Viewer video: Japan

Viewer video: Japan

Our viewer Simone Tomirotti from Milan was in Japan when the cherry blossoms bloomed. For residents of Tokyo, Inokashira Park is a favorite destination during the fleeting event.
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Wrapped from Head to Toe in Straw

Wrapped from Head to Toe in Straw

What exactly is a straw bear? Euromaxx reporter Max Merrill investigates an old German custom. He had to have himself completely wrapped up in 40 kilograms of straw. Could he even move around in it?
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A Signature Dish from St. Petersburg

A Signature Dish from St. Petersburg

This dessert called Mama's Favorite Flowers looks like a potted plant that fell onto the floor. In fact, it's a scrumptious creation of chef Igor Grishechkin from St. Petersburg.
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Optical Illusions with Make-up

Optical Illusions with Make-up

Italian make-up artist Luca Luce is a master of illusions: He transforms his own face and head with geometric shapes, stairs and cracks. They look amazingly realistic.
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Tickling the Ivories: Pianist Maksim Mrvica

Tickling the Ivories: Pianist Maksim Mrvica

Croatian Pianist Maksim Mrvica lays into the keys with a vengeance. His crossover interpretations of classical and popular melodies are full of character and power. Seeing him live on stage is a captivating experience.
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India: A school empowering child brides

India: A school empowering child brides

A boarding school in the state of Jodhpur is helping to empower child brides through education. Child marriages are common in India, despite being illegal. The school project is called Veerni, which means "woman of strength" or "heroine".
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Colombia: Gas firm redresses eco-damage

Colombia: Gas firm redresses eco-damage

Making amends for environmental destruction. Colombian gas provider Promigas is funding conservation projects to compensate for the damage done by its pipelines. The beneficiary is the Los Colorados wildlife sanctuary in the north of Colombia.
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Bowel disease - we talk to an expert

Bowel disease - we talk to an expert

Dr. Hubert Monnikes talks about inflammatory bowel disease and why a proper diagnosis is important. The internist is also psychotherapist and psychiatrist. He's head physician for internal medicine at Berlin's Martin-Luther Hospital.
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Are you getting sufficient sleep?

Are you getting sufficient sleep?

Sleep latency is the length of time that it takes to accomplish the transition from wakefullness to sleep. And there's a simple way to measure it. All you need is a bed, a baking tray, a tea spoon and a stop watch.
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Germany: Corgis -- A dying breed?

Germany: Corgis -- A dying breed?

German dog breeders fear Brexit will spell the end for British breeds in the EU. Without the UK's gene pool, they worry the canines will become inbred or die out. Owners don't want their four-legged friends to be quarantined for long periods either.
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Ukraine: A comedian gets serious

Ukraine: A comedian gets serious

Volodymyr Zelensky plays the Ukrainian president in the TV satire "Servant of the People". Now he's running for that office in real life. Zelensky's presidential campaign is being backed by oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi.
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Road to Success!: Toyota Hilux

Road to Success!: Toyota Hilux

The Hilux is part of Toyota's 50-year history on the pickup market. More than 18 million of the world's most popular pickup truck have been sold. The 8th generation Hilux has been given a facelift.
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On Ice!: VW Arteon

On Ice!: VW Arteon

Driving in tough conditions takes courage and a sense for safety. The Arvidsjauer region of Sweden has frozen lakes that provide perfect conditions for taking VW's Arteon out for a test spin.
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Off Road!: Seat Seat Tarraco

Off Road!: Seat Seat Tarraco

The Tarraco is Seat's SUV flagship. It shares a platform chassis with the VW Tiguan Allspace and the Skoda Kodiaq. Drive It! tested the Tarraco on snow and sand.
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Admire It!: McLaren 600LT Spider

Admire It!: McLaren 600LT Spider

A McLaren marked with an LT has been stripped down to its bare bones. The 600LT Spider is the lightest car in its class. The uncompromising development aim was reducing its weight by 90 kg.
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Vintage: the 1937 Opel Olympia

Vintage: the 1937 Opel Olympia

The Opel Olympia was a technological trend-setter back in the 1930s. It made Opel the first German carmaker to build 100,000 models a year. Its exterior hides a modern chassis and engine.
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Colorful brand battles: Sue for your hue!

