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Dragons and wizards fired up at Myanmar rocket festival

Clad in elaborate headdresses representing dragons and wizards, Myanmar's ethnic Pa'O fire huge, homemade rockets into the sky -- an annual call for plentiful rains and a chance for a windfall of cash.

Attacks on Brazil's ecological paradises threaten biodiversity

Brazil is home to more than half of the world's plant and animal species, but its ecological paradises are facing growing threats from big business and criminal outfits who have found a champion in far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, experts say.

When apple trees blossom, worker bees rock

In an apple orchard outside Paris, a constant hum among the blossoming trees bears witness to thousands of worker bees pollinating millions of flowers in just three weeks.

Egypt's rebounding tourism threatens Red Sea corals

In serene turquoise waters off Egypt's Red Sea coast, scuba divers ease among delicate pink jellyfish and admire coral -- yet a rebounding tourism sector threatens the fragile marine ecosystem.


Thousands of residents take part in the annual rendering of the Great Mosque of Djenné, a Unesco World Heritage site in central Mali. Rendering of the building with banco, a mixture of soil and water with rice bran, shea butter and baobab powder made by local inhabitants, helps protect the mosque from bad weather ahead of the rainy season.

Street art

A young artist working on a mural painting in Cantarranas some 20km northeast of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, during a street art event that sees the participation of 55 artists from seven countries.


A teddy bear in Xonacatlan, Mexico, measuring over 20 meters long and 4 tons in weight enters the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest of its kind in the world.

Revamped Russian animation goes for global audiences

In a slick Moscow loft, dozens of graphic designers peer at computers, compiling the latest scenes of "Fantasy Patrol", a cartoon produced by Russia's Parovoz animation studio.

Across the lake

Kashmiri school children making their way to school on a shikara boat across the waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar.

For Sri Lanka grave digger, a grim parade

Piyasri Gunasena rarely digs more than one grave a day at the Madampitiya cemetery in Sri Lanka's capital. On Tuesday, two days after the deadly Easter bomb attacks, he had dug 10 by mid-afternoon.



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