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Afghan street artists haunt warlords with graffiti campaign

For days Hamida Barmaki's smiling face stared out over traffic in Kabul, painted in a towering mural near the home of the warlord blamed for her death, until it was mysteriously covered over in white.


Burning ninots

Ninot depicting Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo burning on the last night of the Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain. Fallas are gigantic structures made of cardboard portraying current events and personalities in which individual figures or Ninots are placed. The Fallas are burnt in the streets of Valencia as a tribute to St Joseph, patron saint of the carpenters' guild.


Character building: Taiwan's presidential calligraphers

Deep in the high-ceilinged corridors of Taiwan's presidential office, calligraphers craft messages on behalf of the island's leaders as they seek to keep the traditional art alive.


Celebrated Portuguese luthiers face end of the line

Surrounded by planers and other woodworking tools, Joaquim Capela carefully sculpts a new bridge for a violin at a tiny workshop in northern Portugal as it drizzles outside.


Japan's isolated older 'hikikomori' shun society for years

Ikeida leaves the house once every three days to buy food, shuns deliveries to avoid human interaction and has not seen his parents or younger brother for 20 years.


Gallops of Morocco

A rider competing during the "Gallops of Morocco" equestrian race in the desert of Merzouga in southern Morocco.


Truffle-addicted Kuwaitis flock to specialty souk

White or beige, but never black, the "desert truffle" is a rare delicacy with a dedicated marketplace in Kuwait, where remnants of the Iraqi invasion and changing weather patterns have decimated local production.


Empty shoes

The lawn outside the US Capitol is covered with 7,000 pairs of empty shoes to commemorate the 7,000 children killed in gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, in a display organized by global advocacy group Avaaz in Washington DC.


Purification

Balinese taking part in the Melasti ceremony at Petitenget Beach near Denpasar, Bali. Melasti is a purification festival held several days before "Nyepi", the day of silence when Balinese Hindus are not allowed to work, travel or take part in any indulgence.


In Colombia, birders find their version of Eden

Despite his small stature, 10-year-old Juan David Camacho has big dreams: pacing through Colombia's jungle with binoculars in tow, he aims to spot all the bird species his country offers.


 

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