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Saturday, April 19: Father-son reunion

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Six-week-old Ewan Bingham takes a look at his dad, Lt. Chris Bingham of Cranford, N.J., after Chris disembarked from the nuclear aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Friday, April 18, 2014. The carrier strike group is returning from a 9-month deployment. There were 171 babies born to sailors aboard the ship during the deployment, according to the Navy.

Reuters: Andres Stapff
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Friday, April 18: Best rider competition

A gaucho rides a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo.

Reuter: Baz Ratner
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Thursday, April 17: Holy Week

Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City.

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Wednesday, April 16: Rabbit Steeple Chase

A rabbit, a symbol of Easter, pauses during Rabbit Steeple Chase at the Old Town Square's Easter market in Prague, Czech Republic.

AP Photo: Nick Ut
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Tuesday, April 15: Before the lunar eclipse

An airliner crosses the moon's path above Whittier, Calif.

Reuters: Phil Noble
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Monday, April 14: Royal visit to New Zealand

Britain's Prince William hits a ball at a promotional event for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in Christchurch.

AP Photo: Alvaro Barrientos
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Sunday, April 13: Dance Day in Spain

A group of young classic dancers are seen prior to performing on the street during Dance Day in Pamplona, Spain on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

AP Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision
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Saturday, April 12: Coachella moonman

The "Escape Velocity" moving sculpture by artist group Poetic Kinetics looms over Coachella festivalgoers on the Empire Polo Field on the first day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Indio, Calif.

Reuters: Carlos Campana
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Friday, April 11: 'Throat of Fire'

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ashes near Banos, south of Quito.

AP Photo: Bruce Lipsky, Florida Times-Union
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Thursday, April 10: One Spark

Stacy Schroer rides his father's creation, the Boneshakered Bigwheel, down Adams Street in Jacksonville, Fla.

Reuters Photo: Chaiwat Subprasom
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Wednesday, April 9: Songkran Festival

An elephant sprays a tourist with water during the Songkran Festival in Thailand.

Reuters Photo: Philimon Bulawayo
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Tuesday, April 8: Crocodile farm in Zimbabwe

Baby crocodiles swim at Nyanyana Crocodile Farm in Kariba, Zimbabwe.

AP Photo: Altaf Qadri
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Monday, April 7: Elections in India

An elderly woman stands in line to cast her vote during the first phase of elections in India.

Reuters: Noor Khamis
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Sunday, April 6: Rwandan genocide anniversary

Worshippers attend a service at the Saint-Famille Catholic Church, one day ahead of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in the Rwandan capital Kigali, April 6, 2014. An estimated 800,000 people were killed in 100 days during the genocide.

Reuters: Lucy Nicholson
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Saturday, April 5: 'Cupid's Span'

Newlyweds Flor Perez, right, and Jose Ramirez, both 27 and from Reno, Nev., kiss in front of "Cupid's Span," a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, April 4, 2014.

AP Photo: John Minchillo
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Friday, April 4: 'Runyon Up'

Firefighters from departments outside New York support each other before a climb towards the 72nd floor of 4 World Trade Center.

AP Photo/Gregory Bull
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Thursday, April 3: Flower fields

Emily Herren takes a picture with her phone as she visits the Flower Fields, Wednesday, April 2, in Carlsbad, Calif.

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Wednesday, April 2: Blooming Sakura trees

Women are reflected in a window as they view cherry blossom trees in full bloom on Meguro River in Tokyo, Japan.

Getty Images: Leon Halip
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Tuesday, April 1: Opening Day

A fan at the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Getty Images: Noorullah Shirzada, AFP
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Monday, March 31: Literacy rate in Afghanistan

An Afghan child plays with a tire in a village on the outskirts of Jalalabad.

Reuters: Gene Blevins
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Sunday, March 30: Tough Mudders

People hit muddy waters at full speed during the "Tough Mudder" obstacle course event in San Bernardino, Calif., on March 29, 2014. The event is part of a worldwide tour of extreme obstacle challenges before finishing with the annual "World's Toughest Mudder" competition.

