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Full bloom

Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo.


Flowers in full bloom from the "indicator tree" at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The "indicator tree", identified as AF242 by the National Park Service, has reliably been blooming a week to ten days before all other Yoshino cherry trees around the Tidal Basin area for years, and has helped horticulturists make peak bloom predictions.

Paris's Louvre museum: eight centuries of history

From a medieval fortress protecting Paris to one of the world's biggest and most-visited museums, the Louvre has been reinvented many times over the centuries.

Hot air balloons

Hot air balloons flying over Putrajaya during the international hot air balloon festival.


Giant puppets from Mozambique performing during a press conference at Hotel de Ville to announce the next season of Paris' Chatelet Theatre.

Art ambition: HK battles Beijing as dreams for culture soar

At a sunny Hong Kong art studio Kacey Wong gazes out through the bars of a cage, painted communist red -- his work a protest in a city struggling to square its vast cultural ambitions with an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Desert rose

Visitors admiring an exhibit at the National Museum of Qatar in Doha designed and conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel. Inaugurated on Wednesday, the striking new museum building's design was inspired by desert rose found in Qatar's arid deserts.


The glass-bottom telecabins allow visitors to cross ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France, 45 meters above the ground to view the animals and attractions.

Desert truffles are Libya's 'manna from heaven'

Braving the cold and hostile Libyan desert, Milad Mohammed scratches the ground to extract what he calls "manna from heaven" -- white truffles coveted as a delicacy at home and abroad.

Yemeni children seek work at cemetery after school

Barefoot in a blue striped shirt, Ahmed al-Hamadi walks from school to a cemetery in the Yemeni capital where he works to help his family survive.



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