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2011

Objects In Mirror Aren’t Larger Than They Appear
Tom, Trouw—The Netherlands

Berlo Gets Booted
Moshik, Maariv—Tel Aviv, Israel

Digital Creation
Keshav, The Hindu—India

Putin Flying Solo
Oliver, Suddeutsche Zeitung—Germany

Britain Succumbs To Violence Gable, The Globe And Mail—Canada

To The Brink
Kal, The Economist—England

Propping Up The Euro Heng, Lianhe Zaobao—Singapore

Bin Laden Is Dead, But Not Jihad
Gomaa, Al Ahram—Egypt

Cuba’s Revolutionary Reform
McDonald, El Heraldo—Honduras

Peaceful Atom To Nuclear Scream
Paresh, The Khaleej Times—UAE

Oil And Turmoil
Hajjah, Ad-Dustour—Jordan

Toward A New Egypt
Herb, Dagningen—The Netherlands

USA Take a byte, Steve Apple’s products changed the way millions of people experience the digital world, and its iconic co-founder Steve Jobs was near-synonymous with it. After his death on Oct 5, fans reacted with tributes online and at Apple stores like here in California.

Peter Da Silva

USA Gentlemen, turn your engines off Space shuttle Atlantis touches down for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after successfully completing its final mission, to the International Space Station. The shuttle had been in operation for over three decades and countless missions.

Philip Scott Andrews

UK Give us back our jobs Over 2,50,000 people took to the streets in London on March 26 to protest the $130 bn in spending cuts PM David Cameron’s coalition government had proposed. The blowback was the largest the UK capital had seen since the anti-Iraq war rallies of 2003.

Andrew Testa

USA What’s your default setting President Barack Obama outside the Oval Office following the passage of the US Debt Ceiling Bill on Aug 2, 2011. Much acrimony preceded it, and the country almost went into its first ever default on payments situation before the $2.4 trillion bailout.

Doug Mills

Libya Long live the Nation With the tyrant dead, and the ultimate defeat of forces loyal to him, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, chairman of Libya’s Transitional National Council, declared the beginning of the changeover to a democratically elected government on October 23. To people in Benghazi (right), the main rebel-held city for months and the nerve-centre of the Libyan revolt, the news would have symbolically meant a new dawn for their nation.

Joao Pina

Japan And the sea came in.... Nature upends human design and decorum in convulsions as a monster tsunami hit Japan in March. Entire coastal cities, like Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture (left), lay waste, and the final death toll was around 20,000. The partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, brought under control only recently, shook confidence in commercial nuclear reactors globally, from France and Germany to India.

Shiho Fukada

Pakistan Sealed with a bolt Lightning strikes over the hills beyond the compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, where US Navy SEALS took out Osama bin Laden in a pre-dawn swoop in their Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters on May 2. The fugitive Al Qaeda chief was later given a sea-burial.

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Israel Home comes a soldier On the other side of the human tragedy that is the Israel-Palestine conflict, Israelis celebrate the return of Gilad Shalit, a soldier freed in October by the Hamas after five years in captivity. Israel released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange.

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Palestine Freedom in the air Palestinians in Ramallah listen to a live broadcast of President Mahmoud Abbas’s September 23 speech before the UN General Assembly seeking full membership for his yet undefined country. “My people are waiting to hear the answer of the world,” he said.

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It was India’s proudest sporting moment. The cricket world cup got millions of viewers tuned into their television sets cheering the team as they won the tournament by beating Sri Lanka in the final. The face of the Indian victory was little master Sachin Tendulkar, to whom the team dedicated the World Cup.

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The flip-flops on allowing FDI in retail continue. It was to be the saviour of the farmers and burgeoning retail players. Protests in Parliament forced the UPA government to roll back its original plans.

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Mamata Banerjee broke the 34-yearold stranglehold of the Left on West Bengal. Banerjee is the first woman chief minister of the state and took office in May. One of her first acts as Chief Minister was to rechristen the state as Paschim Banga.

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It was a year of protests across India as well. Anna Hazare and India Against Corruption staged mass sit-ins at Jantar Mantar and then subsequently Ram Leela Maidan in Delhi. The 74-year old Gandhian has been rallying for a strong anticorruption law.

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An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit Japan in March. The earthquake triggered a tsunami and 30-foot waves ravaged the coast. Strict adherence to safety codes saved lives but the destruction was still monumental. Not least of which was the leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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It started with a simple message on Twitter: “Occupy Wall Street, September 17, Bring Tent.” Canadian group Adbusters decided that the American government’s policies favoured only Big Business and encouraged college students to strike. The “99%” are still protesting, in downtown New York City and elsewhere.

