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The romance and the Kalashnikov: Pashtun cinema reborn

Their tunics drenched in sweat, hundreds gather by the big screen, shouting and dancing their pride in being Pashtun amid clouds of hashish. In Pakistan's northwest, devastated by a decade of terrorism, this is how cinema is done now the local film industry is enjoying a renaissance.


A woman riding a bicycle on a polluted day in Beijing. Beijing chokes under the worst smog of the year on Nov 30, with dangerous particulates nearly 20 times healthy levels. Photo courtesy: AFP


People dancing in front of a 12-meter-high illuminated Christmas tree constructed of 121 old windows from local old houses in Rakvere, eastern Estonia.

Roadside eateries

Foreign tourists having drinks and food as they sit at tables set up on the pavement in the old quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo courtesy: AFP

Thanksgiving Parade

The Sponge Bob Square Pants float passes spectators during the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.


A New York City subway car is covered in Nazi imagery to promote the new Amazon TV series "The Man in the High Castle." Amazon has subsequently decided to pull the ads following an outcry from passengers and social media users.


A collection of pearls at a retailer in Papeete, French Polynesia. The pearl, pillar of the French Polynesian economy, becomes vulnerable because of global warming.

Thirsty for fame: Pakistan's camel-mounted military bagpipe band

A haunting peal reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands reverberates across Pakistan's inhospitable Cholistan desert the nation's first camel-mounted military bagpipe band marches, noses in the air.


People looking at Christmas and New Year display featuring the theme "Canyon d'Azur" (Blue Canyon) in Tokyo. The display, with some 270,000 LED lights, will be on show until February 14 next year.


Visitors looking at the Eiffel Tower illuminated in the colors of the French tricolor flag in tribute to the victims of the Nov 13 terror attacks.


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