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Revellers taking part in the "Canto a la Tierra" parade during the Carnival of Blacks and Whites in Pasto, Colombia. The largest festivity in southwestern Colombia, over 10,000 artists, craftsmen and revellers take part in the carnival which has its origins in the mix of Andean, Amazonian and Pacific cultural expressions. Celebrated every year from January 2 to 6 in the city of Pasto, it has been part of Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009.

Old Shanghai neighborhood shivers in winter

Amidst the skyscrapers of a modern Chinese metropolis, the city's oldest neighbourhood shivers through the winter thanks to an old rule forbidding central heating.

'Bomb cyclone' pounds eastern US, four dead

A giant winter "bomb cyclone" walloped the US East Coast on Thursday with heavy snow and freezing cold that made for treacherous travel conditions and bone-chilling misery.


Tourists taking pictures in a nearly frozen Niagara Falls in Ontario.

Snow World

People visiting the Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.

Graffiti artists brighten Amman's drab streets

Dreadlocked university student Suhaib Attar clutches a can of spray paint as he sets to work on the latest gloomy corner of Jordan's capital that he has turned into his canvas.

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.

Papal audience

Pope Francis looking on as members of Golden Circus of Liana Orfei perform a routine during his weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI in The Vatican on December 27.


A murmuration of starlings in the sky over agricultural fields near the Israeli city of Beit Shean in the Jordan Valley.

Festive mood

Christmas decorations in the garden of a private house in Meyreuil, southern France.


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