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Pictures of the Year 2008

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CHINA/
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January 07, 2008
A student shows another how to smile during an etiquette training class at a vocational school in Beijing...
Beijing, China
A student shows another how to smile during etiquette training class at vocational school in Beijing
A student shows another how to smile during an etiquette training class at a vocational school in Beijing January 7, 2008. A small group of vocational students, mostly between the ages of 16 and 18, are going through physical conditioning as well as professional training for dressing and etiquette in order to be stewards for the service industry, but a select few will become stewards for medal ceremonies during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA)
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January 14, 2008
Cherli Marsik (R), a union nurse who works on film sets and motion picture studios, holds signs along...
Beverly Hills, UNITED STATES
IATSE union members hold signs near Golden Globe news conference in Beverly Hills
Cherli Marsik (R), a union nurse who works on film sets and motion picture studios, holds signs along with her daughter Jeandra (C), who joined her in support, as IATSE union members shouted slogans and held signs near the Beverly Hilton hotel, site of the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards news conference January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
RUSSIA/
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January 21, 2008
A woman takes a dip in the icy water of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations outside the Varnitsky...
Rostov Veliky, Russia
A woman takes a dip in the icy water of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Rostov Veliky...
A woman takes a dip in the icy water of a lake during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations outside the Varnitsky Monastery in Rostov Veliky, about 200 km (124 miles) from Moscow January 19, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA)
KENYA/
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January 26, 2008
A young man with an arrow in his head arrives at hospital following ethnic clashes in the town of Nakuru...
Nakuru, Kenya
A young man with an arrow in his head arrives at hospital following ethnic clashes in the town of Nakuru...
A young man with an arrow in his head arrives at hospital following ethnic clashes in the town of Nakuru in the Rift Valley area January 26, 2008. Kenyans in the Rift Valley town of Nakuru feared more violence on Saturday after a disputed election triggered pitched battles between ethnic gangs that killed at least a dozen people. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (KENYA)
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BOSNIA/
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January 11, 2008
A Bosnian refugee child wipes the blackboard in a joint first to fourth grade class located in an one-room...
Banovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A Bosnian refugee child wipes blackboard in an one-room school in a camp built near Banovici
A Bosnian refugee child wipes the blackboard in a joint first to fourth grade class located in an one-room school in a camp built between a coal mine and its waste heap near the town of Banovici January 10, 2008. As the Balkan state is negotiating its way to the EU, a group of refugees from the Serb part of the country still live in primitive shelters waiting to return to their pre-war homes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)
SKELETON-ITALY/
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January 18, 2008
Canada's Jon Montgomery reacts after crossing the finish line in the men's skeleton World Cup tour at...
Cesana Pariol, Italy
Canada's Montgomery reacts after crossing the finish line in the men's skeleton World Cup tour at the...
Canada's Jon Montgomery reacts after crossing the finish line in the men's skeleton World Cup tour at the Olympic track in Cesana Pariol, northern Italy, January 18, 2008. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY)
ITALY-GOVERNMENT/
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January 24, 2008
Udeur senator Tommaso Barbato (L) is held while being removed from a confidence vote session at the Senate...
Rome, Italy
Udeur senator Barbato is held while being removed from confidence vote session at Senate in Rome
Udeur senator Tommaso Barbato (L) is held while being removed from a confidence vote session at the Senate in Rome January 24, 2008. Prime Minister Romano Prodi made a final plea for Italy's parliament to back his government on Thursday in a confidence vote he looked set to lose, saying the economy could not bear more political uncertainty. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E5480ZZG01
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January 25, 2008
Shoes of Irish rock singer Bono (R) are seen as he stands next to Microsoft founder Bill Gates (C) and...
Davos, Switzerland
Shoes of Irish rock singer Bono are seen as he poses for a picture at the World Economic Forum in Davos....
Shoes of Irish rock singer Bono (R) are seen as he stands next to Microsoft founder Bill Gates (C) and Jordan's Queen Rania to pose for photographers at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 25, 2008. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (SWITZERLAND)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/EGYPT
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January 26, 2008
A Palestinian boy climbs on a metal structure, part of the border wall between Gaza and Egypt blown up...
Rafah, Egypt
A Palestinian boy climbs on a metal structure, part of the border wall between Gaza and Egypt blown up...
