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Pictures of the Year 2009

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January 24, 2009
Swimmers prepare to participate in the opening ceremony of the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at...
London, United Kingdom
Swimmers prepare to participate in the opening ceremony of the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at...
Swimmers prepare to participate in the opening ceremony of the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in London January 24, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN) FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE SEE GF2E51U11K001
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September 15, 2009
A cheerleader performs during the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group E basketball game between...
Bydgoszcz, Poland
A cheerleader performs during the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group E basketball game between...
A cheerleader performs during the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group E basketball game between Macedonia and Russia in Bydgoszcz September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic (POLAND SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 16, 2009
Professional musicians wearing animal masks perform during their rehearsal at the Zoorasia zoo in Yokohama,...
Yokohama, Japan
Professional musicians wearing animal masks perform at the Zoorasia zoo in Yokohama
Professional musicians wearing animal masks perform during their rehearsal at the Zoorasia zoo in Yokohama, near Tokyo, August 16, 2009. The band named Zoorasian Brass aims to increase interest in classic music amongst children, organizer said. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN ANIMALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 26, 2009
Animal tamer Askold Zapashny of the Zapashny Brothers' circus rides a jumping lion during the premiere...
St.Petersburg, Russia
Animal tamer Zapashny of the Zapashny Brothers' circus rides a jumping lion during the premiere of the...
Animal tamer Askold Zapashny of the Zapashny Brothers' circus rides a jumping lion during the premiere of the circus' show "Camelot" in St Petersburg March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA ANIMALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE) FOR BEST QUALITY ALSO SEE: GF2E5410VZJ01
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August 13, 2009
A workman mows the grass roof of a government building near the capital city of Torshavn August 13, 2009....
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
A workman mows the grass roof of a government building near the capital city of Torshavn
A workman mows the grass roof of a government building near the capital city of Torshavn August 13, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong (FAROE ISLANDS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE SEE: GM1E63F1FTR01
BRAZIL/
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August 19, 2009
Leonardo Lima da Silva, 17, offers for sale to passing vehicles an armadillo that he and his brother...
Maraba, Brazil
Leonardo Lima da Silva offers for sale to passing vehicles an armadillo that he and his brother hunted...
Leonardo Lima da Silva, 17, offers for sale to passing vehicles an armadillo that he and his brother hunted down to earn some cash, near Maraba in the Brazilian Amazon region, August 18, 2009. In spite of the government prohibition of the sale of wild animals for meat, many people in the region still hunt commercially for a living. Picture taken August 18. REUTERS/Paulo Santos (BRAZIL ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TURKEY/
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August 09, 2009
Garra rufa obtusas, also known as "doctor fish", swim around the face of a man as he relaxes in a hot...
Sivas, Turkey
Garra rufa obtusas, also known as "doctor fish", swim around the face of a man as he relaxes in a hot...
Garra rufa obtusas, also known as "doctor fish", swim around the face of a man as he relaxes in a hot spa pool in Kangal, 105 kilometers (65 miles) south of the central Anatolian city of Sivas August 9, 2009. The treatment is believed to heal Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease which affects the joints and skins. Garra rufa obtusa, also known as "doctor fish" which live in mineral-rich hot spa pools, is used in the treatment as they nibble away the diseased skin. The mineral-rich water is then believed to aid in the healing process of the lesions. People suffering from psoriasis travel to Kangal to stay at the spa for 21 days and visit the fish pools twice daily for four-hour treatment sessions. Picture taken August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY HEALTH SOCIETY ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
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May 20, 2009
Goat Major Lieutenant Corporal Ryan Arthur of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh restrains William Windsor,...
Chester, United Kingdom
Goat Major Lieutenant Corporal Ryan Arthur of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh restrains William Windsor,...
Goat Major Lieutenant Corporal Ryan Arthur of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh restrains William Windsor, their Regimental Goat as he lurches towards a television reporter prior to his retirement parade at Dale Barracks in Chester, northern England May 20, 2009. William Windsor will live out the rest of his days at Whipsnade Zoo. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN ANIMALS SOCIETY MILITARY)
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July 17, 2009
A man dressed as Spider-Man patrols downtown Milan July 16, 2009. Several people dressed in costumes...
