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Pictures of the Month 2009

May 2009
May 2009
USA/
RTXOX7J
May 29, 2009
A ring of water vapour is created around pilot Lt. Justin Halligan (L) and Lt. Michael Witt (R) as they...
WANTAGH, UNITED STATES
A ring of water vapour is created around a F/A-18F Super Hornet airplane within 200mph of breaking the...
A ring of water vapour is created around pilot Lt. Justin Halligan (L) and Lt. Michael Witt (R) as they fly their F/A-18F Super Hornet airplane within 200mph of breaking the sound barrier while performing at New York Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York, May 23, 2009. Picture taken May 23, 2009. REUTERS/Christopher Pasatieri (UNITED STATES TRANSPORT MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY SEE: GM1E5620DXS01
INDIA/
RTXLDCN
May 22, 2009
Rag pickers hold each other as they cover themselves from a dust storm in the northern Indian city of...
Mathura, India
Rag pickers hold each other as they cover themselves from dust storm in Mathura
Rag pickers hold each other as they cover themselves from a dust storm in the northern Indian city of Mathura May 22, 2009. REUTERS/K.K. Arora (INDIA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
FILM-CANNES/
RTXJJ9U
May 19, 2009
Cast members Rossy De Palma arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Los Abrazos Rotos"...
Cannes, France
Cast members De Palma arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Los Abrazos Rotos" at...
Cast members Rossy De Palma arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Los Abrazos Rotos" at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2009. Twenty films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 24. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)
BRITAIN/
RTR244L3
May 31, 2009
One of the 251 children laughs as she takes part in an attempt at the largest custard pie fight at the...
Horsham, United Kingdom
One of the 251 children laughs as she takes part in an attempt at the largest custard pie fight at the...
One of the 251 children laughs as she takes part in an attempt at the largest custard pie fight at the Kidz Stuff Festival in Horsham May 31, 2009. The current record is 120 and the new record is waiting for verification by the Guiness Book of RecordsREUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TENNIS-OPEN/
RTR244GJ
May 31, 2009
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his match against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis...
Paris, France
Rafael Nadal reacts during his match against Robin Soderling at the French Open tennis tournament at...
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his match against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE SPORT TENNIS)
SOCCER-ITALY/
RTR2448M
May 31, 2009
Inter Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates with his team mate Ivan Cordoba after scoring a second...
Milan, Italy
Inter Milan's Ibrahimovic celebrates with teammate Cordoba after scoring second goal against Atalanta...
Inter Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates with his team mate Ivan Cordoba after scoring a second goal against Atalanta during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY SPORT)
THAILAND/
RTR243VP
May 31, 2009
Myanmar nationals living in Thailand hold portraits of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and shout...
Bangkok, Thailand
Myanmar nationals living in Thailand hold portraits of pro-democracy icon Suu Kyi and shout slogans during...
Myanmar nationals living in Thailand hold portraits of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and shout slogans during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok May 31, 2009. Suu Kyi's health has improved and she is ready to face a verdict that could see the Nobel laureate jailed for up to five years, her lawyers said on Saturday. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND POLITICS CONFLICT)
PERU
RTXOWKK
May 29, 2009
A man dressed as a friar jumps from a ten meter (33 feet) cliff at "The Jump of the Friar," a local restaurant,...
Lima, Peru
A man dressed as a friar jumps from a ten meter cliff at a local restaurant in Lima
A man dressed as a friar jumps from a ten meter (33 feet) cliff at "The Jump of the Friar," a local restaurant, as a tourist attraction in Lima, May 28, 2009. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (PERU TRAVEL SOCIETY)
SPELLING BEE/KIDS
RTXOW35
May 28, 2009
Veronica Penny, 11, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada competes in the semi-final round of the 2009 National...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Veronica Penny of Canada competes in semi-final round of the 2009 National Spelling Bee in Washington...
Veronica Penny, 11, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada competes in the semi-final round of the 2009 National Spelling Bee in Washington, May 28, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES SOCIETY)
IRAN/
RTXOVS3
May 28, 2009
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cries during a religious ceremony to commemorate the death anniversary...