A Palestinian boy climbs on a metal structure, part of the border wall between Gaza and Egypt blown up by Palestinian militants earlier this week, in Rafah January 26, 2008. Egyptian troops stood by and let thousands of Palestinians stream out of Gaza on Saturday after failing to seal breaches blown in the border by Hamas militants defying an Israeli blockade. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (EGYPT) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
NOKIA-ROMANIA/
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February 11, 2008
Women walk past the entrance of the new Nokia plant in Jucu village near Cluj, about 450 km (280 miles)...
JUCU, Romania
Women walk past the entrance of the new Nokia plant in Jucu village
Women walk past the entrance of the new Nokia plant in Jucu village near Cluj, about 450 km (280 miles) northwest of Bucharest February 11, 2008. Nokia announced the investment in the new plant in early 2007 and it said it expects to employ 500 people in Cluj during the first phase of production ramp-up and 3,500 people by the end of 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)
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January 30, 2008
People play in the snow in Amman January 30, 2008. A rare heavy snow storm hit the Middle Eastern country...
Amman, Jordan
People play in the snow in Amman
People play in the snow in Amman January 30, 2008. A rare heavy snow storm hit the Middle Eastern country of Jordan on Wednesday. REUTERS/Majed Jaber (JORDAN)
USA-POLITICS/OBAMA
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February 03, 2008
Michelle Obama (L) and singer Stevie Wonder (R) fall as they go up steps to the stage during a rally...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Michelle Obama and singer Stevie Wonder fall as they go up steps to the stage during a rally in Los Angeles...
Michelle Obama (L) and singer Stevie Wonder (R) fall as they go up steps to the stage during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California February 3, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/
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February 04, 2008
Revellers of the Viradouro samba school dance atop a float depicting a beauty salon during the first...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float depicting a beauty salon during first night of...
Revellers of the Viradouro samba school dance atop a float depicting a beauty salon during the first night of parades by the top samba groups in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 4, 2008. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello (BRAZIL)
FRANCE-WEATHER/
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March 10, 2008
Locals and tourists walk around the Dutch ship Artemis which ran aground on the beach of les Sables d'Olonne,...
Sables D'olonne, France
Locals and tourists walk around the Artemis ship which ran aground on the beach of les Sables d'Olonne,...
Locals and tourists walk around the Dutch ship Artemis which ran aground on the beach of les Sables d'Olonne, southern French Britanny, western France, March 10, 2008. The boat was driven onto the coast by the wind blowing more than 130 km per hour. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
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February 19, 2008
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk in the snow near Nebi Samuel on the outskirts of Jerusalem February 19, 2008....
NEBI SAMUEL, Palestinian Territories
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk in the snow near Nebi Samuel
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk in the snow near Nebi Samuel on the outskirts of Jerusalem February 19, 2008. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen (WEST BANK)
USA/
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February 10, 2008
Men wait for their dogs to use an area in the basement of the Hotel Pennsylvania filled with wood chips...
New York, UNITED STATES
Men wait for their dogs to use an area in the basement of the Hotel Pennsylvania filled with wood chips...
Men wait for their dogs to use an area in the basement of the Hotel Pennsylvania filled with wood chips and fire hydrants in New York February 9, 2008, before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which begins next week. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES)
BULGARIA-WEDDINGS/
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February 07, 2008
Bulgarian Muslims Moussa Babechki (R) and his bride Fikrie Sabrieva pose in front of the dowry during...
Ribnovo, Bulgaria
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Bulgarian Muslims Moussa Babechki (R) and his bride Fikrie Sabrieva pose in front of the dowry during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, some 210km (130miles) south of Sofia January 12, 2008. The remote village of Ribnovo, set on a snowy mountainside in southwest Bulgaria, has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad. Picture taken January 12, 2008. To match feature BULGARIA-WEDDINGS/ REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA)
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GREECE/
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February 17, 2008
A seaside tavern is seen covered by snow at Oropos village, northeast of Athens February 17, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos...
Athens, Greece
A seaside tavern is seen covered by snow at Oropos village, northeast of Athens
A seaside tavern is seen covered by snow at Oropos village, northeast of Athens February 17, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE)
AFRICA-BUSH/
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February 17, 2008
Tanzanian women wear outfits bearing the image of U.S. President George W. Bush during his arrival ceremony...
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Tanzanian women wear outfits bearing the image of U.S. President Bush during his arrival ceremony at...
Tanzanian women wear outfits bearing the image of U.S. President George W. Bush during his arrival ceremony at the State House in Dar es Salaam February 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed (TANZANIA) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E57T1PF001
SPAIN/
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February 06, 2008
A carnival reveller dressed as a "Peliqueiros" runs through a street in Spain's northwestern village...
