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World News Roundup 12/07 - Day Edition Updated: 2009-12-07 00:00:00 KST

Although it isn't a real Norwegian spruce, like the one in New York's Rockefeller Center, the gigantic metal structure, which has been set afloat on a lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, made the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest floating Christmas tree.
This is the third time such an event has taken place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since a first Christmas tree structure was set afloat on the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in 1996.
The event is still hugely popular, as some 100 thousand people flocked to the fireworks and the festivities.
The 85-meter-high tree, constructed by Brazil's largest insurance company, features images of Christmas wreaths, and the flickering of around three million lights.
Other than being a great tourist attraction, the tree stands as a symbol of peace, in one of the most violent cities in the world.

Buenos Aires, Argentina has become the home of tango, one of the sexiest dances in the world, and one which gained a great deal of popularity in the late 1800s.
And for one night, three blocks of the Avenida del Mayo became exclusive outdoor dance floors for couples to closely embrace, while stepping in time to a two-by-four beat.
This is the third Great National Milonga, an event in which the country's best tango dancers perform alongside groups such as the Buenos Aires Tango Orchestra, Los Reyes de Tango and more.
The dance extravaganza is organized by the National Tango Academy and tourism authorities.
The greatest appeal of this celebration of the passionate and sexy dance is that it's free, and that novices and pros can come together under the stars to just enjoy the dance they love.

One of the greatest attractions of the 6th Winter Alma Cultural Events Forum was the honey festival, in which more than 70 proud Saudi Arabian bee-keepers took part.
Al Majara, Shawkah and Sidra may be unfamiliar names to most, but to the bee-keepers of Rijal Alma, the greatest honey-producing area in Saudi Arabia, these high quality varieties of honey are what they stake their reputations on.
The bee-keepers of the region still collect honey the traditional way, and the honey is generally separated into those types used for medicinal purposes, and those for general consumption.
Honey is a valuable commodity in Saudi Arabia, and can fetch up to around 160 U.S. dollars a kilogram, depending on quality.
The Governor of Rijal Alma, Mohammad al-Mathami, addressed the bee-keepers, and highlighted the importance of protecting the quality of their honey, a point which the sheikhs, tribal elders and the people of the region are quick to acknowledge.
Daniel Choy. Arirang News.
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