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A burned-out car is removed by rescue workers on a motorway near the village of Kavelstorf. More than 80 vehicles crashed during a sandstorm, with many catching fire. Eight people were reported killed and about 100 injured in the accident.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABIAN BIMMER / REUTERS

Residents hose down shanties as a fire rages in Tambo district, Paranaque City, in Metropolitan Manila. No casualties were reported, but more than 400 families lost their homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK DE CASTRO / REUTERS

A U.S. Army soldier mans a rooftop lookout post at Strongpoint Lugo in a village in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BOB STRONG / REUTERS

Made in Taipan, ridden by Robbie Power, jumps the last in the John Smith's Melling Steeple Chase on Ladies' Day at the Grand National Meeting at Aintree.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUSSELL CHEYNE / REUTERS

A spectator watches the second round of the 2011 Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry How / Getty Images

A yellow butterfly is one of many on display at the Natural History Museum. More than 40 butterfly and moth species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for the much-anticipated exhibit Pavilion of Wings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP/Getty Images

A couple on Park Avenue stand beneath a 23-foot-high, 35,000-pound teddy bear sculpted in bronze by Swiss artist Urs Fischer. "Untitled (Lamp/Bear)" will be on display for five months in Midtown Manhattan and will be a highlight of Christie's Post-War and Contemporary sale on May 11.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUCAS JACKSON / REUTERS

With temperatures reaching record highs in the British capital, a street performer quenches her thirst.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUKE MACGREGOR / REUTERS

A man views two of the finalists for the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The portraits, "Self portrait on a Horse" by Zhong Chen, left, and "Charlie" by Adam Cullen, are among 41 finalists. The winner will be announced April 15.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GREG WOOD / AFP/Getty Images

A British Airways Boeing 747 passenger aircraft is parked at a gate at Heathrow Airport on a sunny spring day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / REUTERS

Protesters march in Bolivar Square against the labor, social and development politics of the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and to denounce violations of human rights against union leaders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAURICIO DUENAS / European Pressphoto Agency

Children hold posters of Moammar Kadafi during a protest against NATO and coalition forces in front of a United Nations office.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZOHRA BENSEMRA / REUTERS

Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare attend a candlelight protest march against corruption in front of India Gate.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PARIVARTAN SHARMA / REUTERS

A sculpture of a rain forest tree soars more than 130 feet in a space 330 feet high at the Magic Places exhibit, running through the end of the year at the Gasometer museum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: INA FASSBENDER / REUTERS

A boy appears to be entranced by a candle at a shelter. A magnitude 7.1 aftershock late Thursday hit the same area in northeastern Japan ravaged by disaster a month ago, prompting a tsunami alert, which was later canceled.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIJI PRESS

Phil Mickelson plays his second shot from the flowers on the 13th hole during the first round of the 2011 Masters tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Cannon / Getty Images

Joey Logano practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

A colorful license plate is seen during a classic car rally.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Galeano / Associated Press

A resident swims among debris and rubbish looking for recyclable materials after a fire gutted informal settlements overnight in Malabon City outside of Manila. About a thousand residents were affected by the fire, but no casualties were reported.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFP

U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott, second from left, and his girlfriend, Laetita Pichot de Cayeux, right, go for a dive during their visit to Russia's Star City cosmonaut training camp outside Moscow. Garriott, a U.S. video game magnate, paid $35 million for a 12-day space adventure in October 2008.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI REMEZOV / Reuters

Congress supporters listen to the speech of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (not pictured) from tree tops during an election rally in Sipajhar constituency in Darang district of Assam in northeast India. The prime minister is campaigning for the second phase of the Assam Assembly election, which is scheduled for Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

Baby Run ridden by Willie Twiston-Davies, center, jumps over the chair fence on the way to winning the Fox Hunters steeple chase at Aintree, northern England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUSSELL CHEYNE / Reuters

A hot air balloonist makes preparations for departure from Lydden Hill race circuit near Canterbury to take part in a mass crossing of the English Channel in Wootton, England. Fifty-one balloonists of various nationalities from across Europe took off from Kent making for Calais, France, around 7 a.m. It is the first time a Guinness World Record bid has been made for "the largest group of hot air balloons to make the Channel crossing."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty Images Europe

A model walks backstage before a show during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, in New Delhi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / AP

A Bolivian squirrel monkey pulls a pair of sunglasses smeared with bitter apple from the hand of a zookeeper at ZSL London Zoo. Zookeepers have discovered that Bolivian squirrel monkeys have been stealing visitors' sunglasses since the sun came out last week. The group of 18, who live in a no-barrier enclosure, have been given sunglasses with bitter apple smeared on them in a bid to stop them from being so light-fingered this summer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP

Bennett's wallaby baby Albert peers out of his pouch at the Vogelpark Marlow animal park in Marlow, eastern Germany. Albino Albert, thought to be 3 months old, has become the attraction of the park, due to his white coat and red eyes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERND WUESTNECK / DPA

An Israeli rescue worker is seen through the broken windows of a train at the scene of a train crash near the city of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv. Forty people were slightly injured when two trains traveling at low speed hit each other. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, with local media attributing the crash to a train driver not stopping at a red light.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIR ELIAS / Reuters

Tsunami survivors walk along the shore protection blocks in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Armed with radiation meters and protective gear, police launch an intensive search for people missing inside the exclusion zone around Japan's disaster-stricken nuclear power plant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

A Japanese cherry tree stands in full bloom in Potsdam, eastern Germany. Spring has arrived in northern parts of the country, bringing sun and warm temperatures.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / DPA

A new Virgin America Airbus A320 named My Other Ride Is a Spaceship flies over San Francisco with the twin-fuselage craft WhiteKnightTwo, which was carrying SpaceshipTwo. They later became the first aircraft to land at San Francisco International Airport's new $388-million, 640,000-square-foot Terminal 2. Guests aboard the A320 included Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Greenberg / Virgin America

A portrait of Aime Cesaire is displayed on the floor of the Pantheon during a national homage to the poet, pioneer of the black pride movement and former mayor of the capital of the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Cesaire, a cult figure on his native island and elsewhere in the French-speaking world, died at the age of 94 in 2008. The Pantheon is a former church in which the remains of many famous French citizens, including Voltaire, Rousseau and Victor Hugo, are interred.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP/Getty Images

A Black Hawk helicopter with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Army Gen. Lloyd Austin on board taxis on the tarmac after arriving in the Iraqi capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chip Somodevilla / Pool Photo

A statue of George Washington is silhouetted against the dome of the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers and the White House are racing against the clock to make a midnight Friday deadline to agree on legislation to fund the federal government through Oct. 1, failing which key federal agencies will shut down.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images

A member of Christie's staff views "Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, With a Trainer, a Stable-Lad and a Jockey," by George Stubbs, at the auction house. The work of art is expected to fetch $32 million, making it one of the most expensive Old Master paintings ever sold at auction when it goes on the block in July.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

"Madonna and Child," an artwork by Swedish-born artist Maria von Kohler. It depicts the incident when singer Michael Jackson dangled his younger son, Prince Michael II, from a Berlin hotel window in 2002. It has enraged fans of the late pop icon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP/Getty Images

A rare white tiger prowls around his enclosure at a zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS ROBAYO / AFP/Getty Images

Spring flowers adorn an old truck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

One-year-old Elizabeth Joliffe of London plays among spring daffodils. Wednesday was the warmest day of the year in Britain so far, with temperatures reaching well into the 70s.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EDDIE KEOGH / REUTERS

A couple take a stroll on a warm spring evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARND WIEGMANN / REUTERS

Volunteer Caroline Vile sports a Birdwing butterfly at the Natural History Museum, as 600 live butterflies arrive for a "Sensational Butterflies" exhibition. The exhibition aims to urge gardeners to plant butterfly-friendly flowers to help turn around the fortunes of dozens of species in decline.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gareth Fuller / PA

Tiger Woods, right, of the U.S. walks with Mark O'Meara, center, to the 15th green during a practice round for the 2011 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRIAN SNYDER / Reuters

Visitors sit on deckchairs as gymnasts practice in Hyde Park in central London. It was predicted to be the warmest day of the year so far in Britain, local media reported.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters

Litex Lovech's Doka reacts while surrounded by smoke caused by flares thrown by fans during his team's Bulgarian Cup quarterfinal soccer match against Levski Sofia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLEG POPOV / Reuters

Pope Benedict XVI waves upon his arrival for his weekly general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Men captured by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara and detained for unknown reasons arrive at a checkpoint serving as an operating base near Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Heavy arms fire rang out Wednesday near the home of Laurent Gbagbo, the country's strongman who remained holed up in a subterranean bunker, as forces backing his rival assaulted the residence to try to force him out, diplomats and witnesses said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / AP

Libyan rebel fighters wake up under a tent attached to a destroyed tank at a makeshift camp outside the Libyan town of Ajdabiya as fighting continues against Moammar Kadafi's forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP

A Lebanese protester with a relative who is a Roumieh inmate clashes with riot policemen who guard the main entrance of the compound of the central Roumieh prison, in Roumieh east of Beirut. Lebanese security officials say police have stormed the country's largest prison to halt a daylong riot by the inmates, and that two prisoners died during the operation. The rioting started Saturday by prisoners demanding improved conditions. They later set a fire inside one of the prison buildings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bilal Hussein / AP

