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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.
Wife of Raif Badawi, a blogger sentenced to 10 years in Saudi Arabia and 1,000 lashes, says he is a "peaceful person".
Human Rights, Politics, Saudi Arabia
Salman, defence minister since 2011, takes the throne at age of 79 after demise of his half-brother King Abdullah.
Politics, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
As the world's elite gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, many Paris citizens struggling just to get by.
Main opposition Syriza party's platform of delaying debt repayment aims to sweep vote and undo austerity hardship.
Politics, Germany, Greece
The stories of Palestinians deported from Israel between 1977 and 2012, their lives in exile and their longing for home.
Politics, War & Conflict, Israel
On Lamu island, off the coast of Kenya, donkeys outnumber cars and are key to earning a living.
Arts & Culture, Sport, Environment
The Senegalese-American recording artist talks frankly about US race relations, "rebranding" Africa, and his music.
Arts & Culture, Politics, Science & Technology
Fault Lines examines why, despite 'Obamacare', more than five million Americans have been left without any healthcare.
Health, United States, Barack Obama