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There’s no end to this Greek tragedy. The protests against austerity measures came just before it was announced that Greece’s debt was 120% of its GDP. Two bail-outs later, Greece continues to struggle.

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The protests in Egypt were peaceful, the revolution in Libya wasn’t. Sponsored by Europe, the rebels took up arms and executed Muammar Gaddafi . Billions given by Germany and France notwithstanding, Libya has a tough road of rebuilding ahead.

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The revolution started on Youtube and spilled on the streets when millions of Egyptians took to Tahrir Square in Cairo. The protests deposed Hosni Mubarak and triggered a wave of unrest across West Asia. The Arab spring started on January 25, 2011.

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Darryl Humenny and Stephanie Peterson hold their twin babies, Beckett and Freya, in the Birth Center in Hennepin County Medical Center. The twins were born hours apart, one on December 31, 2011 and the other on January 1, 2012.

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Boats and shikaras at Dal Lake during the last sunset of 2011, in Srinagar.

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Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sand image of Osama Bin Laden and M Gaddafi with a message “Gory End” at Puri beach of Orissa.

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A TV Grab shows mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea.

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BEAT IT Where are the tickets, Mr Kumble, the papers asked ahead of the India-England WC clash in Bangalore; 25,000 fans faced hours in a queue and a lathicharge to little avail.

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HIGH ROAD It was 1997 when the idea of a Formula One GP in India was first floated. In 2011, it finally zoomed off at the Buddh circuit, the world’s second fastest, in Noida, off Delhi.

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Cold Starts
NO BALL The first cricketers ever to land in jail for match-fixing. A UK court convicts Pak players Mohd Aamir, Mohd Asif and Salman Butt for spot-fixing in a 2010 Lord’s Test.

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Cold Starts
WHITE OUT News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch gets creamed at the NOTW phone hacking scandal hearings in UK. No worries, though, wife Wendi Deng’s left hook proved apt defence.

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Cold Starts
SHOW CAUSE Wikileaks man Julian Assange spent the better part of 2011 fighting extradition to Sweden on sex assault charges. The US squeeze begins to tell; operations are on hold.

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Born to Run?
‘WE ARE THE 99%’ The Occupy Wall Street protests started on Sept 17 against the world’s “economic and social inequalities”. It’s now spread to 95 cities in 80-plus countries.

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Born to Run?
I’M ON FIRE It’s either bankruptcy or the EU’s ‘austerity packages’, so the Greeks are protesting. And not just against the state.Here rival groups ply the petrol bomb route.

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NEXT GEN? The seven billionth baby? Well, he/she was born somewhere on Oct 31, 2011. This here is in Lucknow, UP, still leading the baby sweepstakes among Indian states.

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U-TURNED The bloody end that Gaddafi came to after his stand at Sirte couldn’t have been more different to the manner of his ascendancy to “Brother leader”.

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A POSER If, as Caesar said, one’s enemy will hide where one is least likely to look, can it be inferred that Osama’s hiding in Pakistan was so inconceivable to the US?

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The Gifts Of Nemesis
ROPED IN ‘The people’s verdict,’ exhorts this banner at a Tahrir Square protest. Whether ex-Egypt prez Hosni Mubarak has a date with the noose is yet to out.

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SISTER ALMIGHTY To the multitude at the Calcutta maidan, it needed the ten-armed goddess to trounce the Left Front. An earthbound Mamata now faces stern tests.

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GOLDEN AGE? An anti-DMK wave buoyed Jayalalitha to the CM’s chair for a third term. That’s how many times MGR was elected too. He, though, never had to vacate it.

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Seismic Undercurrents
AEGIR When the Qiangtang river in east China is in spate, it makes a big splash. Nine-metre-high waves travelling at 40 km/h are expected, but the tide that breached the levee was no ordinary bore.

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Seismic Undercurrents
MEGATHRUST Rocked by a 8.9-strong temblor, then slammed by the 13-ft tsunami it unleashed, residents of Sendai, Japan, might’ve felt they’d weathered the worst of it. Fukushima was ticking.

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TEARED UP Was it that extra pinch of saffron in Baba Ramdev’s follow-up fast to Anna Hazare’s opening salvo that the authorities found so unpalatable as to merit such an unsubtle bit of crowd control? Hard to tell for sure, but boy, were they seeing red after!

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Scandal Sheet
BAD GAME Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (far right) at a criminal court in New York. Accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid, the rogue got off lightly.

