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Lightning illuminates storm clouds over the Philadelphia skyline.

AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Sarvar Ahmed, a young Kashmiri shepherd, sits on a rock in the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. Kashmir has a thriving population of different breeds of sheep and goats which are reared both for wool and meat.

AP Photo/Dar Yasin

An active aurora borealis hovers over downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau, Alaska.

AP Photo/Rashah McChesney

Boys walk through a Mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar.

PTI Photo/S Irfan

Almond trees in full bloom as the almond garden opens for visitors at Badamwari in Srinagar.

AP Photo /Mukhtar Khan

A vendor makes jalebis and imartis at his shop in old market, in Allahabad.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

This hero on a bike decided to smile his best for the camera, in Jammu.

AP Photo/Channi Anand

A rickshaw puller waits for customers outside a metro railway station, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

People playing on the seashore in Mumbai.

AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade

A soldier helps a woman down the stairs of a pedestrian bridge near the pro-government demonstration site on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn

A couple with their pet monkey in Manaus, Brazil. Manaus is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Members of the World Team join together in a jump over Eloy, Arizona. The group's effort to set a world record by forming two distinct aerial formations within the same dive turned tragic Thursday when one of the jumpers died during the daring effort.


Outskirts of Srinagar.

AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan

Cherry Blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin in Washington.

AP Photo/J. David Ake

Blossoming daffodils and hyacinths near Noordwijk, western Netherlands.

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

Boys play volleyball on the banks of the Daya River near Bhubaneswar.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

A man at sangam in Allahabad shelters himself from the rain.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

The city of Srinagar on a cold, winter day.

AP Photo/Dar Yasin

An American Airlines jet takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport early in the morning.

AP Photo/J. David Ake

A sunrise in Vermont.

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

Asterix in Kerala? A dolmen in Thrissur, from the megalithic era

Sunil Menon

Indian children play near unfinished idols of Ganesha in Ahmadabad.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Magic moment Maneka, daughter of illusionist P.C. Sorcar Jr, performs ‘Space Trace’, one of her trademark acts

Sanjay Rawat

Members of the Castellers "Vila de Gracia" form their famous human tower called "castell" in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gracia, Catalonia, Spain .

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Female gypsies throw flower petals into the Arga River in honor of their ancestors on the Day of the Gypsy, in Pamplona northern Spain.

AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos

Danielle Forgione and her daughter, Olivia, 3, play with Petey, the family's pet pig in the Queens borough of New York.

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

A young Indian boy dives into the Arabian sea in Mumbai.

AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade

People toss and mix Malaysia's longest yee sang, or raw fish salad with their chopsticks in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 977-meter (1068-yard) long yee sang has set a record in the Malaysia Book Of Records.

AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin

People toss and mix Malaysia's longest yee sang, or raw fish salad with their chopsticks in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 977-meter (1068-yard) long yee sang has set a record in the Malaysia Book Of Records.

AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin

Duma, a seven-year-old Jack Russell terrier, rides a wakeboard pulled by a remote controlled boat operated by her owner Cliff Bode, of Chicago, while practicing for the Vancouver International Boat Show in Vancouver, British Columbia.

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck

Two swans look for edible water plants at Zaanse Schans area in Zaandam, north of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Zaanse Schans is not an open air museum but was designed to preserve the cultural heritage of Zaan river region and attracts around 1 million visitors annually.

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

A huge truck drives the Yacht Princess 98, after it was lifted out of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany. The yacht with it's 30 meter (98ft) length, 95 tons weight and a price of 5.5 million British pounds would be participating in the upcoming International Boat fair.


Pickle maker Haji Ghulam Qadir Senoo leaves no stone unturned to preserve the trade as traditional Kashmiri specialties at Haba Kadal, Chandapora in Srinagar.

PTI Photo/S Irfan

A rat trapper with his catch at a paddy field in Theetukkal in Ooty.

PTI Photo

People dance after The Color Run 5K, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Runners start the race wearing white, but each kilometer of the race, volunteers throw different color powders on them.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

Lavasa-India's first planned hill city in the first town of Dasve.

PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar

People shop for warm clothes at a Sunday Market in Srinagar as winter tightens its grip in the Valley.

PTI Photo

A gallery keeper pours tea on the floor to clean paint stains after a ceremony to open art exhibition for children who suffer from mental illnesses at 798 Art District in Beijing.

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

A 10-storey Steel building which is being planned to be erected within a record time of 48 hours in Mohali.

