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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.

Black heritage museum opens in Dakar

A museum showcasing black heritage from the dawn of time to the modern era opened in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Thursday.

Climate change offers sparkling prospects to English winemakers

With climate change pushing up temperatures, English winemakers are rubbing their hands as their sparkling wines start to give top champagnes a run for their money.

Art Basel

"Wall ($)", an artwork by Rob Pruitt made of US banknotes and pennies during the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach, Florida.



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