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Iraq street satirists peddle culture change

On a strip of pavement in the southern Iraqi city of Kut, a gaggle of amateur comedians pulls in the crowds every Friday -- drawing chuckles, smiles and knowing nods.

I said 'no' to drugs, they didn't listen: dealing with addiction

At the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, a doctor is on duty to prescribe methadone, a legal heroin substitute, to delegates who might be struggling with withdrawal.

Pony swim

Wild ponies swimming across the Assateague Channel during the 93rd annual Pony Swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in the US state of Virginia to be auctioned off.

Lessons in loyalty at North Korea's top school

Not many schools have classrooms equipped with tanks, jet fighter simulators, and grenade launchers. But North Korea's Mangyongdae Revolutionary School for boys is no ordinary establishment.

China 'waterfall' skyscraper hit by torrent of ridicule

A skyscraper in southwest China that boasts what its owner calls the world's largest man-made waterfall has become the latest example of over-the-top architecture to draw national ridicule.


The rescued members of the "Wild Boars" football team are ordained as novice monks at Wat Phra That Doi Tung Temple in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo courtesy: AFP

People, and politics, threaten Kano's ancient walls

Young boys scramble up the remains of a crumbling section of the ancient city wall in the Kofar Na'isa area of Kano, in northern Nigeria.

Indonesia's tattoo removers zap the sin from your skin

Indonesian tattoo remover Sandi Widodo does a brisk business zapping sin from skin -- at bargain-basement prices.

Water sprinkling

A woman splashing water on the ground during the Uchimizu water sprinkling event in Tokyo to cool down the area.

All things sweet

A visitor to Sugar Republic, an interactive pop-up museum dedicated to desserts, candies and all things sweet, reclining in a display of balls resembling lollies in Melbourne, Australia.



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