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In this handout photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, A Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle takes-off with another 34 OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

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A local resident shows her burnt house after the conflict in Shor-Tube, near the border with Kazakhstan, a large population of Dungan, who are Muslims of Chinese ancestry. Kazakhstan's interior minister says eight people were killed and 40 injured in an outburst of violence in a town where about 30 homes were also set on fire.

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Kazakhstan's police unit walk past a burnt car as they patrol a street after the conflict in Shor-Tube, near the border with Kazakhstan, a large population of Dungan, who are Muslims of Chinese ancestry. Kazakhstan's interior minister says eight people were killed and 40 injured in an outburst of violence in a town where about 30 homes were also set on fire.

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A Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule descends about 150 km (90 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. A Soyuz space capsule with U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, returning from a mission to the International Space Station landed safely on Thursday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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Indias Vinesh Phogat in action against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece during the Wrestling World Championships, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Police and rescuers work on the side of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Police guard as rescuers work on the side of a plane crashed near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan plane with 100 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday.

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In this handout photo provided by the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, police and rescuers work on the side of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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In this handout photo provided by the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, police and rescuers work on the site of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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In this handout photo provided by the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, police and rescuers work on the side of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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In this handout photo provided by the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, police and rescuers work on the side of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Police stand guard as rescuers assist on the site of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan. Almaty International Airport said the Bek Air plane crashed in Kazakhstan shortly after takeoff causing numerous deaths. The aircraft had 100 passengers and crew onboard when hit a concrete fence and a two-story building shortly after takeoff.

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Russian space agency rescue team members and United Arab Emirates specialists carry United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule about 150 km (80 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. A Soyuz space capsule with U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, returning from a mission to the International Space Station landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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Gold medallist India's Kirti poses with other medallists during the award ceremony of Asian Shotgun Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-15 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Jessica Meir, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazza Almansoori.

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United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, a member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), boards the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft for the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Rahul Balasaheb Aware, of India, celebrates his victory over Tyler Lee Graff, of USA, in their bronze match of the men's 61kg category during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Silver medalist Deepak Punia, of India shows his trophy during a medal ceremony at the men's 86kg category during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia (65kg) who bagged his third World Championship medal with his compatriot Ravi Dahiya (57kg) who grabbed a bronze at World Wrestling Championship 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Kumar Ravi of India, top, and Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi of Iran compete at the bronze match of the men's 57kg category during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya (57kg) shows his bronze medal after defeating Iran's Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharch at World Wrestling Championship 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia (65kg) acknowledges his supporters after defeating Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir and bagging his third World Championship medal at World Wrestling Championship 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar (in red) during his opening bout against Azerbaijan's Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev at World Wrestling Championship 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Kumar lost the bout.

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India's Kumar Ravi after defeating Korea's Sunggwon Kim during the round of 16 of the World Wrestling Championships, in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. Ravi won against Kim but lost his semi-final bout at the championships. He however secured himself a quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan celebrates as she won the gold match of the women's 50kg category against Emilia Alina Vuc of Romania during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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A military helicopter fires during strategic command and staff exercises Center-2019 at Lyaur shooting range, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Dushanbe, in Tajikistan. Servicemen from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, China and Pakistan are taking part in the drills.

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Vinesh Phogat of India poses during a medal ceremony as she won the bronze match of the women's 53kg category against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece at the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Pooja Dhanda of India, right, and Katsiaryna Hanchar-Yanushkevich of Belarus compete at the round of 16 of the women's 59kg category during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Vinesh Phogat of India, left, and Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya of Ukraine compete at the repechage round of the women's Greco-Roman 53kg category during the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Wrestler Vinesh Phogat (C) with her personal coach Woller Akos ahead of the World Wrestling Championships 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The fiery wrestler from Haryana is preparing for her fourth World Championship after a reasonably good 2019 season following a switch to 53kg from 50kg.

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In this photo taken and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the Russian Progress 73 cargo ship blasts off from the launch pad at Russia's space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The new Russian rocket, that is expected to replace the current model sending manned missions into space, blasted off from Kazakhstan carrying a Soyuz capsule with a humanoid robot.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-13 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket U.S. astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

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Service towers lift towards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-13 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Saturday, July 20 with U.S. astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

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The International Space Station (ISS) moves along its orbit above at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan with a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in the foreground. Circular star tracks around the Polar Star and tracks of the ISS is the result of the camera multiple exposure with a total duration of two hours. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Saturday, July 20 with U.S. astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

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In this photo taken and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, a Russian Proton-M rocket takes off from the launch pad at Russia's space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Russian Proton-M rocket successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit Saturday after days of launch delays, Russia's space agency said.

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In this image taken from video and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, Russian cargo ship Souz FG with the Progress MS-11 takes off from the launch pad at Russia's main space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The cargo ship is carrying fuel, food, water, oxygen and other supplies for the space station, which currently has three Americans, two Russians and one Canadian aboard.

