On your hip!: Maya peoples practice ancient ball game
24 June 2021 | 9:00 am
Indigenous Guatemalans practice an ancient ball game in which only the hip can be used to hit the ball. Guatemala boasts 11 teams, all of which have their eyes on December's Mesoamerican Championship.
23 Dec 2019
How does an academic explain the importance of ancient hieroglyphics to modern audiences glued to their phones? Through the cunning use of emojis. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem this week opened the "Emoglyphs" exhibition, comparing the pictograms of antiquity to those of today.
30 Dec 2019
The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will search for traces of ancient life from a billion of years ago.
12 Jun 2020
In a sunny temple courtyard in Vietnam, a man pushes an iron rod hard against his eye socket and tries to make it bend -- his dizzying strength honed through years of practising centuries-old martial art Thien Mon Dao.
21 Jun 2020
Only a few months after celebrating one million visitors in a year, the Nabataean ancient city of Petra, Jordan's best known tourist destination, is transformed into a ghost town as it remains closed to visitors after Jordan imposed measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
31 Jul 2020
NASA's next-generation rover, named Perseverance, has blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral to begin its journey to the Red Planet. The US spacecraft will scour Mars for signs of ancient life.
8 Nov 2020
Dubbed the "Manhattan of the desert" for its centuries-old skyscrapers, Yemen's ancient city of Shibam escaped damage in the civil war -- but faces collapse from disrepair amid rains and floods.
18 Jan 2021
The latest trove was found in 22 burial shafts at Saqqara, south of Cairo, and date back four millennia. The finds include a long papyrus Book-of-the-Dead roll said to guide the dead "through the underworld."
28 Feb 2021
An ancient brewery found in Egypt suggests that tears were not the only thing to flow at royal funerals of the time. The find is the most recent announced by the country in an apparent bid to lure back tourists.
21 Feb 2021
After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on Thursday after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life. "We know Mars had water at one point, we know that it was habitable, it could have had life at one point. That's why we're going back and looking for it," Perseverance deputy project manager, Jennifer Trosper, tells AFPTV.
25 Mar 2021
The spectacular ruins of the ancient Greek city of Cyrene survived Libya's 2011 revolution and an ensuing decade of lawlessness, but today they face new threats: plunder and bulldozers. Under balmy spring sunshine, a handful of tourists take advantage of the North African country's months-old ceasefire to wander around the temple of Zeus, perched atop a wind-battered hill near the eastern end of Libya's Mediterranean coast.
18 Apr 2021
Against the backdrop of rock-cut tombs and sand-swept ruins, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli regales revellers in an ancient Saudi desert city at the centre of the kingdom's tourism push. Bocelli performed alongside family members at UNESCO World Heritage site Hegra in the kingdom's Al-Ula governorate, a long-isolated area seen widely as an open-air museum.
2 May 2021
Egypt's combative sport of tahtib (stick-fighting), popular at weddings and dating back at least 5,000 years, has become a modern martial art that enthusiasts hope will eventually make it to the Olympics.
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Ukraine says it wants to push Russia out of all of its territory — including Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Moscow in 2014. But is this a realistic goal for Kyiv?
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More migrants have died at the Moroccan-Spanish border this year than ever before. Human rights activists are calling the Moroccan border guards criminals.
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Big questions are again being asked about the future of Germany's public broadcasters after Patricia Schlesinger, director of Berlin's public broadcaster RBB, resigned over mismanagement charges.
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The European Commission said that Greece had delivered on the bulk of its fiduciary commitments, marking a formal end to the debt crisis that began in 2010 and led to friction between Athens and European creditors.
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North Dakota is a hub of the US hydraulic fracturing industry and the country's second-biggest oil producer. Surging demand for fracked oil and gas amid the Ukraine war means booming business, sidelining green energy.
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A report released by Amnesty International marking one year since the withdrawal of US and NATO troops concludes that the Taliban has decimated the rights of girls and women in Afghanistan. To understand exactly what's happening in the country today, FRANCE 24 spoke to Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a former Afghan minister for women's affairs and former governor of Bamiyan province. She urged the international community to "take responsibility for the Afghan people and Afghan women in particular".