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'Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall -- without a body-shrouding abaya.

A living history on Sabah's west coast

Like other towns on Sabah's west coast, Kinarut came into existence at the turn of the last century because of the rail line built by the North Borneo Chartered Company and a burgeoning rubber industry.


The Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral's carpet undergoing renovation at the Mobilier National headquarters in Paris.

'Let us sleep': English churches welcome campers

Silent night, holy night takes on a whole new meaning for visitors paying for an unorthodox overnight stay in a mediaeval English church.

China's transgender community risk self-surgery and illegal drugs

Vulnerable and afraid, a 16-year-old boy sat on the floor of his home in rural eastern China and tried to hack off his genitals with a scalpel, an act of desperation against a body he did not want.

London selfie shop lets Instagram generation strike a pose

Posing in a bath of pink balls or throwing up handfuls of multicoloured confetti, teenagers and 20-somethings snap away at a purpose-built London mini-studio for social media selfies.

Saturday buses in Israel: a blessing for some, curse for others

The public bus glides down the road towards the beach on the horizon, but the ride is far from being as commonplace as it sounds in this Israeli city.

On Hanoi's Red River, fruitsellers forgo comfort for cash

Card games and karaoke help migrant workers pass the time on the cramped houseboats of Hanoi's Red River, swapping their privacy to eke out a living selling fruit for a few dollars a day.

Fire dragon

Participants taking part in the annual Tai Hang "fire dragon" event in Hong Kong, one of the highlights of the city's mid-autumn festival.

Tribute in Light

The Tribute in Light shines into the sky over Manhattan in New York City to mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.


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