Laza, Spain
A carnival reveller dressed as a "Peliqueiros" runs through a street in Spain's northwestern village...
A carnival reveller dressed as a "Peliqueiros" runs through a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza February 5, 2008. "Peliqueiros" or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN)
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February 18, 2008
A swimmer in the sea waves to friends on a snow-covered beach at Alimos suburb near Athens February 18,...
Athens, Greece
A swimmer in the sea waves to friends on a snow-covered beach at Alimos suburb near Athens
A swimmer in the sea waves to friends on a snow-covered beach at Alimos suburb near Athens February 18, 2008. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE)
KOREA/
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March 06, 2008
A woman tears her husband's clothes as she tries to restrain him during a rally denouncing Samsung Group...
Seoul, South Korea
A woman tears her husband's clothes as she tries to restrain him during a rally in Seoul
A woman tears her husband's clothes as she tries to restrain him during a rally denouncing Samsung Group in front of Seoul railway station March 6, 2008. About 1,500 residents from the west coast counties of Jeolla province gathered to demand a compensation for rebuilding their lives which the country's worst oil spill ruined. The Hebei Spirit spilled 10,500 tonnes of oil after a crane mounted on a Samsung-owned barge punched holes in its hull on December 7, 2007 off Taean. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA)
OLYMPICS-ALGAE/
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July 06, 2008
A man sits on a pile of algae as he rest after a swim at a bathing beach in Qingdao, Shandong province...
Qingdao, China
A man sits on a pile of algae as he rest after a swim at a bathing beach in Qingdao, Shandong province...
A man sits on a pile of algae as he rest after a swim at a bathing beach in Qingdao, Shandong province July 7, 2008. Thousands of Chinese troops and volunteers should clear unsightly algae from competition areas at the Qingdao Olympic sailing venue by Thursday, an official said. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
SPAIN/
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March 11, 2008
A wave crashes against the hull of the merchant ship Maro, wrecked near the Basque port town of Hondaribbia...
Hondarribia, Spain
A wave crashes against the hull of the merchant ship Maro, wrecked near the Basque port town of Hondaribbia....
A wave crashes against the hull of the merchant ship Maro, wrecked near the Basque port town of Hondaribbia in the Bay of Biscay, March 11, 2008. The ship ran aground and was broken into three pieces by storm force winds and waves that have sunk numerous boats and caused extensive damage in the Biscay area. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
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March 28, 2008
A tear gas grenade explodes next to a Palestinian photographer during a violent protest against Israel's...
Bilin, Palestinian Territories
A tear gas grenade explodes next to a Palestinian photographer during protest in Bilin
A tear gas grenade explodes next to a Palestinian photographer during a violent protest against Israel's security fence in the West Bank village of Bilin March 28, 2008. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (WEST BANK)
ARAB-SUMMIT/
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March 29, 2008
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi drinks during the opening of the two-day Arab Summit in Damascus March...
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi drinks during the opening of the two-day Arab Summit in Damascus
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi drinks during the opening of the two-day Arab Summit in Damascus March 29, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (SYRIA)
IRAQ-USA/
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March 19, 2008
A protester of the war in Iraq places a sign in front of a policeman on a motorcycle in San Francisco,...
San Francisco, UNITED STATES
A protester of war in Iraq places a sign in front of a policeman on a motorcycle in San Francisco
A protester of the war in Iraq places a sign in front of a policeman on a motorcycle in San Francisco, California March 19, 2008, during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
SPAIN/
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March 13, 2008
Girls wearing traditional mantillas play after finishing a procession in a school in the Andalusian capital...
Seville, Spain
Girls wearing traditional mantillas play after finishing a procession in a school in the Andalusian capital...
Girls wearing traditional mantillas play after finishing a procession in a school in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain March 13, 2008. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN)
RUSSIA-ELECTION/
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March 02, 2008
A shopkeeper takes part in the presidential elections in a village, 20 km (12.4 miles) from the regional...
Barnaul, Russia
Shopkeeper takes part in the presidential elections in a village, 20 km from the regional main city of...
A shopkeeper takes part in the presidential elections in a village, 20 km (12.4 miles) from the regional main city of Barnaul, March 2, 2008. Russians voted for a new president on Sunday in an election expected to deliver a victory to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin's chosen successor and another blow to Moscow's already tarnished democratic image. The letters read, "Election, Electoral Commission of Altai region". REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin (RUSSIA)
KUWAIT/
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April 29, 2008
Pigeons fly during a dust storm in Kuwait City April 30, 2008. High winds hit the oil rich nation on...
