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Jeremy Browne, British minister of state for the foreign and commonwealth office, poses with a giant panda at the Ya'an Bifengxia base of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. Two giant pandas from the facility will be shipped to Britain, where they'll stay for 10 years. It's the first time China has sent pandas to Britain since 1974.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Li Qiaoqiag / Xinhua

Rural Sri Lankan women watch models present clothes they've made.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press

Participants in their underwear break a world record for the most number of people -- 57 -- to fit into an oversized pair of underpants. Thursday was Guinness World Records Day, in which the organization estimated that about 20,000 people around the world would attempt to break various records.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

For those of you who haven't heard of it, the sport is called sepaktakraw. As in volleyball, players attempt to bash a ball over a net into their opponents' side of the court. The twist: They can't use their hands. Here, in a preliminary sepaktakraw match at the Southeast Asian Games, a Thai player, left, kicks the ball while a Malaysian player tries to stop him. Simple enough -- right?


People break a world record as they take part in the world's largest and longest 3-D anamorphic street painting, which is almost 200 feet long with a surface area of about 9,600 square feet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

A woman tries to salvage her belongings after a fire in a slum. More than 250 shanties burned, the local fire department said.


Members of a family wade in the waters of the Arabian Sea as the sun sets at Juhu Beach.


Gnats gather on a bridge. The high number of gnats near lakes is considered to be a consequence of water pollution.


Bolshoi ballet dancer Maria Alash leaves the stage during a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Bolshoi Theatre.


How lucky is this? A crowd of 262 people dressed as leprechauns gather at the Canal Theatre to break a Guinness world record.


Waiters participate in the Carrera de Charolas -- the race of trays. The waiters attempt to race while carrying beverages on a tray.


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In today’s Pictures in the News, you’ll see a few attempts at setting Guinness world record attempts (most people dressed as leprechauns, most people in a pair of underpants and largest and longest 3-D anamorphic street painting).

Elsewhere, Sri Lankan women watch as a model presents clothes and accessories made by them, and waiters participate in the Carrera de Charolas — the race of trays — in Guatemala. There’s more on the list, including a sport you might never have heard of.  Take a look.

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