Milan, Italy
A man dressed as Spider-Man patrols downtown Milan
A man dressed as Spider-Man patrols downtown Milan July 16, 2009. Several people dressed in costumes of fictional superheroes conducted a mock security patrol on Thursday night to protest Italy's centre-right coalition's tough new law against illegal immigration. The law allows "citizen groups" to patrol streets in a lookout for public order offences. Picture taken July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW)
BRITAIN/
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June 28, 2009
A man dressed as a cardinal sits and reads a paper displaying an advert for 'Soul Power', a film showing...
Glastonbury, United Kingdom
A man dressed as a cardinal sits and reads a paper displaying an advert for 'Soul Power', a film showing...
A man dressed as a cardinal sits and reads a paper displaying an advert for 'Soul Power', a film showing at the Glastonbury Festival 2009 in south west England June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
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April 24, 2009
Ana Julia Torres kisses Jupiter, a lion that was rescued from a circus ten years ago, in Cali, April...
Cali, Colombia
Ana Julia Torres kisses Jupiter, a lion that was rescued from a circus ten years ago, in Cali
Ana Julia Torres kisses Jupiter, a lion that was rescued from a circus ten years ago, in Cali, April 18, 2009. Torres is a teacher whom for the last 16 years has been adopting and helping injured animals. She founded the Villa Lorena shelter for injured and mistreated animals, which cares for at least 680 animals, including some that have been dismembered by hunters. Picture taken April 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANIMALS IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E54S18G401
BRITAIN/
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February 20, 2009
A model wearing hair curlers rehearses for the Paul Costelloe 2009 Autumn/Winter collection show during...
London, United Kingdom
A model wearing hair curlers rehearses for the Paul Costelloe 2009 Autumn/Winter collection show during...
A model wearing hair curlers rehearses for the Paul Costelloe 2009 Autumn/Winter collection show during London Fashion Week February 20, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird (BRITAIN)
CHINA/
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August 08, 2009
People take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people practising...
Shenyang, China
People take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people practising...
People take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people practising Taiji in multiple locations, at the Shenyang Olympic Sports Center, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Beijing Olympic Games in Shenyang, Liaoning province August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Sheng Li (CHINA HEALTH SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY SPORT)
RUSSIA/
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August 10, 2009
Burning hearts team perform during the Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2009 on the outskirts of Moscow, August...
Moscow, Russia
Burning hearts team perform during the Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2009 on the outskirts of Moscow
Burning hearts team perform during the Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2009 on the outskirts of Moscow, August 9, 2009. Enthusiasts competed to fly the longest distance in self-made aircrafts in an attempt to win the Flugtag contest. Picture taken August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA TRANSPORT ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
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June 17, 2009
British actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the British premiere of the film Bruno at Leicester Square...
London, United Kingdom
British actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the British premiere of the film Bruno at Leicester Square...
British actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives for the British premiere of the film Bruno at Leicester Square in central London June 17, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN ENTERTAINMENT)
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June 20, 2009
A boy displays boiled rats for sale on the main highway in Malawi's capital Lilongwe June 20, 2009. ...
Lilongwe, Malawi
A boy displays boiled rats for sale on the main highway in Malawi's capital Lilongwe
A boy displays boiled rats for sale on the main highway in Malawi's capital Lilongwe June 20, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (MALAWI SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MOROCCO/
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June 15, 2009
A man rests during a protest in Rabat June 15, 2009. More than 100 African refugees staged a sit-in in...
Rabat, Morocco
A man rests during a protest in Rabat
A man rests during a protest in Rabat June 15, 2009. More than 100 African refugees staged a sit-in in front of the High Commission for Refugees in Rabat to demand visas to enter Europe.
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante(MOROCCO SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
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June 14, 2009
A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies...
Castrillo De Murcia, Spain
Man dressed as the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies in Castrillo de Murcia
A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain June 14, 2009. The northern Spanish town has for centuries chosen to protect its young from evil spirits with the unusual ritual in which a man dressed as the devil leaps over mattresses each holding four or five babies. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez (SPAIN SOCIETY)
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August 27, 2009
A man looks on as he stands outside a mannequin shop in the centre of Shanghai August 27, 2009. REUTERS/Nir...
