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In Colombia, birders find their version of Eden

Despite his small stature, 10-year-old Juan David Camacho has big dreams: pacing through Colombia's jungle with binoculars in tow, he aims to spot all the bird species his country offers.

Beyond belief: From strict ultra-Orthodox roots to street artist

With her nose piercing, jeans and sweatshirt, rising street artist Sara Erenthal looks nothing like what she was 20 years ago -- a member of an extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish group.

Honey hunters defy angry bees to harvest treetop treasure

On a moonless night deep in the Malaysian rainforest, two men perched precariously on high branches use a smoking torch to draw thousands of bees from a treetop hive, braving the angry swarm to collect their prized honey.

Hi-tech conservationists fight Indonesia wildlife crime

From cutting-edge DNA barcoding to smartphone apps that can identify illegal wildlife sales, conservationists are turning to hi-tech tools in their battle against Indonesia's animal traffickers.

Blind singers break through Bangkok's sound barrier

Strumming his guitar with ease and backed by a drummer, Singhkum Boonriang belts out covers of Thai ballads as strangers pass by on a busy Bangkok afternoon.

Portugal leases empty monasteries, forts to boost tourism

The star-shaped walls of the hilltop town of Elvas dominate the plains of Portugal's southern Alentejo region near the border with Spain.


A McDonald's sign is turned upside down on the International Women's Day in Lynwood, California.

Women blazing a trail in 'men's jobs'

In the ring, battling flames or lifting off into space, women have entered professions generally considered to be men's jobs.

Hotel hunting: mission impossible in tribal Iraq

In Iraq's Anbar province, visitors can be hard pressed to find a hotel room as tribal tradition makes housing guests a point of honour.

Cuban cigars: a treasure from Havana to Beijing

When they rip the big green leaves from the tobacco plant, Cuban farmers know they're touching gold.


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