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Hotel in mountains of Italy engulfed by avalanche

Hotel in mountains of Italy engulfed by avalanche

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Up to 30 people were feared to have died after an Italian mountain Hotel Rigopiano was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country. Italy’s Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a six-feet high wall of snow and that emergency services were struggling to get ambulances and diggers to the site.

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Disappearing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi desert

Disappearing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi desert

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For years, herder Gelegrash had a sideline bringing tourists to see a dinosaur skull hidden near the Flaming Cliffs in Mongolia’s Gobi desert. Then, one day, it was gone. It is one of thousands of ancient fossils that have disappeared from the country since American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews — supposedly the inspiration for the movie character Indiana Jones — discovered dinosaur eggs there nearly a century ago.

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The last blacksmith on Hanoi’s Lo Ren street

The last blacksmith on Hanoi’s Lo Ren street

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Sitting before a bright orange flame, Vietnamese blacksmith Nguyen Phuong Hung prods a fire pit with a long metal rod before he hammers, bends, and contorts glowing steel into a giant drill bit. Hung, who toils away in his tiny corner stall in downtown Hanoi, is the last remaining blacksmith on Hanoi’s Lo Ren street, named after the masters of metal it was once known for.

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Jockeys, purebred Arab horses turn out for Liwa Moreeb Dune Festival

Jockeys, purebred Arab horses turn out for Liwa Moreeb Dune Festival

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Jockeys compete in a race for purebred Arab horses during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 3, 2017, in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country’s folklore.

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