Pakistani women hold Japanese flags to show support for Japan during a rally in Islamabad. The protest was organized by Monbukagakusho Alumni Assn. of Pakistan (MAAP), an organization of Pakistani students who received scholarships for higher studies in Japan, to express solidarity with Japan after a massive earthquake and tsunami in March and to honor victims of the disaster, according to organizers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAISAL MAHMOOD / Reuters

An illuminated euro sign glows against the night sky in front of the European Central Bank headquarters. The ECB council will decide later this week if interest rates will be changed or not.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAI PFAFFENBACH / REUTERS

A traffic light with a radioactivity warning sign reflects the debate triggered in Germany by the nuclear crisis in Japan. Recent weeks have seen huge anti-nuclear demonstrations against the German government's plans to extend the life of its oldest reactors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty Images

A Metropolitan Police officer patrols near the sculpture of a lion in Canary Wharf in the British capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUZANNE PLUNKETT / REUTERS

An exhibit on Adolf Eichmann, pictured on screen, is readied. "Facing Justice — Adolf Eichmann on Trial" opens at the Topography of Terror Documentation Center on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMAS PETER / REUTERS

A Volkswagen Beetle covered in a grass-like material is charged at the Hanover Messe 2011 technology fair. Exhibitors from 65 countries will present their latest products during the trade show, running through the end of the week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOCHEN LUEBKE / AFP/Getty Images

William Elder of the inaugural American Airlines nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai holds the U.S. and Chinese flags from the cockpit of the passenger jet during festivities at Los Angeles International Airport. The daily nonstop flight between the cities is the first by a U.S. carrier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Sir Richard Branson holds a news conference in Newport Beach to announce plans to take a solo-piloted submarine to the deepest points in each of the world's five oceans.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP/Getty Images

A gymnast trains on the parallel bars for the European Gymnastics Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jan Woitas / European Pressphoto Agency

An official teddy bear commemorating the 2012 London Olympics awaits an owner in the shop of the Merrythought teddy bear factory in Ironbridge. The company has been hand-making the toys in Shropshire for over 80 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Hercules, rescued after an accident that left his back legs paralyzed, walks behind police during a protest outside Romania's parliament against the euthanasia of stray dogs and regulations to be voted on regarding the issue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / AP

Ryo Ishikawa of Japan passes a row of photographers as he walks to the sixth green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Ethnic Shan boys dressed in traditional costume are carried to be ordained at a temple during the Poy Sang Long festival. The event is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony for boys ages 7 to 14.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PONGMANAT TASIRI / EPA

Veteran marathon runner Noel Bresland attempts to run a marathon on a treadmill inside a capsule of the London Eye. The event, which will raise funds for charity, is part of Bresland's attempt to complete 223 marathons over the next 10 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP

Saudi border guards perform exercises during their graduation at a camp near the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HAMAD OLAYAN / AFP

As many as 20 horses died in a barn fire at Oasis Farms. When firefighters arrived, half of the 30,000-square-foot barn was on fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Glenn Hartong / The Enquirer

Quincy Northern, a U.S. Army medic, walks toward his medevac helicopter, which casts a shadow on a hospital wall at his base in Helmand province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS SINYAKOV / Reuters

Fumio Hiratsuka, 76, a mayor in Japan and an emergency volunteer firefighter, walks amid the ruins.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAI KUROKAWA / EPA

Anti-government protesters carry a wounded man to a field hospital during clashes in Sana. Tribesmen loyal to Yemen's beleaguered president clashed with a group of soldiers whose commander sided with the opposition. The fighting left three tribesmen dead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

A plastic doll rests in a rusted toy car at what was once a kindergarten in the ghost town of Pripyat. A project to build a new sarcophagus over the nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant is lacking funding. The concrete sarcophagus capping the plant has developed cracks over the last 25 years and is no longer considered fail-safe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP/Getty Images

A Soyuz-FG rocket, with the Soyuz TMA-21 spaceship carrying U.S. astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokytyaev and Andrei Borisenko, blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the International Space Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press

Competitors cross a hilly landscape during the second stage of the 26th Marathon des Sables south of Ouarzazate. The marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the world. Nine hundred participants are attempting to walk 151 miles over six days in the Moroccan Sahara.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIERRE VERDY / AFP/Getty Images

A composite of photographs released by the French Investigation and Analysis Bureau shows wreckage of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 en route from Rio to Paris that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, sinking to a depth of almost 10,000 feet and killing all 228 passengers and crew members on board. With the April 3 discovery of the wreckage, which contains several bodies, it is hoped that flight data recorders may finally be recovered to explain the mysterious loss of the aircraft.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS

Pakistani Sunni Muslims protest in Lahore against the bombing of a shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan district. The death toll rose to 50 after two suicide bombers detonated their charges at a Sufi shrine on Sunday where hundreds had gathered for a religious ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFP/Getty Images