Tehran, Iran
Iran's President Ahmadinejad cries during religious ceremony to commemorate death anniversary of Fatima,...
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cries during a religious ceremony to commemorate the death anniversary of Fatima, daughter of Prophet Mohammad, in central Tehran May 28, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN POLITICS RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)
SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/
RTXOPN7
May 27, 2009
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) celebrates his goal as Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar reacts during...
Rome, Italy
Barcelona's Messi celebrates goal during Champions League final against Manchester United in Rome
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) celebrates his goal as Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar reacts during their Champions League final soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, May 27, 2009. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
PAKISTAN-VIOLENCE/
RTXOOVD
May 27, 2009
Wife Kosar Noreen and other female relatives touch the face of deceased policeman Mohammed Naveed, a...
Lahore, Pakistan
Wife Kosar Noreen and other female relatives touch the face of deceased policeman Mohammed Naveed, a...
Wife Kosar Noreen and other female relatives touch the face of deceased policeman Mohammed Naveed, a victim of a car bomb attack in Lahore May 27, 2009. Naveed and Noreen wed only ten days earlier. Gunmen attacked a police headquarters in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, setting off a car-bomb that killed at least 22 people in what the government said was revenge for an offensive against the Taliban. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CYCLONE-BANGLADESH
RTXOJ8C
May 27, 2009
Flood-affected villagers collect food packets dropped from an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter in the...
PATHARPATIMA ISLAND, India
Flood-affected villagers collect food packets in Patharpatima Island
Flood-affected villagers collect food packets dropped from an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter in the Cyclone-hit area of Patharpatima Island in the Sundarbans delta, about 100 km (62 miles) south from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, May 27, 2009. Nearly 200 people have been killed by a cyclone that ripped through Bangladesh and eastern India, while millions remained marooned by floodwater or forced to live in shelters. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw (INDIA ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
GAYMARRIAGE-CALIFORNIA/
RTXOF8O
May 27, 2009
West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land speaks during a rally in response to the California Supreme Court's ruling...
West Hollywood, UNITED STATES
West Hollywood Mayor Land speaks during rally in response to California Supreme Court's ruling regarding...
West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land speaks during a rally in response to the California Supreme Court's ruling regarding Proposition 8 in West Hollywood, California May 26, 2009. California's supreme court backed a ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, upholding a voter-approved proposition defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but said the marriages last year of 18,000 same-sex couples were still legal. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES POLITICS SOCIETY)
AFGHANISTAN
RTXO3N0
May 26, 2009
Afghan children react to a Canadian army convoy in Kandahar, May 26, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (AFGHANISTAN...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Afghan children react to a Canadian army convoy in Kandahar
Afghan children react to a Canadian army convoy in Kandahar, May 26, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (AFGHANISTAN SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CYCLONE BANGLADESH
RTXNYN3
May 26, 2009
A man carries his bicycle to a safe place on the outskirts of Siliguri in the eastern Indian state of...
Siliguri, India
A man carries his bicycle to a safe place on the outskirts of Siliguri
A man carries his bicycle to a safe place on the outskirts of Siliguri in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, May 26, 2009. Officials in West Bengal said at least 29 people died in Cyclone Aila, mostly from house collapses, electrocution and falling trees. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA ENVIRONMENT DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAN-ELECTION/
RTXNH1T
May 25, 2009
A supporter carrying a picture of Mirhossein Mousavi, former Iranian Prime Minister and presidential...
Tehran, Iran
A supporter carrying a picture of Mirhossein Mousavi as she holds a green cloth, the symbolic colour...
A supporter carrying a picture of Mirhossein Mousavi, former Iranian Prime Minister and presidential candidate, as she holds a green cloth, the symbolic colour of Mousavi's campaign, in Tehran, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN POLITICS ELECTIONS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AFGHANISTAN/
RTXNE8F
May 25, 2009
Sunlight is reflected off a dog tag during a Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Bagram airbase,...
