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Saturday, October 25, 2014


RFE/RL's Photos Of The Day

Published 25 September 2012

The best news and feature photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2012 -- Ukrainian strongman Oleh Skavysh pulls a 19.5-ton tram with his teeth to set a new world record in Lviv. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)

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NOVEMBER 3, 2012 -- A Proton-M rocket blasts off from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan before successfully placing two communications satellites in orbit. A previous launch of a Proton-M in August failed. Two telecommunications satellites did not reach their planned orbits due to a malfunction in the rocket's upper stage.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2012 -- Iranian students show their palms, which read in Persian, "Crazy of Martyrdom," "Nuclear Scientist," "Death to America," and "I Sacrifice My Life For the Leader" outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran during a rally to mark the 33rd anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy and 52 diplomats by Islamist students. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

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NOVEMBER 1, 2012 -- Candles placed at graves are seen at a cemetery in the Belarusian village of Ivenets, some 50 kilometers southwest of Minsk. Catholics in Belarus mark All Saints Day by visiting the graves of their relatives and friends.(Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

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NOVEMBER 1, 2012 -- A man lights candles during All Saint's Day at a cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

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NOVEMBER 1, 2012 -- An Afghan police instructor watches trainees perform physical exercises during a basic police training course at Combat Outpost Musa Qal-Ah in Helmand Province. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)

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OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Kamal, the father of an 8-year-old girl who was fatally wounded by fire from a Syrian military jet, cries while being treated at a local hospital in a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo. (AFP/Javier Manzano)

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OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- A photographer takes pictures of Interior Ministry officers during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

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OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- The shadow of Air Force One is seen as it approaches Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey. U.S. President Barack Obama was in New Jersey to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

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OCTOBER 30, 20212 -- Afghan-German boxer Hamid Rahimi (right) throws a punch at Tanzania's Said Mbelwa in Afghanistan's first professional bout in 30 years. Rahimi won the World Boxing Organization's unclaimed intercontinental middleweight championship by TKO in the seventh round before some 1,500 spectators in Kabul. (AFP/Massoud Hossaini)

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OCTOBER 30, 2012 -- Hamid Rahimi lands a punch against Said Mbelwa of Tanzania during their World Boxing Organization intercontinental middleweight fight in Kabul. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

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OCTOBER 30, 2012 -- Taxis sit in a flooded lot after Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images/AFP)

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OCTOBER 30, 2012 -- A statue is seen among homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York City. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

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OCTOBER 30, 2012 -- Homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York City. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

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OCTOBER 30, 2012 -- An Orthodox priest holds a cross during a memorial ceremony commemorating victims of political repression by a statue in the southern Russian city of Stavropol. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

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OCTOBER 29, 2012 -- U.S. Army soldiers fire a 120-millimeter mortar shell during an exercise in Paktika Province in Afghanistan. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

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OCTOBER 29, 2012 -- Members of the Samaritan community take part in a traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, atop Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

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OCTOBER 29, 2012 -- A Turkish flag with a portrait of the country's modern founder Kemal Ataturk flutters above thousands of people holding national flags as they march toward the Ataturk mausoleum to celebrate Turkey's Republic Day in Ankara. 

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OCTOBER 28, 2012 -- Calves in the village of Furmanovka in Russia's Kaliningrad region. (RIA Novosti/Igor Zarembo)

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OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Artist Vasily Slonov poses for a picture with his flyswatters depicting famous world figures from past and present, which are part of an art installation at the Krasnoyarsk Museum Center in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

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OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- Men lead recently purchased camels by car and motorcycle ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

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OCTOBER 25, 2012 -- A Syrian man pushes his car after it stopped in a flooded avenue following heavy rain in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

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OCTOBER 24, 2012 -- A girl with a cricket bat walks past a bodyguard of the leader of the the highly secretive Sunni Muslim extremist group Lashkar-e Jhangvi holding a rifle on a street near Malik Ishaq's home in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan's southern Punjab Province. (Reuters/Mian Khursheed)

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OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- A jaguar swims towards his food during feeding time at a safari park in Bogor, Indonesia. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

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OCTOBER 22, 2012 -- A Hazara tribesman talks on his phone as he eats at a traditional restaurant in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. (AFP/Massoud Hossaini)

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OCTOBER 21, 2012 -- Demonstrators ignore clouds of tear gas fired by police as they storm the governmental palace in Beirut following the funeral of top intelligence chief General Wissam al-Hassam, who was killed by a car bomb on October 19. (AFP/Joseph Eid)

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OCTOBER 20, 2012 -- Two Syrian rebels take sniper positions at the heavily contested neighborhood of Karmal Jabl in central Aleppo. (AFP/Javier Manzano)

