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21 Mar 2013 14:34 GMT
Newroz, which means "new day" in Kurdish, marks the arrival of spring.
Amid Newroz celebrations in Turkey, Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan issued a long-awaited ceasefire declaration in the country.
Kurdish public celebrations were illegal in Turkey until 2000.
Newroz, which falls on March 21, is also celebrated in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Tajikistan.
Wearing their traditional costumes, Kyrgyz girls dance at the Ala-Too Square in Bishkek.
A parade was held in New York in commemoration of Newroz.
Demonstrators wave pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party flags during a rally to celebrate the spring festival in Istanbul.
Fifty-four years after the failed CIA operation, Cubans there on Giron beach recount the botched raid.
War & Conflict, History, Cuba
The lives of 304 people - including 250 schoolchildren - were lost a year ago, prompting national angst and anger.
South Korea, Park Geun-hye, Asia Pacific
As officials work on peace deals with separatists, a rogue religious battalion vows to fight its way to Moscow.
War & Conflict, Europe, Russia
Despite risk of decades-long jail term, Zunar the Malaysian cartoonist vows to carry on cartooning.
Politics, Human Rights, Asia Pacific
General Asad Durrani, the former head of the ISI, Pakistan's notorious spy agency, on its role in the "War on Terror".
Politics, War & Conflict, Asia
101 East investigates the multi-billion-dollar trade in counterfeit medicines, which is creating a global health crisis.
Health, Thailand, Asia Pacific
Marco Polo's travels retraced - from the Pamir Mountains along the Silk Road to Xanadu and the kingdom of women.
Arts & Culture, Business & Economy, China
We explore the hip side of Congo-Brazzaville with a style icon, a rap artist, a wrestler, and a radio talk show host.
Arts & Culture, Congo, France