Bagram, Afghanistan
Sunlight is reflected off dog tag during Memorial Day observance ceremony at Bagram airbase
Sunlight is reflected off a dog tag during a Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Bagram airbase, north of Kabul May 25, 2009. The helmet, weapon, dog tags and boots represent fallen soldiers. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
RTXNBZL
May 25, 2009
A pilgrim from the Malaga brotherhood laughs as she makes their way to the shrine of El Rocio in Coria...
CORIA DEL RIO, Spain
A pilgrim from the Malaga brotherhood laughs as she makes their way to the shrine of El Rocio in Coria...
A pilgrim from the Malaga brotherhood laughs as she makes their way to the shrine of El Rocio in Coria del Rio, near Seville May 25, 2009. Every spring hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at a shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervour and festive colour. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN SOCIETY RELIGION)
PHILIPPINES/
RTXMLD6
May 24, 2009
The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney inspects the tombstones of soldiers who died during...
Manila, Philippines
The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Kenney inspects the tombstones of soldiers who died during the...
The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney inspects the tombstones of soldiers who died during the Second World War after Memorial Day ceremonies in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial located in Taguig, Metro Manila May 24, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana (PHILIPPINES SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)
OBAMA/
RTXLI3Y
May 22, 2009
Graduated midshipmen toss their caps in the air upon the conclusion of the graduation and commissioning...
Annapolis, UNITED STATES
Graduated midshipmen toss their caps in air upon conclusion of graduation and commissioning ceremonies...
Graduated midshipmen toss their caps in the air upon the conclusion of the graduation and commissioning ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis May 22, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES POLITICS MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
RTXLFCZ
May 22, 2009
A Palestinian youth covers his face after Israeli forces fired teargas during a demonstration against...
Bilin, Palestinian Territories
Palestinian youth covers his face during demonstration in Bilin
A Palestinian youth covers his face after Israeli forces fired teargas during a demonstration against the construction of the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah May 22, 2009. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri (WEST BANK POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
COLOMBIA
RTXL4WK
May 22, 2009
Members of the 'Rastrojos' drug trafficking group are seen after surrendering their weapons at a military...
Carepa, Colombia
Members of the 'Rastrojos' drug trafficking group are seen after surrendering their weapons at a military...
Members of the 'Rastrojos' drug trafficking group are seen after surrendering their weapons at a military base in Carepa province in Medellin May 21, 2009. More than 100 members of the group gave up weapons to the army as part of a peace deal with the Colombian government. REUTERS/Fredy Amariles (COLOMBIA MILITARY POLITICS)
FLU/JAPAN
RTXL960
May 22, 2009
Japanese elementary school students and a guard (R) wear masks as a precaution against the influenza...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese elementary school students and a guard wear masks as a precaution against the influenza A (H1N1)...
Japanese elementary school students and a guard (R) wear masks as a precaution against the influenza A (H1N1) virus during a tour at the upper house of the Parliament in Tokyo May 22, 2009. Japan relaxed rules for dealing with the new H1N1 flu on Friday, concerned that strict regulations could harm the economy and needlessly restrict the public, given that most of its nearly 300 cases have been mild. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao(JAPAN POLITICS HEALTH EDUCATION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
RTXKUUZ
May 21, 2009
A woman walks on the beach at Coney Island past an AH-1 Cobra helicopter in New York May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas...
New York, UNITED STATES
A woman walks on the beach at Coney Island past an AH-1 Cobra helicopter in New York
A woman walks on the beach at Coney Island past an AH-1 Cobra helicopter in New York May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES MILITARY HEALTH IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AFGHANISTAN
RTXKO8U
May 21, 2009
A Canadian soldier takes a nap after taking part in a search operation for improvised explosive devices...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
A Canadian soldier takes a nap after taking part in a search operation for improvised explosive devices...
A Canadian soldier takes a nap after taking part in a search operation for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Kandahar May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (AFGHANISTAN MILITARY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FILM-CANNES/
RTXK6HN
May 20, 2009
Cast member Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Inglourious...
Cannes, France
Cast member Pitt and Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Inglourious Basterds"...
