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    • Novice Buddhist monks look at a mobile phone on the ruins of Prasat Hin Phimai, an ancient Khmer temple in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in northeast Thailand, Jan. 29, 2016.
    • Diaa Bekheet captures splendid late autumn colors of trees and fallen leaves outside Rayburn House Office Building near VOA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
    • A group of environmentalists and Congressmen from California, Florida, South Carolina and other states stand next to a 90-foot life-size blue whale outside Capitol Hill in Washington to launch #SeaParty2016 campaign to oppose offshore oil drilling.
    • Steamed chinese-style buns, known locally as salapao, are decorated with faces during the start of the annual 10-day vegetarian festival in Bang Saphan, southern Thailand, Oct. 13, 2015. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards)
    • Sparrows fight over food in a backyard in Springfield, Virginia, Sept. 13, 2015. (Photo taken by Diaa Bekheet)
    • Art installation "Fallen Men" in downtown Oslo, Norway (Photo taken by Maung Maung Myint)
    • A man dressed in a colorful suit sporting the flags of ASEAN countries sells flower garlands at a set of traffic lights in Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan province in Thailand, July 11, 2015. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand)
    • Kyonhtaw waterfall in Myaing Gyi Knu township, Kayin state, Myanmar (Photo taken by Bagan Minmin Oo/Myanmar on June 6, 2015)
    • Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., with Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the backdrop, April 12, 2015. (photo taken by Diaa Bekheet)
    • A group of Thai university art students create a sculpture on the beach for the Ban Krut Sand Fantasy Festival 2015 in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, April 9, 2015. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand)
    • People walk under blooming cherry trees along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2015 (photo taken by Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
    • A man makes traditional Thai tea using a cloth bag filter at Bang Saphan meat and fish market in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, April 4, 2015. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards)
    • A woman walking in a winter forest in Mason Neck State Park, Virginia. (Photo taken by Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
    • A Burmese laborer lifts a basket of fish from boiling water at a processing factory near Bang Saphan in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, southern Thailand, March 6, 2015. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards, Thailand)
    • A black vulture scans the surface of the Occoquan river, Virginia, for something to prey on, March 8, 205. (Photo taken by Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
    • Once a Norwegian, always a Norwegian - even in the absence of snow! (Photo taken by Maung Maung Myint on March 7, 2015 in Oslo, Norway)