Catholic priests are sheltered by umbrellas during Holy Communion as Pope Benedict XVI presides over a celebration of Mass in Bellahouston Park. The pope warned young Catholics about the temptations of drugs, money, sex, pornography and alcohol in a homily at the first open-air Mass of his state visit to Britain.
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Pope Benedict XVI is seen through the window of his aircraft as he arrives at Heathrow airport outside London. The first state visit of a pope to Britain — his predecessor John Paul II made a "pastoral visit" in 1982 — began in Scotland today, where Benedict met with Queen Elizabeth II, titular head of the world's Anglicans, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI meet schoolchildren outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queen's official residence in Scotland. The pope is conducting the first state visit to Britain by a pontiff.
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Pilgrims fly flags as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to say Mass at Bellahouston Park, part of the pontiff's four-day trip to Britain.
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Men pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The holiest of Jewish holidays finds observant Jews atoning for sins of the past year with prayer and a fast lasting more than 24 hours, beginning at sundown Friday and ending with the breaking of the fast after dark Saturday.
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Fans react after lighting a flare during their Europa League Group H soccer match against VfB Stuttgart.
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A video is projected onto Rome's ancient Colosseum by installation artists Thyra Hilden and Piuz Diaz. "City on Fire" is a series of large-scale video projections simulating fire burning down symbolic monuments in the Western world.
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Soldiers dressed in traditional clothing march during a military parade at the culmination of celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Mexico's fight for independence from Spain.
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A zoomed image of the benches in a beer tent as preparations are underway for Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich. The 200th staging of Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, opens Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 4.
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A man works on an installation of life-size mockups of animals onto the wall of a house in the artists' district of Zittau. The project is part of one of Germany's biggest pop-art districts and consists of the modernization and decoration of an old apartment building modeled on plans by the artist Sergej Alexander Dott.
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Residents in the Park Slope neighborhood in the New York borough of Brooklyn surround a car crushed by a fallen tree. A brief but severe and damaging storm swept through New York City.
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Genetically engineered angelfish glow under a black light shining on their tank. The fish are the world's first fluorescent angelfish and were created by a joint project between Taiwan's Academia Sinica and Jy Lin, a private biotechnology company.
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Belgian cooks toast at a event known as "Dinner in the Sky" while sitting on an elevated platform in Brussels. "Dinner in the Sky" accommodates 26 people suspended from a crane at a height of 164 feet.
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Engineers work on the Mars rover Curiosity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Curiosity is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida between Nov. 25 and Dec. 18, 2011.
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The All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE), a prototype heavy-lift utility vehicle to support future human exploration of extraterrestrial surfaces, flexes its limbs as it moves across the northern Arizona desert on the last day of NASA's two-week field testing of new aerospace technology.
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Visitors participate in a photo session of "Cosplay" characters at the Tokyo Game Show.
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Police push back a group of protesters demonstrating against a speech by the leader of the right-wing Sweden Democrats. Sweden will hold national elections on Sunday.
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A bride takes part in a mass-marriage ceremony for about 121 low-income couples from the India-Pakistan border area. Mass marriages organized by social organizations to cut ceremony costs are common in India.
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Children of a Roma family prepare to leave a camp in northern France to go to Lille Airport for a flight to Romania in a voluntary repatriation scheme. The European Union on Tuesday threatened France with legal action over its handling of the expulsion of Roma migrants.
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Caro Kopecky, assistant to Herbert Lipah, the owner of Lederhosenwahnsinn (Lederhosen crazy), pins underwear to the ceiling of the clothes shop. Lipah, who has collected about 2,500 leather trousers over the last 18 years, sells traditional Bavarian clothing and accessories worn at Oktoberfest.
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Two demonstrators pull off their T-shirts to reveal a "poor but sexy" slogan inscribed on their bodies during a mock fashion show in front of Berlin's parliament building, part of a demonstration against what protesters say is a reduction in social spending by the German government.
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French winter sports athletes climb to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, a peak in the French Alps, during an event to promote the region's candidacy for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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A garden caretaker with stork figurines at dusk in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province, north of Kabul.
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