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7-year-old Ben Hatfield from Calgary, Alberta is one of the first through the gates at the Calgary Stamepde after they officaly opened.

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People visit the Statue of Liberty during the reopening ceremony in New York. Under steamy summer skies, tourists in New York flocked to ferries headed for the Statue of Liberty, re-opening with an Independence Day ceremony after closing in October as Superstorm Sandy approached.


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A woman swims during an Independence Day party at Union Beach, New Jersey. The area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, but recovery continues along the coastline of New Jersey, including the party and fireworks for nearby residents one day ahead of the holiday.


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A man is silhouetted against the sunset as Egyptian military jets fly in formation over Tahrir square in Cairo. The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood was arrested by Egyptian security forces on Thursday in a crackdown against the Islamist movement after the army ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Mursi.


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Pakistani donkey cart riders drive past a portrait of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden painted on a truck at fruit and vegetable market in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Climbers walk down Mount Fuji in Fujiyoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. Japan's most iconic landmark, the 3,776-meter-tall Mount Fuji, was selected as a World Heritage site in June.

Shuji Kajiyama/AP

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A cyclist rides at sunset along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.


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Paramilitary policemen jump as they practise during a summer drill in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.


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Independence Day fireworks light the sky over Washington. The iconic Washington skyline of the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial serve as a backdrop for the U.S. national birthday celebration each year.


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South African children look at a fire which erupted in a field in Soweto township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Muhammed Muheisen/AP

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