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Masked dance tradition rises from near extinction in Cambodia

Dancers get ready backstage before a performance of masked theater known as Khon at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Thailand November 7, 2018. The dance was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighboring Cambodia's version of the dance known as Lakhon Khol. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Dancers get ready backstage before a performance of masked theater known as Khon at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Thailand November 7, 2018. The dance was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighboring Cambodia’s version of the dance known as Lakhon Khol.

Cambodia’s centuries-old tradition of masked dance was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields” regime, but a handful of artists managed to keep it alive and are now working to pass it along to a new generation.

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08.01.2019 | 13:57

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Newspaper in five languages gives refugees a voice

Fifteen Afghan girls founded the “Migratory Birds” — a newspaper made by refugees for refugees. For the young authors, reporting about their own lives is an act of self-empowerment.

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04.01.2019 | 12:44

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Women in professional motorsports

Sophia Flörsch’s shocking crash in November captured headlines and highlighted the role of women in motorsport. DW takes a look at women who have made an impact.

Date

01.01.2019 | 14:21

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From Markle to Michelle: 10 celebrities using star power for good in 2018

London, United Kingdom. Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex , at the Hubb Community Kitchen in London, to see how the funds raised by the Together: Our Community Cookbook are already making a difference to the community effected by the Grenfell Tower fire. (21/11/2018)

Stars from Buckingham Palace to Bollywood used their fame in 2018 to highlight global challenges from climate change to women’s rights.

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31.12.2018 | 14:08

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The ‘She Homes’ Project in India and the Possibility of Traveling Women

Traveling, safety and power are deeply interlinked in the populous, diverse and inherently patriarchal country of India. Because of this complexity, women have often refrained from traveling by themselves. In Kerala, however, things may be changing.

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29.12.2018 | 14:23

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Cleaning up the environment, one beach at a time

Dr Valarmathy with the three other founders of the project, Chloe (in blue), Farah Ainn (back row, left) and Winnie (back row, right), with volunteer Olivia.

MOST people would probably feel that picking up trash is an unappealing activity, but not the eye doctor and nature lover Dr. Valarmathy Vaiyavari.

Date

27.12.2018 | 13:12

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Nazareth preserves its Arab traditions as Christmas nears

Women knit during a Christmas workshop to teach embroidery in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, December 6, 2018. Picture taken December 6, 2018.

As Nazareth was decked out for Christmas, a group of weavers gathered in the cobblestone alleys of Israel’s largest Arab city, intent on preserving their Palestinian heritage at a time when their communities feel under pressure.

Date

23.12.2018 | 14:36

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