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    Pakistani Imran Zargul,

    71, from the tribalregion of Bajur wait toget donated foodduring a distribution atthe Jalozai refugeecamp near Peshawar,Pakistan, Friday, Feb.13, 2009.

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    A boy suffering from malnutritionis cradled in the arms of hismother at a camp for InternallyDisplaced People (IDP) on theoutskirts of Mogadishu, Somaliaon July 11, 2009. More than200,000 people had been

    displaced in the previous twomonths, while hundreds of civilians were believed to havebeen killed and wounded,according to the UN Office of theHigh Commissioner for HumanRights. In an effort to escape thefighting, thousands of familiesrelocated to refugee campsoutside the city where they facedextremely harsh livingconditions.

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    Michael Jackson'sdaughter Paris (center) iscomforted by familymembers at a memorialservice for the musiclegend at the StaplesCenter in Los Angeles onJuly 7, 2009.

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    Palestinian civilians andmedics run to safety duringan Israeli strike over a UNschool in Beit Lahia, northernGaza Strip early on January17, 2009. A woman and achild were killed early todayin the Israeli strike on theUN-run school in northernGaza where civilians weresheltering from the fighting,medics and witnesses said.

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    A Palestinian demonstrator uses a tennis racket to returnan empty tear gas canister at Israeli soldiers during aprotest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West

    Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah October 23, 2009.

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    A leopard walks with a tranquilizer dart hanging from its neck, in theresidential area of Jyotikuchi in Guwahati, the capital city of thenortheastern state of Assam, India on March 15, 2009. Three people weremauled by the leopard after the cat strayed into the city before it wastranquilized by forestry department officials. The full grown male leopard

    was wandering through a part of the densely populated city when curiouscrowds startled the animal, a wildlife official said.

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    Pakistani men pray next to a bullet-ridden vehicle parked in thecompound of radical Lal Masjid or Red mosque as the chief clericMaulana Abdul Aziz, not seen, talks to his supporters during Friday

    prayers, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 17, 2009.

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    Gigantic puppets The Big Giant and the Little Giantess,part of France's Royal de Luxe street theatre companyproduction titled "The Berlin Reunion". The two sleep,

    reunited once again, in each others' arms in front of theBrandenburg Gate in Berlin, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

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    Romain Grosjean (left)and Adam Khan (right)test Renault F1 cars inthe desert in Dubai,April 9, 2009. Thetesting was part of theRenault F1 Roadshowtaking place in Dubai.

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    Chinese military singers take part in a chorus performance of patriotic songs involving 10,000 participants held at a gym inBeijing, China, Wednesday Aug. 26, 2009. More than 80 chorus

    groups from various units in Beijing sang patriotic songs tocelebrate China's 60th national day.

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    Smoke from the Station Fire rises over downtown LosAngeles Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. The Station Fire (caused byarson) lasted over a month, burning over 250 square miles,

    destroying 200 structures, and cost over $100 million (USD)and the lives of two Los Angeles County Firefighters.

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    War-orphan Faustin Mugisa, 8, who has machete scars on his head and body, stands at the Kizitoorphanage in Bunia in northeastern Congo February 24, 2009. Mugisa was left for dead in a pile of corpses when ethnic Lendu militiamen hacked to death his mother and seven siblings in 2003.Mugisa's father discovered him alive and took him to the bush to recover, but his father was later hacked to death by the same militia group. Ethnic violence has simmered for years in northeasternCongo, part of broader civil and regional conflict currently uprooting hundreds of thousands of Congolese fleeing massacres and reprisal killings by various armed groups roaming the country's vast

    and lawless wilds.

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    Spanish matador Israel Lancho isgored by a Palha'sranch bull during abullfight at the SanIsidro's fair in LasVentas bullring in,Madrid, on May 27,2009. Lancho washospitalized withan eight-inchwound below hisribcage.

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    Before the Iranian election, a supporter of main challenger andreformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi forms a heart shape withher hands to indicate her support, while wearing green ribbons - thecolor of the party, amidst a festive atmosphere at an election rallyrally in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

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    An Iranian supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir HosseinMousavi is beaten by Basiji (volunteer paramilitary militia) and governmentsecurity members as supporters come to his aid during riots in Tehran, Iran,Sunday, June 14, 2009. Iranian youth opposed to President MahmoudAhmadinejad take to the streets Sunday, setting dumpsters and tires on fire,in a second day of clashes triggered by voter fraud claims.

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    A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi helps evacuate an injured Iranian riot-policeofficer during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. Hardlineincumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a crushing victory in

    Iran's hotly-disputed presidential vote, according to officialresults that triggered mass opposition protests.

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    Supporters of former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyungather during a funeral ceremony in downtown Seoul on May29, 2009. Thousands of weeping mourners packed the streetsto pay their last respects to former President Roh Moo-Hyunamid a massive outpouring of grief and tight security.

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    Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia'sTuva region August 3, 2009. Putin, a judo black belt who has flown in afighter aircraft and shot a Siberian tiger in the wild, plunged into the depths

    of Lake Baikal aboard a mini-submersible on Saturday in a mission thatadded a new dimension to his macho image.

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    A bushman from the Khomani Sancommunity stands on a dry pan, in theSouthern Kalahari desert on October 15, 2009 in the Kalahari, South Africa.One of the largest studies of Africangenetics by an international team fromthe University of Pennsylvania,published in April 2009, revealed thatthe San, the last indigenous people of South Africa, are the most geneticallydiverse on earth, and that the Sanhomeland could be the spot wheremodern humanity began.

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    A strange light phenomenon is sighted in the night sky above parts of northern Norway early December 9, 2009. Russia's new submarine-basedintercontinental missile suffered the latest in a series of test failures,newspapers reported on Thursday, as unusual lights were spotted in Norwayacross the border from the launch site.

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    An empty wheelchair belonging to quadriplegic PatrickIvison, 15, sits idle on the beach while Ivison, his mother, and

    friends prepare for another surf ride at the Cardiff StateBeach in San Diego, California on October 6th, 2009.

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    Barack H. Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the UnitedStates as his wife Michelle Obama holds the Bible and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama look on, on the WestFront of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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    The body of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran iscarried on a stretcher through a group of Sri Lankan soldiers at Nanthikadal lagoon,near the town of Mullaittivu in northern Sri Lanka May 19, 2009. Sri Lanka's army chief said Tamil Tiger leader Prabhakaran's body was found on Tuesday, and Sri Lankan TVstations aired video of what appeared to be his corpse, with the top of its head blownoff.

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    A Iranian riot-police officer sprays tear-gas at a supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi

    attacking him with a police stick during riots in Tehran onJune 13, 2009.

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    The moon passes between the sun and the earth,nearing a total solar eclipse, as seen in Changsha,Hunan province, China on July 22, 2009.

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    Riot police contain supporters of Mozambique's nationalsoccer team after their World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer

    match against Kenya in Maputo, September 6, 2009.

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    A man walks his dog through Observatory