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  • Date 28.12.12 | 16:15 - 16:45 UTC
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    28.12.12 | 20:15 - 20:45 UTC
    28.12.12 | 23:15 - 23:45 UTC
    31.12.12 | 02:15 - 02:45 UTC
    31.12.12 | 05:15 - 05:45 UTC
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    31.12.12 | 12:15 - 12:45 UTC
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On this edition of world stories, we go panning for gold in Bulgaria, we join one of Australia's best known artists for an Antarctic expedition, we visit clay flower artisans in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, and we set sail for Saint Helena - with plenty of mail in tow.

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Bulgaria: Gold Rush

There are still parts of Europe good for a minor gold rush, especially with prices for the precious metal hitting record highs. One of them is in the the Rodopi Mountains of southwestern Bulgaria. There in the Arda River, amateur prospectors go panning for gold dust.

A few specks is all they are likely to find, but the real treasure they seek is all around them. Correspondent Nikolay Vasilkovski of Nova TV talks to a modern-day prospector, who tells us how to find spectacular wealth - if not of the metallic kind.

Australia: Antarctic Art

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia's best-known artists, having painted everything from self portraits to peacekeeping operations in East Timor. One of her latest projects was a new challenge: documenting Australia's Antarctic history, including the achievements of Sir Douglas Mawson and his expedition into the Antarctic tundra a century ago.

Australia's ABC reporter Richard Glover introduces us to the artist as she shares her unique effort to help preserve history.

Brazil: Engineering Innovation

Some 80% of Brazil's researchers work in the country's universities. One advantage is that interdisciplinary projects are easier to bring about. At the University of Minas Gerais, one of the country's most talented inventors, bioengineering professor Marcos Pinotti Barbosa, is hard at work on artificial limbs that can move and grasp like real arms and hands.

Vietnam: Clay Flowers

Cousins Tran Thu Linh and Le Thi Ngoc Quynh left Vietnam in the late 1990's to study in Japan. When they returned, they brought a unique set of skills back with them: the ability to craft handmade clay flowers.

After catering to Japanese customers for a few years, they decided to open their own store in the heart of Hanoi. VTV reporter Nguyen Hoai Luong introduces us to the cousins and shows us how their business is blooming.

Saint Helena: Mail Ship

For centuries, a monthly mail ship has been Saint Helena's only regular connection to the outside world. Now, the little volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean has decided to build an airport, bringing one of the most remote spots on Earth out of its long isolation.

The population is getting ready to welcome tourists, and the soon-to-be-superfluous mail ship is getting ready to take on passengers instead of letters and packages. Reporter Christine Elsaesser shares the story.

  • Date 28.12.12 | 16:15 - 16:45 UTC
  • Broadcast times 28.12.12 | 20:15 - 20:45 UTC, 28.12.12 | 23:15 - 23:45 UTC, 31.12.12 | 02:15 - 02:45 UTC, 31.12.12 | 05:15 - 05:45 UTC, 31.12.12 | 08:15 - 08:45 UTC, 31.12.12 | 12:15 - 12:45 UTC
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