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Mars base for teens opens in China desert

A Mars base simulator sits in the middle of nowhere in China's Gobi desert, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers.

Solar farm

Photovoltaic panels at the solar power plant in La Colle des Mees in southeastern France. The 112,000 solar panels cover an area of 200 hectares with a total capacity of 100MW.

Valley of dolls: scarecrows outnumber people in Japan village

In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen.

Laos New Year

People dressed as legendary ancestors Pou Nyer and Nyar Nyer along with their guardian lion Singkheo Singkham to mark the Laos New Year or Pi Mai at Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang.

Notre-Dame in Paris ravaged by fire

A fire that spread from the attic of Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday has caused its spire to crash to the ground, and devastated Paris's historical monument.


Sumo wrestlers taking part in the "honozumo" ceremonial sumo exhibition on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.


Revelers and elephants splashing water at one another during a ceremony to celebrate the Songkran Buddhist New Year in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Presidential busts

Standing nearly 20 feet tall, 43 US presidential busts from George Washington to George W Bush are seen at the bankrupted Presidents Park in Croaker, Virginia.

Changi Jewel unveiled in fight for flights

A 40-metre indoor waterfall cascading through a steel and glass dome is at the heart of a vast complex in Singapore's main airport unveiled Thursday, part of the city-state's fight for global flights.


Undated handout photo from the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities showing divers exploring the ruins of an ancient shipwreck on the Aegean island of Alonissos in Greece. Greece's culture ministry plans to open some of the country's ancient shipwrecks to visitors.



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