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A mahout sits in between elephants which are participating in festivities marking the annual harvest festival of Onam at a temple on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi.


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A man walks in front of tyres set on fire by rioting youths for the third consecutive day in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa. Kenya's prime minister said on Wednesday the country's enemies were behind the killing of a Muslim cleric that triggered riots he described as being conducted by an "underground organisation" to create divisions between Christians and Muslims.

Siegfried Modola/REUTERS

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A Syrian refugee girl looks out of her parents' tent at the Al Za'atri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The pace of Syrian refugees reaching Za'atri camp in northern Jordan has doubled, with 10,200 arriving in the past week, heralding what could be a bigger mass movement, said Melissa Fleming, chief spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


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An elderly Indian attends a protest to demand a universal old age pension in New Delhi, India. The protestors demanded a pension amount of USD$ 36 per month as opposed to the governmentís proposal of USD$ 9 per month.

Manish Swarup/AP

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A reveller pours tomato pulp with a bucket into the crowd during the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia. The origin of the tomato fight is disputed - everyone in Bunol seems to have a favourite story - but most agree it started around 1940, in the early years of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship.


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A research student from the the University of Alabama measures wind speeds as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in New Orleans, La.

Eric Gay/AP

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Horse carriages drive tourists through the flooded mud flats of the Northern sea from the German city of Cuxhaven to the island of Neuwerk.

Hero Lang/AP

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Yawalapiti men dance during this year's 'quarup,' a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State in Brazil.


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A local man walks on the road in the village of Lapankuri, some 175 km east of Tbilisi Georgia. Georgian Interior Ministry forces shot dead 11 gunmen, and three of its own troops were killed in an operation to free hostages near the border with Russia, the ministry said on Wednesday.


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A group of 1,003 Ryerson students unofficially set a new Guinness World Record for the largest cowbell ensemble at the campus quadrangle in Toronto.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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