Kashmiri bystanders watch from the upper floors of a building as separatists shout slogans during a rally in Srinagar. Thousands of people thronged a graveyard in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir to pay tribute to two slain separatist leaders as a strike called to mark the event paralyzed the region. The strike was sponsored by the moderate wing of the region's separatist alliance, the Hurriyat Conference, to honor Molvi Mohammed Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, who were killed on the same day 12 years apart.
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A man dressed as Tamil Tigers leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran walks with other Sri Lankans during a street parade in central Colombo. The parade of more than 200,000 people was part of continuing celebrations to commemorate the victory of government troops over the Tamil Tiger rebels in their 25-year war.
Sabean Mandeans perform baptisms for the faithful, in the Tigris River in Baghdad. Sabean Mandeans are Christians who revere John the Baptist and periodically perform baptisms to renew their faith. There is only a small community of Sabean Mandeans believers left in Iraq; most fled at the start of the war in 2003.
Pakistani army soldiers guard a post overlooking a former base of Taliban militants in the Swat Valley, Pakistan. Troops are encircling Taliban militants in their mountain base as well as the main town in the Swat Valley, a Pakistani general said Friday, as the United Nations appealed for $543 million to ease the suffering of nearly 2 million refugees.
Islamic fighters take cover during clashes with government soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia. Renewed fighting between government troops and Islamist insurgents in the Somali capital killed seven people on Friday, residents and an independent radio station said. Residents reported heavy shelling in the heart of the city.
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British actress and Gurkha campaigner Joanna Lumley, center, celebrates with former Gurkha soldiers in central London. Britain announced Thursday a climbdown over settlement rights for Gurkha veterans, saying all of the Nepalese fighters who have served at least four years can apply to live here. The amended settlement guidelines, announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in the House of Commons, were greeted by an explosion of applause and victory cries by Gurkhas and campaigners gathered outside parliament.
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Students perform Jal Neti, or nasal wash, an ancient yogic technique, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Many Indians believe that Jal Neti cures diseases related to the eyes, nose, throat and brain.
Javier Solana, the European Council's foreign minister, left, stands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of the EU-Russia summit in Khabarovsk, Russia. Medvedev said he invited European Union leaders to a summit on Russia's border with China to demonstrate the vastness of his country and the investment prospects in the Far East to the 27-member bloc.
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Women cry during the funeral of a victim in Wednesday's car bomb explosion at Shula in Baghdad. A car bomb exploded near several restaurants in a Shiite neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 70, police and hospital officials said.
Military honor guards carry coffins bearing the bodies of soldiers, killed in an Indonesian military Hercules C-130 plane crash, onto an aircraft of the same model, during a ceremony at Magetan air base, Indonesia. The plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed in a nearby farming village, killing at least 98 people.
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Jewish settlers carry a piece of a makeshift cabin after the demolition of the Maoz Esther outpost near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli police broke up the unauthorized settler outpost in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, bulldozing seven makeshift cabins, police said.
Human exhibit, London Zoo employee Paul Hutton poses for photographers as he is watched by school children in his enclosure at the zoo in London. 'Room with a Zoo' is a custom-built enclosure, designed to resemble a human's natural habitat as closely as possible. The exhibit will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the effect humans are having on the world around them.
Egyptian tycoon Hisham Talaat Mustafa sits in the dock waiting for his sentence at a Cairo court. A court on Thursday sentenced Mustafa and a former policeman Mohsen al-Sukkari to death for the murder in Dubai last year of the businessman's former lover, Lebanese pop diva Suzanne Tamim. The judge ordered the two men hanged for respectively ordering and carrying out the brutal slaying of the singer in a luxury Dubai apartment in July.
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Supporters throw flower petals to greet Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during his visit to Semnan, Iran. Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe. The solid-fuel Sejil-2 surface-to-surface missile is a new version of the Sejil missile, which Iran said it had successfully tested late last year with a similar range.
Displaced people jostle for blocks of ice being handed out at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the United States was sending $110 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Pakistan, part of the administration's new strategy for countering the appeal of Taliban militants in the nuclear-armed American ally.
Flag throwers perform for Pope Benedict XVI during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film.
Indian Prime Minister-elect Manmohan Singh and Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi address the media after their meeting with President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi. Singh said on Wednesday his coalition had support for a clear majority in parliament after he formally sought approval from the president to form the next government.
Piper David Wilton plays at the switch on of Whitelee, Europe's largest onshore wind farm during its official opening in Eaglesham, Scotland. The Whitelee wind farm will power 180,000 homes and has plans granted by the Scottish government to power a further 70,000.
