An image provided by the European Space Agency shows the aurora australis as seen from the Cupola observatory platform on the International Space Station.
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Lightning flashes over Mina as more than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims began the final rituals of the hajj before they leave Mecca, Islam's holiest city.
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Israeli students take part in a protest against the government's decision to grant stipends to ultra-Orthodox Jews who study the Torah.
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Police patrol the city's central rail terminal amid heightened security at airports and train stations, after evidence is found of planned terrorist attacks, including one this month.
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Thousands of people march to commemorate a 1973 student revolt against a U.S.-backed junta; they also brandish banners protesting the financial crisis gripping the nation.
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Cast members of Cirque Du Soleil kick off their final season of the holiday show "Wintuk" before renaming 33rd Street in Manhattan "Wintuk Way."
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Spider-Man makes an appearance at an unveiling of "Spider-Man, You're Hired," a special print and digital comic book promoting New York City's free job placement resources.
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Chenglong Zhang of China competes on the vault during the apparatus final at the artistic gymnastics on Day 5 of the 16th Asian Games.
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A traditionally styled "caganer" ceramic figurine of SpongeBob SquarePants. In a Christmas tradition dating to the 18th century, Catalonians hide the figurines, which symbolize fertility, hope and prosperity for the coming year, in nativity scenes and invite friends to find them.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LLUIS GENE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A participant in an attempt to set a world record in watersliding dives into the nearly 1,200-foot slide at Thermal Bath in Erding. Students at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces and sport funding group Neubiberg are attempting to slide for 24 hours, to break their previous record set in 2009.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK LEONHARDT / EPALink
J-10 fighter jets perform at Airshow China 2010. The country won orders for 100 of its planned domestically built passenger jets, challenging industry giants Airbus and Boeing in what will soon become the world's largest aviation market.
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Raindrops form on rose hips in a park in eastern Germany with a forecast of more inclement weather to come.
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Residents watch the flood waters in the village of Lostwithiel near St. Austell. Parts of Cornwall were hit by heavy overnight rain that caused flooding and disruption.
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A welder works on the steel frame of a highway bridge under construction at sunset.
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One of 168 bottles salvaged from a 200-year-old shipwreck off the Aland Islands is on display in Mariehamn. It's believed to have been bottled in the late 18th or early 19th century and as such could be the oldest sparkling wine in the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva / REUTERSLink
Students demonstrate in the center of Rome against university reforms and budget cuts imposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right government. More than 100 rallies took place in Italy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Indian Muslims pray at the Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, during morning prayers on Eid al-Adha in New Delhi. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, by slaughtering sheep and cattle in remembrance of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
A man floats on his back in the waters of the Dead Sea close to En Gedi. Its surface and shores are 1,385 feet below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land. The Dead Sea is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7% salinity. This salinity makes for a harsh environment, where animals cannot flourish, hence its name.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER WEIKEN / EPALink
People climb rock walls at a gym in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The free rock climbing facility, located in the cellar of an apartment building, is part of a program supported by the local municipal authorities, the School of Rescuers, to allow amateur rock climbers to practice their sport.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / ReutersLink
Residents mourn for their relatives at the entrance of the burnt apartment building in Shanghai. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALY SONG / ReutersLink
A street performer and his monkey seek alms in Hyderabad, India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar A / Associated PressLink
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