Shanghai, China
A man looks on as he stands outside a mannequin shop in the centre of Shanghai
A man looks on as he stands outside a mannequin shop in the centre of Shanghai August 27, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA BUSINESS SOCIETY)
GERMANY/
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September 02, 2009
An aerial view shows a labyrinth in the form of a cow that is cut into a corn and hemp field in Marienfelde...
Berlin, Germany
An aerial view shows a labyrinth in the form of a cow that is cut into a corn field in Marienfelde
An aerial view shows a labyrinth in the form of a cow that is cut into a corn and hemp field in Marienfelde outside Berlin September 2, 2009. The labyrinth was created by the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment to raise awareness for healthy eating and dangers from harmful substances in food as well as to explain the digestion process in the stomach of a cow. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
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April 28, 2009
Revellers stand in front of a poster warning of alcohol abuse during a "Carnage" event, in Lincoln,...
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Revellers stand in front of a poster warning of alcohol abuse during a "Carnage" student event in Lincoln...
Revellers stand in front of a poster warning of alcohol abuse during a "Carnage" event, in Lincoln, , eastern England April 27, 2009. "Carnage" was an organised, unofficial, event involving university students in Lincoln visiting a number of bars on Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday morning. Local police estimated that about 1200 people attended. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN SOCIETY)
BULGARIA/
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June 03, 2009
The "Pasture on water" installation piece by Bulgarian artist Pavel Koichev is displayed on the surface...
OSIKOVITSA, Bulgaria
The "Pasture on water" installation piece by Bulgarian artist Koichev is displayed on the surface of...
The "Pasture on water" installation piece by Bulgarian artist Pavel Koichev is displayed on the surface of a small lake near the village of Osikovitsa, some 70km (43 miles) north-east of Sofia June 3, 2009. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA SOCIETY)
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August 04, 2009
A dog sits in front of a giant poster of the Locarno Film festival at Piazza Grande ahead of the 62nd...
Locarno, Switzerland
A dog sits in front of a giant poster of the Locarno Film festival at Piazza Grande ahead the 62nd Film...
A dog sits in front of a giant poster of the Locarno Film festival at Piazza Grande ahead of the 62nd 'Film Festival di Locarno' in Locarno August 4, 2009. The Festival takes place from August 5 to 15, 2009. REUTERS/Fiorenzo Maffi (SWITZERLAND ENTERTAINMENT)
BRITAIN/
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July 26, 2009
A competitor crosses the Start/Finish line during the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships in...
Dungannon, United Kingdom
A competitor crosses the Start/Finish line during the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships in...
A competitor crosses the Start/Finish line during the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships in Peatlands Park, Dungannon, County Tyrone July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NOR RN IRELAND SOCIETY SPORT SWIMMING IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
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July 21, 2009
A pair of pink handcuffs are displayed beside pink boxers that are issued to inmates in Maricopa county...
Tempe, UNITED STATES
A pair of pink handcuffs are displayed beside pink boxers at the Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Youth Assistance...
A pair of pink handcuffs are displayed beside pink boxers that are issued to inmates in Maricopa county tent city jail, at the Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Youth Assistance Foundation in Tempe, Arizona July 21, 2009. U.S. Department of Justice officials have launched an inquiry into Arpaio's activities amid accusations by civil rights activists and Latino lawmakers that he carries out racial profiling of Hispanics during his crackdown on illegal immigrants. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES CONFLICT POLITICS CRIME LAW SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 10, 2009
A resident pulls a makeshift raft to transport two girls across a flooded street after typhoon Morakot...
Wenzhou, China
A resident pulls a makeshift raft to transport two girls across a flooded street after typhoon Morakot...
A resident pulls a makeshift raft to transport two girls across a flooded street after typhoon Morakot hit Cangnan county of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province August 10, 2009. Typhoon Morakot battered China's commercial east coast on Sunday, killing a child and flattening houses. Half a million people in coastal Fujian province were moved to safer parts ahead of the typhoon's arrival, along with a similar number in neighbouring Zhejiang, Xinhua reported. REUTERS/Lang Lang (CHINA DISASTER SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KOREA/
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May 13, 2009
A combination photo shows a foot of a cloned fluorescent puppy, a three-month-old beagle, glowing in...
