A historical trial, a controversial arrest, a racy campaign, a month of fasting, and the first ride on the new Kazakh subway.
A member of an Internet community supporting Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev holds a pail of beer as she takes part in a performance in Moscow discouraging Russian youngsters from drinking alcohol in public places. The activists are promoting a policy Medvedev enacted in July 2011 which officially classifies beer as an alcoholic beverage to fight alcoholism and to control the sale of the drink.
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An anti-Mubarak protester holds a noose during a protest outside the police academy in Cairo, Egypt, where ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, his security chief Habib el-Adly and six top police officers went on trial on charges they ordered the use of lethal force against protesters during Egypt's 18-day uprising.
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This combination image made from video taken from Egyptian State Television shows 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his historic trial began on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. It was Egyptians' first look at their former president since February 10, the day before his fall, when he gave a defiant speech refusing to resign.
Pro-Kremlin youth activists dance in front of portraits of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Prime MInister Vladimir Putin at a summer camp near Lake Seliger. Thousands of pro-Kremlin youth activists visit the Seliger forum annually. The Russian opposition accuses the groups of staging attacks and pranks on government critics.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin scales a climbing wall during a visit to the Seliger youth educational forum near Lake Seliger, some 450 kilometers northwest of Moscow.
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An Iranian woman walks past ears of corn as she arrives at a holy shrine to attend a mass prayer ceremony in Tehran before breaking her fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.
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Police officers restrain supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko outside a court in Kyiv. A Ukrainian court ordered the detention of Tymoshenko following a state prosecutor's motion to take her into custody during her trial on charges of abuse of office.
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Iranian Air Force cadets, in uniform, perform Friday Prayers at Tehran University during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
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An activist is detained by police during a protest action to defend Article 31 of the Russian Constitution in Moscow. Article 31 guarantees the right of assembly.
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Pakistani girls look out of a mosque during Friday Prayers in Lahore. Ramadan in Pakistan, the world's second most populous Muslim country, started one day after Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest shrines Mecca and Medina, because local authorities did not confirm the sighting the new moon.
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Afghan boys read the Koran at a mosque in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar Province, east of Kabul.
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Teenagers undergo training at a military boot camp run by local Cossack organizations and set up in the mountains of Crimea near the town of Bakhchisarai. Some 100 youngsters from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, as well as the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, have taken part in the training course, which lasts for about a month and includes mountaineering, martial arts, and survival techniques.
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev rides in a carriage during a visit to the Almaty subway. The Almaty subway will be opened later this year.