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Pine Smoke

Members of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater performing "Pine Smoke" (松煙) to celebrate the Autumn Harvest Festival in the rice fields of Chihshang township in Taiwan's Taitung county. Photo courtesy: AFP

Hanoi's colonial-era railway doubles as selfie hotspot

In the heart of Hanoi's busy Old Quarter, French-built railroad tracks have become a hotspot for tourists seeking the perfect Instagram selfie, and for cafe owners serving up hot coffee and cold beer.

Who am I? Hunt for heritage drives Chinese to DNA tests

Chinese executive Miao Qing spits into a specially designed container, destined for a lab where her saliva will be analysed and sequenced, offering an insight into her genetic make-up and -- more importantly -- her ancestry.

Poor Ivory Coast pupils' ray of hope: solar backpacks

The equatorial sun has been up for about an hour as a gaggle of children set off from the Ivorian village of Allepilla on their hour-long trek to school.


Members of Le Cirque du Soleil performing during the show "Totem" which is running in Paris until December 2.

Show me the money: Wealth-flaunting meme goes viral in China

Chinese social media users have seized on a viral meme in which people are pictured literally rolling in their own wealth, spawning a range of cheeky counter-posts poking fun at the country's nouveau riche.

Decades of war shatter Afghanistan's glassblowing craft

Hunched and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases -- a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.

Buffaloes plough through annual Thai racing festival

Several hefty buffaloes thunder down a dirt track in eastern Thailand, kicking up dust as they are urged toward the finish line by whip-wielding jockeys perched on their backs.

'Himalayan Viagra' under threat from climate change

A prized caterpillar fungus that is more valuable than gold and is nicknamed "Himalayan Viagra" in Asia, where it is seen as a wonder drug, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, researchers said.

'Dinosaur country': fossil hunters' African paradise

The sun rises over the South African bush as scientists laden with backpacks climb a hillside.



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