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Fabrice Monteiro travelled to the most polluted places in Africa and created terrifying characters who roamed their midst dressed in eerie debris. They are spirits, he says, on a mission to make humans change their ways. Informed by Africa’s environmental problems, Fabrice Monteiro’s photographs aim to highlight urgent ecological issues all over the world. His series “The Prophecy” is on show at Photo Basel 2017 until 18 June. (Photo by Fabrice Monteiro/Photo Basel 2017/Mariane Ibrahim Gallery/The Guardian)

Fabrice Monteiro travelled to the most polluted places in Africa and created terrifying characters who roamed their midst dressed in eerie debris. They are spirits, he says, on a mission to make humans change their ways. Informed by Africa’s environmental problems, Fabrice Monteiro’s photographs aim to highlight urgent ecological issues all over the world. His series “The Prophecy” is on show at Photo Basel 2017 until 18 June. (Photo by Fabrice Monteiro/Photo Basel 2017/Mariane Ibrahim Gallery/The Guardian)
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17 Jun 2017 08:38:00
Zlata Calendar 2013

Bendy bombshell Zlata, 27, can use a computer while doing a handstand, deliver a presentation with her head tucked between her legs and bend over backwards to create a table. The stunning German, real name Julia Gunthel, shows her flexibility by creating a different theme for her head-turning calendars each year. (Photo by Zlata Calendar 2013/Caters News Agency)
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22 Dec 2013 11:59:00
A policeman is pictured near a woman with a baby during an operation against drug dealers in Cidade de Deus or City of God slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 23, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

A policeman is pictured near a woman with a baby during an operation against drug dealers in Cidade de Deus or City of God slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 23, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
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25 Nov 2016 11:53:00
Customers clink their cups as they sit in Crazy Toilet Cafe in central Moscow, Russia October 30, 2015. A new Moscow cafe, opened on Friday, serves food to its guests with crockery designed to look like small baths and urinals, in toilet-themed interior with seats resembling toilets, local media reported. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

Customers clink their cups as they sit in Crazy Toilet Cafe in central Moscow, Russia October 30, 2015. A new Moscow cafe, opened on Friday, serves food to its guests with crockery designed to look like small baths and urinals, in toilet-themed interior with seats resembling toilets, local media reported. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)
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05 Nov 2015 08:07:00
In this February 20, 2018 photo, fair vendor Noelia Flores holds up a black backdrop behind a small statue of an “Ekeko”, the god of prosperity, for a portrait at her booth during the annual Alasita Fair in La Paz, Bolivia. Every year, thousands of Bolivians head to the feast of Alasitas that is held in his honor to buy miniature cars, houses and toy dollar bills symbolizing their dreams of prosperity. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)

In this February 20, 2018 photo, fair vendor Noelia Flores holds up a black backdrop behind a small statue of an “Ekeko”, the god of prosperity, for a portrait at her booth during the annual Alasita Fair in La Paz, Bolivia. Every year, thousands of Bolivians head to the feast of Alasitas that is held in his honor to buy miniature cars, houses and toy dollar bills symbolizing their dreams of prosperity. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)
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23 Feb 2018 00:01:00
People look at a downhill rider during the Urban Bike Inder Medellin race final at the Comuna 1 shantytown in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on November 19, 2017. (Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP Photo)

People look at a downhill rider during the Urban Bike Inder Medellin race final at the Comuna 1 shantytown in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on November 19, 2017. (Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP Photo)
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24 Nov 2017 04:59:00
Farmer holding a freshly cut cocoa bean pod, revealing the pulp and seed inside on a rainforest farm. (Photo by Doug McKinlay/Getty Images)

Chocolate is the greatest gift the Earth has given us. The dessert table would be a sad sight without it. It’s so beloved, so appreciated, that the Swedish scientist who named the cocoa plant that gives us chocolate called it Theobroma cacao, which means “food of the gods”. Here: Farmer holding a freshly cut cocoa bean pod, revealing the pulp and seed inside on a rainforest farm. (Photo by Doug McKinlay/Getty Images)
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10 Aug 2016 10:20:00
A creature bathes at the Robolights art installation by Kenny Irwin Jr. in Palm Springs, California December 15, 2014. (Photo by David McNew/Reuters)

A creature bathes at the Robolights art installation by Kenny Irwin Jr. in Palm Springs, California December 15, 2014. The installation consists of hundreds of whimsical robot and other themed sculptures created from recycled materials including golf carts, kitchen appliances and microwaved smart phones, and is open to the public each holiday season on the sprawling Irwin family property. (Photo by David McNew/Reuters)
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18 Dec 2014 14:57:00