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Navy ships patrol while a sea mine is destroyed at the Irben Strait in the Baltic Sea, about 124 miles from Lativia's capital, Riga. More than 14,000 mines from World War I and World War II still lie in the Irben Strait area, estimated to be about 386 square miles.
French farmers empty trucks filled with milk and water during a protest against a dramatic fall in European Union milk prices, in Boulogne sur Mer, northern France. French farmers dumped gallons of milk and piles of manure in front of government offices on Tuesday to demand that the EU reverse its liberalization of milk quotas, which they said had led to a collapse in prices. The words on the tractor read, "Go Away Idiot".
Belarusian special forces break flaming bricks with their foreheads in Minsk, Belarus, during the country's annual military expo and arms fair.
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A cloud formed from teargas and a fire extinguisher, sprayed against policemen by demonstrators, surrounds students and police clashing outside the site of a meeting of university rectors in Turin, northern Italy. Organizers have named the gathering of rectors from some 40 Italian universities as the "G-8'' university summit, although the meeting has nothing to do with the annual Group of Eight summit of leading industrialized nations, which will be held in July in L'Aquila, Italy.
Banners with pictures of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are displayed during a nationalist protest against the upcoming visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbian nationalists favor close political and military ties with Russia while accusing Washington of being anti-Serb because of the 1999 U.S.-led NATO bombing of Serbia, and America's support for the independence of Kosovo.
Thousands of people follow the flag-draped coffin of Turkan Saylan, a university professor and doctor who battled leprosy in Turkey for decades and founded a secularist association devoted to providing educational grants for poor children, as it arrives at Tesvikiye Mosque for a funeral service in Istanbul, Turkey. Saylan died in a hospital in Istanbul early Monday after a long battle with cancer.
A man walks over a plank bridge between the towers of the cathedral in Bremen, northern Germany. The bridge is installed at a height of 213 feet for the duration of the 32nd German Protestant Church Congress, and anyone can climb the towers and make the crossing after first registering their interest and being fitted with safety equipment.
The St. Giorgio Ceraioli compete in the Candles Race in Gubbio, Italy. The festival is held to express gratitude to St. Ubaldo, the then bishop of Gubbio, and dates back to the middle of the 12th century. The Ceraioli who support the 882-pound wooden candles wear colored shirts to represent their respective saints; yellow for St. Ubaldo, blue for St. Giorgio and black for St. Anthony.
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Followers of St. Jesus Malverde touch an icon during a street procession in Culiacan, Mexico, marking the 100th anniversary of Malverde's execution. He was an outlaw figure who, according to local legend, robbed from corrupt officials and gave the spoils to the poor in the early 1900s.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, greets Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during their meeting at the Barvikha residence outside Moscow.
A railway conductor and a passenger wear face masks at a station in Kobe, Japan, to protect themselves from swine flu. Japan said that 20 more people had tested positive for swine flu, bringing the total number of cases here to 32.
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Iranian reformist Mahdi Karroubi, left, his adviser and former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, center, and former reformist vice president Mohammad Abtahi, right, attend Karroubi's election campaign interview in Tehran. Moderate cleric Mahdi Karroubi is one of two reformist candidates hoping to unseat Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 presidential election. Karroubi says the hard-liner's denial of the Holocaust is serving Israel's interests and pushing the country deeper into international isolation.
About 20,000 people take part in an annual lesbian and gay pride march, in downtown Brussels, Belgium.
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Romanian pop singer Loredana, center, and other women wearing bridal dresses throw flower bouquets in front of the parliament in the center of Bucharest, Romania, during the Bride Parade. Around 100 brides took part in the event, organized by a wedding photographer and a bridal wear fashion designer to promote marriage as one of the most glamorous events of a lifetime.
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Fiat workers shout during a rally in Turin, Italy. The Italian car maker gave assurances it would not cut jobs nor close plants when the government approved incentives to buy cars, Italy's Industry Minister Claudio Scajola was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Mini owners celebrating the 50th anniversary of the car drive through Crystal Palace Park at the start of the annual "London To Brighton Mini Run". The annual run, organized by the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club, is one of the largest single-manufacturer car shows in the world and attracts around 2,500 Minis for the journey to the Brighton sea front.
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Four bodies were pulled out of the debris of a collapsed viaduct in central China's Hunan Province, reported Xinhua News Agency. About 200 meters of the viaduct, supported by eight pillars, collapsed at 4:24 p.m. Sunday in the Hongqi road of downtown Zhuzhou city.
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