Getty Images: Agung Parameswara
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Saturday, March 29: Trance state

A Balinese woman cries while in a state of trance during Melasti Ceremony at a beach on March 28, 2014 in Badung, Bali, Indonesia. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or travelling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Reuters: Sheng Li
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Friday, March 28: Tea pickers in China

Ethnic Dong women working at a tea leaf processing factory in Liping county, Guizhou province, China.

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Thursday, March 27: Surfing in SF

Surfers catch waves under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

AP Photos: George Walsh, Abseilon USA, AZ Photos
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Wednesday, March 26: Spring cleaning at the Grand Canyon Skywalk

Workers dangling from ropes 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon clean under the glass walkway at the Skywalk.

EPA: Kim Ludbrook
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Tuesday, March 25: ABSA Cape Epic

Riders cross a river after heavy overnight rain turned the trail into mud during stage 2 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa.

Reuters: Mohammad Ismail
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Monday, March 24: Funeral for a journalist

An Afghan man holds a picture of Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad of Agence France-Presse, during his funeral ceremony in Kabul March 23, 2014.

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Sunday, March 23: Superheroes for a day

Runners dressed as superheroes participate in Warrior Dash, an ostacle race in Smithville, Texas, on March 22.

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Saturday, March 22: First Lady in China

Michelle Obama plays table tennis at Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend university abroad.

AP Photo: Anupam Nath
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Friday, March 21: World water day

An Indian woman carries a bucket to collect drinking water as she walks on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra river on the eve of World Water Day in Gauhati, India, Friday, March 21, 2014.

Reuters: Jim Young
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Thursday, March 20: Spider-Man audition

Peter Norbot, left, and Kris Hamilton wait to audition for a promotional campaign for the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in Chicago.

AP Photo: Vahid Salemi
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Wednesday, March 19: Wednesday Feast

An Iranian man releases a lit lantern during a celebration marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year in Tehran, Iran.

Reuters: Damir Sagolj
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Tuesday, March 18: The search goes on

A girl looks through a window at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

AP Photo: Susan Walsh
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Monday, March 17: More snow

A jogger on the Washington Monument grounds in Washington, D.C.

Reuters: Navesh Chitrakar
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Sunday, March 16: Festival of Colors

People celebrate during Holi, the Festival of Colors, in Kathmandu, March 16, 2014. Holi marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over Nepal.

Reuters: Jim Young
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Saturday, March 15: Chicago River runs green

The Chicago River is dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, March 15, 2014.

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Friday, March 14: National Elephant Day in Thailand

Elephants feast on watermelon, bananas, and sugarcane in Mae Rim, Thailand.

AP Photo: Gregory Bull
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Thursday, March 13: Sunny day in San Diego

Dogs and their owners play under sunny skies at Ocean Beach.

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Wednesday, March 12: Third anniversary of war in Syria

Virginia Leavell, an activist with D.C. Action Lab, arranges candles to spell out ''#With Syria'' in front of the White House.

Reuters: Danish Siddiqui
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Tuesday, March 11: India's industrial output falls

A limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai, India.

Reuters
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Monday, March 10: 'Miracles do Happen'

A sand sculpture in a beach in Puri, India, wishes for the well-being of the passengers of a missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

AP Photo: Charlie Riedel
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Sunday, March 9: Springing forward.

Custodian Ray Keen inspects a clock face before changing the time on the 100-year-old clock atop the Clay County Courthouse for daylight saving time Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Clay Center, Kan.

AP photo: Ilnar Salakhiev
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Saturday, March 8: Polar bear cub and mom

A polar bear cub plays with its mother Gerda at the zoo in the Siberian city of  Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers east of Moscow, on Friday, March 7, 2014. The first cub of polar bear couple Kai and Gerda was born at Novosibirsk Zoo in early December.

MCT: Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel
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Friday, March 7: A chilly, dreary day

A pedestrian passes by a boarded up window on West Washington Street in downtown Orlando, Fla.

AP Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis
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Thursday, March 6: USS George H.W. Bush in Greece

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush arrived in Piraeus, Greece, for a scheduled port visit.

