Precious and precocious


Precious Perez, a bubbly teenager living in Chelsea, Massachusetts, has been blind since birth. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries: she goes to public school, takes voice lessons and plays goalball – a sport for visually impaired athletes. Reuters photographer Brian Snyder learned about her interests, her values and her aspirations for the future.

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Hip, young and in Kabul


Afghanistan's recent history has been a turbulent one from the austere and repressive years of Taliban rule, to the U.S.-led invasion of 2001. Yet despite upheaval and fresh violence that has flared in the run-up to the country’s April 5 election, the Afghan capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Reuters photographer Morteza Nikoubazl documented their lives.

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Preserving Myanmar’s forests


Myanmar has some of Asia's largest remaining expanses of forest, from the slopes of the Himalayan foothills in the north to steamy rainforest in the south.But it has been disappearing fast. Now the country is preparing to ban the export of raw timber logs as its new reformist government steps up efforts to save this important habitat.

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Yoga, butt naked


A yoga school in New York wants to rid students of insecurity and self-doubt by letting them also shed their clothing.”Bold and Naked” yoga studio offers nude classes to men and women. Although it might not be everybody's idea of relaxation, the practice is meant to be liberating and give students confidence.

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Michelle Obama tours China


The U.S. first lady is visiting China with her mother and two daughters as part of a week-long trip to promote education and cultural ties.During the tour, Michelle Obama has seen the Great Wall, the historic city of Xi'an with its terracotta warriors, and the southern city of Chengdu – where she tried out some tai chi.

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Inside Nollywood


Nigeria's movie business, popularly known as Nollywood, is one of the biggest in the world. According to UNESCO the industry produced around 1,000 movies in 2011 – more than the number that came out of the United States – although most were released only in video formats. Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye documented life behind the scenes in the prolific business, which churns out huge numbers of films often on shoestring budgets.

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Preserving Myanmar’s forests


Myanmar has some of Asia's largest remaining expanses of forest, from the slopes of the Himalayan foothills in the north to steamy rainforest in the south.But it has been disappearing fast. Now the country is preparing to ban the export of raw timber logs as its new reformist government steps up efforts to save this important habitat.

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The long road to Malaysia


Violence and persecution have ravaged the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar, where clashes with Buddhists in 2012 killed at least 192 people and left 140,000 homeless.Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled the turmoil. But many have only faced further abuse abroad – this time at the hands of human traffickers as they try to make their way to Malaysia.

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Is it spring yet?


Spring arrived in the northern hemisphere on March 20 – the day of the vernal equinox, which marks the start of the new season.Although an unusually cold winter has left many in the United States still feeling pretty chilly, Reuters photographer Lucy Nicholson took a series of pictures of people in California enjoying the sunny outdoors.

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The ghost villages of Verdun


A hundred years after the guns fell silent in World War One, a group of villages wiped out by fighting on France's bloodiest battleground lead a ghostly existence.Their names still appear on maps and mayors representing them are chosen by local authorities. But most of the streets, houses and people who once lived around the French stronghold of Verdun are gone. Empty space and war memorials have mostly taken their place.

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Replacing Flight MH370


Mystery surrounds the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without a trace on March 8.A massive search for the jetliner is under way involving 26 nations, but normal life also continues and flights are still running along the same route that it was supposed to cover, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Photographer Edgar Su took Malaysia Airlines flight MH318, which replaces the number of the missing jet, to document the journey.

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Mementos of Korea's Divided Families


The 1950-53 Korean War left many families stranded on opposite sides of the North-South border. Many were parted forever, some were able to see their relatives again very briefly at a few specially organised family reunions. The latest reunion was held last month. Photographer Kim Hong-Ji talked to some of those who felt the joy of seeing their families again after over 60 years apart as well as the pain of saying goodbye once more – probably forever.

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Spray cans and Euros


The European Central Bank might seem like an unlikely host for edgy graffiti artists, but it has nevertheless been a successful one. The bank has allowed street artists to use the fence around the building site for its new headquarters as a public gallery, and has even provided them with funding. The graffiti aces have used the space to create art, often featuring provocative political commentary.

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Mementos of Korea's Divided Families


The 1950-53 Korean War left many families stranded on opposite sides of the North-South border. Many were parted forever, some were able to see their relatives again very briefly at a few specially organised family reunions. The latest reunion was held last month. Photographer Kim Hong-Ji talked to some of those who felt the joy of seeing their families again after over 60 years apart as well as the pain of saying goodbye once more – probably forever.

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Land of salt


White salt coats the ground, forming an eerie, glittering pool in the midst of a dry landscape. India is the world's third largest producer of salt, and saltpans here in Little Rann of Kutch, in the state of Gujarat, begin pumping out sub-soil brine water at the end of the mosoon season every year to make the crystalline substance.

