Jossi Wells of New Zealand takes to the air in the Freeski Big Air Mens Qualification during day 8 of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
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Batting helmets form a colorful geometry in the Philadelphia Phillies dugout before their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
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First base is bathed in afternoon sunlight before the game between the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants at Minute Maid Park.
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Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez is a blur as he performs a pass to the bull during their deadly encounter at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga.
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Spectators view the big screen movie night on the banks of the Elbe. More than 100,000 visitors attended this year, according to organizers.
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Amphibious cars motor across Lake Neuchatel near Saint-Blaise during the 26th meeting of amphibious cars. This week, owners of more than 50 of these amphibious vehicles brought their World War II-era military transporters, jeeps and vintage-style cars to Switzerland for their annual European gathering. Fitted with colorful sun umbrellas and decorated with flags, what looked like a motley crew of vehicles carrying families drove off the port and glided smoothly into the water before moving across Lake Neuchatel.
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Nuns sing as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI's departure from the monastery of El Escorial on the second day of his four-day visit to Spain coinciding with the World Youth Day festivities.
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Revelers leave the grounds following the cancellation of the Pukkelpop music festival due to a violent storm.
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Chris Mahaney of the U.S. competes in the Snowboard Cross semi final during Day 7 of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
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Basketball players from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and China's Bayi team trade punches during their game at the National Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium.
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Supporters of India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader, Anna Hazare, throw rose petals to celebrate as they wait for him outside Tihar prison, where he was since Tuesday. Nearly 2,000 men, women and schoolchildren had gathered outside the jail on Friday morning to catch sight of the white-clad activist, who has channeled the tactics of freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi into his fight to force the government to adopt his proposals for an anti-corruption law.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
People arrive at Utoeya island, northwest of Oslo, site of a massacre of young people last month. Some 500 relatives of victims are expected to gather on the island to mourn. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik has admitted killing 77 people last month, including eight in a bombing in central Oslo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / ReutersLink
Palestinian protesters, demonstrating for access to land in the area of Kufr Qaddum near the northern West Bank Jewish settlement of Kdumim, run away from teargas fired by Israeli troops.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Ishtayeh / Associated PressLink
Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of a comrade at the Mt. Herzl cemetery. Gunmen who appear to have originated in Gaza and who crossed into southern Israel through the Egyptian desert ambushed civilian vehicles traveling on a remote road, killing eight people. Six were civilians, and two were members of Israeli security forces responding to the incursion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernat Armangue / Associated PressLink
Palestinians mourn over the body of 13-year-old Mahmoud Abu Samrah during his funeral in Gaza City. Reuters journalists on Friday saw eight bodies in a Gaza morgue. Medical officials said Abu Samrah was among the dead and that at least 18 people were wounded in Israeli strikes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / ReutersLink
Members of an international religious movement wait for sunrise on the top of their prayer hill on Rila Mountain, south of Sofia, as part of the celebration of their new year. The movement, whose founder is Bulgarian Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STOYAN NENOV / ReutersLink
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