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  • Feb 20, 2019 14:44

    Girls from the Long Horn Miao, a branch of the Miao ethnic minority group, prepare to take part in the annual flower festival or 'Tiaohuajie' in the village of Longjia in China's Guizhou province. - Against a stunning mountain backdrop, dozens of girls and women of the Long Horn Miao ethnicity performed for the annual celebration held in Guizhou province on the 10th day of the Lunar New Year -- the Year of the Pig.

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  • Feb 16, 2019 14:15

    Schoolchildren from Avrankou-Houeze school attend a BloLab training in a container at Avrankou city hall, in Avrankou, south of Benin. Designed by BloLab, a non-profit group based in Benin’s largest city Cotonou, the 13-metre (43-foot) lorry trailer is powered by 12 solar panels and equipped with enough laptops to give rural students a chance to familiarise themselves with computers, which most families cannot afford.

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  • Feb 15, 2019 12:52

    An employee of the Courteney boot company applies wax on shoes on the production line in Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo city. Founded in 1993, the firm has recently ramped up production to just 30 pairs a day, all of them made meticulously by 14 employees in a one-room workshop. Exporting mostly to the US, Europe, Britain and South Africa, the boots are paid for in precious US dollars -- a key to survival in Zimbabwe’s economy as it lurches downwards.

    (Zinyange Auntony / AFP)read more
  • Feb 14, 2019 11:33

    Trees are pictured in an olive grove in Oliete, northeastern Spain. “They’re over 500 years old,” said Sira Plana proudly as she pointed to Oliete’s olive groves, many of which are thriving now thanks to an adoption scheme that has prevented this northeastern Spanish village from dying out.

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  • Feb 13, 2019 11:50

    With nets piled onto wooden boats, a group of fishermen joke while gazing out across Lake Victoria and the vast green weed clogging up the waterway. But their laughter has a worried edge as the sun sets. A thick green carpet of water hyacinth is choking Kisumu bay, floating on the surface and blocking Kenya’s main entry to the largest body of water in Africa.

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  • Feb 12, 2019 10:18

    A commuter train known as the ‘Freedom Train’ approaches a station early morning in Cowdray Park township, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Chugging through townships, maize fields and scrubland as the sun rises, Zimbabwe’s only commuter train is cheap and reliable -- two qualities that its passengers cherish in a downwards-spiralling economy.

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  • Feb 09, 2019 13:17

    Real Kashmir’s Danish Farooq looks during their I-League club football match against Gokulam Kerala FC on February 06, 2019. Bullets are heard every day in the world’s most militarised zone, but shots fired on goal by Danish Farooq have become a revelation in Kashmir. Farooq has defied stone-pelting protesters and pellets shot by security forces to make it to training.

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  • Feb 09, 2019 12:39

    A guide waits for visitors outside the space museum located in Saint Paraskeva church in Pereyaslav-Khemlnytsky, a small town some 80 kilometers southeast of Kiev. Inside this traditional Orthodox church topped with a gold cross, instead of icons, visitors can see a lunar rover and the helmet of the first man in space Yuri Gagarin.

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  • Feb 08, 2019 12:10

    Soldiers cut opium poppies as they destroy a field of illegal plantation in the Sierra Madre del Sur, in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico. The area of Mexico that illegally farms opium poppies grew by more than one-fifth last year, to an area of 30,600 hectares, according to a UN-backed study published in November.

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  • Feb 07, 2019 09:51

    Members attend a training session at the Salle d’Armes Coudurier in central Paris, France. Things are still done the old fashioned way here, at the oldest fencing club in Paris, keeping the gentleman’s traditions of the sport alive.

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  • Feb 06, 2019 10:44

    Iakesh Raika, 34, takes his camels for grazing in Rani village, some 130km south of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. On a recent winter day, his father Lakshman Raika boiled tea with fresh milk from one of his camels, gently stirring the brew his tribal herdsman have consumed for generations.

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  • Feb 05, 2019 09:44

    A clown on a unicycle performs for visitors before the 73rd annual Grimaldi Memorial Service at the All Saints church in east London. The streets of east London were awash with a surreal splash of colour on Sunday as clowns from across the world gathered for the annual memorial of the legendary Joseph Grimaldi.

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  • Feb 01, 2019 16:42

    Assassinations in broad daylight. Ruthless agents plotting undercover. Bugging devices in every Western capital. Three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the specter of the KGB still looms large in the public imagination.The KGB Spy Museum is the brainchild of a 55-year-old Lithuanian historian Julius Urbaitis, who spent three decades gathering the 3,500 original artefacts brought together in its cavernous exhibition hall.

    (Timothy A. Clary / AFP)read more
  • Jan 30, 2019 12:02

    Customers watch an enormous crane pick up rubbish for incineration at a combustible waste pit while having a drink and snack in Tokyo, Japan. The pop-up bar -- called Gomi (trash) Pit -- is the initiative of local officials who are trying to promote their state-of-the-art facility and prod local residents to think about the waste they produce.

    (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP)read more
  • Jan 30, 2019 10:24

    A visitor takes a picture of a display with images of former Indian movie actors at the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC), the country’s first museum showcasing the history of its film industry, in Mumbai. “It showcases to the world outside what Indian cinema has achieved in its entirety over more than 100 years,” Amrit Gangar, a consulting curator on the project, told AFP.

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