Reuters: China Daily
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Wednesday, March 5: Jumping through a ring of fire

A frontier soldier from the People's Liberation Army trains in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, China.

Reuters: Stephane Mahe
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Tuesday, March 4: 'Chanel Shopping Center'

Karl Lagerfeld transforms the Grand Palais into a shopping center for Chanel’s 2014 F/W ready-to-wear collection runway show.

Reuters: Vincent West
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Monday, March 3: Carnival in Basque Country

Girls dressed as Lamia take part in Aratustes in the town of Mundaka.

Reuters: Jim Young
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Sunday, March 2: Fallon's polar plunge

"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon emerges from the waters of Lake Michigan as he takes part in the Annual Polar Plunge in Chicago, March 2, 2014.

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Saturday, March 1: Warming up for the Iditarod

Saki is ready to go as Iditarod musher Michelle Phillips of Tagish, Yukon Territory, takes her dogs out for a run on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Tozier Track in Anchorage, "We're just doing a little stretching-out run," she said. "They've been in the truck a long time." Several mushers visited the track Friday in preparation for Saturday's ceremonial start to the Iditarod.
 

Reuters: Edgar Su
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Friday, February 28: Dry weather

Children cool off at a park during a warm day in Singapore.

AP Photo: Paul Sancya
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Thursday, February 27: Exhibition game

Cleveland Indians right fielder Carlos Moncrief catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Kristopher Negron.

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Wednesday, February 26: Air pollution in China

A girl puts a mask on her dog in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China.

Reuters: Pilar Olivares
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Tuesday, February 25: Rio de Janeiro Carnival

A worker puts the final touch on a carnival float at the Portela Samba School in Rio de Janeiro.

AP Photo: Gerald Herbert
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Monday, February 24: Oil leak on Mississippi River

River traffic was halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil.

Reuters: Phil Noble
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Sunday, February 23: Suspended over Sochi

A performer suspended in mid-air takes part in the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

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Saturday, February 22: Shock wave in space

The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.

Reuters: William Hong
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Friday, February 21: Global steel production falls slightly

A man jumps on piles of steel coils in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China.

AP Photo: Mel Evans
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Thursday, February 20: Practice makes perfect

Rich Lukasik hits practice golf shots in the snow in Cream Ridge, N.J.  

Reuters: Arnd Wiegmann
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Wednesday, February 19: Moon over Sochi

The moon is pictured above the mountains in Rosa Khutor during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, 2014. 

Reuters: Mohammed Salem
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Tuesday, February 18: Training in Gaza

Palestinian Hamas militants march during a training exercise in Gaza.

Reuters
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Monday, February 16: Fire in China

A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire which broke out on piles of reed at a paper factory in Changde, China in the Hunan Province.

AP Photo: Jonathan Short, Invision
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Sunday, February 16: London Fashion Week

A model wears a design created by John Rocha during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014, at Somerset House in central London, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. AP Photo: Jonathan Short, Invision

Reuters: Dylan Martinez
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Saturday, February 15: Freestyle jump

Kazakhstan's Zhibek Arapbayeva performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing aerials qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Russia, February 14, 2014.

Reuters: Sara Farid
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Friday, February 14: Valentine's Day gift

A girl gives a stuffed toy with a heart-shaped ribbon to her friend in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

Reuters: Amir Cohen
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Thursday, February 13: Migrating starlings

A flock of migrating starlings fly over an agricultural field near the southern Israeli city of Netivot.

Reuters: Krishna Murari Kishan
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Wednesday, February 12: Grabbing a ride

Commuters hang on to a crowded local passenger train in the eastern Indian city of Patna.

ZUMA Press: Bruce Chambers, The Orange County Register
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Tuesday, February 11: A common sight

An osprey, also known as a fish eagle or sea hawk, flies over Burris Basin in Anaheim, Calif.

Reuters: Murad Sezer
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Monday, February 10: Taking a break at Sochi

Ukraine's Oleksandr Obolonchyk and Roman Zakharkiv speed down the track as a staff member rests during a men's doubles luge training session at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 10, 2014.                    

