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Tug-of-war draws rival Estonian islands closer
Residents on Estonia's two biggest islands took their age old rivalry to a whole new level this weekend by staging their first tug-of-war using a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) long rope across the part of the Baltic sea which separates them.
 
Pink Ramadan
Muslim women walk outside the Pink Mosque after the first Friday of Ramadan in Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao province, on the southern island of Mindanao on Friday, June 10. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is calculated on the sighting of the new moon and sees Muslims all over the world fasting from dawn to dusk.
 
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Not just a winter playground
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Skiers thrive during winter on Steamboat Springs' trademarked dry "Champagne powder" snow, but outdoor pursuits on mild summer days can rival those mountain experiences. Call it a back-to-the-future effect because travelers in the early 1900s first came here for seasonal hunting, fishing and the open-air hot springs.
 
Lakeside battle
Fans dressed as characters from "The Hobbit," fight in the forest near the village of Doksy, some 80 kilometers from Prague on Saturday, June 4.
 
Thousands of Peruvian pilgrims attend Snow Star Festival
Tens of thousands of pilgrims crowd an Andean valley, with dancers in multi-layered skirts and musicians with drums and flutes performing non-stop over three days. The native melodies resound throughout a snow-capped mountain range long adored by the Quechua people.
 
Exploring and defining  'Huaren design'
The Golden Pin Design Award (金點設計獎) teamed up with motion graphics studio Bito (甲蟲創意) in a video calling for submissions to the contest, which was released in late April. There is now one month remaining until registration for the competition comes to an end. Keng Liu (劉耕名), creative director and founder of Bito Studio, talks about his own interpretation of Huaren design and the concepts and elements that this comprises.
 
Bridging creativity with industry through design
Since its inception in 2013, the Yilan Chair Design Competition (宜蘭椅設計大賞) has accumulated over 2,100 works submitted from nine countries, so there is little wonder that the popular design contest is back for a fourth time this year.
 
After Gamergate, female video game developers on the rise
The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. While the ongoing cyber harassment of female gamers known as "Gamergate" indicates a reluctance by some to accept the growing number of women in the industry, mainstream institutions are welcoming all to the console.
 
Diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes handbag purchased for record US$300,000
A diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes handbag with white gold details has broken the record for the world's most expensive ever sold at auction, fetching nearly US$300,000 at a Hong Kong sale.
 
Paper art
Taiwanese paper craft artist Hung Hsin-fu's (洪新富) newest work is shown in this photo, taken at the D'Days Festival (巴黎工藝設計師週) in France on Tuesday, May 31. Taiwan was invited to join in the festivities, which will last from May 30 to June 5, to showcase paper craft works at the Museum of Decorative Arts.
 
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