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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.

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.

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.

100 colours

"100 colours", an art installation made of 8,000 paper-cut numbers by French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux on display at Eslite Book Store in Taipei.

Applying mascara, male bloggers challenge Russia gender norms

Gevorg brushes mascara onto his already long, dark lashes before dabbing highlighter above his cheekbones and checking the results in a mirror of a central Moscow salon.

Waves of change: Nigeria's Lagos battles Atlantic erosion

Can Lagos hold back the waves? Sprawled around a lagoon, Nigeria's frenetic economic capital faces a threat from the Atlantic on its doorstep.

Bull run

A heifer bull jumping over revellers in the bull ring after the second bull run during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain.

Pyrotechnic show

Artists performing during "Marie-Antoinette" pyrotechnic show by Group F in the gardens of Château de Versailles Orangerie outside Paris.


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