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 -- This handout picture received from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital/University Hospitals in Birmingham, England, shows Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai lying in her bed after receiving treatment at the hospital. Malala was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban for her efforts to promote girls' education in Pakistan. She was transferred to the U.K. for treatment on October 15. (AFP)

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 -- Afghan boys play on the skeleton of an old truck on a hilltop overlooking Kabul. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail)

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OCTOBER 19, 2012 -- A civil defense member helps a wounded man at the site of a car bombing in central Beirut. (Reuters/Hasan Shaaban)

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OCTOBER 18, 2012 -- An unemployed woman gathers cabbage in the field of a private farm near the Belarusian village of Radashkovichi. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

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OCTOBER 18, 2012 -- U.S. soldiers perform physical training in the predawn hours at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AFP/Michelle Shephard)

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OCTOBER 18, 2012 -- Wallachian Roma mourn their late king, Jan Lipa, before a holy mass in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on October 18. Hundreds of Romas from all over Europe gathered in the Moravian city to attend the funeral of Lipa, who died on October 15 at the age of 72. (Reuters/Petr Josek)

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OCTOBER 17, 2012 -- A visitor looks at an exhibition titled "Soviet Suprem 2012" by artist Gilles Barbier during the International Contemporary Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Reuters/Jacky Naegelen)

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OCTOBER 17, 2012 -- A shoe is seen glued to a statue of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, at the museum of Maaret al-Numan in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

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OCTOBER 16, 2012 -- A man walks next to a sand sculpture of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai created by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on a beach in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls. British doctors treating her say she has every chance of making a "good recovery." (Reuters)

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OCTOBER 15, 2012 -- A man works at a traditional factory that extracts and prepares pine nuts for sale on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  

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OCTOBER 15, 2012 -- The last statue of Vladimir Lenin is taken down in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, after Mayor Bat-Uul Erdene denounced the communist leader as a "murderer." For decades, Lenin was worshipped by Mongolian schoolchildren as Teacher Lenin. (AFP/Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir)

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OCTOBER 15, 2012 -- A deactivated missile is displayed at a site with Soviet-made Cold War relics at La Cabana fortress in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the Cold War's gravest superpower confrontations, kicked off in earnest on October 14, 1962. (Reuters/Desmond Boylan)

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OCTOBER 15, 2012 -- Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)

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OCTOBER 15, 2012 -- A fresco is seen through autumn leaves in a park in St. Petersburg. (Reuters/Aleksandr Demianchuk)

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OCTOBER 14, 2012 -- Austrian Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier in making the highest skydive in history. He reached 1,342 kilometers per hour during his jump over New Mexico. Baumgartner landed safely after jumping from a balloon at 39,000 meters.

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OCTOBER 14, 2012 -- A 3-year-old boy who lost his leg in a suicide attack in Kandahar walks with the aid of a stroller at the International Red Cross Center in Kabul. (AFP/Jawad Jalili)

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OCTOBER 12, 2012 -- A pigeon leaves trails on snow-covered ground outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

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OCTOBER 11, 2012 -- Migrant workers pile up bags of cabbages in Novosibirsk, Russia. (RIA Novosti/Aleksandr Kryazhev)

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OCTOBER 11, 2012 -- Milk teeth are seen in a detail of artist Gina Czarnecki's sculpture "Palaces," made of resin and children's milk teeth, at the The Wasted Works exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, England. The exhibition explores the taboos in society around waste body parts and how milk teeth, liposuction fat, and hip joints left over after operations could be used for stem-cell regeneration. (Reuters/Phil Noble)

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OCTOBER 10, 2012 -- A Pakistani girl holds a photograph of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and seriously injured by the Taliban, at a rally in Karachi. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

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OCTOBER 10, 2012 -- A man works on a pine-nut farm in Afghanistan's Jalalabad Province. (Reuters/Parwiz)

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OCTOBER 9, 2012 -- A flock of geese swim in a branch of the Yangtze River in China's Anhui Province. (Reuters)

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OCTOBER 9, 2012 -- Buddist monks chant during the Pchum Ben festival -- the festival of the dead -- at a pagoda in Phnom Penh. Pchum Ben is a popular holiday in Cambodia and consists of 15 days of prayers for the deceased, visits to temples, and the bringing of food to monks. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

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OCTOBER 9, 2012 -- Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects at the illuminated Sikh Shrine Golden Temple for the anniversary of the Sikh guru Ramdass in Amritsar. Ramdass was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1574 and is known as the Chauthi Patshahi, or the fourth guru, as well as the guru who established the city of Amritsar. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

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OCTOBER 8, 2012 -- Greek Finance Minister Ioannis Stournaras (left) faces International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde before a Eurogroup Council meeting in Luxembourg. (AFP/John Thys)

