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No doctors, nurses or painkillers: surviving pregnancy in Venezuela

Yoli Cabeza was sent from one hospital to another before finally giving birth to her daughter Yusmari in the corridor of a maternity ward because her contractions came quicker than medical help.

Women's fight for toilets in rural Pakistan

For as long as she can remember, Ayeesha Siddiqua has fought her male relatives for access to toilets -- but a sanitation drive by new premier Imran Khan could make life easier for women in patriarchal Pakistan.

Ancient board game making a comeback in Iraq

After rolling pyramid-shaped dice, Iraqi Kurdish artisan Hoshmand Muwafaq shifted his pebble around an ornate board, his handmade recreation of one of the Middle East's oldest and most popular games.


Steampunk enthusiasts attending the 6th annual Haworth Steampunk Weekend in Haworth, northern England. The 3-day alternative lifestyle festival features musicians, dancers, entertainers, burlesque performers, vintage vehicles, a fashion show and a masquerade ball. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery.

Dodging traffic, and death, on Manila's railway carts

As soon as the train rumbles past, the men heave their home-made pushcarts back onto the tracks and passengers hop aboard -- cheating death and beating Manila's notorious traffic.

Loi Krathong

People releasing "krathongs" as offerings to the water spirits on a lake at a park in Bangkok to celebrate the Loi Krathong festival.

One of Algeria's last farriers fears for the trade's future

Clutching a glowing red horseshoe between blacksmith's tongs, Meddah Larbi delights in his passion caring for horses' hooves, as one of Algeria's last farriers.

Grab riders

Grab motorbike-taxi riders waiting for customers near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Back stage, Paris Opera keeps venerable crafts alive

At the Paris Opera, people often say that for the curtain to rise on its stars, the talents of 100 different trades are needed behind the scenes

Japan's 'ama' grannies cling to their freediving fishing tradition

A group of Japanese grannies emerges from a boat returning to shore. Clad in black wetsuits and bubbling with energy, they are part of a dwindling community of "ama" -- freediving fisherwomen.



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