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Afghan children play on a damaged Soviet tank on the outskirts of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An Indian Sikh boy leaps out of the way of a firecracker as he and friends celebrate the festival of Diwali in New Delhi, India. Diwali, the festival of lights dedicated to the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi, is being celebrated across the country Tuesday.

Kevin Frayer/AP

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A temple caretaker recites a prayer as he prepares to open the temple for a prayer session during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Banting, outside Kuala Lumpur. The Hindu community, which makes up 8 percent of Malaysia's 28 million population, celebrates Diwali, known locally as Deepavali, on Tuesday by decorating their homes and visiting places of worship.

BAZUKI MUHAMMAD/REUTERS

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Nepalese policemen apply vermillion powder and perform rituals on a dog during the Tihar festival celebrations at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal. Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during Tihar festival, one of the most important Hindu festivals dedicated to the worship of the Goddess of wealth Laxmi.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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In this photo made using an hour-long time exposure, stars swirl behind a sign for a ranch near Olsburg, Kan. early Tuesday morning.

Charlie Riedel/AP

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Indian children play with firecrackers during Diwali in New Delhi, India. Diwali, the festival of lights dedicated to the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi, is being celebrated across the country Tuesday.

Altaf Qadri/AP

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Members of Austria's guard of honour wait in the inner yard of Hofburg Palace for the arrival of Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus in Vienna.

LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS

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The remains of a home on Kissam Avenue swept away by flooding from Hurricane Sandy in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island in New York City. Police raised the storm-related fatality toll in New York City to 43 and at least 121 people have perished in the storm, which caused an estimated $50 billion in property damage and economic losses and ranks as one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast.

MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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