Colorful brand battles: Sue for your hue!

Companies trademark colors associated with their brands. Infringements trigger lawsuits. Nivea loves its rich blue; Deutsche Telekom's identity is magenta. Customer loyalty and real money are at stake.
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The color of cars -- restraint prevails

The color of cars -- restraint prevails

Half the world's cars have a coat of paint in black, grey, silver or white made by German chemicals group BASF. We visited the company to find out why sobriety dominates the palette, when so many wild and crazy colors are just waiting to be applied.
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"Don't Call Me Bossy" - Toys

"Don't Call Me Bossy" - Toys

Children's toys are often designed to be gender-specific. Girls get pink; boys, blue. Girls get dolls; boys, robots. Gender-neutral toys contribute to breaking down damaging stereotypes. Cristina Cubas says we still have a long way to go.
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Street Art goes commercial

Street Art goes commercial

How three graffiti artists who decorated other people's property without permission morphed into a legit art agency that gets commissions for murals. Xi-Design, a Berlin story.
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From ultramarine to mauveine

From ultramarine to mauveine

Exquisite pigments were luxury goods even in antiquity. They were traded across great distances and were a driver of ancient globalization. Modern synthetic dyes are cheap for the most part. Now many people can afford colorful clothing.
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Coloring consumer decisions

Coloring consumer decisions

Marketing products means seducing consumers. Colors are deployed strategically with the aim of luring target groups. A psychologist and a product designer reveal something about what they consider to be the unconscious processes at play.
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Skipping School for a Cause

Skipping School for a Cause

Jan Ole Lindner is 16 years old and no longer willing to leave the future of the planet to the adults. So every week, he skips school to protest. He's encouraged other students to take part in a global "Fridays for Future" action day on March 15th.
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NATO flexes muscles in Poland against Russian threat

NATO flexes muscles in Poland against Russian threat

Many Poles see Russia as a threat, especially since the Ukraine crisis and the annexation of Crimea. In the northeast of Poland is a large contingent of US soldiers, part of NATO's plan to secure Poland in the event of a provocation from the east.
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Winter sports around Davos

Winter sports around Davos

Video blogger Steve Hanisch is traveling in one of the largest winter sports regions in Switzerland - on skis, skates and an airboard.
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The Baltic Sea island of Rugen

The Baltic Sea island of Rugen

Germany's largest island is shaped by natural landscapes, chalk cliffs and sandy beaches. It has been a travel destination for those seeking rest and relaxation since the late 19th century.
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The Geneva Motor Show goes electric

The Geneva Motor Show goes electric

This year, Switzerland's premier motor show is all about electric cars - from luxury vehicles to powerful sports cars. But is this really the stuff of the future or just a clever marketing strategy?
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Tim Raue: From gangster to top chef

Tim Raue: From gangster to top chef

He once belonged to a street gang, now he's one of Germany's best chefs: Tim Raue. The Berlin restaurant that bears his name has two Michelin stars and rates among the top 50 restaurants worldwide.
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Traditional: Russia's "Maslenitsa" festival

Traditional: Russia's "Maslenitsa" festival

It's said to drive out the winter and herald the start of Lent: the traditional "Butter Week" or "Maslenitsa". We visit one especially cheerful Maslenitsa festival, in a sculpture park two hundred kilometers from Moscow.
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Take to the ski slopes - with "Snowfeet"

Take to the ski slopes - with "Snowfeet"

They're small, light weight and can be strapped to any boot or shoe: "Snowfeet" are part skis, part ice skates and allow you to almost fly down the ski slopes. It's fast becoming a popular new winter sport.
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Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

London's National Portrait Gallery is showing a major exhibition of Martin Parr's photos. With much talk about Brexit, it offers an insightful look at all things British - with a touch of British humor.
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Ecuador: Municipal gardens in Quito help fight hunger

Ecuador: Municipal gardens in Quito help fight hunger

An urban farming project is securing food sources for thousands of poor people in Quito - by providing access to gardens. Participants currently grow over 900 tons of produce for consumption and sale. The gardens are also good for the climate.
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Ghana: Poultry farmers undercut by EU imports

