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A stitch in time to save Egypt's ancient tentmaking craft

Mohsen al-Khayami has for years watched sadly as his once lucrative craft business dwindled and fellow artisans deserted the ancient art known as Khayamiya, or tentmaking, for better paying jobs.


Into the arena for camel wrestling in Turkey

Erol Bilgin has high hopes. His camel, Kara Elmas (Black Diamond), might not have won the beauty contest the day before, but it might well fare better in the main event, the wrestling competition.


Parachicos

Local inhabitants dancing as "Parachicos" in Chiapa de Corzo in southern Mexico.


Street art

Street artist Artur Bordalo II posing next to one of his artworks ahead of the opening of his exhibition in Paris.


All shook up: How Elvis keeps Aussie outback town alive

Once a year Parkes, a sleepy mining town in rural Australia, explodes into colour and song -- a veritable Graceland in the outback hosting a five-day extravaganza to celebrate 'the King'.


Construction without coordination: how ants build megaprojects

Leaf-cutter ants build super highways to transfer food and building materials hundreds of metres without communicating with each other, scientists claimed Wednesday, in findings that could prompt a rethink about how some insect communities organise themselves.


China's ageing elite live golden years in style

At a gated community for Chinese senior citizens, retired military personnel, film-makers and top university professors settle into a new routine: ballet lessons, weightlifting and catered dining.


Endangered in Ivory Coast: traditional priestesses

A dozen women, their bodies coated with clay, sway to beating drums as if in a trance, ankle bells jingling as they stamp their feet, in the eastern Ivorian town of Aniansue.


Pig lanterns

A pig lantern displayed at Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai to mark the Year of the Pig which will start on February 5.


Refugee tents

An informal tent settlement housing Syrian refugees in the central Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.


 

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