PTI Photo

In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, a young girl reaches out to greet a Pakistani policeman securing the road outside Kainat Riaz's home in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. Security was stepped up after Kainat was wounded by the same Taliban gunman who shot Malala Yousufzai and 13-year-old Shazia Ramazan on Oct. 8 on their way home from school.

AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

A man checks the teeth of a donkey at Vautha near Ahmadabad. Vautha Fair is an annual donkey fair held in Gujarat where thousands of donkeys are brought for sale every year.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Pakistani children chat with each other at their make-shift hut in a village in Kharian, 145 kilometers west of Islamabad, Pakistan.

AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

A woman holds a folding fan near a decoration in Beijing.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Stray dogs surround a roadside tea vendor as he reaches into a packet of cookies to feed them on a street in Allahabad.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

A toy parachute is shot in the air to attract people at sunset on Juhu Chowpatty beach in Mumbai.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

An elephant sprays water on his Mahout before offering safari rides to tourists at the Pobitora national park near Guwahati.

AP Photo/Anupam Nath

A boatman feeds birds on the Yamuna in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

A pair of Jersey cows lean on each other at the Goodrich farm in England.

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

A boy lays on a charpoy with a goat he is selling at an outdoor market in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

While surrounded by hundreds of pumpkins, a girl stops to look at the illuminating jack o' lanterns at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Some 5,000 carved pumpkins are on display for this year’s Jack-o’-lantern Spectacular, one of the nation’s largest jack-o’-lantern shows.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

A goat gets a rickshaw ride in Hyderabad.

AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

A four-day-old male Brazilian Tapir cub interacts with his mother Passiflora in an outdoor enclosure at Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel.

AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Magician David Blaine stands inside an apparatus surrounded by a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils during his 72-hour "Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On" stunt on Pier 54 in New York. The stunt, sponsored by Intel, is the latest of daredevil endeavors by the magician whose previous stunts included being encased in ice for over 60 hours in Times Square.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, a chai wallah waits for customers in his small shop in the Spice Market in New Delhi while Starbucks is set to open its first outlet in India by October end.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

A tiger cub rests at a nursery room at the Shanghai Zoo in Shanghai, China.

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

A girl cries as a massive hand approach to her during the Human Body Parts performance on a street in Seoul, South Korea.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

King penguins stand in an enclosure at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

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Illustration: Sorit; Data: Alka Gupta

Workers sit on a pile of cloth material being transported at Jetpur near Rajkot.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Female liliger cub Kiara, a hybrid between a lion and a ligress, at the Novosibirsk Zoo, in Novosibirsk, eastern Siberia. Kiara is the first female liliger born over a month ago at the Novosibirsk Zoo. Kiara's mother, Zita, stopped producing milk almost immediately after giving birth, so Zoo employees placed Kiara in a separate facility and feed her with a special milk mix. The cub plays with a house cat which also provides motherly warmth.

AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev

Stolen kisses in a flurry of moustaches: A California sea lion and a walrus kiss each other during a show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

A village boy drinks water from a tube well on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

The mother of the Chinese quadruplets decided to shave numbers onto their heads after the children starting school this week so their teachers could tell them apart. The mother admitted that even their father had a hard time distinguishing each boy before their new haircuts, sometimes feeling confused when dealing with them.

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A woman displays a doll for sale at a market in Mumbai.

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

An Afghan boy flies a kite on top of a mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan.

AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid

A sea lion reaches for a fish during meal time at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

Ghasiram Kisan feeds Buddu, a one and a half-year-old sloth bear at Kisan family's home in Lakhapada near Bhubaneswar. The wild bear, which was rescued from the family by wildlife officials had wandered into the village while following a herd of goats and had lived with the family ever since.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

A boy eats food distributed by a non-governmental organization as it rains in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Many hands join in to help as an anaconda snake at the Oklahoma City Zoo has dental floss taped to it's head and along it's body as it is measured at the zoo in Oklahoma City. The floss and tape are necessary because it would be nearly impossible to stretch out the snake. The anaconda weighed 152 lbs. and measured 16 feet.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

A girl jumps into the cold water of a public swimming pool in Essen, Germany.

AP Photo/Frank Augstein

A Labrador Golden Retriever enjoys a shower at Germany's first Dog Wash in Duisburg, Germany. The dog wash, which was installed in a pet store and runs as self service, delivers a shower, shampoo and a hair dry.

AP Photo/Frank Augstein

President-elect Pranab Mukherjee with Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad enjoying a Hindi poem recitation by a school boy at his residence in New Delhi.

