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An Australian bird that mimics the sound of a chainsaw

David Attenborough watches as the superb lyrebird of southeastern Australia lures females by copying the sounds around him – including those of chainsaws and camera shutters!
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A penguin and leopard seal face off

BBC video footage captures a dramatic hunt as hungry emperor penguins are faced with a leopard seal on the prowl in the Antarctic waters just below. David Attenborough narrates.
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Where sea gypsies settle

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Located 60km off the Thai coast, the tiny isolated Surin Islands are home to the Moken, a tribe of former nomads experiencing a shifting way of life.


The United Nations of mosques

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Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built to welcome the world – and has an open-door policy that harkens back to the golden age of Islam.


Our favourite images of the week

An imposing rock formation emerging from the ocean features in this week's selection of breathtaking photos from around the globe.


Where to really find a Panama hat

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Once the height of fashion, authentic Panama hats are now harder to come by. But the apparel made famous by former US presidents can still be found by those willing to search for it.


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The land that roads forgot

Few outside its borders even know it exists


The sea gypsies' last stand

The Myanmar Moken look to preserve their world


Oxford, behind the lens

Get a photographer's take on this beautiful city


The stories – and secrets – of Fez

Go behind the walls of the world’s oldest market


The volcano miners

Lives at risk in a beautiful acidic wasteland


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The walk that made me love Kyoto

Pico Iyer’s enchanted stroll to the city’s heart


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