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Japanese men scramble for lucky sticks

Thousands of near-naked men seeking luck have scrambled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival. It’s thought about 10,000 men wearing white loincloths took part in the ceremony at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama on Saturday.

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Bollywood’s first major LGBTQ film

A new Bollywood film, one of the first to focus on same-sex relationships, has been released in India. How I Felt When I Saw That Girl is the first mainstream Indian release with a star cast that focuses on a lesbian love story. The film’s director Shelly Chopra Dhar spoke to the BBC about the […]


Why did the Airbus A380 fail?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft When Singapore Airlines took the A380 superjumbo for its first commercial flight in 2007, there was widespread applause that the future of air travel had arrived. But the Airbus programme, long-delayed and over-budget, never really shook off predictions that it would be […]