Seoul, South Korea
Combination photo shows foot of cloned fluorescent puppy glowing in dark under ultra-violet light and...
A combination photo shows a foot of a cloned fluorescent puppy, a three-month-old beagle, glowing in the dark under ultra-violet light (L) and under normal lighting at Seoul National University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Seoul May 13, 2009. The puppy is one of "2nd generation Ruppies", offspring of "Ruppy", the world's first transgenic dog which carries fluorescent genes. They took a fluorescent protein, much like that produced by some sea anenomes, and inserted it into the cell of a beagle. The name "Ruppy" is a combination of the words "Ruby" and "Puppy", and the offsprings of such dogs will possess the same fluorescent gene as their mothers. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA SCI TECH ANIMALS SOCIETY)
BRITAIN/
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July 06, 2009
Schoolboy Josh Ellis (R),13, speaks with NASA members of shuttle STS-119, recently returned from the...
Manchester, United Kingdom
13 year old schoolboy Josh Ellis speaks with NASA members of shuttle STS-119, Joe Acaba and Steve Swanson,...
Schoolboy Josh Ellis (R),13, speaks with NASA members of shuttle STS-119, recently returned from the International Space Station, Joe Acaba (L) and Steve Swanson, at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, northern England, July 6, 2009. The crew are in Britain to inspire the nation's budding astronauts and give first-hand information about their work in space. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN SOCIETY SCI TECH EDUCATION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NORTHERN IRELAND/
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July 18, 2009
Pigs with woollen jockeys attached to their backs race along a track during a community fete in Cushendun,...
Cushendun, United Kingdom
Pigs with woollen jockeys attached to their backs race along a track during a community fete in Cushendun...
Pigs with woollen jockeys attached to their backs race along a track during a community fete in Cushendun, a small village north of Belfast, Northern Ireland July 18 ,2009. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND SOCIETY ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
POLAND/
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July 26, 2009
Competitors take part in the "Sailing on Anything" floating championship on the Netta River in Augustow...
Augustow, Poland
Competitors take part in the "Sailing On Anything" floating championship on the Netta River in Augustow...
Competitors take part in the "Sailing on Anything" floating championship on the Netta River in Augustow July 26, 2009. Participants are required to construct "machines" without an engine that are able to travel a minimum of 400 metres (0.2 miles). REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND SOCIETY)
GERMANY/
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January 15, 2009
A three-year old llama 'Socke' enters the living room of its owner Nicole Doepper in the western town...
Muelheim, Germany
A three-year old llama 'Socke' enters the living room of its owner Doepper in Muelheim
A three-year old llama 'Socke' enters the living room of its owner Nicole Doepper in the western town of Muelheim January 14, 2009. 'Socke' lives in the house of Doepper since its birth, when it was injured by other animals and had a bottom part of hind leg amputated. The district veterinary office of Muelheim announced on Thursday to search an adequate animal husbandry for the llama. Picture taken January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY)
SWITZERLAND/
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August 10, 2009
Christoffe Jonin of the FF Blue Sky Team jumps out of a helicopter with a parachute, 1,300 meters above...
Geneva, Switzerland
Jonin jumps out of a helicopter above Geneva
Christoffe Jonin of the FF Blue Sky Team jumps out of a helicopter with a parachute, 1,300 meters above Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) and the city of Geneva, during the final day of Fetes de Geneve August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Frederic Lucas (SWITZERLAND SPORT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA/
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July 29, 2009
Fathima Lubna, 7, and her twin sister Fathima Lubaba (R) carry their five-month-old twin sisters at their...
KODINJI, India
Lubna and her twin sister Lubaba carry their five-month-old twin sisters at their residence in Kodinji...
Fathima Lubna, 7, and her twin sister Fathima Lubaba (R) carry their five-month-old twin sisters at their residence in Kodinji village, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, July 27, 2009. Kodinji, with around 2000 families, has at least 204 pairs of twins, according to a survey by Twins and Kins Association (TAKA), a voluntary organisation. Picture taken July 27, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA SOCIETY)
JAPAN/
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August 06, 2009
A long-coated male chihuahua named "Love-kun" with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat sleeps at Pucchin...
