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The sculpture "Genesis of Evolution" by Italy-based Costa Rican artist Jorge Jiménez Deredia in San Jose, Costa Rica. Jiménez Deredia is the first Latin American sculptor whose work is displayed at the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican. His statue of Saint Marcellin Champagnat was completed in 2000 and inaugurated in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

Tape Art

A display from the "Tape Art" exhibition in Taipei by Tape That, an artist collective based in Berlin.

Iranian bread permanent guest at Kuwaiti tables

Khalil Kamal makes sure he regularly visits Kuwait's popular Souq Al-Mubarakiya, where he enjoys his favourite kebab meal with onion, rocket and freshly baked Iranian bread.

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island.

Man's best friend: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul

Naya, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, focuses intently as she leaps over hurdles and zooms through tunnels on an obstacle course at a training centre on a hill overlooking Kabul.

Shanghai leads battle against China's rising mountain of trash

Nie Feng used to toss his rubbish outside his Shanghai flat without a thought while rushing to work, but saving China from a garbage crisis now requires him to consult a complex diagram each morning.

Algae bloom

Boats surrounded by algae in a bay in Qingdao. The bright green algae bloom is an annual phenomenon along the coastline of China's eastern Shandong province since the first outbreak in 2008, and is believed to be caused by a combination of warming sea temperatures and edible seaweed farming off the coast.

Cuba's aging rockers finally earn their due

For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the "music of the enemy." But Cuba's rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba and reggaeton usually reign.

Elephants: the jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch's sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.

Lost lessons: N. Koreans get 're-education' in South

One of the first things North Korean defector Ri Kwang-myong did after reaching the South was to go back to school -- 12 years after finishing his education.


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