Cast member Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Inglourious Basterds" by director Quentin Tarantino at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2009. Twenty films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 24. REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)
BULGARIA/
RTXK0WW
May 20, 2009
An old apartment block is reflected in the windows of a new office building in central Sofia May 20,...
Sofia, Bulgaria
Old appartment block is reflected in the windows of a new office building in Sofia
An old apartment block is reflected in the windows of a new office building in central Sofia May 20, 2009. Some 5,760 people working in the construction sector in Bulgaria lost their jobs in the first quarter of the year as a result of the economic crisis, the national statistical office said earlier this week. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
AMAZON-CATTLE/
RTR244V0
June 01, 2009
An aerial view of a deforested Amazonian jungle is seen close to Maraba, in Brazil's central state of...
Maraba, Brazil
To match feature AMAZON-CATTLE/
An aerial view of a deforested Amazonian jungle is seen close to Maraba, in Brazil's central state of Para in this May 3, 2009 file photo. Soon thousands of cows will be chewing pasture on the freshly cleared land in Brazil's Amazon state of Para, just a tiny part of Brazil's 200-million-strong commercial cattle herd, the world's biggest, that makes it a beef superpower. More than 70 million are in the Amazon area, three for every person. This is where the industry has grown fastest in recent years, a trend activists say is due to cheap land, widespread illegal clearing and weak government enforcement. Picture taken May 3, 2009. To match feature AMAZON-CATTLE/ REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
SOCCER-UEFA/
RTXK7MB
May 20, 2009
Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk celebrates after scoring against Werder Bremen during their UEFA Cup...
Istanbul, Turkey
Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk celebrates after scoring against Werder Bremen during their UEFA Cup final...
Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk celebrates after scoring against Werder Bremen during their UEFA Cup final soccer match at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY)
PAKISTAN-VIOLANCE
RTXHNIT
May 16, 2009
An internally displaced girl, fleeing a military offensive in the Swat valley, carries bread from a distribution...
Islamabad, Pakistan
An internally displaced girl, fleeing a military offensive in the Swat valley, carries bread from a distribution...
An internally displaced girl, fleeing a military offensive in the Swat valley, carries bread from a distribution point for her family at an UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) camp in Mardan, about 165 km (100 miles) north west of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, May 16, 2009. Pakistani authorities temporarily lifted a curfew on Friday to enable thousands of people to flee the fighting in the militant bastion of Swat and join more than 800,000 who have already left. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed (PAKISTAN POLITICS DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1E57T1AIN01
SRILANKA-WAR/
RTXJI67
May 19, 2009
The body of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran is carried on a stretcher...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The body of LTTE leader Prabhakaran is carried on a stretcher through a group of Sri Lankan soldiers...
The body of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran is carried 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 TV stations aired video of what appeared to be his corpse, with the top of its head blown off. REUTERS/Stringer (SRI LANKA MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SENEGAL/
RTXJMMH
May 19, 2009
A pedestrian walks past workers cleaning a downtown courtyard in Senegal's capital Dakar, May 19, 2009....
Dakar, Senegal
A pedestrian walks past workers cleaning a courtyard in Senegal's capital Dakar
A pedestrian walks past workers cleaning a downtown courtyard in Senegal's capital Dakar, May 19, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SENEGAL SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
RTXJJWK
May 19, 2009
A Spanish riot policeman guards the entrance of the building of a shipyard as a former shipyard worker...
Gijon, Spain
A Spanish riot policeman guards the entrance to the ocuppied building of a shipyard in Gijon
A Spanish riot policeman guards the entrance of the building of a shipyard as a former shipyard worker looks through an opening in the door in Gijon, northern Spain May 19, 2009. Former workers who have taken early retirement from the private shipbuilding company Naval Gijon have occupied the shipyard's buildings demanding assurances of their salaries after the closure of the company scheduled for May 31, 2009. Graffiti reads "Solution for early retirement workers". REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Northern Ireland
RTXJF8O
May 19, 2009
Farmer David Wallace checks on his crop of maize in Crumlin, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland May 19,2009....