PTI Photo

A three day old baby gorilla with its mother Rebecca in Frankfurt Zoo, Germany.

AP Photo/Michael Probst

A trained monkey looks back while sitting on a can next to his owner as they wait for customers to perform to in a park in Islamabad, Pakistan.

AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

Laborers eat ice candy at a fruit market on a hot summer day in Allahabad. The weather in northern India has been extremely hot in recent days with temperatures reaching as high as 45 degrees Celsius in some areas.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Two two-month old baby arctic wolves play in their enclosure in the zoo de Servion, in Servion, Switzerland.

AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron

Cycle rickshaw pullers sleep on a street in Varanasi.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

A model walks the ramp during a fashion show at the 20th Life Ball in front of city hall in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball is a charity gala to raise money for people living with HIV and AIDS.


A 3-year-old poodle, looks at visitors touring a pet fair in Bangkok.

AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

A pet mouse looks into the camera, standing on the arm of his master at the "dog and pet" fair in Dortmund, Germany.

AP Photo/Martin Meissner

In this handout photo provided by Skazka Zoo, taken May 6, 2012, a female white albino tiger, Tigrylia is seen with her newborn cub at the Skazka Zoo in Yalta, Ukraine. The tigress gave birth to four cubs, including a rare albino tiger. A beautiful white tigress was the symbol of Yulia Tymoshenko's presidential election campaign, representing her ferocious resolve.

AP Photo/Skazka Zoo

Who says Utopia does not exist? Dreams, bubbles, imagination at large, reinforce the existence of such a place, even if it is for a short while.

AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey

The Mango Explosion Laborers collect mangoes in a basket to unload them from a truck at a fruit market in Ahmadabad. India recognizes mango as its national fruit and is the world's largest mango producer with about 13 million tons each year, far exceeding all other countries.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

A parrot gets a bath after it fell from a tree and got rescued on a hot summer afternoon in Odisha.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

Royal Bengal Tigers cooling themselves in a pond at Assam State Zoo as mercury rises in Guwahati.

PTI Photo

The May's full moon rises behind San Francisco Coit Tower in San Francisco. The moon is expected to get the closest to earth today.

AP Photo/Frederic Larson, San Francisco Chronicle

A keeper walks camel Laila with a broken leg at a horse clinic in Berlin, Germany. Laila broke her leg on a meadow of the breeding farm of her owner two weeks ago and had to undergo two hours of medical surgery. The animal now has to learn to walk as it will wear the plaster for six weeks.

AP Photo/dapd, Paul Zinken

The Ugly Duckling--Six-week old Kea 'Nelson' at a zoo in Halle Saale, Germany. While British media have dubbed the small bird 'ugliest parrot in Germany', his animal keepers take good care of him. Nelson was rejected by his mother immediately after hatching. He will probably have to spend up to seven more weeks in a special rearing space before becoming a beautiful parrot like others of his species.


In this photo taken on Sunday, April 29, 2012, a Chinese national acrobatic team perform during a fund-raising show for Myanmar Library Foundation at the National Theater in Yangon, Myanmar.

AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

A weeks-old Asian elephant bull (Elephas maximus) named Assam plays with keeper Robert Schieritz during his first appearance in the outdoor enclosure at the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany.

AP Photo/dapd, Philipp Guelland

Nitoru, a nine-month-old poodle, rides a remote controlled toy car in Tokyo.

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

Pakistani men who were displaced by 2010 floods from a village near Multan, play a game of pool in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

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A Pakistani monkey along with his handler joins a rally, called by Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party headed by former Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan, to condemn power cuts in Lahore, Pakistan.

AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary

An exhibitor speaks on his phone as he wears special camouflage while standing at the Saab booth at the 7th International Land and Naval Defence Systems Exhibition in New Delhi. The event, which is a showcase for global defence hardware manufacturers and suppliers, is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia with delegations from over 90 countries.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

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Summers are back again and this three month old hippo sure knows how to beat the heat! A lazy swim inside his enclosure at the Delhi Zoo is all he needs.

PTI Photo/Atul Yadav

"Do not go too close to the water!", says mummy polar bear as the 3 baby polar bears born in November last year, play on snow at the Moscow Zoo, in Moscow. The cubs have only recently been revealed to the public as they have mostly stayed in the seclusion of their den.

AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Who says bandhs are bad? Here is a dog who knows how to make the most of an opportunity like this -- empty roads, no traffic, no people. The industrial strike in Kolkata seemed to work very well for the four-legged friends of the city.

AP Photo/Bikas Das