels of recent collections considered a touch too grungy by some.