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Fudan University's student members of the Chinese Communist Party toss their caps into the air while standing in formation to create the party's emblem, a hammer and sickle, to mark the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China which kicks off this Thursday, in Shanghai.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen take part in a ceremony at Rajghat (Mahatma Gandhi's cremation site) in New Dehli, India.

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Local elderly residents with red armbands, identifying them as security volunteers, chat as they watch over a traditional alleyway or Hutong, in central Beijing. There are 1.4 million volunteers on standby to work security for the upcoming18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Farmers in traditional Bavarian costumes steer a horse-drawn carriage on the way to the chapel on the Kalvarienberg in Bad Toelz, Germany, during the Leonhard procession. The Leonhardi Ritt procession is an annual event that started in the 17th century to pray to St. Leonhard, the patron saint of animals.

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An Indian potter carries earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali on the outskirts of Jammu, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on Nov. 13.

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Nepalese men paint Swayambhunath stupa, an ancient religious complex in Katmandu, Nepal. The complex is also known as the monkey temple as there are a lot of monkeys living here.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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Tonya Lewis shows her support for President Barack Obama outside a polling station on Election Day in Tampa, Florida.

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An election worker hands out stickers to voters after they cast their ballots at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wooster, Ohio.

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Farm workers use beaters to knock the cranberries off the bush at Maybog Farm in Richmond, B.C. This year’s cranberry harvest was delayed by several weeks because of the warm weather in September and farmers are now in a rush to beat the winter frost.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Poll worker Lisa Amico, right, helps voters by flashlight in a dark and unheated tent serving as a polling site in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island, New York. The original polling site, a school, was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Seth Wenig/AP

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