ODATE, Japan
Long-coated male chihuahua named "Love-kun" with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat sleeps at Pucchin...
A long-coated male chihuahua named "Love-kun" with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat sleeps at Pucchin Dog's shop in Odate, northern Japan August 6, 2009. The three-day-old chihuahua was born on August 3, 2009 as a young brother of "Heart-kun" which also has same marks. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN ANIMALS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOCCER/
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June 16, 2009
Germany's U21 national soccer coach Horst Hrubesch (L) conducts a team training session in Lerum near...
LERUM, Sweden
Germany's U21 national soccer team coach Hrubesch conducts training session in Lerum near Gothenburg
Germany's U21 national soccer coach Horst Hrubesch (L) conducts a team training session in Lerum near Gothenburg June 16, 2009. Germany will play Finland in the U21 European Championships soccer tournament on Thursday. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (SWEDEN SPORT SOCCER)
ROMANIA/
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May 17, 2009
Women in wedding gowns smoke cigarettes under the shade during the "Bride Parade" in Bucharest May 17,...
Bucharest, Romania
Women in wedding gowns smoke cigarettes under the shade during the "Bride Parade" in Bucharest
Women in wedding gowns smoke cigarettes under the shade during the "Bride Parade" in Bucharest May 17, 2009. The event gathered future and former brides under the slogan of, "Be a bride for one more day". REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (ROMANIA SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MYANMAR/
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April 13, 2009
Buddhist devotees wait to offer gold to the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda,...
MON STATE, Myanmar
Buddhist devotees wait to offer gold to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock Pagoda, in Mon State...
Buddhist devotees wait to offer gold to the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda, in Mon State April 13, 2009. Built on a granite boulder precariously balanced on the edge of a rock mountain over 3000 feet (0.9 km) above the sea level, the pagoda is a complete mystery to visitors from home and abroad. The pagoda is estimated to weigh 19.5 tons (17,645 kg), and the granite boulder weighs 611.5 tons (554, 704 kg). REUTERS/Aung Hla Tun (MYANMAR SOCIETY RELIGION TRAVEL IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE) FOR BEST QUALITY SEE: GF2E56A0G5Q01
SPAIN/
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April 05, 2009
A penitent waits before starting the procession of "Cautivo y rescatado" (Captive and rescued) brotherhood...
Seville, Spain
A penitent waits before starting the procession of "Cautivo y rescatado" brotherhood during Holy Week...
A penitent waits before starting the procession of "Cautivo y rescatado" (Captive and rescued) brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 6, 2009. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN ODDLY RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA/
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July 20, 2009
Local people crowd an indoor swimming pool to seek respite from a heat wave in Nanjing, Jiangsu province...
Nanjing, China
Local people crowd an indoor swimming pool to seek respite from a heat wave in Nanjing
Local people crowd an indoor swimming pool to seek respite from a heat wave in Nanjing, Jiangsu province July 20, 2009. The local temperature hit 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Sean Yong (CHINA SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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BRITAIN/
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August 07, 2009
A cemetery is seen during a hot air balloon flight near Bristol in western England August 7, 2009. ...
Bristol, United Kingdom
A cemetery is seen during a hot air balloon flight near Bristol in western England
A cemetery is seen during a hot air balloon flight near Bristol in western England August 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN SOCIETY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1E5B61P2201
MARKETS-JAPAN-STOCKS
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August 09, 2009
Rain drops on a car window reflects a man walking past a stock index board in Tokyo August 10, 2009....
Tokyo, Japan
Rain drops on a car window reflects a man walking past a stock index board in Tokyo
Rain drops on a car window reflects a man walking past a stock index board in Tokyo August 10, 2009. The Nikkei average hit its highest close in 10 months on Monday, buoyed by stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data and a report that Mitsubishi Chemical was in talks to acquire resin maker Mitsubishi Rayon. The image was rotated 180 degree. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL/
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July 08, 2009
Brazilian artists Tiago Primo (top) and his brother Gabriel hang out at a wall in Rio de Janeiro July...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Brazilian artists Tiago Primo and his brother Gabriel hang out at a wall in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian artists Tiago Primo (top) and his brother Gabriel hang out at a wall in Rio de Janeiro July 8, 2009. The bizarre vertical "house" built on a climbing wall by Brazilian artists has been drawing the attention of thousands who walk by the installation in Rio de Janeiro's downtown neighbourhood. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL SPORT SOCIETY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1E59F1QI101
SINGAPORE/
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July 12, 2009
Doves sing in cages hung on the top of poles during a bird singing competition in Singapore July 12,...