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Pigeons fly during a dust storm in Kuwait City
Pigeons fly during a dust storm in Kuwait City April 30, 2008. High winds hit the oil rich nation on Wednesday. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee (KUWAIT)
RUSSIA/
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April 15, 2008
A monk exercises at St Yuri Monastery near Veliky Novgorod, 520 km (323 miles) northwest of Moscow April...
VELIKI NOVGOROD, Russia
A monk exercises at St Yuri Monastery near Veliky Novgorod
A monk exercises at St Yuri Monastery near Veliky Novgorod, 520 km (323 miles) northwest of Moscow April 16, 2008. REUTERS/Mikhail Mordasov (RUSSIA)
USA-POLITICS/
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April 21, 2008
A man enters a polling station for the Pennsylvania primaries at a Salvation Army in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,...
Bethlehem, UNITED STATES
A man enters a polling station for the Pennsylvania primaries at a Salvation Army in Bethlehem
A man enters a polling station for the Pennsylvania primaries at a Salvation Army in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
AFGHANISTAN
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May 17, 2008
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after...
GARMSER, Afghanistan
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after...
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan May 18, 2008. The Marine was not injured. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (AFGHANISTAN)
BRITAIN/
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May 27, 2008
Britain's Queen Elizabeth grimaces as chef Heston Blumenthal makes ice cream using liquid nitrogen during...
London, United Kingdom
Britain's Queen Elizabeth grimaces as chef Heston Blumenthal makes ice cream during the launch of the...
Britain's Queen Elizabeth grimaces as chef Heston Blumenthal makes ice cream using liquid nitrogen during the launch of the Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
RUGBY-SUPER/
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May 23, 2008
Rory Kockott (black) of the Sharks from South Africa fights with Dean Mumm of Waratahs of Australia during...
Sydney, Australia
Sharks Kockott fights against Waratahs Mumm during their Super 14 rugby semi-final match in Sydney
Rory Kockott (black) of the Sharks from South Africa fights with Dean Mumm of Waratahs of Australia during their Super 14 rugby semi-final match in Sydney May 24, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA)
BUSH/
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May 27, 2008
U.S. President George W. Bush poses with a graduate during the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony...
Colorado Springs, UNITED STATES
President Bush attends the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs
U.S. President George W. Bush poses with a graduate during the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
CHILE/
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May 27, 2008
A pedestrian takes cover from teargas during a rally in Santiago May 28, 2008. Groups of students clashed...
Santiago, Chile
A pedestrian takes cover from teargas during a rally in Santiago
A pedestrian takes cover from teargas during a rally in Santiago May 28, 2008. Groups of students clashed with Chilean riot police on Wednesday to protest against a proposed education reform. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE) FOR BEST QUALITY ALSO SEE: GF2E51I04OO01
USA/
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May 29, 2008
Lance Letson Hungar of McLean, Virginia, waits for his turn during the semi-final round of the 2008 Scripps...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Lance Letson Hungar waits for his turn during the semi-final round of the 2008 Scripps National Spelling...
Lance Letson Hungar of McLean, Virginia, waits for his turn during the semi-final round of the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington May 30, 2008. REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES)
SWITZERLAND
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May 30, 2008
A baby sulcata turtle cracks its eggshell in Servion near Lausanne May 31, 2008. Some 18 eggs from a...
SERVION, Switzerland
A baby sulcata turtle cracks its eggshell in Servion near Lausanne
A baby sulcata turtle cracks its eggshell in Servion near Lausanne May 31, 2008. Some 18 eggs from a female turtle of the Vivarium of Lausanne have been placed in an incubator and so far 14 babies are born. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND)
FUEL-PROTESTS/EU
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June 03, 2008
A woman is applauded while passing by fishermen protesting in front of the European Commission headquarters...
Brussels, Belgium
A woman is applauded while passing by fishermen protesting in front of the European Commission headquarters...
A woman is applauded while passing by fishermen protesting in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels June 4, 2008. Fishermen from France, Italy and other European Union countries carried out a demonstration to protest against the high price of fuel and ask for the support of the EU. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM)
SOCCER-EURO/
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June 08, 2008
Romanian soccer fans react in central Bucharest June 9, 2008, while watching the Group C Euro 2008 soccer...
