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The dean of Westminster Abbey, John Hall, walks through the historic church in central London where Britain's Prince William is to marry his fiancee, Kate Middleton, on April 29.


The Ferris wheel La Grande Roue is seen at night adjacent to the Obelisque on the Place de la Concorde in the center of the French capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

The light installation "kubik," which consists of illuminated water tanks, glows in the dark at Sigmund Freud Park, with the Votiv Church in the background. The installation has been in a number of other cities in Europe and will remain in Vienna through the end of the year.


Passengers wait for trains at the city's Komsomolskaya subway station. The Russian government plans to sell the 79-year-old company that built Moscow's subway system. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wants to expedite the expansion of the capital's transportation network, with the goal of easing traffic congestion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg

Journalism students gather to remember the 57 people, 30 of whom were journalists, killed in the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre in Maguindanao province. Relatives of the victims of the country's worst political massacre made emotional appeals for justice as the nation marked the first anniversary of the killings.


Supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo at a political rally. The long-delayed presidential election was peaceful, but it did not produce a clear winner. A runoff between Gbagbo and opposition challenger Alassane Ouattara is set for Sunday.


A resident holds packets of water to sell. Supplies to fight Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic are being brought into the country's northern regions. Some Haitians blame United Nations troops for the outbreak.


Antiretroviral pills Truvada. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that gay men who took the drug daily significantly reduced their risk of contracting HIV.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Schalke's Spanish striker Raul, center, trains with teammates the day before their UEFA Champions League Group B match against Olympique Lyonnais.


Spain's David Ferrer serves to Sweden's Robin Soderling in their singles match at the ATP World Tour Finals.


A turkey passes the time on the roof at the W Hotel in Washington, a day before being pardoned by President Obama at the White House. Two turkeys, named Tom One and Tom Two, are staying at the luxury hotel on the eve of the annual White House Thanksgiving holiday tradition. One of the birds will be chosen to be publicly pardoned while the other waits in the wings should the first bird get stage fright. After the ceremony, both birds will live at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.


A skeleton made of recycled light bulbs and other electronic materials, intended to promote recycling, rests on a bench at an exhibit in Bucharest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press

One half of a double-wide mobile home rests awkwardly on the side of Interstate 75 after being blown off its trailer by high winds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Randolph / Bay City Times/AP

One of 102 turbines appears to float in the Irish Sea at the Walney Offshore Wind Farm west of Cumbria. The wind farm, developed by Danish firm Dong Energy, has created over 60 full-time jobs, and is expected to be completed by next year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images

A plume of smoke rises from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto the island, killing two people, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went on high alert.


South Koreans take a moment of silence for South Korean marines killed in a North Korean bombardment during a rally against North Korea's attack onto South Korean island, in Seoul. North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, military officials said, setting buildings on fire and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

A medical worker, in costume and face paint, is among protesters outside Paris' Palais Garnier Public- and private-sector workers were demonstrating against the French government's new pensions-reform law that increases the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.


Young girls wait to perform for visiting parents during an annual function at a school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.


A green tree python takes a rest at the zoo in Wuppertal. The snake is home to the rainforests in northern Australia and starts its life in shades of yellow, orange or red, before turning green as it reaches maturity.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated Press

A woman clears debris from the office of Irish Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey. The office was vandalized and painted with the word "traitors" in the aftermath of Ireland seeking a $135-billion bailout.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Morrison / AP

An Afghan archaeologist examines Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar. The archaeological dig is located at the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine. The Chinese-government-backed mining company China Metallurgical Group Corp., which won the contract to exploit the site, has given archaeologists three years to finish the excavations. Archaeologists fear that the 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery will probably be largely destroyed once work at the mine begins.


A fisherman carries a swordfish to the local fish market in Aden.


Police officers walk among clothes, shoes and personal belongings strewn on a bridge after the devastating stampede in Phnom Penh. Frantic relatives scoured makeshift morgues in the Cambodian capital after almost 350 revelers perished in the huge stampede on the overcrowded bridge during a water festival.


Riot police try to disperse striking municipality garbage collectors during an anti-government rally in Athens. The government, already facing public discontent over austerity measures, has pledged to implement more measures and structural reforms to combat its debt crisis.


Police officers carry a suspected drug trafficker after a shootout as they conduct a raid on drug gangs at the Mandela 2 slum in Rio de Janeiro. Authorities in Rio de Janeiro struggled on Tuesday to control a third day of violence apparently orchestrated by drug gang members who had attacked police stations and burned cars in the Brazilian city. The wave of violence raises further questions over the beach-side city's ability to host safely the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics Games, which it was awarded just over a year ago.


A young man fishes at sunset on the Grey River in Greymouth. Residents and family are awaiting news on the fate of 29 miners trapped in a mine explosion north of Greymouth. Leading figures in the community say hope remains for those trapped underground in the Pike River mine on South Island.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Hunter / Getty Images

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Westminster Abbey in London was chosen as the church for the royal nuptials in April. In Paris, the Ferris wheel, La Grande Roue, glows at night on the Place de la Concorde, as does a touring art installation of water-filled containers in Vienna.

Yeonpyeong island, in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea, is the target of North Korean artillery shells, killing two marines; police officers walk among clothes, shoes and personal belongings strewn on a bridge after Monday’s horrific human stampede in Phnom Penh; riot police try to disperse striking municipality garbage collectors in Athens; and Brazilian police exchange fire with drug traffickers at Rio de Janeiro’s Mandela 2 slum.

In Ireland, not everyone is behind the economic bailout. The office of Ireland’s minister for transport was vandalized and painted with the word “traitors.” Archaeologists look over the remains of Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Afghanistan. And there’s more discontent in Paris, where public- and private-sector workers  protest against the French government’s new pension reform law that  increases the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.

In Bucharest, a skeleton made from light bulbs and electronic parts, part of a city exhibit to promote recycling, rests comfortably on a park bench, while in Washington, a pair of turkeys stay at a luxury hotel ahead of Wednesday’s White House annual Thanksgiving pardon. One will be chosen for the public ceremony while the other waits in the wings should the first get stage fright or perhaps decide to take an L-tryptophan-induced snooze at precisely the wrong moment.


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