Cephus "Bobby" Johnson waits outside a Los Angeles County jail early Monday for the release of Johannes Mehserle, the former San Francisco Bay area transit officer who fatally shot Johnson's nephew. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009 and served 11 months of a two-year sentence.
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A Canadian soldier from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment, walks through a field of marijuana plants during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan.
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Ron Mueck's "Big Baby" sculpture appears to look around at a visitor to the Masterpieces Exhibition at Christie's in London. The sculpture is featured in the exhibition, which showcases some of the £250 million in art for sale over the next four weeks. Artists including Michelangelo, Gainsborough, Goya, Stubbs, Monet, Picasso and Renoir are represented.
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Armed guards, seen through a shattered window, walk near damaged cars at the house of Yemeni tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar in Sanaa.
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A man clings to chains suspended from a bridge as he bathes in rapidly flowing waters of the Ganges river in Haridwar. Haridwar is considered one of the holiest cities in India by devout Hindus, and the Ganges River, which flows through it, attracts millions of pilgrims every year who come to bathe in its waters in the belief that the ritual washes away their sins.
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Indian schoolchildren wait in line for their midday meal at a primary school in the outskirts of Hyderabad on the opening day of the new academic year. The government of India's Andhra Pradesh state has introduced English as a second language for the 2011-12 academic year. India's National Knowledge Commission has admitted that no more than 1% of the country's population uses English as a second language.
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The former world's shortest living man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, holds the hand of his caretaker while he makes his way to visit Nepalese Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal in Kathmandu. Magar, measuring 26.4 inches, lost his title when Junrey Balawing was declared the "world's shortest living man" by Guinness World Records in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines. Magar was visiting the prime minister to hand over a memorandum demanding that the government provide some basic facility to him.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAVESH CHITRAKAR / ReutersLink
Ibrahim Nabay, a street money changer or "Dollar Boy," plies his trade on Siaka Stevens street in the heart of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. A ragtag group known for piercing cries of "dollars, pounds, euros!," the dollar boys form a pillar of the war-scarred West African state's economy, providing traders and companies access to currency the central bank cannot supply.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Simon Akam / ReutersLink
A corn poppy, corn flowers and barley stand on a field near Muncheberg. Spring brought a warm and sunny day to wide parts of the country.
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Two children inspect a small crab they found in the tideland at the North Sea island of Nordstrand.
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Men work near Iselle inside the Italian part of the Simplon tunnel damaged by a fire. The fire broke out on a train carrying household goods made of steel and porcelain from Italy to Germany. No one was hurt. Officials opened the undamaged parallel tube a day after the fire. The affected tunnel, a key north-south rail link between Switzerland and Italy is reported to have suffered major damage, which will take several weeks to repair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Teachers clear the silt brought in by a flood in the campus of a primary school in Tongcheng county in central China's Hubei province. The death toll from heavy rains lashing central and southern China has risen to at least 94, with 78 people missing.
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