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Statue

One of the 15 statues by Chinese artist Xu Hongfei along the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece, as part of the "Culture Week" event and a worldwide tour of the artist's sculpture exhibition. Photo courtesy: AFP


Smiling at danger, China’s finless porpoise fights to survive

In an oxbow lake along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, a breathy sigh pierces the surface stillness as one of China’s most endangered animals comes up for a gulp of hazy air.


Long despised, tattoos emerge from shadows in Tunisia

Once widespread in rural Tunisia, tattoos have long been considered vulgar and associated with convicts or the uneducated.


Forest of Light

Visitors enjoying the Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge north of Los Angeles.


Tattoos still give Japan the needle as Olympics loom

When Mana Izumi got her first tattoo at 18, she wasn't trying to rebel or shatter any taboos -- just copy Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro's beach-bronze "surfer chick" look.


No place for a mother': S. Korea battles to raise birth rate

When Ashley Park started her marketing job at a Seoul drugmaker she had a near-perfect college record, flawless English, and got on well with her colleagues -- none of which mattered to her employer once she fell pregnant.


Dutch build artificial islands to bring wildlife back

Dutch ranger Andre Donker sighs as he looks out at the rippling grey waters of the Markermeer, one of Europe's largest freshwater lakes. "Once upon a time it was teeming with fish here," he says.


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.


 

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