A Libyan rebel fighter checks his weapon near the city of Port Brega.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASSIL DONEV / European Pressphoto Agency

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at a supermarket after a gun battle between soldiers and gunmen in the resort city of Acapulco. A soldier and two gunmen were killed in the clash that destroyed the supermarket, a movie complex and stores in a shopping center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernandino Hernandez / Associated Press

Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur Tower is illuminated in red and white, the Japanese national colors, as a sign of support for the country following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. It joins nine other iconic towers worldwide similarly lighted to encourage support for the people of Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD YUSNI / European Pressphoto Agency

Children play inside steel pipes to be used for the construction of a water system in the Philippine town of Caloocan, east of Manila.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP/Getty Images

Amateur Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks down the second fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

A visitor walks past photographs at an exhibition titled "Una luz dura, sin compasion" (A Tough Light, Without Pity) at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. The exhibition presents a collection of images, magazines, books and film produced during the workers' movement between 1926 and 1939.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EMILIO NARANJO / European Pressphoto Agency

A maned wolf cub ventures from its enclosure for the first time at the zoo in Chorzow, one of two born at the zoo in December. It is rare for wolves to breed in captivity, and cubs may die after a few weeks, hence keeping them from public view until now.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL / European Pressphoto Agency

Golfer Stacy Lewis, right, and her caddie Travis Wilson celebrate her victory in the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship by jumping into Poppie's Pond on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANNY MOLOSHOK / Reuters

Rebels take cover from explosions during a fight Monday with troops loyal to Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOUSSEF BOUDLAL / Reuters

The front landing gear of a United Airlines jetliner is sunk in a muddy field after the aircraft made an emergency landing Monday shortly after takeoff at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, La. The flight from New Orleans to San Francisco returned to the airport within minutes of taking off after rocking back and forth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Semansky / AP

Rabbis from England and the United States pray as they prepare to bury some 40 Jews killed during the Holocaust and found in November in a mass grave in the northeastern Romanian village of Popricani.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP

Two children walk among tombstones on the eve of Qing Ming, or Tomb Sweeping Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / CHINATOPIX

A Kashmiri Muslim boatman holds his fire pot as he disembarks from a shikara, or traditional gondola, on the Dal Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated Press

A woman cleans her house, which was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / Reuters

A picture taken through a vehicle window shows people walking under umbrellas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPA

U.S. Marines from Regimental Combat Team-8 train in the gym at Forward Operating Base Delaram in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP

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A vehicle destroyed by fire is removed by rescue workers on a motorway near the German village of Kavelstorf after 80 vehicles collided during a sandstorm, with many catching fire, killing eight people and injuring 100; near Manila, residents hose down shanties as a fire rages in Paranaque City, causing 400 families to lose their homes.

A plastic doll rests in a rusted child’s car at what was once a kindergarten in the Ukrainian ghost town of Pripyat, destroyed 25 years ago by the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl; in Kazakhstan, a Russian Soyuz rocket blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome en route to the International Space Station, carrying a Soyuz TMA-21 space vehicle with a crew of three; and in a harsh environment of a different ilk, competitors cross the Sahara desert in Morocco during the second stage of the 26th edition of the Marathon des Sables, considered one of the most challenging marathons in the world.

Colombian protesters march in Bogota against the labor, social and development politics of the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and denounce violations of human rights against union leaders; Libyan schoolchildren hold posters of Moammar Kadafi during a protest against NATO and coalition force in Tripoli; and in India, supporters of social activist Anna Hazare attend a candlelight protest against corruption in New Delhi.

We have a composite of images released by the French Investigation and Analysis Bureau showing submerged wreckage of Air France Flight 447. The Airbus A330, en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, sinking to a depth of almost 10,000 feet and killing all 228 passengers and crew members. With the discovery of the wreckage, it is hoped the flight and data recorders may finally be recovered to help explain what downed the aircraft.

On a lighter note, a new Virgin America Airbus A320, appropriately named My Other Ride Is a Spaceship, flies in tandem over San Francisco with the twin-fuselage craft WhiteKnightTwo, which was carrying SpaceShipTwo. Guests aboard the A320 included Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

In London, “Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, With a Trainer, a Stable-Lad and a Jockey,” a painting by 18th century equestrian artist George Stubbs, is on display at Christie’s auction house. The work of art is expected to fetch more than $32 million, making it one of the most expensive Old Master paintings ever sold at auction when it goes on the block in July.

Still in the British capital, unusually warm but much-welcomed weather continues and finds an entirely silver street performer quenching her thirst, and a British Airways 747 at Heathrow Airport on a sunny spring day makes for a white silhouette against a deep blue English sky few Britons thought they’d see in their lifetime — or, for that matter, that of anyone else.

These images, plus many more, are all part of the Week in Pictures, our photographic journey around the world. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do editing and producing it each week.

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