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The Buddha factory


Myanmar’s Zagyin village has a special claim to fame: it is such a huge producer of Buddha statues that it is sometimes dubbed the second birthplace of Buddha.Zagyin – whose name means marble – is home to the marble mine pictured above. Reuters photographer Soe Zeya Tun documented the operation that churns out the religious sculptures for which the village is known.

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Tatars of Crimea


The Tatars, around 250,000 of whom live in modern-day Crimea, have a turbulent history. In their heyday from the 15th to the 18th century they ruled a Crimean Khanate, but their population was slashed and scattered, first by Tsarist Russia and then by the Soviets. Now, many are apprehensive about the prospect of Crimea leaving Ukraine and coming under Moscow’s rule.

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Faces of Romania's past


Many of the poignant images by Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte could have been lost in the sands of time, but thanks to a local museum and the help of a diligent volunteer named Cezar Popescu, they are now being preserved and shared across the world. Acsinte lived from 1897 to 1984 and documented more than half a century of life in Romania. His original images have deteriorated badly, but Popescu is now helping digitise many of them to save Acsinte's work for posterity.

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Making it as a masseuse


This training centre run by Chinese massage company Huaxia Liangtse might look somewhat less glamorous than the firm’s plush stores, but that has not stopped students from flocking there to learn the art of massage.The school in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou has taught well over a thousand foot massage trainees, as competitive salaries attract more and more people to the profession.

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Nuclear refugees


March 11 marks the third anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. In the aftermath of the disaster, a total of 160,000 people living around the plant were ordered to leave their homes. Many are still struggling to cope with the consequences.

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Fukushima's children


With an anxious expression on her face, a five-year-old girl in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture lies back to have her thyroid examined. From going through medical checks like this, to having limits on the time they can spend outdoors, many children in the region continue to be affected by the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant three years ago.

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A night at the ball


Vienna’s Opera Ball is a grand affair – and with tickets that start at 250 euros ($340), and boxes costing as much as 18,500 euros ($25,000), that is just as you would expect. The traditional ball is opened by the Austrian president and features a musical programme complete with artists from the Vienna Philharmonic and State Ballet, before 144 debutants and debutantes lead into the festivities with a Strauss waltz.

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Mothers and daughters


In the run-up to International Women's Day on March 8, Reuters photographers around the globe took a series of portraits of women and their daughters.They asked each mother what her profession was, when she had finished education, and what she wanted her daughter to become. They also asked each daughter what she wanted to do in the future. Their images are a window into the lives of women and girls from around the world.

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Dancing all over the world


Bejewelled dancers in Rio de Janeiro. Costumed masquerades in Venice. Revellers dressed as horned devils in Spain. The traditions may be different, but in countries all over the world Carnival is a time to throw off the shackles of everyday life. Reuters photographers around the globe documented the topsy-turvy revelry of the season.

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Geelong – where next?


Grappling with the flight of thousands of manufacturing jobs, Geelong stands at an economic crossroads. The city of 180,000 south of Melbourne is a microcosm of the dilemma facing Australia, as its mining boom is slowing and its manufacturing base has been driven overseas. Now, the steps authorities and industry leaders take in Geelong will be closely watched to see if the city becomes Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit.

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Banished once a month


Once a month, Dhuna Devi Saud sleeps in a tiny shack with no windows and very little to protect her from animals roaming the hills outside.She is not the only one from her village in Nepal who finds herself in these uncomfortable conditions. Dhuna lives in an area of the country where many woman practice ‘chaupadi', a tradition that cuts them off from the rest of society when they are menstruating.

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Supermarket chic


Chanel may be a byword for high fashion, but that did not stop the brand’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld fusing it with a faux-cheap-and-cheerful look for a show at Paris fashion week. The hall of Paris’ imposing Grand Palais was transformed into a supermarket to exhibit his new creations for the French fashion house, with models striding past colourful shelves stacked high with goods.

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Prayer of protest


Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered for a mass prayer in Jerusalem on March 2 in protest at a bill that would cut their community's military exemptions.Ultra-Orthodox leaders had called on their men, women and children to attend the protest against new legislation ending wholesale army exemptions granted to seminary students, which is expected to pass in the coming weeks and would end a tradition upheld since Israel's foundation.

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Stars in their eyes


The world’s top actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards on March 2 to see who would be honoured with the most coveted prizes in film. Viewers around the globe tuned in to watch the proceedings, and a self-portrait taken on the big night of host Ellen DeGeneres and stars including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper quickly became the most shared photo ever on Twitter.

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Lights out


His oiled body glistening, a Thai fighter receives help after being beaten at Bangkok’s legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium – one of the oldest such arenas in the city. The venue, like the fighter, has suffered a blow. For decades, crowds have flocked here to watch bouts, but Lumpinee stands on prime real estate and is set to be demolished to make way for new high-rise urban development.

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