Reuters: David Mercado
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Sunday, February 9: Floods strand cattle

An aerial view shows stranded cattle in the flooded Bolivian region of Ballivian province in the Beni department Feb. 8, 2014. Torrential rain and floods in Bolivia have killed 38 people and left many homeless, the government said Thursday as forecasters predicted more heavy rainfall with the north of the Andean country again likely to be the worst affected. The Ministry of Defense said it had flown in food aid and the army was evacuating families from the worst affected regions, such as the Amazonian and cattle-rearing department of Beni, northeast of the capital La Paz.

Getty Images: Alex Livesey
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Saturday, February 8: Luge training

Birgit Platzer of Austria in action during a Women's Singles Luge training session on Day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on Feb. 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Getty Images: Yuri Kadobnov, AFP
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Friday, February 7: Olympic ring fails to open

Performers sing as only four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

AP Photo: Rob Griffith
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Thursday, February 6: Vulnerable to extinction

A wildlife worker releases a Grey Headed Flying Fox in Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia.

AP Photo: Bob Edme
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Wednesday, February 5: Rough waters

A military helicopter flies over a Spanish cargo ship that slammed into a jetty in choppy Atlantic Ocean waters off Anglet, southwestern France.

Reuters: Zoran Milich
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Tuesday, February 4: Snow day

Franklin D. Roosevelt's statue at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, New York, N.Y.

Getty Images: Matt Cardy
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Monday, February 3: UK floods

Children play in flood water blocking Burrow Bridge near Langport in Somerset, England. With high tides, combined with gale force winds and further heavy rain, some parts of the UK are bracing themselves for more flooding.

AP Photo: Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal
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Sunday, February 2: A spelling struggle

Dogwood Elementary School's Elliott Frankel struggles during the 10th round of the 2014 Memphis-Shelby County Spelling Bee in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

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Saturday, February 1: The 'Prix de Lausanne' competition

Young dancers practice at a training session during the Contemporary Classes at the 42th International Ballet Competition "Prix de Lausanne" on Feb. 1, 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Prix de Lausanne is an international competition open to young dancers aged 15 to 18 who are not yet professionals. The best finalists win scholarships granting free tuition in a world renowned dance school or dance company.

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Friday, January 31: Solar eclipse from space

The moon moves between NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, and the sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse from space. Twice a year during a new phase, the moon moves in front of the sun from the observatory's perspective. The lunar transit lasted 2.5 hours - the longest ever recorded.

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Thursday, January 30: Out of hibernation

Swedish brown bears Fred and Frode romp in their enclosure in the NUP nature and environmental park, in Guestrow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Despite the icy temperatures and snow, the two brothers came out of hibernation.

AP Photo: Robert Sutton, The Tuscaloosa News
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Wednesday, January 29: Snow, ice and teeth-chattering cold

Brent LaForte, front, and Brian Bartlett kayak down a hill in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Getty Images: Jeff J Mitchell
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Festival of fire

The Guizer Jarl, Ivor Cluness and his Jarl Squad march through the streets of Lerwick, Scotland in the Shetland Islands. The traditional festival of fire is known as 'Up Helly Aa'. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January.

Reuters: Darren Staples
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Monday, January 27: Tough Guy

A competitor falls into muddy water during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England.

Reuters: Andrew Kelly
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Sunday, January 26: Watching the 'Idiotarod'

Competitors watch snow fall at a checkpoint during the Idiotarod race in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 25, 2014. Idiotarod race organizers received a cease-and-desist letter from organizers of the similarly named Iditarod multi-day sled dog race in Alaska, due to the likeness of the name. The New York based race consists of costumed participants pushing modified shopping trolleys through the streets of New York.

Getty Images: Mary Turner
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Saturday, January 25: 'Sunflowers' reunited

Twins Ella and Eva pose in front of two versions of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" which are on display in a new exhibition at the National Gallery in London. The iconic works, two of four paintings of sunflowers created by Van Gogh in Arles in 1888, are being reunited in London for the first time in 65 years in the exhibition which runs from Jan. 25 - April 27, 2014.