Antrim, United Kingdom
Farmer David Wallace checks on his crop of maize in Crumlin, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland
Farmer David Wallace checks on his crop of maize in Crumlin, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland May 19,2009. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND ENVIRONMENT FOOD)
TURKEY/
RTXJE6T
May 19, 2009
Military cadets attend a ceremony to mark Youth and Sports Day at the Inonu stadium in Istanbul, May...
Istanbul, Turkey
Military cadets attend a ceremony to mark Youth and Sports Day at the Inonu stadium in Istanbul
Military cadets attend a ceremony to mark Youth and Sports Day at the Inonu stadium in Istanbul, May 19, 2009. The ceremony also commemorates the 90th anniversary of the start of Turkey's independence war, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, arrived in Samsun during the collapse of Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
RTXJDAL
May 19, 2009
A Palestinian boy climbs through an opening in the controversial Israeli barrier in Shuafat, in the West...
SHUAFAT, Palestinian Territories
A Palestinian boy climbs through an opening in the controversial Israeli barrier in Shuafat
A Palestinian boy climbs through an opening in the controversial Israeli barrier in Shuafat, in the West Bank, near Jerusalem May 19, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (WEST BANK POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FILM-CANNES/
RTXJC0D
May 19, 2009
The shoes and socks of actress Sae Ron-Kim are seen during a photocall for the film "Une Vie Toute Neuve"...
Cannes, France
The shoes and socks of actress Sae Ron-Kim are seen during a photocall at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival...
The shoes and socks of actress Sae Ron-Kim are seen during a photocall for the film "Une Vie Toute Neuve" by director Ounie Lecomte at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2009. Twenty films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 24. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE ENTERTAINMENT)
RUSSIA/
RTXJCE0
May 19, 2009
Visitors look at portraits of generals of Russia's 1812 campaign against Napoleon's army at the Hermitage...
St Petersburg, Russia
Visitors look at portraits of generals of Russia's 1812 campaign against Napoleon's army at Hermitage...
Visitors look at portraits of generals of Russia's 1812 campaign against Napoleon's army at the Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg May 19, 2009. The portraits were compiled in 1826 for the Winter Palace to celebrate the 332 generals who fought in the war of 1812 against France. The Hermitage, a former palace of Russian Tzars, now houses one of the largest art collections in the world with over three million exhibits stored. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA SOCIETY TRAVEL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SRILANKA-WAR/
RTXJ83H
May 19, 2009
A Sri Lankan man runs while waving his national flag as fireworks explode behind him during celebrations...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan man runs while waving his national flag as fireworks explode behind him during celebrations...
A Sri Lankan man runs while waving his national flag as fireworks explode behind him during celebrations on the streets in central Colombo May 19, 2009. Sri Lankan troops won the final battle in a 25-year civil war with the Tamil Tiger separatists on Monday, putting the entire nation under government control for the first time since 1983, the military said. REUTERS/David Gray (SRI LANKA MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-RIVERS/
RTXJ2Z0
May 19, 2009
A man washes clothes by the river Buriganga in Dhaka May 17, 2009. It was once the lifeline of the Bangladeshi...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
To match feature BANGLADESH-RIVERS/
A man washes clothes by the river Buriganga in Dhaka May 17, 2009. It was once the lifeline of the Bangladeshi capital. But the once mighty Buriganga river, which flows by Dhaka, is now one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh because of rampant dumping of industrial and human waste. To match feature BANGLADESH-RIVERS/ Picture taken May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
AFGHANISTAN/
RTXIYA6
May 18, 2009
Canadian soldiers sleep as a flare burns over them during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Canadian soldiers sleep as a flare burns over them during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar...
Canadian soldiers sleep as a flare burns over them during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province, May 18, 2009. More than a thousand soldiers from the Canadian, U.S. and Afghan armies took part in an anti-Taliban operation at Sanjaray over the weekend. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (AFGHANISTAN POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AFGHANISTAN/
RTXIW8A
May 18, 2009
An Afghan national army soldier sits in a garrison at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province, May 16, 2009. More...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Afghan national army soldier sits in a garrison at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province
An Afghan national army soldier sits in a garrison at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province, May 16, 2009. More than a thousand soldiers from the Canadian, U.S. and Afghan armies took part in an anti-Taliban operation at Sanjaray over the weekend. Picture taken May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (AFGHANISTAN POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)
PARAGUAY/
RTXIVE7
May 18, 2009
Raquel Ramirez, member of Paraguay's Roofless Movement, lies with a nail pierced in her hand under a...
