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Valentine's Day brings sparkle to Belgian diamond hub

Valentine's Day brings sparkle to Belgian diamond hub

Sparkling new diamond rings will grace many fingers around the world on Valentine's Day -- and most of those gems will have passed through a drab district in the Belgian port city of Antwerp.

Desert trail: a mix of thrill and tranquility

Desert trail: a mix of thrill and tranquility

In the vastness of the desert, its silence speaks to you. It surrounds you in such a way that you feel one with nature – experiencing life in every grain of sand, in the whispering wind, in the mysteries of constellations that seem to hang just an arm’s length away, to be plucked from the inky blue desert night sky.

'Game of Thrones' creators to make new 'Star Wars' films

'Game of Thrones' creators to make new 'Star Wars' films

Lucasfilm announced plans Tuesday for a new series of "Star Wars" films made by the team behind "Game of Thrones," as it seeks to build on the lucrative sci-fi franchise.

Work among the penguins? France is looking for candidates

Work among the penguins? France is looking for candidates

Fancy a job at the North or South Pole? A French research institute is looking for you.

In quest for growth, German toymakers keep it real

In quest for growth, German toymakers keep it real

In an industry upended by the changing play habits of tech-savvy kids, German toymakers are pinning their hopes for growth on traditional, real-world toys -- with a little help from the big screen.

Cabins by the Sea

Cabins by the Sea

Salalah's setting sun enlivens this place. Colours of dusk seem even more ethereal when the campfire is lit and desert songs of  Bedouins fill the air, punctuated with the lapping of sea waves. At first glace, Souly Lodge looks like a hipsters’ paradise with graffiti-filled walls and camels lazily walking around the camp. But it’s much more than that. This places stands apart as a stark contrast to neighbouring five-star properties – mainly because of its atmosphere and inspiration – nature.

Iranian woman skydiver looks to break down stereotypes

Iranian woman skydiver looks to break down stereotypes

For Iranian parachuting enthusiast Bahareh Sassani, skydiving is "a way to prove that women are just as capable as men" -- a small step from a big height for women's equality in her country. 

Chic Italian style meets African boldness

Chic Italian style meets African boldness

Greta Tulipani, an emerging Italian brand that infuses chic Italian style with bold African prints, is making a mark in the Oman market.