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A visitor walks past a gigantic advertising at the booth of the Swiss watchmaker Rolex during a preview day at the Baselword fair in Basel, Switzerland. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair, although Arab uprisings and the deadly earthquake that hit key luxury consumer Japan cast shadows over the expectations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty Images

A Navy deck crew watches as the USS Ronald Reagan is sprayed for radioactive decontamination. The carrier is on the Japanese coast to provide relief supplies after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press

A sightseeing boat washed away by the tsunami sits atop a ruined building in Otsuchi, Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

Dairy farmer Kenichi Hasegawa watches as contaminated milk is dumped into a cornfield in Iitatemura, Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri Shimbun / Associated Press

A man looks through a door window in a hospital for people suffering from leukemia in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Ukrainian children and adults, some of them victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, undergo medical treatment at the Oncological Hospital in Donetsk. The blasts at the Soviet-era plant created a cloud of radioactive dust that drifted over a large swath of Europe and still haunts millions of people in Ukraine and its neighbors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY / AFP / Getty Images

Demonstrators on Downing Street in London protest British Chancellor George Osborne's new budget. Osborne says he plans to kick start Britain's stalled economy with his "budget for growth."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY RAIN / EPA

People fleeing the unrest in Tunisia transfer onto the Italian Navy's amphibious transport dock MM San Marco, off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. The San Marco arrived on Wednesday and will accommodate about 1,000 immigrants who have arrived in Lampedusa from Tunisia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / Reuters

Protesters outside the Parliament House in Canberra show their anger for the Australian Labor Government's proposed carbon tax outside the Parliament House in Canberra. The carbon tax is part of Australia's bid to cut its greenhouse emissions, but protesters say the tax will add to their household bills and damage the economy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Graham / Associated Press

A gas mask-wearing environmentalist who opposes nuclear power shows his support for the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami in front of the Russian Nuclear Ministry in Moscow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP / Getty Images

A clip of .50-caliber bullets hangs off a U.S. Army vehicle at a military base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP / Getty Images

Riot police officers shield themselves from fireworks launched at them by protesters during a demonstration in Oued Koriche, Algeria. Protesters oppose a plan by authorities to demolish homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUAFI LARBI / Reuters

Angry protesters in Oued Koriche, Algeria, throw stones at riot police after overturning a car.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUAFI LARBI / Reuters

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Wednesday’s Pictures in the News bring time into focus with a passerby next to a gigantic ad for Swiss watchmaker Rolex at the Baselword fair in Switzerland, where watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011.

In Japan, the USS Ronald Reagan gets sprayed for radioactive decontamination; a sightseeing boat washed away by the March 11 tsunami sits on a ruined building in Otsuchi; and a dairy farmer watches as contaminated milk is dumped into a cornfield in Iitatemura.

Elsewhere around the world, there are plenty of protests. In London, for example, demonstrators on Downing Street protest British Chancellor George Osborne’s new budget; in Canberra, Australia, citizens decry a proposed carbon tax; in Russia, an environmentalist wearing a gas mask protests the use of nuclear power; and in Algeria, riot police officers shield themselves from fireworks launched by protesters angry about a plan to demolish homes. 

Add stops in Italy, Afghanistan and the Ukraine, and you have our report.

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