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Buddhist monks celebrate Makha Bucha festival in Thailand

Magha Puja or Makha Bucha, as it is known in Thailand, is celebrated on the full moon of the third lunar month. This year it falls on February 19.

Inside the Mexican town that supplies most of United States’ heroin

Overdose deaths from opioids have increased almost six-fold in past two decades in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year 2017 witnessed more than 15,000 deaths due to heroin overdose.

Afghanistan’s youth wary of future with Taliban

Afghanistan has a strikingly young population, with more than 60 percent of its 35 million people under the age of 25, and half under the age of 15, according to the UN population agency

The varied faces of France’s yellow vest movement

These are the faces of France's yellow vest movement, an array of people with grievances so varied that sometimes it's hard to see what they have in common other than the fluorescent vests glowing from their chests.

Donald Trump’s second State of the Union — in photos

The State of the Union is a traditional annual speech delivered by the US president to a joint session of the Congress where he gives an account of the situation in the country.

Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to visit Arabian Peninsula

The Catholic leader was greeted by Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Emirati vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the presentation of delegations in the courtyard of the royal palace

Polar Vortex 2019: Chilling photos that will make you stay inside

As ominous as the term polar vortex sounds, meteorologists say the phenomenon is not new, nor despite its sound does it refer to a cyclone of cold or a freakishly dangerous storm

Severe air pollution forces Bangkok to close hundreds of schools

The Pollution Control Department said the amount of especially dangerous tiny ``PM 2.5'' particles has risen in all areas in and around Bangkok since Monday.

Strongest tornado in 8 decades hits Cuba, hundreds injured

A quarter of the city's roughly 2 million people were without power Monday afternoon and more than 200,000 people had lost water service because of a broken main and power cuts that left pumps out of service

Brazil dam ‘tragedy’ leaves at least 58 dead, hundreds missing

An estimated 300 people were still missing and authorities expected the death toll to increase during a search made more challenging by intermittent rains.

Stunning photos show Super Blood Wolf Moon from around the world

The entire eclipse took more than three hours. Totality — when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow — lasted an hour. Besides the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe

Rallying: The Dakar, a world of sand and solitude

The 41st Edition of the Dakar Rally will cover only one country, unlike previous editions. It will start from Lima before cruising through terrains of Pisco, San Juan de Marcona, Arequipa and Moquegua, covering a total distance of over 5000 km