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Friday, January 24: Protests in Ukraine

A demonstrator stands in front of riot police during clashes in Kiev.

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Thursday, January 23: Australian Open

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova throws her racquet in the air as she celebrates winning her semifinal match.

Reuters: Mike Segar
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Wednesday, January 22: Winter snowstorm

A Northern Cardinal on a tree branch in Nyack, New York.

Getty Images: The Asahi Shimbun
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Tuesday, January 21: 'Daikan'

People pray in ice-cold water to purify their soul and wish for their good health at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Hofu, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Reuters: Benoit Tessier
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Haute Couture in Paris

Models present creations by designers Yassen Samouilov and Livia Stoianova as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for On Aura Tout Vu in Paris.

AP Photo: Gabe Hernandez, The Monitor
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Sunday, January 19: Run or Dye

A participant gets blasted with blue dye during the Run or Dye 5k on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas. Participants ran 3.1 miles and had the chance to get painted with different color of dyes made out of corn starch.

AP Photo: Pavel Golovkin
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Saturday: January 18: Upside-Down House

A dog clad against the cold runs in front of the Upside-Down House at the All-Russia Exhibition Center in in Moscow. Its creators say the interior can cause dizziness.

AP Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez
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Friday, January 17: The Hippie Tree

Claudia Hoffmann, from Aachen, Germany, swings from the Hippie Tree, a popular visitor's spot overlooking the San Francisco bay.

Reuters: Franck Fife
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Thursday, January 16: Dakar Rally

Spain's Jordi Viladoms races in the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally on the Chilean coast.

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Wednesday, January 15: Moon over L.A.

An airplane approaches Los Angeles International Airport and flies past the backdrop of the moon. 

Reuters: Toby Melville
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Tuesday, January 14: Underwater homes

Swans swim near riverside properties partially submerged in floodwaters at Henley-on-Thames in southern England.

Getty Images: Daniel Kalisz
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Monday, January 13: Australia heatwave

A teenager cools off on a waterslide during a heat wave in Adelaide, Australia. Temperatures are expected to be over 100 degrees in Down Under this week.

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Sunday, January 12: A Spirit Xplosion

Members of the Spirit Xplosion Blasters, of Covington, La., compete during the Worldwide Spirit Association's Crescent City Cup cheer and dance competition at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. More than 40 teams competed during the event.

Reuters: Ivan Alvarado
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Saturday, January 11: 'They found heaven'

Sculptures of dogs on display in an exhibition called "Encontraron el cielo" ("They found heaven") at the Fine Arts Museum in Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 10, 2014. The exhibition examines national identity through images of stray dogs and runs from Jan. 7 to March 30.

NASA: JPL, Caltech-McGill
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Friday, January 10: 'Hand of God'

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array has imaged a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded in high-energy X-rays for the first time, shown in blue.

ZUMAPRESS.com: Marla Brose, Albuquerque Journal
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Thursday, January 9: All shook up

Harry Shahoian, an Elvis impersonator, performs at The Downs Racetrack & Casino in Albuquerque, NM, in honor of Elvis Presley's 79th birthday.

Reuters: Danish Siddiqui
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Wednesday, January 8: International Kite Festival

A participant flies a tiger-shaped kite in Mumbai on January 8, 2014.

AP Photo: Charles Dharapak
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Tuesday, January 7: Giant panda cub

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, looks at a plastic ball as she trains with animal keepers inside her habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

Reuters: Stoyan Nenov
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Monday, January 6: Epiphany Day

Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha River on Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer on January 6, 2014.

AP Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle
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Sunday, January 5: Charity Cat Show

A Maine Coon cat named Phoenix waits in its cage to be shown at the Houston Cat Club's 61st Annual Charity Cat Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Houston. The cat show runs through Sunday. About 200 cats and 150 vendors participated in the show. More than 3,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.

AP Photo: Michael Dwyer
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Saturday, January 4: Homes covered in ice

Michael Stanton walks between houses covered in ice from sea spray along the shore in Scituate, Mass.