FERNANDO DE MORA, Paraguay
Ramirez, member of Paraguay's Roofless Movement, lies with a nail pierced in her hand during a hunger...
Raquel Ramirez, member of Paraguay's Roofless Movement, lies with a nail pierced in her hand under a tent with 10 other activists in the same situation on their seventh day of a hunger strike, on a sidewalk in Fernando de Mora on the outskirts of Asuncion May 18, 2009. The Roofless Movement is demanding the government provide land for them and access to public services in their squatter camps. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY CONFLICT POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AFGHANISTAN/
RTXIV58
May 18, 2009
Afghan children stand at the door of their home during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province,...
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Afghan children stand at the door of their home during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province...
Afghan children stand at the door of their home during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province, May 16, 2009. More than a thousand soldiers from the Canadian, U.S. and Afghan armies took part in an anti-Taliban operation at Sanjaray over the weekend. Picture taken May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (AFGHANISTAN POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GERMANY/
RTXIT6Q
May 18, 2009
Porsche cars are pictured in a mirror in the roof in front of the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen near...
Zuffenhausen, Germany
Porsche cars are pictured in a mirror in front of the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart
Porsche cars are pictured in a mirror in the roof in front of the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS TRANSPORT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TAIWAN/
RTXIT1U
May 18, 2009
A soldier from the mine disposal unit prepares to search for landmines along a coast in Kinmen May 18,...
Kinmen, Taiwan
A soldier from the mine disposal unit prepares to search for landmines along a coast in Kinmen, Taiwan...
A soldier from the mine disposal unit prepares to search for landmines along a coast in Kinmen May 18, 2009. Taiwan removed underwater naval barricades and landmines on Monday on beaches in the former military outpost of Kinmen for a cross straits swimming event slated for August which will see competitors swim from Xiamen, China to Kinmen, Taiwan. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN MILITARY POLITICS SPORT)
EU-COMMISSION/FIRE
RTXISYA
May 18, 2009
A Belgian police officer secures the zone around the European Commission headquarters in Brussels May...
Brussels, Belgium
A Belgian police officer secures the zone around the European Commission headquarters in Brussels
A Belgian police officer secures the zone around the European Commission headquarters in Brussels May 18, 2009 .The headquarters of the EU's executive European Commission in Brussels was evacuated on Monday due to a fire, a Commission spokesman said. There were no reports of any injuries, a fire brigade official said, adding that the blaze appeared to have started in the basement of the building. REUTERS/Thierry Roge (BELGIUM SOCIETY POLITICS)
GERMANY/
RTXIRFQ
May 18, 2009
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pauses during her speech at a congress hosted by the association Stifterverband...
Berlin, Germany
German Chancellor Merkel pauses during speech in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pauses during her speech at a congress hosted by the association Stifterverband fuer die Deutsche Wissenschaft in Berlin, May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY POLITICS SCI TECH)
GERMANY/
RTXIRH9
May 18, 2009
An unidentified man walks between the paintings 'Gale Smith' and 'Pat Hearn' by U.S. artist Andy Warhol...
Munich, Germany
An unidentified man walks between paintings of U.S. artist Andy Warhol in the new Brandhorst modern art...
An unidentified man walks between the paintings 'Gale Smith' and 'Pat Hearn' by U.S. artist Andy Warhol in the new Brandhorst modern art museum in Munich, May 18, 2009. The museum showing modern and contemporary art from the collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst opens on May 21 for the public. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier (GERMANY ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SWIMMING/PHELPS
RTXIHOK
May 18, 2009
Michael Phelps speaks with reporters after losing in the finals of the 100 meter freestyle during the...