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Scandal Sheet
THE DEPTHS Once an exemplar of NRI acumen, ex-McKinsey CEO Rajat Gupta (right) leaves a New York court with a face like thunder. He faces charges of massive insider trading.

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Arab Revolts, Squared
SPRING CLOUD Sirte, Colonel Gaddafi’s hometown, held out for long. It fell to nationalist fighters (left) in October. The bells had finally tolled for the Libyan dictator.

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Arab Revolts, Squared
CRITICAL MASS Protests roil Cairo's Tahrir Square in November (top), as children of the January revolution demand early polls from a tardy military council. Their demand is met, but bloody agitations still speckle Egypt.

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HOLDING COURT Retribution visited no man with more bite than 2G scam main accused A. Raja (left). In Tihar jail since February 2011, the courts have shown him little mercy even as many of his co-accused got bail. And now we hear the CBI has dug up more damning evidence against the ex-telecom minister.

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THE HIGH The time, the place, the script, it all unfolded with perfect fidelity for the Indians at the World Cup. Yuvraj, Sachin, Zaheer, and what to say on that captain’s knock in the final vs Sri Lanka. The cricket world was our oyster, No. 1 in Tests, ODI champs. It took an English summer with a tennis score to stop us.

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A Syrian solider flashes the victory sign as he is thrown in the air during a rally at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria. Syrian troops assaulting a northwest town with machine gun fire and shelling have killed dozens in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime.

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Argentina's soccer player Lionel Messi, holds the "Olimpia de Oro" trophy after arriving in Argentina. Messi was awarded as "sportsman of the year" by Argentina's Sports Journalists' Association. Messi, who said he will spend Christmas with his family in Rosario, scored twice in his club's 4-0 win over Brazilian club Santos in the Club World Cup final and was named player of the tournament.

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Veteran actor Dilip Kumar whistles during his 89th birthday celebration in Mumbai.

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People evacuate patients after a fire broke out at a hospital in Kolkata.

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Rescue work in progress at the AMRI Hospital where a major fire broke out, in Kolkata.

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Virender Sehwag created history by becoming the highest scorer ever in a one-day innings and the second cricketer after team-mate Sachin Tendulkar to score a double century in the fourth ODI against the West Indies here. Sehwag surpassed Tendulkar's 200 not out made from 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24 last year. The dashing opening batsman made his record double century in 140 balls with the help of 23 fours and six sixes at the jam-packed Holkar Stadium. He finally got out for 219 in 149 balls, with 25 fours and 7 sixes at a scoring rate of 146.98. With this world record, Sehwag has now the highest innings score in both the forms of the game for India: 219 in ODIs and 319 in Tests. His innings helped India make their highest ever one-day score of 418/5 in 50 overs

AP Photo/ Aijaz Rahi

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures as he talks during a news conference in central London. The whistle-blowing website has released details of companies it says are selling information obtained by monitoring people's mobile phones and computers. According to Assange, more than 150 organisations around the world have the ability to use phones as tracking devices as well as intercept messages and listen to calls.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Argentina's Juan Monaco after the first tennis match of the Davis Cup Final, in Sevilla, Spain.

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They called it a Pakistani W.M.D.—but she was in the RAW, with an ISI mark to boot. Veena Malik, who had earlier been dismissed as yet another Pakistani looking for cheap publicity when she appeared on reality show Big Boss, is no stranger to riling and taking on the self-appointed conservative, fundamentalist moral police in her country. Soon after the brutal murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, she had appeared on Pakistan TV and bravely taken on Mufti Abdul Qavi with a bristling attack. And here she is again, all the rage on cyberspace today, with a tweet reporting: "@fhmindia website crashes after they put up a naked pic of Veena Malik. Don't think any website crashed after Lokpal draft was published"

Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton embrace while speaking to the press after meetings at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar.

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BJP workers burn an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a protest against the Union government's decision to allow FDI in retail sector in New Delhi. Traders called for nationwide strike to protest against the decision.

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Activists of National Association of Street Vendors of India during a protest against the government's decision to allow 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment in retail in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist

DMK MP Kanimozhi recieves a bouquet at her residence after her release from Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Kamal Singh

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-ud-Dawa burn an Indian flag during a protest against the Pakistan government decision to accord Most Favored Nation, MFN, status to India, in Karachi. The MFN status will help both countries to break trade barriers. They also condemn NATO forces strikes on Pakistani posts killing 24 troops.

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DMK MP Kanimozhi is escorted at Patiala House court in New Delhi. Kanimozhi and four others were granted bail by the Delhi High Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland holds up the winners trophy after he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their singles final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals, in the O2 arena in London.

