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Ukrainian arts enjoy surprise revival in conflict-riven east

In a grungy cellar bar, a young crowd sings along to a melancholy ballad in Ukrainian.

Disgusting food

Mopane worm, the caterpillar of the Emperor Moth popular in southern African dish, is among some 80 items featured at the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles.

Christmas decorations

Christmas lights and decorations at the Northern Park in Medellin, Colombia.

Bamboo forest

Tourists visiting Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto prefecture, Japan.

Green thumb spruces up Bangladesh one tree at a time

Ohid Sarder prises a rusted nail from a tree and drops it into his bucket, another eyesore scrubbed from the countryside as he embarks on a one-man mission to clean up Bangladesh.

Togo's barter market: keeping tradition alive and poverty at bay

Alohou Papa stands in the middle of the bustling market in Togoville and blows hard on a bright red whistle to catch everyone's attention.

Everyone's a winner: Taiwan's claw crane craze

As Taiwan's economy stagnates, claw crane arcades where customers lower a grabber to try to pick up a prize from a glass box are booming as affordable entertainment, while operators see them as a way to make a fast buck.

Paddle race

Some 800 competitors take part in the 11-km Nautic Paddle Race on the Seine River in Paris.

Festival of Lights

The garden of an art gallery illuminated during the 20th edition of the Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières) in Lyon, France.

Giant statue

Pilgrims visiting the giant statue of Virgin of Guadalupe in Ocuilan, Mexico. Inaugurated on February 12 last year, Ocuilan's image of the Virgin is the largest in the world.



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