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Four sisters plait each other's hair in the town of Kut, Iraq. 

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Four sisters plait each other's hair in the town of Kut, Iraq. 

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Shia pilgrims rest in the women's quarters of Imam Ali shrine in Najaf during the Arba'een pilgrimage 

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Shia pilgrims rest in the women's quarters of Imam Ali shrine in Najaf during the Arba'een pilgrimage 

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Bibi Mehri rides her horse across the Zarak river in the Zagros mountains. Elder women who are highly skilled and respected are named "Bibi" [meaning deeply respected] within their sub-tribes. Bibi's will own a gun, and become the leader of the tribal family. ×
Bibi Mehri rides her horse across the Zarak river in the Zagros mountains. Elder women who are highly skilled and respected are named "Bibi" [meaning deeply respected] within their sub-tribes. Bibi's will own a gun, and become the leader of the tribal family. ×
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Nafisa pulls back her curtains in  a remote village in the Kurdistan region who have been displaced multiple times over the past one hundred years.

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Nafisa pulls back her curtains in  a remote village in the Kurdistan region who have been displaced multiple times over the past one hundred years.

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Ahmed Rezani in Kurdistan region of Iraq

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Ahmed Rezani in Kurdistan region of Iraq

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Ahmed Rezani, a founding guide on the Zagros Mountain Trail, near Rezan village in Choman.

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Ahmed Rezani, a founding guide on the Zagros Mountain Trail, near Rezan village in Choman.

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Gulf Cup screening in Basra

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Gulf Cup screening in Basra

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Children behind fabric during Arbaeen pilgrimage by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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Al Hillah, Iraq


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Al Hillah, Iraq


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Among cole flowers in Rojava, Syria

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Among cole flowers in Rojava, Syria

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Koya, Kurdistan region of Iraq

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Koya, Kurdistan region of Iraq

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Alboorz begins to move Mohammad's flock of sheep towards the mountain pass as the sun rises in the Zagros mountains. ×
Alboorz begins to move Mohammad's flock of sheep towards the mountain pass as the sun rises in the Zagros mountains. ×
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A man watches volunteers search for bodies in the old quarter of Antakya City in Hatay Province, Turkey

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A man watches volunteers search for bodies in the old quarter of Antakya City in Hatay Province, Turkey

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A Yazidi woman folk musician stands with a tradition daf drum inside AMAR Foundation’s Yazidi Music Project building in Khanke refugee camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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A Yazidi woman folk musician stands with a tradition daf drum inside AMAR Foundation’s Yazidi Music Project building in Khanke refugee camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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Crowds celebrate Iraq beating Yemen during the Gulf Cup on Basra's corniche

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Crowds celebrate Iraq beating Yemen during the Gulf Cup on Basra's corniche

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Chained elephant abuse at night in Varanasi India by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite for wildlife photographer of the year
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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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Sun bear in Sumatra Medan by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite for wildlife photographer of the year
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Sun bear in Medan, Sumatra. Sun bears are the world’s rarest bears, yet are commonly exploited for their gall bladders and bile. In traditional Chinese medicine the bile is thought to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to hepatitis. Cubs are farmed, sometimes living permanently with a catheter used to drain the bile.

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Sun bear in Medan, Sumatra. Sun bears are the world’s rarest bears, yet are commonly exploited for their gall bladders and bile. In traditional Chinese medicine the bile is thought to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to hepatitis. Cubs are farmed, sometimes living permanently with a catheter used to drain the bile.

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