Getty Images: Jewel Samad, AFP
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Friday, January 3: A bird in the hand

A girl poses with a man's parrots in exchange for a small donation in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Jan. 2. Tourism has contributed $1.4 billion in tax revenue for the state through November 2013, up $40 million from the same period last year.

Reuters: Kai Pfaffenbach
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Thursday, January 2: Prestigious tournament

Switzerland's Simon Ammann took the third place in the second jumping of the Four Hills Tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on January 1, 2014.

Getty Images: Jeff J. Mitchell
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Wednesday, January 1: New Year swim

About 1,000 New Year swimmers, many in costume, joined the annual Loony Dook Swim in the River Forth on Jan. 1 in South Queensferry, Scotland.

Reuters: Andres Stapff
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Tuesday, December 31: Throwing water

People working at the Montevideo financial district throw water at people to celebrate the end of the year in Montevideo December 31, 2013. To mark the last working day of the year, workers throw water at people and discard old calendars.

Reuters: Andrew Peacock
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Monday, December 30: Stranded ship

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica on Dec. 29. An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach the Russian ship, trapped for a week with 74 people onboard.

AP Photo: Abhishek N. Chinnappa
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Sunday, December 29: Novice monk

A novice Tibetan monk gestures to the camera as he listens to the Dalai Lama deliver the Jangchup Lamrim teachings at the Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, on Dec. 29. The 10-day teachings began Dec. 25.

Reuters: Carlo Allegri
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Saturday, December 28: Graduation celebration

New York Police Department graduates hug following their induction ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The NYPD graduated 1,171 recruits to the ranks of police officer.

Getty Images: Bethany Clarke
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Friday, December 27: Raft race

Participants take part in the Matlock Raft Race in Matlock, England. The annual race raises money for lifeboats in the United Kingdom and has been running for more than 47 years.

Reuters: Babu Babu
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Thursday, December 26: Christmas Tsunami anniversary

People pour milk into the Bay of Bengal as a gesture of respect to the victims of the 2004 tsunami at Marina beach in Chennai, India, on Dec. 26. Hundreds of memorial events were held across Asia in memory of the towering waves that crashed ashore with little warning on Dec. 26, 2004, killing at least 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.

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Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Mass

Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Night Mass at St. Peter Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 24.

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Tuesday, December 24: Feeding the reindeer

Reindeer herder Eve Grayson feeds the deer on Dec. 23 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952.

Reuters: Joseba Etxaburu
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Monday, December 23: Big Wave Challenge

A surfer rides a wave during the Punta Galea Big Wave Challenge in Punta Galea, northern Spain, on Dec. 22. The best big-wave riders in the world battled on Sunday against six local wildcards from Spain's Basque Country region. South African surfer Grant Baker won the competition.

Reuters: James Lawler Duggan
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Sunday, December 22: Ugly Sweater Run

A dog wears a Christmas sweater at the Ugly Sweater Run at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Md., on Dec. 21.

AP Photo: Ramon Espinosa
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Saturday, December 21: A game of chess

Men play chess on the sidewalk in front of a wall covered in graffiti that reads in Spanish, "Long live Fidel and Raul," in Havana. In Cuba, revolution is understood as a permanent state. Past, present and future are bound together in a single historical moment: Fidel Castro's triumphant march into Havana in January 1959.

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Friday, December 20: Santa dives in San Fran

Diver George Bell wears a Santa suit as he dives in a coral reef tank in San Francisco.

Reuters: Kim Hong-Ji
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Thursday, December 19: Penguin Santas

Visitors take photographs of penguins wearing Santa Claus and Christmas tree costumes at an amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, Korea.

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Wednesday, December 18: Freezing temperatures

A runner jogs along Lake Michigan at the North Avenue beach in Chicago on Tuesday as temperatures hover around freezing.

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Tuesday, December 17: Holiday wreaths honor veterans

Falling snow rests on the headstones of war veterans at Camp Butler National Cemetery Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Springfield, Ill.

