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(MENAFN - AFP) A crocodile handler known as the "Barefoot Bushman" was seriously hurt after being mauled by a massive creature while feeding it at an Australian wildlife park Thursday.

Rob Bredl, 66, was bitten by the 4.5-metre (14-foot, nine-inch) crocodile at Bredl's Wild Farm in Bloomsbury on Queensland state's central coast, the local ambulance service said.

He ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) San Kay Khine stares at her burnt, scarred hands, her twisted fingers a reminder of her years as a child slave in Myanmar, one of thousands of young domestic workers feared to be at risk of exploitation and abuse.

The 17-year-old was rescued from a tailor's shop in Yangon this month where she and another girl from her village spent five years as housemaids.

There ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The sun has yet to rise over Lhasa, but dozens of colourfully dressed pilgrims are already gathered and reciting prayers at the entrance to Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism.

Many of those gathered -- Tibetans and Han Chinese visitors -- say religion is flourishing under Beijing's rule, with adherents enjoying the freedoms they need to follow ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) On a wind-blown hill in Palestinian territory, Elad Ziv, wearing sandals, a T-shirt and a Jewish skullcap, stands outside his home and speaks about the Old Testament's Book of Joshua.

Across the dry, rocky valley that slopes behind him, Fuad Maadi says he just wants his land back.

Both men have become embroiled in a drama which has now taken on international ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global conservationists and policymakers meet in South Africa from Saturday to chart a way forward in the fight against escalating wildlife trafficking that could drive some species to extinction.

The plight of Africa's rhino and elephants, targeted for their horns and tusks, is expected to dominate 12 days of talks in Johannesburg on the Convention on International ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Once a modest beach party in Miami, the uber-hip Ultra Music Festival has bold plans to further expand the global juggernaut after another year of empire building.

While techno-heads accuse Ultra of helping to 'commercialise' electronic dance music, or EDM, in recent years, 120,000 rain-soaked revellers appeared to heartily disagree after being whipped into ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Plastic chairs are sold around the globe. But today, that "plastic" might actually be a vegetable compound as the design world increasingly embraces "green" and "meaningful" production, experts in the field say.

"For both consumers and creators, interest in 'the sustainable' is growing each year," said Franck Millot, director of the annual Paris Design Week ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Poland's abortion battle will resume Thursday when the devoutly Catholic country's parliament debates rival initiatives to either liberalise or further tighten a law that is already one of the strictest in Europe.

While the governing rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party, which controls parliament, generally favours banning abortion, its leaders are well aware ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Alessandro Michele unveiled his most extravagantly flamboyant Gucci collection yet on Wednesday with a pink-hued spectacular on the opening day of the latest Milan fashion week.

The Roman designer credited with reviving the fortunes of what was a flagging brand returned to the themes that have underpinned his turnaround and, it seemed, pushed each envelope ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) During the era of US racial segregation, a handful of black female mathematicians managed to break social barriers and propel the US space agency to new heights - and soon their story will be a major motion picture.

This remarkable story has been told in the book "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was published in September.

The movie comes ...

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