Bucharest, Romania
Romanian soccer fans react in central Bucharest
Romanian soccer fans react in central Bucharest June 9, 2008, while watching the Group C Euro 2008 soccer match between Romania and France. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu (ROMANIA) also see GF2E4A80V2X01
SPAIN/
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June 08, 2008
Portuguese truck drivers listen to the radio for news of a protest against rising fuel costs in Irun,...
Irun, Spain
Portuguese truck drivers listen to radio for news of protest against rising fuel costs in Irun
Portuguese truck drivers listen to the radio for news of a protest against rising fuel costs in Irun, near the Spanish-French border June 9, 2008. Strikers blockaded distribution centres and stopped heavy goods traffic in their call for the government to establish a minimum haulage fee to counter a 35 percent rise in fuel costs over the past 12 months. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN)
USA/
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June 10, 2008
The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York June 10, 2008. REUTERS/Nic Fulton (UNITED...
New York, UNITED STATES
The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York
The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York June 10, 2008. REUTERS/Nic Fulton (UNITED STATES)
USA-FLOODING/
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June 14, 2008
William Hood checks the water level to see if it has gone down in the Birdland neighborhood where a levee...
Des Moines, UNITED STATES
William Hood checks the water level to see if it has gone down in the Birdland neighborhood where a levee...
William Hood checks the water level to see if it has gone down in the Birdland neighborhood where a levee breached in Des Moines, Iowa June 14, 2008. A levee holding back rising floodwaters broke and swamped Iowa's capital on Saturday as officials across the U.S. Midwest reinforced levees, helped displaced residents and cleaned up the mess left by the region's worst flooding in 15 years. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
MARRIAGE-GAYS/
RTX71KE
June 16, 2008
Partners Bill Wilson (R) and Fernando Orlandi walk inside San Francisco City Hall as they prepare to...
San Francisco, UNITED STATES
Partners Wilson and Orlandi walk inside San Francisco City Hall
Partners Bill Wilson (R) and Fernando Orlandi walk inside San Francisco City Hall as they prepare to get married on the first full day of legal same-sex marriage in California June 17, 2008. California performed its first legally recognized same-sex weddings on Monday and opened its doors to gay and lesbian couples from around the country, a move likely to challenge other states that define marriage as between a man and a woman. REUTERS/Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
BELGIUM-ROYALS/
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June 16, 2008
Belgium's King Albert and Queen Paola and their dog Pikki take part in an official photo session at Laeken...
Brussels, Belgium
Belgium's King Albert and Queen Paola and their dog Pikki take part in an official photo session at Laeken...
Belgium's King Albert and Queen Paola and their dog Pikki take part in an official photo session at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels June 17, 2008. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM)
BRITAIN/
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June 20, 2008
A man attends the annual summer solstice at the Stonehenge monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire,...
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Man attends annual summer solstice at Stonehenge monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire
A man attends the annual summer solstice at the Stonehenge monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, southern England June 21, 2008. Thousands of druids, revellers and the simply curious witnessed a cloud-obscured sunrise at Stonehenge during an annual pilgrimage to the site to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
BOXING
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June 28, 2008
Francisco Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic holds his head as sits on the canvas after fighting Humberto...
Las Vegas, UNITED STATES
Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic sits on the canvas after fighting Soto of Mexico during their interim...
Francisco Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic holds his head as sits on the canvas after fighting Humberto Soto of Mexico during their interim WBC super featherweight title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 28, 2008. Referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight after Humberto Soto hit Lorenzo as he was down. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES)
GERMANY/
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July 22, 2008
Security men try to stop a protestor who managed to pass through a barrier to spread paint on the street...
Berlin, Germany
Security men try to stop a protestor who managed to pass through a barrier to spread paint on the street...
Security men try to stop a protestor who managed to pass through a barrier to spread paint on the street around the "Victory Column" (Siegessaeule) in Berlin July 23, 2008. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) who is highly popular in Germany but not well known by the political elite here, is due to hold an evening speech on trans-Atlantic relations at the "Victory Column" monument in Berlin's central Tiergarten park on Thursday. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY)
RUSSIA-ART/
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July 22, 2008
A McDonald fast food restaurant staff member looks at a cat tossed across the counter by a performance...
