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Germany's famed Rose Monday carnival marked by low-key celebrations of tradition, resilience
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Germany's famed Rose Monday carnival marked by low-key celebrations of tradition, resilience

Because of the coronavirus pandemic the traditional 'Rosenmontag' carnival parade are canceled but eight floats are pulled through the empty streets in Duesseldorf, where normally hundreds of thousands of people would celebrate the street carnival.

Visual artists collaborate for fundraiser to support communities affected in the Beirut blast
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Visual artists collaborate for fundraiser to support communities affected in the Beirut blast

A fundraising initiative, titled 'For the Love of Beirut', is led by Ruwa and Gulf Photo Plus in partnership with Beirut Center of Photography, In My House, and Jadaliyya to celebrate love and an intimate appreciation for Beirut, and to support the communities affected by the blast.

75 years after liberation, site of Auschwitz's concentration camps opens doors to survivor families
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75 years after liberation, site of Auschwitz's concentration camps opens doors to survivor families

On 27 January 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. To mark its 75 years, many survivors from across the world were scheduled to travel to this site for official anniversary commemorations.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Despite wind scare, New Yorkers assemble to watch the giant balloons fly
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Despite wind scare, New Yorkers assemble to watch the giant balloons fly

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the city’s most popular events, features about 8,000 marchers, two dozen floats, entertainers and marching bands, ending with an appearance from Santa Claus.

Fridays for Future: At Mumbai edition of climate strike, youth demand action from policy makers
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Fridays for Future: At Mumbai edition of climate strike, youth demand action from policy makers

On 27 September, almost 2500 people in Mumbai took to the streets for a climate strike, as part of the global Fridays for Future movement.

Frida Kahlo's 112th birth anniversary celebrated in Mexico City with an exhibition, fan-led parade
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Frida Kahlo's 112th birth anniversary celebrated in Mexico City with an exhibition, fan-led parade

Kahlo was known for defying the norms femininity and depicting this idea in her work. Later she would also go on to join the Mexican Communist Party while her art grew to incorporate diverse themes including indigenous folk culture of Mexico.

On Tiananmen Square massacre's 30th anniversary, a look at China's erasure of political history
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On Tiananmen Square massacre's 30th anniversary, a look at China's erasure of political history

As China imposes strict censorship and blocks any mention of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, people try hard to prevent this part of history from being erased.

As Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates, a glimpse into the 85-year-old monarch's life
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As Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates, a glimpse into the 85-year-old monarch's life

Emperor Akihito abdicated the throne after a three-decade-long reign. The ascension of Crown Prince Naruhito marks a new imperial era in Japan, Reiwa, which stands for beautiful harmony

The Farnesina Collection explores themes of futurism, surrealism in Italian contemporary art
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The Farnesina Collection explores themes of futurism, surrealism in Italian contemporary art

Beginning with the first significant set of acquisitions of numerous works of art from the 1950s and 1960s, in the course of time, the Farnesina Collection has grown to become one of the largest of contemporary Italian art in the world.

Milan Fashion Week highlights: Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Nakashima bring vivid colours to the runway
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Milan Fashion Week highlights: Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Nakashima bring vivid colours to the runway

The runways of the Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018 were dominated by satin and snakeskin, with many brands also using elements of sportswear in their collections.

Supreme Court scraps Section 377: Verdict celebrated across India, with rainbow hues and hugs
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Supreme Court scraps Section 377: Verdict celebrated across India, with rainbow hues and hugs

Here's a look at some of the quirky ways in which queer Indians and their allies celebrated the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on Section 377

On Teachers' Day, remembering Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan —  educationist, philosopher, politician
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On Teachers' Day, remembering Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan — educationist, philosopher, politician

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President and second President of India and was believed to be an exemplary teacher. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954.

Janmashtami in Dhaka: Children paint their faces, dress up as Lord Krishna to celebrate the festival
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Janmashtami in Dhaka: Children paint their faces, dress up as Lord Krishna to celebrate the festival

Residents of Dhaka paint the faces of children as Lord Krishna to celebrate Janmashtami, the festival that marks the birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu

In China, Artificial Intelligence is powering a new generation of sex dolls
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In China, Artificial Intelligence is powering a new generation of sex dolls

These AI powered sex dolls created by WMDOLL one of China's biggest sex doll makers, offer features ranging from simple conversation to moving eyes and arms

How Muslim beauty blogger Win Lae Phyu is busting stereotypes with her videos
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How Muslim beauty blogger Win Lae Phyu is busting stereotypes with her videos

For some of Win Lae Phyu Sin's students, her tutorials are not merely about makeup, but also about building confidence in a constantly questioned identity

Kodaikanal Still Won't: TM Krishna, Sofia Ashraf, Amrit Rao call out Unilever's 'environmental racism'
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Kodaikanal Still Won't: TM Krishna, Sofia Ashraf, Amrit Rao call out Unilever's 'environmental racism'

Kodaikanal Still Won't is a follow up to the 2015 social media anthem Kodaikanal Won't feat. Sofia Ashraf

Meera Devidayal talks about her exhibition Water Has Memory, the severed relationship between the city and the sea
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Meera Devidayal talks about her exhibition Water Has Memory, the severed relationship between the city and the sea

Meera Devidayal's Water Has Memory speaks about how humans have ruined their relationship with nature by exploiting it | #FirstCulture

Violin maestro Dr N Rajam, daughter Sangeeta Shankar, granddaughters Ragini and Nandini on their three generation-spanning art
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Violin maestro Dr N Rajam, daughter Sangeeta Shankar, granddaughters Ragini and Nandini on their three generation-spanning art

With a women-shouldered lineage, the N Rajam school of music (of gayaki ang) continues with her daughter Sangeeta Shankar and granddaughters Nandini and Ragini Shankar.

Smalltalk, big impression: Mumbai-based neo-soul quartet discuss their dazzling debut EP, Tacit
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Smalltalk, big impression: Mumbai-based neo-soul quartet discuss their dazzling debut EP, Tacit

Before embarking on their multi-city tour, Smalltalk took some time out to have a chat about their influences, their debut EP, Tacit, and how it came about.

TM Krishna-MS Subbulakshmi row: What a thinkpiece on dance, devadasi system gets wrong
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TM Krishna-MS Subbulakshmi row: What a thinkpiece on dance, devadasi system gets wrong

Dance had little to do with why the devadasi system was abhorrent to those who wanted to abolish it; it was for its god-awful abuse of girls