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Pakistan's fatal attraction to celebratory gunfire

As Pakistan erupted in ecstasy over a breathtaking cricket win against India this summer, five-year-old Noeen lay dying in the country's northwest, the tiny victim of an often deadly tradition: celebratory gunfire.


A giant tortoise at the Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. A breeding program in Galapagos Islands attempts to resurrect a species of giant tortoise thought to have been extinct for over 150 years.

Rohingya lives and limbs shattered by mines

Azizul Haque wanted to scream but could not muster the energy as he fought for his life, his body torn apart by the landmine he stepped on as he and his Rohingya Muslim family fled Myanmar.

Empty villages, Rohingya on the run: Who is left in Myanmar's Rakhine?

A military campaign to wipe out Rohingya insurgents has rained violence down on Myanmar's Rakhine state, sending nearly 390,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing for sanctuary in Bangladesh.

Japanese firm to offer 'drive-thru' funeral service

A Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars.

Mongolia's blossoming Buddhism faces money problems

On a barren patch of land outside Mongolia's capital, a former herder guards a half-finished pedestal and abandoned golden Buddha's head -- testament to the money problems keeping Buddhism from flourishing in the country.

No milk, sugar: Venezuelans lose prized ice cream to crisis

The Coromoto icecream parlour had it all - chocolate and vanilla for sure, though also garlic, avocado and even octopus sorbets... but the things you can't find in Venezuela any more, like milk and sugar, means the landmark has had to close for good.

Packed with tourists, Ibiza struggles to house locals

Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain's Ibiza where rental prices have shot up as mass tourism takes its toll on locals.

Japan: the land of a thousand conveniences

Heated toilets that spray users clean, train seats that revolve so passengers can admire the scenery and a convenience store on every corner: welcome to Japan, where hospitality and customer service form part of the country's DNA.

Hungry ghost festival

Monks offering prayers in front of a paper-statue of deity Da Shi Ye or Guardian God of Ghosts to mark the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur.


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