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Pakistan's army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, third from right, offers funeral prayers for Saturday's NATO attack victims, with others in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistan on Saturday accused NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Shopkeepers react as they watch a building on fire in Mumbai. A major fire engulfed a prominent commercial hub leaving three firemen injured and gutting more than 300 shops.

AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool

TV Grab: The combo picture shows Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar being slapped by a youth (at left) and his reaction in New Delhi.

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TV Grab: A youth, identified as Harvinder Singh, displays his 'Kripan' after slapping Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at NDMC in New Delhi.

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A protester, center, with writing Arabic on his chest that reads, "whether he signed or not, he must go to hell," celebrates with others for the signing by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh of a document agreeing to step down after a long-running uprising to oust him from 33 years in power in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen's authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to step down after a fierce uprising to oust him from 33 years in power. The U.S. and its powerful Gulf allies pressed for the deal, concerned that a security collapse in the impoverished Arab nation was allowing an active al-Qaida franchise to gain a firmer foothold.

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File photo: 46-year-old Cyrus Mistry who will take over reins of the Tata Group from Ratan Tata in 2012. Mistry will work with Ratan Tata for one year and take over in December 2012.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Pranab Mukhejee after paying tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 94th birth anniversary at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the trophy awarded to the ATP World Tour Player of the Year following a presentation at the ATP World Tour Finals, at the O2 arena in London.

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Vehicles at Honda auto factory are submerged in floodwaters at the Rojana industrial district in Ayutthaya, central Thailand. Honda's auto factory in Thailand remains closed because of the floodwaters.

AP Photo/ Sakchai Lalit

Protesters run for cover during clashes with the Egyptian riot police near Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt.

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Dehradun-Howrah Express catches fire. At least seven people including two children were charred to death when two AC coaches of the train caught fire in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

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Eunuchs look for valuables at the scene of a fire in New Delhi. The blaze, which killed more than a dozen people, happened during a gathering of thousands of eunuchs at a prayer ceremony.

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An eunuch is comforted as she mourns a friend killed in a fire on Sunday evening, outside a hospital in New Delhi. The blaze, which killed more than a dozen people, happened during a gathering of thousands of eunuchs at a prayer ceremony and feast held once every five years at a fairground in the Nand Nagri area of east Delhi.

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Porn star Sunny Leone of Canada, right, arrives to participate in a TV reality show Bigg Boss 5, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai. Leone, whose real name is Karen Malhotra, is in the country to star in the popular series which has also in the past featured former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, stands with China's Premier Wen Jiabao, center and US President Barack Obama, right, as they wait to take a family photo at the East Asia Summit Gala dinner in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Others in the photo are, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III.

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Pro-Syrian regime protesters, carry a giant Syrian flag during a demonstration against the Arab League decision to suspend Syria, in Damascus, Syria. Tens of thousands of pro-regime demonstrators gathered in a Damascus square to protest the Arab League's vote to suspend Syria over its bloody crackdown on the country's eight-month-old uprising. Arab League decision was a sharp rebuke to a regime that prides itself as a bastion of Arab nationalism, but it was unlikely to immediately end a wave of violence that the U.N. estimates has killed more than 3,500 people since mid-March.

AP Photo/ Muzaffar Salman

A pet dog follows a Thai woman as she wades through floodwaters carrying her baby to receive food distributed by Thai soldiers at a flooded neighborhood in Bangkok, Thailand. The flooding began in late July and the water has reached parts of Bangkok, where residents are frustrated by government confusion over how much worse the flooding will get.

AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri

A man identifying the body of a relative after a stampede during Gayatri Mahakumbh, a religious ceremony, in Hardwar.

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Footwears left in a field after a stampede during Gayatri Mahakumbh, a religious ceremony, in Hardwar. At least 16 people, mostly women, were killed and several others injured in the stampede.

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Sikh devotees wave as they leave for Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to celebrate birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, at the railway station in Amritsar.

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A young Muslim boy smiles with a sacrificial goat on Eid-al-Adha in Allahabad. Muslims in the country celebrate Eid-al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by slaughtering sheep, goats and cows.

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Muslims offer 'namaz' at the historic Jama Masjid on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Kamal Kishore

A combo image shows from left, Pakistan Test cricketers, fast bowler Mohammad Asif, bowler Mohammad Amir and captain Salman Butt arrive at Southwark Crown Court in London for their sentencing after being found guilty of match fixing charges. Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt were all convicted of fixing parts of a cricket Test match against England in August 2010, and are now awaiting sentencing.

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