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No quiet rules at Indonesia's flyover library

Singing and laughter briefly drown out the roar of cars under a Jakarta flyover, where an unlikely library for kids is thriving despite choking fumes -- and opposition from menacing gangsters.

Super bloom

Visitors flock the hills surrounding Diamond Valley Lake southeast of Los Angeles, California, to experience the unusual explosion of colorful wildflowers during the current "super bloom".

Asian orchids

A pamphiopedilum orchid on display during the "Orchids of Asia" exhibition at the Museum and Library of Hungarian Agriculture in Budapest.

Easter eggs

Egg-shaped structures on display at the Baroque Castle park as part of the Easter decorations in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany.


Victorian organ pipes removed from York Minster's Grand Organ for repair and restoration at Harrison and Harrison Organ Builder workshop in Durham, northern England.

The scent of soap making returns to Aleppo

After years of war, the scent of laurel oil once again wafts from a small soap workshop in Aleppo, signalling the revival of a landmark trade in the battered northern city.

Sacred turtle embalmed in Hanoi

A sacred giant turtle that died in Hanoi's storied Hoan Kiem lake has been given a new lease on life by city authorities who have embalmed the beloved creature for posterity -- and tourist visits.

KAWS Companion

KAWS:HOLIDAY Companion, an inflatable 37-meter-long sculpture by US artist and designer Brian Donnelly, known professionally as Kaws, being towed through Victoria Harbour ahead of the exhibition's opening in Hong Kong.


David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, has rehabilitated more than 230 orphan elephants in the past 42 years.

Cuba a thriving hangout for Soviet era motorcycle sidecars

Cuba's love affair with 1950s-era American cars is still intact, but the communist-run island also has a lingering attachment to a stalwart of Soviet-era leftovers, the motorcycle sidecar.



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