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Salt of the Alps: ancient Austrian mine holds Bronze Age secrets

All mines need regular reinforcement against collapse, and Hallstatt, the world's oldest salt mine perched in the Austrian Alps, is no exception.


Laziness

People taking part in a parade to celebrate the World Day of Laziness in Itagui near Medellin, Colombia. Photo courtesy: AFP


Ice cafe

Customers inside the ICE cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Opened in June, the igloo-themed cafe draws crowds to sip warm latte while sitting on blocks of ice as industrial air-conditioners blast overhead.


Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers

Tokyo's Gotokuji temple has long attracted spiritual visitors with its thousands of figurines of beckoning white cats, thought to bring good luck. But of late it has brought in another breed: Instagrammers.


Installation

An art installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama inside an old hurricane-damaged train garage on New York's Rockaway Peninsula. Featuring 1,500 mirrored balls to reflect and contrast the rundown interiors, the installation is part of a bi-annual art program "Rockaway!" established since 2014 to encourage redevelopment of the area following Hurricane Sandy.


Rennes revives forgotten heritage: Italian mosaics

Italian mosaics, once all the rage in France, fell into neglect and ruin by the 1970s, when homeowners began covering them up with parquet floors or even linoleum.


Ostrich farm

Ostriches at Kledu Farm, some 30km north of Bamako, Mali.


Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant

The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, "Enjoy your meal."


International Cat Day

A woman playing with kittens at a cafe in Bogota, Colombia. August 8 marks the International Cat Day.


Melting

A glacial lake at the end of the Rhone Glacier near Gletsch, Switzerland, as heatwave sweeps across Europe.


 

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