When a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way. – Jane Austen.

Deep below the earth a decommissioned Romanian salt mine has been repurposed as a health centre, in Praid, Romania. (Iacob Danny / Barcroft Images)
Deep below the earth a decommissioned Romanian salt mine has been repurposed as a health centre, in Praid, Romania. (Iacob Danny / Barcroft Images)
A Yemeni farmer feeds a herd of goats in the cattle market ahead of celebrations of the Eid-al-Adha, in Sanaa, Yemen. (Yahya Arhab / EPA)
A Yemeni farmer feeds a herd of goats in the cattle market ahead of celebrations of the Eid-al-Adha, in Sanaa, Yemen. (Yahya Arhab / EPA)
Muslim pilgrims join one of the hajj rituals near Mecca, in Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty Images)
Muslim pilgrims join one of the hajj rituals near Mecca, in Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty Images)
A pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor, ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AHMED JADALLAH / Reuters)
A pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor, ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AHMED JADALLAH / Reuters)
A girl poses for a photo during the Lantern festival, celebrating the eve of the Virgin Mary’s birth, in Ahuachapan, El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)
A girl poses for a photo during the Lantern festival, celebrating the eve of the Virgin Mary’s birth, in Ahuachapan, El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas / Reuters)
A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest, in Santiago, Chile. (Reuters)
A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest, in Santiago, Chile. (Reuters)
University students participate in a quilt-folding competition as part of their military training at the start of a new semester, in Hengyang, China. (Reuters)
University students participate in a quilt-folding competition as part of their military training at the start of a new semester, in Hengyang, China. (Reuters)
A woman loyal to the Houthies holds a rocket-propelled grenade in Sanaa, Yemen. (Khaled Abdullah / Reuters)
A woman loyal to the Houthies holds a rocket-propelled grenade in Sanaa, Yemen. (Khaled Abdullah / Reuters)
A demonstrator wears a rubbish bin on her head during a protest against President Michel Temer, in São Paulo, Brazil. (Reuters)
A demonstrator wears a rubbish bin on her head during a protest against President Michel Temer, in São Paulo, Brazil. (Reuters)
People sit atop an overcrowded passenger train as they travel home to celebrate al-Adha, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters)
People sit atop an overcrowded passenger train as they travel home to celebrate al-Adha, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters)
Matthias Voelkl carries 29 beer mugs in the Hofbraeuhaus, setting a new world record in beer mug lifting, in Munich, Germany. (Andreas Gebert / EPA)
Matthias Voelkl carries 29 beer mugs in the Hofbraeuhaus, setting a new world record in beer mug lifting, in Munich, Germany. (Andreas Gebert / EPA)
A boy holds a goat he hopes to sell at a livestock market in the run-up to Eid al-Adha, in Delhi, India. (Shams Qari / Barcroft Images)
A boy holds a goat he hopes to sell at a livestock market in the run-up to Eid al-Adha, in Delhi, India. (Shams Qari / Barcroft Images)
Players take part in the Bridge World Games. The event is held every four years, in Wrocław, Poland. (Maciej Kulczynski / EPA)
Players take part in the Bridge World Games. The event is held every four years, in Wrocław, Poland. (Maciej Kulczynski / EPA)
Apple CEO Tim Cook shows an iPhone 7 to performer Maddie Ziegler during its announcement event, in San Francisco, USA. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)
Apple CEO Tim Cook shows an iPhone 7 to performer Maddie Ziegler during its announcement event, in San Francisco, USA. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)
 A performer in a wheelchair participates in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (UESLEI MARCELINO / Reuters)
A performer in a wheelchair participates in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (UESLEI MARCELINO / Reuters)
Two men look at a wildfire from a swimming pool as it burns nearby Benitachel village, eastern Spain. (Alberto Saiz / AP)
Two men look at a wildfire from a swimming pool as it burns nearby Benitachel village, eastern Spain. (Alberto Saiz / AP)
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