Ghana: Poultry farmers undercut by EU imports

The European appetite for chicken begins and ends with the bird's breast. Other parts are chopped up, frozen and shipped abroad - often to Africa. Poultry imports subsidized by the EU are ruining the market for African farmers.
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Back pain - Our studio guest talk

Back pain - Our studio guest talk

In Good Shape meets specialist Dr. Fernando Dimeo at a sports medicine treatment facility in Berlin. He knows the most frequent causes of back pain, and shows how to prevent it - and how to provide relief through exercise.
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Turkey: Construction boom collapses on AKP

Turkey: Construction boom collapses on AKP

With less money in their pockets, Turkish voters may punish the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in upcoming municipal elections. And the construction boom is weakening. Many developers can't sell their properties, which have become ghost towns.
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Russia: A nation of cat-lovers

Russia: A nation of cat-lovers

Russians are feline-friendly. No country in the world has a higher rate of cat ownership. Nearly 60 percent of Russians have at least one cat. And some cat-lovers put up strays in makeshift shelters in their homes.
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Talent hunt: a dream of top-flight soccer

Talent hunt: a dream of top-flight soccer

Soccer-playing boys the world over dream of being scouted by top European clubs. Former Germany defender Klaus Augenthaler was in Lagos to pick 10 young players to represent Nigeria at the world finals of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Germany.
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Jordan: Women find a career with police

Jordan: Women find a career with police

In Jordan, women who work outside the home are the exception. But the country's economic crisis has pushed many women into the workforce. Police work has traditionally been considered a man's job, but women are joining the force in growing numbers.
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China: Single women desperate for babies

China: Single women desperate for babies

In China only married couples can access the national sperm bank. Now a campaigner is calling for the law to be changed to allow single women the chance to conceive.
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Reporter - MH370: Five Years of Uncertainty

Reporter - MH370: Five Years of Uncertainty

Five years ago flight MH370, bound for Beijing, disappeared from radar screens. To this day no one knows what happened to the plane or where its wreckage is to be found. Jiang Hui's mother was on board. He's fighting for the investigation to resume.
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Global Teen Colombia

Global Teen Colombia

Juan Carlos Contreras Nobles is 16 years old and comes from the village of Sempegua in northern Colombia. He has a twin brother and three other brothers and sisters.
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Germany: The PFOA scandal in Altotting

Germany: The PFOA scandal in Altotting

The Bavarian town of Altotting has long claimed to have the region's purest water. Nowadays many people think twice about consuming the water here. Studies have shown it's contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, which might cause cancer.
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Coffins to Customer Specifications

Coffins to Customer Specifications

Any mortal wishing to undertake his final voyage in a railway car or a sailing ship instead of the usual oblong box may simply commission a custom hand-made casket from Crazy Coffins in Nottingham.
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Mountain Photos in a Mountain Museum

Mountain Photos in a Mountain Museum

The history of mountain photography is presented on site: the new Lumen Museum, 2275 meters above sea level, is installed in an old cable-car terminal on Mount Kronplatz in South Tyrol. Ski boots are allowed.
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Mouth-Watering or Stomach-Churning?

Mouth-Watering or Stomach-Churning?

Need ideas for dishes to serve to arch-nemeses? The Disgusting Food museum in Malmo, Sweden, has plenty, from casu marzu maggoty cheese to fruit-bat soup. Mouth-watering to some, stomach-churning to others.
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An XXL Guitar

An XXL Guitar

This is heavy metal taken literally: a guitar made of stainless steel and weighing 57 kilos. The average musician alone can hardly budge it. And it has to be tuned with a screwdriver.
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Russia: Fighting the power with music

Russia: Fighting the power with music

In Russia, bands that criticize the system are coming under pressure. The government fears they could inspire a youth movement against the Kremlin. Electro-pop duo IC3PEAK is one of the groups most affected.
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Greece: Shipwrecks ahead!

Greece: Shipwrecks ahead!

Greece's largest ship cemetery, in the Gulf of Elefsina, is finally to be cleared of ugly wrecks and abandoned vessels. It's high time as Elefsina will be a European Capital of Culture in 2021.
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