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A teenage jockey is carried by a man to the horse he is about to ride during the annual horse race held by the Basotho tribesmen on the King's birthday in the mountains near Semonkong, Lesotho, 15 July 2017. For decades the horse and donkey have been the main from of transport for the villagers in Lesotho as no car can get access to their villagers and sheep stations in the ruggered hills. The horses carry everything from humans, gas cylinders, coffins, foot, water, maize meal, etc. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK Cadets perform pull-ups in Jaysh al-Islam Military Academy, in an undisclosed location, rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 14 December 2016. In February 2016, Jaysh al-Islam announced the establishing of a Military Academy, after efforts from its former leader Zahran Alloush who died in December 2015. The academy is conducted in cooperation with the Military Council for Damascus and its Suburbs. The goals of the academy is to graduate fighters with thorough background in fighting tactics, and to enlist its graduates in the newly formed Unified Syrian National Army called for by various rebel groups. EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA

Lesotho Horse Race

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook

Jaysh al-Islam Military Academy

Photographer: Mohammed Badra

Villagers and tar heritage enthusiasts stack chopped 'tervas' wood to a pine tar pit on the grounds of the Yli-Kirra Outdoor Agricultural Museum in Punkalaidun, Finland, 27 June 2017. The bottom of the pit has been prepared and the center pole raised to help keep the right shape and height of the tar pit. For this pine tar pit 25 m3 of wood were used to produced 500 liters of traditional tar. The Yli-Kirra Outdoor Agricultural Museum in Punkalaidun preserves the old ways of working and farming. As part of the museums' activity, they burn a pine tar pit every four years to keep up the traditional skills. The burning of the pine wood in a pit produces charcoal and tar. EPA/MARKKU OJALA A Bitcoin miner Huang inspects a malfunctioning mining machine during his night shift at the Bitcoin mine in Sichuan Province, China, 26 September 2016. Miners can check a machine's condition and operations using phones and personal computers. For most issues, they can simply restart a machine. 'If it's a complicated problem, we just ship it to the factory and let them fix it,' Huang said. China is one the main exchange market of bitcoins although the digital currency exists in a legal limbo and prone to speculation. The country hosts some of the biggest 'mining pools' in the world, clusters of supercomputers which task is minting new bitcoins and maintaining the system, sometimes installed in shady places close to power plants. Sichuan has become known as 'the capital of bitcoin mining' as entrepreneurial Chinese set up 'mines' there due to its abundance of hydropower, perfect for the high electricity needs of the large number of computers required for Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mines are buildings with warehouse-like structures equipped with massive numbers of microprocessors with which 'miners' solve complex math problems and are rewarded in the digital currency. The industry exists in a legal gray zone in China, and the miners in this story, concerned about attention from the government, asked not to have their full names or the names of the villages where their mines are located mentioned in this story. EPA/LIU XINGZHE/CHINAFILE

Pine Tar Tradition in Finland

Photographer: Markku Ojala

Inside the World of Chinese Bitcoin Mining

Photographer: Liu Xingzhe / Chinafile

A gay couple kisses during a party after a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) mass wedding organised by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) China organisation on a cruise in open seas on route to Sasebo, Japan, 15 June 2017. About 800 members of the Chinese LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and their parents spent four days on a cruise trip organised by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) China, a grassroots non-government organisation, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the organisation. It aims to promote coexistence among homosexuals and their families. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG Filipino activists hold a banner reading 'Stop The killings!' during a protest to mark the Philippines' 119th Independence Day in Manila, Philippines, 12 June 2017. Critics, including human rights advocates, lawyers and the Catholic Church, have widely condemned President Rodrigo Duterte's policy against illegal drugs and his breach of human rights through a hardline stance, criticizing furthermore the police's handling of extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

LGBT Oasis on the High Seas

Photographer: How Hwee Young

1 Year Anti Drug Campaign in the Philippines

Various photographers