Singapore, Singapore
Doves sing in cages hung on the top of poles during a bird singing competition in Singapore
Doves sing in cages hung on the top of poles during a bird singing competition in Singapore July 12, 2009. Bird singing competitions have become a tradition mainly observed in Southeast Asian countries in which birds, particularly a variety of doves known as peaceful doves, can fetch prices of up to $340,000, the organizer of the event said. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez (SINGAPORE ANIMALS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
THAILAND
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June 26, 2009
Elephants painted as pandas are seen at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province, 80 km (50 miles)...
Ayuttaya, Thailand
Elephants painted as pandas are seen at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province
Elephants painted as pandas are seen at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, June 26, 2009. Five of the elephants were led on a walkabout to send a message to the Thai public not to ignore its elephants, the symbolic animal of Thailand. A female panda and its newborn baby in the Chiang Mai zoo have captured the attention of the public. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND ANIMALS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
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June 21, 2009
Over 200 people practice yoga on the morning of the summer solstice in Times Square, in New York, June...
New York, UNITED STATES
Over 200 people practice yoga on the morning of the summer solstice in Times Square, in New York
Over 200 people practice yoga on the morning of the summer solstice in Times Square, in New York, June 21, 2009. During the seventh annual free yoga classes, held in the "Crossroads of the World," participants sought peace and calm in the center of urban chaos. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES SOCIETY)
GERMANY/
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June 13, 2009
French microlight pilot Christian Moullec flies with a flock of cranes during an air show in Langenselbold,...
Langenselbold, Germany
French microlight pilot Christian Moullec flies with a flock of cranes during an air show in Langenselbold,...
French microlight pilot Christian Moullec flies with a flock of cranes during an air show in Langenselbold, 40 km (25 miles) east of Frankfurt June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY TRANSPORT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
HUNGARY
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June 01, 2009
A traditional Hungarian horseman performs in the historic Heroes Square in Budapest June 1, 2009. Hungary...
Budapest, Hungary
A traditional Hungarian horseman performs in the historic Heroes Square in Budapest
A traditional Hungarian horseman performs in the historic Heroes Square in Budapest June 1, 2009. Hungary organised a national horse race called the "National Gallop" with almost 100 towns and villages participating. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh(HUNGARY ANIMALS ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NICARAGUA/
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May 26, 2009
Anry Ramirez, a staff of tour company Tierra Tours, "sand-boards" at the Cerro Negro volcano in Leon...
Leon, Nicaragua
Tour company staff "sand-boards" at the Cerro Negro volcano in Leon City
Anry Ramirez, a staff of tour company Tierra Tours, "sand-boards" at the Cerro Negro volcano in Leon City, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Managua May 26, 2009. The volcano, with a height of 2,264 feet (690 meters), is one of the most active in Nicaragua. Hundreds of tourists visit the area to "sand-board" down the slopes of the volcano. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA TRAVEL

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BRITAIN/
RTXGO37
May 14, 2009
An artist from the French performance company Ilotopie drives a car on water on a canal in London's Canary...
London, United Kingdom
An artist from the French performance company Ilotopie drives a car on water
An artist from the French performance company Ilotopie drives a car on water on a canal in London's Canary Wharf in preparation for their show Fous de Bassin (Waterfools), which will be seen as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs (BRITAIN SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
SPAIN/
RTXDXG8
April 12, 2009
Bullfighter Jose Tomas is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga, southern...
