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  May 2018  
  Indian traditional sport Mallakhamba  
Near Mahim Bay in Mumbai sits a two-story building whose modest appearance betrays its notable heritage of athletics. More than 1,000 athletes of different sports who went on to become national champions have attended the Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir physical education institution since it opened in 1925. The school is a training ground for traditional Indian sports like Mallakhamba, a discipline that combines aspects of wrestling, yoga and gymnastics. It was originally practiced by wrestlers and soldiers as a strength training exercise. 'Malla' means 'wrestler' and 'khamb' means 'pole' in Marathi.
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  © epa-efe / Divyakant Solanki  
  Matatu Culture  
  Matatu Culture in Kenya  
The matatu minibuses of Kenya are colorful, known for blaring out loud music, and have become more and more extravagant in their design. Matatu is a Swahili term meaning "three," coined in the 1970s when people used to pay three pennies for a ride. But these buses have evolved from a mere mode of transport to a way of life, spreading from urban hubs to all corners of the East African nation. President Kenyatta allowed matatu owners to decorate their vehicles, which has led to drastic growth in the industry, opening the floodgates to a wave of creativity as matatus compete in order to outshine each other.
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  © epa-efe / Daniel Irungu  
  AI Sex Robot  
  AI Sex Robot in China  
Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China’s leading companies for robots equipped with artificial intelligence (AI). Among the company’s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature is set to 37º C and the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. A semblance of authenticity that doesn’t come cheap: Emma’s retail price is about RMB 20,000.
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  © epa-efe / Aleksandar Plavevski  
  Uighur Daily Life in Xinjiang  
  Uighur daily life in Xinjiang  
Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic minority group in China, make up about 40% of the 21.8 million people in Xinjiang, a vast, ethnically divided region. Other ethnic minorities living in the area include the Han Chinese, Kyrgyz, Mongolian and Tajik people. Xinjiang has long been home to separatists unrest and violent terrorist attacks, which Beijing authorities blame on Islamist extremism. Human rights groups say Chinese repression of religious rights, culture and freedom of movement have caused resentment and raised tensions. Xinjiang and the region is still touted as an attractive tourist spot.
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  © epa-efe / How Hwee Young  
  Madhya Pradesh Acute Water Crisis  
  Madhya Pradesh acute water crisis  
Huge stretches of Madhya Pradesh, India’s largest state, is facing an acute water crisis as the state’s water reservoir has started drying up due to scant rainfall this season. Without functioning hand pumps and bore wells villagers have no choice but to drink contaminated water. Acute water shortage has also triggered mass migration from villages like Charawal village of Sagar district and villages of Imlidhol Panchayat. Most rivers in the area have dried up and more than 2000 tube wells have no water because the water table has dropped. Most of the young have left these villages in search of water and livelihood, leaving the elderly behind.
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  © epa-efe / Harish Tyagi  
  Shanghai Mansion  
  Shanghai Mansion  
The Mansion, located in a residential neighborhood in Shanghai, serves as a free hostel during weekdays and a club on weekends. It has become a home for both Chinese and foreigners. After living in the Mansion periodically for years Edison gradually discovered his life’s purpose and also met the woman he would marry. “I discovered the freedom here we never had in China” he says. The Mansion draws new residents with its living concept, international character and free accommodation. It is expected that residents follow certain rules and do some jobs around the Mansion like helping out with cleaning or working as a bartender during parties on weekends.
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  © epa-efe / Roman Pilipey  
  Living Behind Bars  
  Living behind bars in South Africa  
In the 1980s, I remember having a nice low hedge around our house, and a gate that had no lock on it. Every time we left the house, we locked the front door with a key and happily left the property, knowing nothing would happen. Today, due to an increase in crime in South Africa, I always lock the security gate, have panic buttons in various rooms, and metal spikes on the front wall of the house. This crime wave that has hit the country affects citizens from all walks of life, income groups and areas. Living behind these bars to protect ourselves has in effect made us prisoners in our own homes.
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  © epa-efe / Kim Ludbrook  
  Peculiar Professions across Asia  
  Peculiar professions across Asia  
Across Asia, billions of people head to work as the sun rises. Some of these occupations do not fall into the category of mainstream careers, instead they are deemed by some to be peculiar professions. A specialized cosmetic fish surgeon, master nail weavers, and crocodile wranglers are among them. Sharia law enforcers whose job is to mete out punishment as determined by Sharia courts pull on identity covering black or brown head-to-toe robes in Aceh for their work, while Indonesian Living Statue artist Sadam Firman is among those to color himself in a head-to-toe uniform of silver as he acts out his role as a frozen independence hero.
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  © epa-efe / Diego Azubel  
  Giving Back to the Community - The Philippines Street Child World Cup Team  
  Giving back to the community, the Philippines Street Child World Cup team  
Ronalyn grew up as a street child roaming Payatas, one of the largest dumpsites and poorest areas of Manila. On one of her scavenger hunts, she stumbled upon a football clinic held by the Fairplay For All Foundation, a non-governmental organization which provides children in Payatas with a safe environment, education, exercise and opportunities to dream big. Over the years Fairplay has grown, developing a school of its own, registering with the Alternative Learning System, and opening a cafe and sports center. The Street Child World Cup is held every four years prior to the FIFA World Cup.
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  © epa-efe / Mark R. Cristino  
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