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Celebrated Portuguese luthiers face end of the line

Surrounded by planers and other woodworking tools, Joaquim Capela carefully sculpts a new bridge for a violin at a tiny workshop in northern Portugal as it drizzles outside.


Japan's isolated older 'hikikomori' shun society for years

Ikeida leaves the house once every three days to buy food, shuns deliveries to avoid human interaction and has not seen his parents or younger brother for 20 years.


Gallops of Morocco

A rider competing during the "Gallops of Morocco" equestrian race in the desert of Merzouga in southern Morocco.


Truffle-addicted Kuwaitis flock to specialty souk

White or beige, but never black, the "desert truffle" is a rare delicacy with a dedicated marketplace in Kuwait, where remnants of the Iraqi invasion and changing weather patterns have decimated local production.


Empty shoes

The lawn outside the US Capitol is covered with 7,000 pairs of empty shoes to commemorate the 7,000 children killed in gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, in a display organized by global advocacy group Avaaz in Washington DC.


Purification

Balinese taking part in the Melasti ceremony at Petitenget Beach near Denpasar, Bali. Melasti is a purification festival held several days before "Nyepi", the day of silence when Balinese Hindus are not allowed to work, travel or take part in any indulgence.


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.


 

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