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In this photo taken with long time exposure the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-12 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-12 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Nick Hague, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

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In this photo provided by NASA, the Soyuz rocket is raised into vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 59 crew members Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA, along with Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos, will launch March 14 on the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a six and a half month mission on the International Space Station.

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Police stand guard as others observe Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-12 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from its hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the ISS is scheduled on Thursday, March 14, with U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Nick Hague, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

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Search and rescue team approaches the Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and German astronaut Alexander Gerst shortly after landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, formerly known as Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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Search and rescue team approach the Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and German astronaut Alexander Gerst shortly after landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, formerly known as Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.

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Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) crew member cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, of Russia, to get out of capsule after landing in a remote area outside the town of Zhezkazgan, formerly known as Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.

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In this photo taken with long time exposure the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut –ûleg Kononenko‚Äé and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques.

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U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, left, Russian cosmonaut –ûleg Kononenko‚Äé, centre, and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk to report to members of the State Committee prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-11 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Service towers lift towards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-10 space ship that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

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U.S. astronaut Richard Arnold, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, center, and U.S. astronaut Andrew Feustel sit shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-08 space capsule about 150 km (80 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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A Russian Soyuz MS-08 space capsule lands about 150 km (80 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. A Russian space capsule with three men onboard has safely landed in a barren steppe in Kazakhstan after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the 5th Caspian summit at the Friendship Palace in Aktau, the Caspian Sea port in Kazakhstan.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with her Kazakhstani counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov during India-Kazakhstan Bilateral Meet, in Astana.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting with Kazakhstani Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, in Astana.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-09 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, and German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

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This photo released by NASA, shows the Soyuz rocket on the launch pad shortly after being rolled out by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Russian space agency rescue team help Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov U.S. out from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-07 space capsule about 150 km (80 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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A Russian Soyuz MS-07 space capsule lands about 150 km (80 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. A Soyuz space capsule with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, U.S. astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, returning from a mission to the International Space Station landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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In this photo provided by NASA, the Soyuz rocket is seen after being raised into a vertical position Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Matryoshka, Russian traditional wooden dolls, decorated with portraits of U.S. astronaut Randy Bresnik, left, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, center, and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli are displayed during a welcome ceremony at the airport of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Three astronauts landed back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.

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Journalist takes photos of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasting off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia's manned launch facility in Kazakhstan.

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Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, center, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba, left, and Mark Vande Hei, members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), pose during a news conference in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13, local time.

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Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) being raised at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from its hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13, local time, carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba and Mark Vande Hei.

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The gantry arms of the Soyuz rocket are seen closing in this long exposure photograph at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Expedition 53 flight engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, and flight engineer Joe Acaba of NASA will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the morning of September 13 (Kazakh time.) All three will spend approximately five and a half months onboard the International Space Station.

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U.S. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson smiles after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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Search and rescue team works on the site of landing of Russian Soyuz MS-04 space capsule in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule carrying Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos safely returned to Earth in the Kazakh steppe.

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The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft lands with Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Astronaut Whitson returned to Earth, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. space endurance.

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The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visiting the 36 Air Assault Brigade, in Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-05 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

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U.S. astronaut Randy Bresnik, right, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, centre, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk prior the launch of Soyuz MS-05 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-05 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is fixed vertical at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Friday, July 28.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of SCO Family, at inauguration of the Astana EXPO-2017, in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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From left, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pose for a photo at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana, Kazakstan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev at inauguration of the Astana EXPO-2017, in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greet each other during a security summit in Astana, Kazakstan. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is encouraged by the peace process seeking to put an end to the war in Syria.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other Heads of Delegations in a group photo session at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Delegations of India and China led by their respective leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping, met at the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, at a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received on his arrival in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts after a half-year aboard the International Space Station is silhouetted against the sun as it descends beneath a parachute before landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The capsule with the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-04 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

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Service towers lift towards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-04 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-04 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from its hangar to the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the ISS is scheduled for Thursday, April 20 local time, carrying U.S. astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.

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U.S. NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, left, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhykov, center, and Andrei Borisenko attend a news conference at the airport in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. The Russian-US crew touched down safely in central Kazakhstan following a 173-days mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Russia's Soyuz MS-02 space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Andrei Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhykov of Russia and NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough lands in a remote area in Kazakhstan. The landing took place near Dzhezkazgan on the treeless Central Asian steppes.

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Russian Space Agency experts help U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), to stand up after inspecting her space suit prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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In this photo taken with long time exposure the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-03 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-03 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, flies in the sky at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-03 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-03 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson.

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An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The start of the new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on early Friday, November 18.

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The super moon rises over Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-03 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) installed at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Boys play near a sculpture of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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A woman walks with her child past a Soyuz rocket, installed as a monument at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz rocket booster with Soyuz MS-02 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries US astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko.

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