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Purebreds

Contestants taking part in a horse race for thoroughbred Arabian horses in Syria's southern Aleppo countryside. Syria had nearly 750 breeding Arabian horses in 2010, according to the World Arabian Horse Organization which aims to preserve Arabian purebreds around the globe.


A forgotten town

Following the opening of Ipoh-Lumut highway, the Parit jetty ceased to operate in the 1980s, and the town has since faded into oblivion.


The only remaining female pineapple estate worker

At an advanced age of 66, she is today the only female Chinese worker at Simpang Renggam's once bustling pineapple estate.


Seven Magic Mountains

The "Seven Magic Mountains" art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone in Ivanpah Valley near Las Vegas. The seven towers of colorful stacked boulders stand more than 30 feet high in the Mojave Desert.


Shared bikes

A man cycling past Ofo shared bicycles at a repair centre in Beijing. A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc. Photo courtesy: AFP


You can have 4 Hummers and still save planet: Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has four Hummers and likes nothing better than getting up at 5am to ride his Harley Davidson to the beach for breakfast.


After 10-year gap, Thai lotuses bloom again

For the first time in a decade a Thai lake has given up its dazzling secret -- the pink blooms of tens of thousands of lotuses.


Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity

Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled Thursday at a medical conference.


World's most famous movie house turns 90

Shirley Temple did it barefoot. Mel Brooks wore an extra finger. Whoopi Goldberg buried her dreadlocks. Steve McQueen and actress wife Ali MacGraw did it facing the wrong way.


The superhighway threatening Nigeria's tropical rainforest

When bulldozers rolled into their forest at the start of last year, the Ekuri community in southeast Nigeria protested: "Indigenes say no!"


 

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