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Armed Syrian Turkmen villagers are seen near the northern Syrian village of Yamadi, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria, November 24, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

Armed Syrian Turkmen villagers are seen near the northern Syrian village of Yamadi, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria, November 24, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
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25 Nov 2015 08:07:00
A woman looks out from her stall selling traditional garments and textiles at a market in Ashgabat February 8, 2012. (Photo by Aman Mehinli/Reuters)

A woman looks out from her stall selling traditional garments and textiles at a market in Ashgabat February 8, 2012. (Photo by Aman Mehinli/Reuters)
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27 May 2015 00:04:00
(From L) US musician Jon Batiste, US musician Trent Reznor and English musician Atticus Ross, winners of the award for Original Score for “Soul”, pose in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Pool via AFP Photo)

(From L) US musician Jon Batiste, US musician Trent Reznor and English musician Atticus Ross, winners of the award for Original Score for “Soul”, pose in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Pool via AFP Photo)
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26 Apr 2021 09:22:00
Yuandudu, a camera-shy panda cub, covers her eyes in Beauval ZooParc in France in November 2021. The three-month-old and her twin are fed once each by their mother every day, taking 150-200g of milk per feed. In between they have one bottle feed per day from the specially trained keepers who were sent from China to supervise their birth and early care. (Photo by Eric Baccega/Naturepl.com/LDY Agency)

Yuandudu, a camera-shy panda cub, covers her eyes in Beauval ZooParc in France in November 2021. The three-month-old and her twin are fed once each by their mother every day, taking 150-200g of milk per feed. In between they have one bottle feed per day from the specially trained keepers who were sent from China to supervise their birth and early care. (Photo by Eric Baccega/Naturepl.com/LDY Agency)
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05 Dec 2021 06:25:00
Entomologist Anna Platoni wears a hat made of tropical flowers made by florist Emma Reynolds with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her cheek to mark the opening of Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, south of London, on Janurary 15, 2016. (Photo by Luke MacGregor/PA Wire/RHS)

Entomologist Anna Platoni wears a hat made of tropical flowers made by florist Emma Reynolds with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her cheek to mark the opening of Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, south of London, on Janurary 15, 2016. (Photo by Luke MacGregor/PA Wire/RHS)
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16 Jan 2016 10:22:00
A young couple leave the Alem Entertainment Center in Ashgabat. The current president has a history of breaking obscure records. In 2012 the wheel atop this complex was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest enclosed Ferris wheel. The structure was built at a cost of $90m. (Photo by Amos Chapple via The Atlantic)

Travel photographer Amos Chapple recently crossed into Turkmenistan on a three-day transit visa and was able to photograph many of the sights and monuments in Ashgabat, the capital and largest city. Turkmenistan is a single-party country, a former Soviet state, run by a president at the center of a cult of personality.

Photo: A young couple leave the Alem Entertainment Center in Ashgabat. The current president has a history of breaking obscure records. In 2012 the wheel atop this complex was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest enclosed Ferris wheel. The structure was built at a cost of $90m. (Photo by Amos Chapple via The Atlantic)
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09 Jun 2013 07:24:00
A Syrian man rides his bicycle past a man selling grains during a halt in fighting on February 29, 2016 in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, east of the capital Damascus. A UN-backed ceasefire deal took hold across parts of Syria, bringing relative calm to areas where the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's local affiliate are not present. (Photo by Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP Photo)

A Syrian man rides his bicycle past a man selling grains during a halt in fighting on February 29, 2016 in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, east of the capital Damascus. A UN-backed ceasefire deal took hold across parts of Syria, bringing relative calm to areas where the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's local affiliate are not present. (Photo by Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP Photo)
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07 Mar 2016 10:21:00
Dancers perform on stage during the Crazy Horse Paris ‘Forever Crazy’ Media Call at The MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands on October 11, 2017 in Singapore. Forever Crazy consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus presented by a classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. The show runs from 11 October 2017 till 22 October 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Dancers perform on stage during the Crazy Horse Paris “Forever Crazy” Media Call at The MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands on October 11, 2017 in Singapore. Forever Crazy consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus presented by a classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. The show runs from 11 October 2017 till 22 October 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
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12 Oct 2017 09:08:00