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  November 2020  
  Poverty Alleviation in China: Propaganda or Reality?  
  Poverty alleviation in China: propaganda or reality?  
Over the past four decades, China says it has lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty. Under the poverty alleviation program, villagers in remote areas are relocated to towns that have been built by the state and are equipped with water, electricity, healthcare facilities and schools while providing the possibility of finding employment and leaving behind the hardship of rural life. But for many, the sudden transition to an urban lifestyle has been difficult.
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  © epa-efe / Roman Pilipey  
  Wild Food Gastronomy in Finland  
  Wild Food Gastronomy in Finland  
Food tourism and visits to wild nature inspire people, both in Finland and around the world. There are already a few restaurants in Finland that serve dishes and event entire menus that are prepared using only ingredients sourced from nearby forests, which can be treasure troves of nutritional gems, providing unique flavors from wild vegetables and herbs such as nettles, dandelions, horseradish, clovers, birch leaves and pine or spruce cones.
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  © epa-efe / COMPIC / Kimmo Brandt  
  Volunteers Step-In to Fight Myanmar's Covid-19 Surge  
  Volunteers step in to fight Myanmar's COVID-19 surge  
With one of the worst healthcare systems in the world, Myanmar is confronting a surge in Covid-19 cases with the help of an army of community volunteers. Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, is in lockdown with a stay-at-home order in place to control the spread of infections. The area has become the outbreak epicenter of the country. With health workers overwhelmed by the number of Covid-19 patients, thousands of frontline volunteers are now playing an important role in fighting Myanmar’s epidemic.
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  © epa-efe / Lynn Bo Bo  
  Czech Beer Industry Struggles Amid COVID-Restrictions  
  Czech beer industry struggles amid Covid restrictions  
The Czech beer industry has for centuries been one of the country’s major cultural attractions, an industry that flourished through world wars, as well as decades of communism, all while barely losing a drop in sales. But all that has changed with the pandemic, which has severely dented Czech beer profits as restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the deadly disease, including the closure of bars and restaurants, have taken a heavy toll, brewers say.
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  © epa-efe / Martin Divíšek  
  Still Life: Death and Love Dolls in Japan  
  Still life: Death and love dolls in Japan  
'The nail that sticks out will be hammered down' - Japanese are under enormous pressure to conform and avoid becoming that nail — an outlier from the rest of society. Many feel suffocated having to live within the confines of such strict social norms. That is where Leiya Arata and her ‘factory’ of fantasies come in, catering to those with desires and dreams that might not be welcome in main-stream society.
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  © epa-efe / Dai Kurokawa  
  Poverty Alleviation in Tibet  
  Poverty Alleviation in Tibet  
The natural beauty of Tibet, the thousand-year-old Himalayan roof of the world, still dazzles the few visitors who are allowed in. But today in many places, bulldozers, highways, and modern apartment towers have replaced the grazing yaks and the chanting Buddhist monks. According to the Beijing government, extreme poverty – an endemic problem in Tibet, where pastoralism has traditionally been the sole source of income for most people – has been eradicated.
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  © epa-efe / Roman Pilipey  
  Bee Transhumance in Provence  
  Bee transhumance in Provence  
Every year in Provence, the start of summer is marked by the flowering of lavender fields, much to the delight of bees coming from far to forage this sacred flower. Jérôme Payen practices bee transhumance which consists of transporting beehives to the Valensole plateau, renowned for its lavender fields stretching as far as the eye can see. He selects the most numerous and strongest hives that will make the long journey to pollen paradise. At the end of the summer Jérôme returns to harvest lavender honey labelled 'Flowers of Provence'.
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  © epa-efe / Sebastien Nogier  
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