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OCTOBER 6, 2012 -- People welcome the convoy of Pakistani politician Imran Khan, as it heads to the South Waziristan tribal region to protest U.S. drone missile strikes near the Afghan border. (AFP/A. Majeed)

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OCTOBER 6, 2012 -- Japanese dancer and choreographer Hiroaki Umeda rehearses for his upcoming show "Adapting For Distortion" at the Sofia Dance Week festival in the Bulgarian capital. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

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OCTOBER 5, 2012 -- French beekeeper Andre Frieh holds a normal sample of honey (right) besides a green-colored one at his home in Ribeauville. Bees in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers, who now point to residue from containers of M&M's candy processed at a nearby plant as the cause. (REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)

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OCTOBER 5, 2012 -- A woman walks past election posters in Sarajevo. Bosnians will vote in local elections on October 7. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

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OCTOBER 5, 2012 -- Ethnic Albanian ballet dancers perform during an event to raise breast cancer awareness in the Kosovar capital, Pristina. (AFP/Armend Nimani)

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OCTOBER 4, 2012 -- A Belarusian Interior Ministry officer jumps over an obstacle with his guard dog as they take part in a skills competition ahead of the ministry's 60th anniversary near the village of Gorany. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)

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OCTOBER 4, 2012 -- Workers gather under an art installation by Olafur Eliasson at Ukraine's Interpipe steel mill in Dnipropetrovsk. (REUTERS/Anatolii Stepanov)

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OCTOBER 4, 2012 -- Demonstrators hold flags and banners reading "No to War" as they take part in a protest outside the Turkish parliament in Ankara against military action against Syria. (AFP/Adem Altan)

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev fires a machine gun as visits a weapons factory in Klimovsk outside Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Aleksandr Astafev)

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 -- A woman sits on a trolleybus in Minsk on October 3, the day that public transport fares rose about 12 percent in the Belarussian capital. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 -- A Serbian ultranationalist waves a cross in front of riot police as he takes part in a protest against an exhibition of controversial photographs by Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin in Belgrade. The Serbian Interior Ministry banned a gay-pride parade for security reasons for the second year running after ultranationalists threatened the march and the influential Serbian Orthodox Church condemned it. (AFP/Andrej Isakovic)

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 -- Participants fight during an opposition rally in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, where demonstrators demanded the nationalization of the country's biggest gold mine. (Reuters/Vladimir Pirogov)

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 -- Dynamo Kyiv fans show their support for a detained supporter before their Champion's League Group A soccer match against Dynamo Zagreb at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 -- Tourists gather on the Great Wall outside Beijing. Major tourist destinations around China are witnessing travel peaks amid the eight-day midautumn festival and National Day holidays that run through October 7. (REUTERS)

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OCTOBER 2, 2012 -- Twenty-year-old Rahmet Gul is silhouetted against the setting sun as he waits to sell green tea to customers along Karachi's Clifton beach. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)

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OCTOBER 2, 2012 -- Cossacks block the entrance of the Winzavod art gallery in Moscow to protest an exhibition of works inspired by activist punk performance group Pussy Riot. (ITAR-TASS)

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OCTOBER 2, 2012 -- A boy walks on a damaged Syrian Army tank near Idlib. (REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof)

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OCTOBER 1, 2012 -- A wounded Syrian rebel fighter is brought to the Dar al-Shifa hospital in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP/Zac Baillie)

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OCTOBER 1, 2012 -- Children wrap themselves with pink netting while playing at a refugee camp in the district of Faizabad in northern Afghanistan. Some 100 families mostly from Turkmen ancestry have settled in this refugee camp for returnees from Pakistan. (AFP/Qais Usyan)

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 -- Bulgarian Roma women react as an excavator demolishes their house in a Roma suburb in the town of Maglizh, Bulgaria. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili addresses supporters at a rally in the Black Sea resort city of Batumi ahead of parliamentary polls on October 1. (AFP/Seyran Baroyan)

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 -- A French soldier secures a perimeter on a forward observing post near the National Police Training Center in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. (AFP/Jeff Pachoud)

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 -- An elderly Ukrainian woman passes in front a billboard as she leaves an underground passage in central Kyiv. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 -- Soldiers of South Korea's special warfare command give a demonstration on the eve of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul. (Reuters/Lee Jae-Won)

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 -- Naval honor guards stand as they wait for review on China's aircraft carrier "Liaoning" in Dalian in Liaoning Province. China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned after years of refitting and sea trials. (REUTERS/Zha Chunming)

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 -- A villager rides a donkey on a dusty road in the Zadyan district of Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan. (AFP/Qais Usyan)

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 -- More than 2,000 people have a traditional breakfast on a 15th-century stone bridge in Skopje, Macedonia, to celebrate the Christian Orthodox holiday “Holy Mother of God," who is also the patron saint of the city.