Moscow, Russia
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A McDonald fast food restaurant staff member looks at a cat tossed across the counter by a performance artist in Moscow May 1, 2007. Carrying bags filled with stolen groceries, the founders of "Russia's main radical artist group" take out the batteries of their mobile phones before entering their secret home on the outskirts of Moscow. "This is to prevent the cops from listening in," said Oleg Vorotnikov, who co-founded the opposition group Voina, or War. The cat-tossing performance was designed to shake up service staff stuck in their work routine, Vorotnikov said after the event. Picture taken May 1, 2007. To match feature RUSSIA-ART/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL
RTX8384
July 23, 2008
Palestinian girls attend a mass wedding ceremony for 100 couples organized by the Islamic Association...
Gaza, Palestinian Territories
Palestinian girls attend a mass wedding ceremony at the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza
Palestinian girls attend a mass wedding ceremony for 100 couples organized by the Islamic Association at the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)
CHILE-WHALES/IWC
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June 27, 2008
Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo, June 28, 2008....
MINAMIBOSO, Japan
Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo
Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo, June 28, 2008. Whales emerged the big losers as a weeklong International Whaling Commission meeting wrapped up in Chile on Friday, conservation groups said after anti-whaling nations failed to halt No. 1 hunter Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
OLYMPICS-MODERN PENTATHLON
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August 20, 2008
Michal Michalik of Czech Republic fails a jump on horse YangYang during the men's riding show jumping...
Beijing, China
Michalik of Czech Republic fails a jump on horse YangYang during the men's riding show jumping event...
Michal Michalik of Czech Republic fails a jump on horse YangYang during the men's riding show jumping event of the modern pentathlon competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 21, 2008. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CHINA)
CHINA/
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July 15, 2008
Performers pose for photos ahead of the rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic...
Beijing, China
Performers pose ahead of the rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in...
Performers pose for photos ahead of the rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in front of the National Stadium, also know as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-WRESTLING/
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August 20, 2008
Bronze medallist George Gogshelidze of Georgia attends the medal ceremony for the 96kg men's freestyle...
Beijing, China
Bronze medallist George Gogshelidze of Georgia attends the medal ceremony for the 96kg men's freestyle...
Bronze medallist George Gogshelidze of Georgia attends the medal ceremony for the 96kg men's freestyle wrestling at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 21, 2008. REUTERS/Oleg Popov (CHINA)
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ATTACK
RTX8TEZ
September 21, 2008
Ultra-Orthodox Jews survey the scene of an attack in Jerusalem September 22, 2008. A car slammed into...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jews survey scene of attack in Jerusalem
Ultra-Orthodox Jews survey the scene of an attack in Jerusalem September 22, 2008. A car slammed into a crowd in central Jerusalem late on Monday, injuring 19 people, nearly all of them Israeli soldiers, in what police described as a "terrorist" attack. Picture taken September 22, 2008. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (JERUSALEM)
USA-FASHION
RTX8KCT
September 07, 2008
A model falls as she presents a creation from Peter Som Spring/Summer 2009 collection at New York Fashion...
New York, UNITED STATES
Model falls as she presents creation from Peter Som Spring/Summer 2009 collection at New York Fashion...
A model falls as she presents a creation from Peter Som Spring/Summer 2009 collection at New York Fashion Week September 8, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES)
FRANCE-FASHION/
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September 26, 2008
Models appear at the end of Portuguese designer Fatima Lopes' Spring/Summer 2009 women's ready-to-wear...
Paris, France
Models appear at the end of Portuguese designer Fatima Lopes' Spring/Summer 2009 women's ready-to-wear...
Models appear at the end of Portuguese designer Fatima Lopes' Spring/Summer 2009 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection show in Paris September 27, 2008. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE PM1E54H12DT01
AUSTRALIA
RTX8TLN
September 22, 2008
An installation worker passes a headless life-sized artwork called "The Age of Enlightenment - Adam Smith...
Sydney, Australia
Installation worker passes headless life-sized artwork at Sydney's MCA
An installation worker passes a headless life-sized artwork called "The Age of Enlightenment - Adam Smith 2008" at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23, 2008. The sculpture is part of a five-month-long exhibition by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare and features life-size fibreglass mannequins wearing Dutch wax printed cottons, paintings, resin prints and high-definition video. REUTERS/Will Burgess (AUSTRALIA)
TRIATHLON/
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October 10, 2008
Amateur triathletes start the swim of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii...
Kailua-Kona, UNITED STATES
Amateur triathletes start the swim of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii...
Amateur triathletes start the swim of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii October 11, 2008. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E5431IWE01
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