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Monday, December 16: Tree at Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

The reflection of U.S. Park Service volunteer Paul Stancliff is visible amongst the names of U.S. soldiers who died in Vietnam while he helps decorate a Christmas tree near the apex of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial on the National Mall December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. Messages and ornaments from schoolchildren across the U.S. were used to decorate the tree, which will be on display throughout the holiday season.

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Sunday, December 15: Burial escort

Presidential guards escort the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela during his funeral ceremony in Qunu, South Africa, on Dec. 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on Dec. 5 at age 95.

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Saturday, December 14: Santas gone wild

Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run as the arrive at Tompkins Square Park to take part in the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on Dec. 14, 2013, in New York City. SantaCon occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries. In New York some community groups have established a “Santa Free” zone that urges bars not to serve alcoholic beverages to people participating in order to dissuade incidents of public vomiting and urination.

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Friday, December 13: Cold snap

Ice covers the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago where temperatures have dropped well below freezing, Dec. 12, 2013.

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Thursday, December 12: Rainbow

A man observes a rainbow from the bridge overlooking the Og River in Nebi Mussa, Israel. Heavy rains in the Jerusalem area led to several floods in the usually dry rivers of the Judean Desert east of the city.

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Wednesday, December 11: Bush paintings

Aboard Air Force One, former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former First Lady Laura Bush, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Tuesday, December 10: Obama selfie

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt. The three were attending the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on Dec. 5 at age 95.

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Monday, December 9: A Christmas choir

The choristers of St Paul's Cathedral in London rehearsing ahead of numerous services and concerts throughout December and Christmas.

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Sunday, December 8: Beach burn

Kevin Ludwig and Christine Beck practice acroyoga during the 'True Grit!' beach burn in Monterey, California. The Monterey burn, which includes music, dance, art and self expression, is an official regional event of Burning Man that is held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.  Reuters: Michael Fiala

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Saturday, December 7: Christmastime in the city

Sara Cervantes takes pictures of Christmas decorations at Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 6.

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Friday, December 6: Fast-food protests

A McDonald's patron reads a newspaper while a demonstrator dressed as Ronald McDonald protests for higher wages in Oakland, Calif., Dec. 5, 2013. About 200 protesters filled the restaurant as several smiling employees filmed with their cell phones. Fast-food workers were conducting a daylong nationwide strike demanding a $15 dollar minimum wage. The protests came a day after President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour.

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Thursday, December 5: Foggy row

A rower makes his way through fog on the Schuylkill River Thursday in Philadelphia, where the temperature will reach the high 50's. While much of the country if facing bitterly cold temperatures, the East Coast is enjoying a few warm days. 

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Wednesday, December 4: Shouting for the disabled

Disabled people detained by police in Srinagar, Kashmir, shout slogans on the International Day of People with Disability, Dec. 3. The annual international observance was started by the United Nations in 1992 to promote the understanding of disability issues and mobilize support and services for those with disabilities.

AP Photo: Altaf Qadri
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Tuesday, December 3: Joy amid squalor

A girl plays next to a makeshift shelter in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 3, 2013. Millions of people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets.

Reuters: Gleb Garanich
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Monday, December 2: Protests in Ukraine

People climb up onto a gate near the presidential administration building during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 1, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians shouting "Down with the Gang!" rallied on Sunday against President Viktor Yanukovich's U-turn on Europe and some used a building excavator to try to break through police lines at his headquarters.

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Sunday, December 1: Tensions in Thailand

An anti-government protester covers his face with a wet handkerchief during clashes with police near government house in Bangkok on Dec. 1, 2013. Thousands of protesters launched a "people's coup" on Thailand's government Sunday, swarming multiple state agencies in violent clashes, taking control of a broadcaster and forcing the prime minister to flee a police compound.

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Saturday, November 30: Ski season

Skiers ride a chairlift  at the Zugspitze ski resort near Grainau, Germany, on Nov. 30, 2013, as the winter sports season opens.

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Friday, November 29: Morning exercises

Gao Yinyu, 77, does his morning exercises on the banks of the Songhuajiang River in Jilin, China, on Nov. 28, 2013, as the temperature reaches 25 degrees below zero . Gao said he exercises year round since retiring and has never missed a day. Chinese men usually retire at 60.