Malaga, Spain
Bullfighter Jose Tomas is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga
Bullfighter Jose Tomas is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga, southern Spain, April 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN SOCIETY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
SRILANKA/
RTXE5A9
April 19, 2009
Sri Lankan men participate in a greasy-pole climbing competition that is a traditional part of Sri Lanka's...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan men participate in a greasy-pole climbing competition in central Colombo
Sri Lankan men participate in a greasy-pole climbing competition that is a traditional part of Sri Lanka's Sinhalese and Tamil celebrations to mark their new year in central Colombo April 19, 2009. The successful team of four men climbed the eight meter (30 foot) high pole, which was smothered in grease, and grab the flag on top to collect the prize of 5000 rupees ($43) in a time of six hours and three minutes. REUTERS/David Gray (SRI LANKA SOCIETY RELIGION)
BRITAIN/
RTXD87Y
March 26, 2009
A policeman stands guard in front of 10 Downing Street which is decorated with a red ball for the Comic...
London, United Kingdom
A policeman stands guard in front of 10 Downing Street which is decorated with a red ball for the Comic...
A policeman stands guard in front of 10 Downing Street which is decorated with a red ball for the Comic Relief charity, in London March 13, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN POLITICS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
SWITZERLAND/
RTR26RTM
August 16, 2009
A base jumper soars through the air in the Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland...
LAUTERBRUNNEN, Switzerland
A base jumper soars through the air in the Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
A base jumper soars through the air in the Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland August 13, 2009. Base jumping is the sport of using a parachute to jump a fixed object, either Building, Antenna, Span or Earth. The Lauterbrunnen valley has been used by base jumpers since 1997. Picture taken August 13, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND SPORT SOCIETY)
SPAIN/
RTXHBT8
May 15, 2009
Septuagenarian Isobel Varley poses during 'II Expotatoo' tattoo fair in Gijon, northern Spain, May 15,...
Gijon, Spain
Septuagenarian Isobel Varley poses during 'II Expotatoo' tattoo fair in Gijon
Septuagenarian Isobel Varley poses during 'II Expotatoo' tattoo fair in Gijon, northern Spain, May 15, 2009. Varley, who was born in 1937, is the most senior tattooed woman in the world according to the Guinness World Records. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
RTXCDX1
March 05, 2009
A demonstrator wears a placard during a protest outside the Royal Bank of Scotland building in the city...
London, United Kingdom
Demonstrator wears a placard during a protest in London
A demonstrator wears a placard during a protest outside the Royal Bank of Scotland building in the city of London March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)
BRITAIN/
RTXCCWS
March 04, 2009
A logo to promote the film "The Watchmen" is projected onto fine spray water screen over the River Thames...
London, United Kingdom
A logo to promote "The Watchmen" is projected onto fine spray water screen over the River Thames near...
A logo to promote the film "The Watchmen" is projected onto fine spray water screen over the River Thames near to the Houses of Parliament in London March 4, 2009. The film opens in British cinemas on March 6. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
EGYPT
RTXDVCC
April 10, 2009
A biker performs in front of the Great Giza pyramids during Red Bull Fighters International Freestyle...
Cairo, Egypt
A biker performs in front of the Great Giza pyramids during Red Bull Fighters International Freestyle...
A biker performs in front of the Great Giza pyramids during Red Bull Fighters International Freestyle Motocross 2009 Exhibition Tour on the outskirts of Cairo April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (EGYPT SPORT SOCIETY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E57S1S4V01
GERMANY-MARKETS/
RTXC0VK
February 24, 2009
A stock trader dressed as a woman poses at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 24, 2009....
Frankfurt, Germany
A stock trader dressed as a woman poses at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt
A stock trader dressed as a woman poses at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 24, 2009. Despite the crisis scenario Frankfurt's burse traders followed a long tradition to wear carnival costumes at Germany's carnival Tuesday. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY)
HONGKONG
RTXBSX2
February 19, 2009
Cars take part in an automobile soccer match during a demonstration of Top Gear Live before its performance...
Hong Kong, China
Cars take part in an automobile soccer match during a demonstration of Top Gear Live in Hong Kong
Cars take part in an automobile soccer match during a demonstration of Top Gear Live before its performance in Hong Kong February 19, 2009. The British TV show holds its first Asian tour to the territory. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)
GERMANY/
RTXBQ1P
February 17, 2009
A man in a ballet dress dances in Tiergarten park after snowfall in Berlin February 17, 2009, as part...
Berlin, Germany
A man in a ballet dress dances in Tiergarten park after snowfall in Berlin
A man in a ballet dress dances in Tiergarten park after snowfall in Berlin February 17, 2009, as part of a radio station promotion. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY)
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