Charlotte, UNITED STATES
Michael Phelps speaks with reporters after losing in the finals of the 100 meter freestyle during the...
Michael Phelps speaks with reporters after losing in the finals of the 100 meter freestyle during the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte, North Carolina May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES SPORT SWIMMING IMAGES OF THE DAY)
OBAMA/
RTXIFY4
May 17, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he leaves a Democratic Party fundraiser in Indianapolis,...
Indianapolis, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Obama waves to supporters as he leaves a fundraiser in Indianapolis
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he leaves a Democratic Party fundraiser in Indianapolis, May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES POLITICS)
SAFRICA/
RTXICTY
May 17, 2009
Cape Town residents watch as a plume of sea spray blows out of a stormwater drain on the city's Sea Point...
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town residents watch as a plume of sea spray blows out of a stormwater drain on the city's Sea Point...
Cape Town residents watch as a plume of sea spray blows out of a stormwater drain on the city's Sea Point beachfront May 17, 2009. The geyser like effect was created by large wave pushing the spray up the pipe, as the city experienced the first of the winter storms. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA ENVIRONMENT)
BRITAIN
RTXIC20
May 17, 2009
A man carries an umbrella in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament and Big Ben clock tower during rain...
London, United Kingdom
A man carries an umbrella in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament and Big Ben clock tower during rain...
A man carries an umbrella in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament and Big Ben clock tower during rain in London May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN ENVIRONMENT)
TENNIS -MEN /SPAIN
RTXIBYV
May 17, 2009
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their final match at the Madrid...
Madrid, Spain
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their final match at the Madrid...
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their final match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN SPORT TENNIS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOCCER-EUROPE/SCOTLAND
RTXIA7T
May 17, 2009
Celtic's players react after Lee Naylor (C) narrowly missed the ball in the goalmouth against Hibernian...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Celtic's players react after Lee Naylor narrowly missed the ball in the goalmouth against Hibernian (Hibs)...
Celtic's players react after Lee Naylor (C) narrowly missed the ball in the goalmouth against Hibernian (Hibs) during their Scottish Premier League soccer match in Edinburgh, Scotland May 17, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN SPORT SOCCER)
BRITAIN/
RTXI8GF
May 17, 2009
A giant glass Dandelion designed by artist and blacksmith Jenny Pickford is seen in her garden at the...
London, United Kingdom
A giant glass Dandelion designed by artist and blacksmith Jenny Pickford is seen in her garden at the...
A giant glass Dandelion designed by artist and blacksmith Jenny Pickford is seen in her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
CUBA/
RTXI4ND
May 17, 2009
Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez changes outfits at his home as the world celebrates International Day...
Havana, Cuba
Transvestite Alvarez changes outfits at his home on International Day Against Homophobia in Havana
Transvestite Julio Yoaris Alvarez changes outfits at his home as the world celebrates International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 16, 2009. From an early age, Alvarez dreamt of having a sex-change operation and is currently awaiting his turn for one under the Cuban health care system. The surgery, like all other health care in Cuba, will be free of charge for applicants. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA SOCIETY HEALTH)
SOCCER-ENGLAND/
RTXHSBZ
May 16, 2009
Manchester United's Carlos Tevez is sprayed by champagne as he celebrates after winning the English Premier...
Manchester, United Kingdom
Manchester United's Tevez is sprayed by champagne as he celebrates after winning the English Premier...
Manchester United's Carlos Tevez is sprayed by champagne as he celebrates after winning the English Premier League title with a draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR "LIVE" SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS
MOROCCO/
RTXHAHH
May 15, 2009
Women hold the picture of an Islamist prisoner during a protest in Rabat May 15, 2009. Wives of Islamist...
Rabat, Morocco
Women hold the picture of an Islamist prisoner during a protest in Rabat
Women hold the picture of an Islamist prisoner during a protest in Rabat May 15, 2009. Wives of Islamist prisoners demonstrated in front of the Justice Ministry in support of around a thousand prisoners who started a hunger strike yesterday demanding better conditions in jail and the resume of talks between the government and their organizations. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante (MOROCCO POLITICS CONFLICT RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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