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End of an era: Japan's emperor kicks off abdication rites

Draped in ornate golden-brown robes and wearing a towering black hat, Japan's Emperor Akihito on Tuesday kicked off ceremonies for his abdication, the first in 200 years for the world's oldest monarchy.


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.

Across the lake

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

In Baltimore, violins to combat violence

As the conductor raises her baton, dozens of children come to order, and their everyday cacophonous chatting gives way to a melodic cascade of notes.

Animal hikes

People going for a walk with llamas and alpacas on a sunny day in Drantum, northern German. The "Herzog-Alpakas" farm offers photo shootings and wool products as well as hikes with these animals from Latin America.

"Die in"

Extinction Rebellion climate change activists performing a mass "die in" under the blue whale in the foyer of the Natural History Museum in London, calling for political change to combat climate change. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests.

Child monks

Children taking part in "Children Becoming Buddhist Monks" ceremony at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. Following the ceremony, the children will stay at the temple for two weeks to learn about Buddhism until Buddha's birthday on May 12.

Super bloom

People visiting the poppy fields at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, California, as a super bloom of wildflowers explodes across California's once-parched hills following a particularly wet winter.

Mars base for teens opens in China desert

A Mars base simulator sits in the middle of nowhere in China's Gobi desert, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers.

Solar farm

Photovoltaic panels at the solar power plant in La Colle des Mees in southeastern France. The 112,000 solar panels cover an area of 200 hectares with a total capacity of 100MW.



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