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Vegetarian Festival

Devotees with skewers pierced through their cheeks for purification taking part in a procession during the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days.

Art to the rescue: Old US police, fire boxes get breath of life

Decades after they helped save lives in the US capital, police and fire department call boxes still stand on city corners, relics of a time when firefighters used horse-drawn wagons and cops walked the beat.


People boating in a polluted area of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. Photo courtesy: AFP


Sumo wrestling students attending a practice session in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil, which houses the largest Japanese population in the world outside Japan, has seen a growth of interest in sumo wrestling in recent years.

Chili map

Aerial photo showing people walking among an image of a Chinese map and a national flag formed with dried chili peppers during the harvest season in Zhangye in China's northwestern Gansu province, as farmers celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Polka-dotted zebra

A polka-dotted zebra foal is seen in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Antony Tira, a Masai guide who first spotted the foal, named him Tira. Tira has a condition called pseudomelanism, a rare genetic mutation in which animals display some sort of abnormality in their stripe pattern.

Among the believers in North Korea's 'holy land'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor is said to have been born in a simple wooden hut on the slopes of a sacred mountain, and guide Kim Un Sim has no doubts: "Welcome to our holy land."

The Bollywood dream factory in Mumbai's slums

In a windowless attic in Dharavi in Mumbai, one of Asia's biggest slums, some are looking to become a Bollywood star -- or at least get a bit part.

Bull run

A jockey racing a pair of bulls on a paddy field during the annual Kalapoottu bull-running festival at a village near Palakkad in Kerala, India.


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


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