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Child monks

Children taking part in "Children Becoming Buddhist Monks" ceremony at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. Following the ceremony, the children will stay at the temple for two weeks to learn about Buddhism until Buddha's birthday on May 12.

Super bloom

People visiting the poppy fields at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, California, as a super bloom of wildflowers explodes across California's once-parched hills following a particularly wet winter.

Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many people flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

Mars base for teens opens in China desert

A Mars base simulator sits in the middle of nowhere in China's Gobi desert, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers.

Solar farm

Photovoltaic panels at the solar power plant in La Colle des Mees in southeastern France. The 112,000 solar panels cover an area of 200 hectares with a total capacity of 100MW.

Valley of dolls: scarecrows outnumber people in Japan village

In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen.

Chinese farmer breeds bugs for the table

As farmer Li Bingcai opened the door to his cockroach farm in southwest China, an insect the size of a dart flew into his face.

Laos New Year

People dressed as legendary ancestors Pou Nyer and Nyar Nyer along with their guardian lion Singkheo Singkham to mark the Laos New Year or Pi Mai at Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang.

Seals, caviar and oil: Caspian Sea faces pollution threat

Seals waddling along the waterfront were once a common sight in Baku Bay, the Caspian Sea home of Azerbaijan's capital.

S. Korean gay soldiers trapped in legal bind

Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.



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