AP Photo: Francisco Seco
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Thursday, November 28: Long shadows

Commuters cast long shadows as they walk along Lisbon's Comercio square during a partial strike by Lisbon's subway workers, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The strike is against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to the 2014 national budget.

AP Photo: Lee Jin-man
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Wednesday, November 27: Snow in Seoul

Students play in the snow in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The South Korean Meteorological Administration reported that it was the second snow of the season in Seoul and the temperature dropped to 23 degrees.

Reuters: Ilya Naymushin
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Tuesday, November 26: Olympic Torch

Nikolay Petshak carries the Olympic torch as he leads a group of local winter swimming club members during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the waters of the Yenisei River in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 26, 2013. The Russian winter swimming clubs took part in the relay, with the water temperature at about 41 degrees and the air temperature at about 17.6 degrees.

Reuters: Vasily Fedosenko
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Monday, November 25: Ukraine

A woman treats riot policemen with chocolate during a rally in support of EU integration in front of the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers building in Kiev November 25, 2013. Ukrainian police fired teargas on Monday at pro-Europe demonstrators protesting a policy U-turn back towards Russia after the prime minister said there could be no repetition of the Orange Revolution protests of nine years ago.

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Friday, November 22: Scallop

Britten, whose music was inspired by the Suffolk coastline, lived in Aldeburgh and often walked on this beach. Friday is the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth.

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Thursday, November 21: Anniversary dance

"Rice," which was created to celebrate Cloud Gate's 40th anniversary, takes place around the country from Nov. 22 to Jan. 9, 2014.

Reuters: Kim Hong-Ji
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Wednesday, November 20: 40-year wounds reopened

The recent return of South Korean fisherman, Jeon Wook-Pyo abducted by North Korea more than 40 years ago, has reopened wounds in the small island village which lost 17 other men in a Cold War conflict that still simmers today.

Reuters: Roni Bintang
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Tuesday, November 19: Cloud of ashes

Mount Sinabung continued to spew volcanic ash throwing a plume over 26,000 feet into the atmosphere on Monday as thousands of residents remained in temporary shelters fearful of more eruptions.

AP Photo: Masixole Feni
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Monday, November 18: Mandela in blue

South African President Jacob Zuma visited the 95-year-old Nelson Mandela on Monday morning and said that he remains in stable but critical condition. Zuma's office says Mandela continues to respond to treatment at his home in Johannesburg.

Getty Images: Joe Amon, The Denver Post
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Friday, November 15: Crushing ‘blood ivory’

At the direction of President Obama, US officials used rock crushers to pulverize an ivory tusk and carvings stockpile of over 6 tons which was worth millions of dollars. The items were seized over the past 25 years from smugglers, traders and tourists at US ports of entry after a global ban on the ivory trade went into effect in 1989.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will donate the crushed ivory particles to a museum to be determined for future display.
 

AP Photo: Felipe Dana
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Thursday, November 14: Unified intensity

Around 1,600 people from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16.

Reuters: Stephane Mahe
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Wednesday, November 13: Rowing success

Paquette reaches Brittany to become the first North American woman to row solo across the Atlantic.

AP Photo: Apichart Weerawong
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Monday, November 11: Anti-government passion

Thailand's Senate convened a highly charged session Monday to determine the fate of the amnesty bill that could pave the way for the return of the country's divisive self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. Thousands of protesters rallied in several parts of Bangkok, raising concerns of renewed political violence after three years of relative calm. The headband reads: "We love the king."

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Tuesday, November 12: Rabbis light the darkness

November 9th marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also referred to as "the night of broken glass," when the Nazis conducted a wave of violent attacks on Jewish stores, buildings and synagogues in 1938.

Reuters: Mike Segar
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Friday, November 8: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama

Kusama's new exhibition, titled "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven," is showing at the David Zwirner gallery in New York and features two mirrored rooms, a video installation and over 30 new large-scale paintings highlighting her unique amalgamation of representational and non-representational subject matter. The exhibition runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 21. MSN News editors pick the best image of the day.

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