A Soyuz space capsule carrying Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and NASA's Daniel Burbank touched down safely on the sweeping steppes of central Kazakhstan, ending the men's 163-day stay on the International Space Station.
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Russian space agency ground personnel help U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank shortly after the landing of the Soyuz TMA-22 capsule near Arkalyk.
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A woman and her child from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan wait outside of the Yida refugee camp registration center. After an initial attack by SPLA-N rebel forces in South Kordofan, thousands of people from the Nuba Mountains have fled to neighboring Yida to escape the fighting and retaliatory airstrikes by Khartoum's Sudan Armed Forces.
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Armed police officers on the scene where a man threatened to blow himself up in an office building. A busy shopping street in central London was evacuated after the unidentified 49-year-old man arrived in the offices of Advantage HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) "strapped up with gasoline cylinders, and threatened to blow up the office," authorities said.
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A woman in a World War II-era U.S. Army uniform kisses her dog. She was part of the the Convoy of Liberty, commemorating the moments of 1945 when the western part of the country was liberated from Nazi oppression by the Army.
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Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko carry a giant banner with a Tymoshenko portrait on it as they shout slogans such as "Freedom for Yulia!" during a rally. About 2,000 protesters demanded that Ukrainian authorities release jailed Tymoshenko and to stop political repression in Ukraine.
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An Indian boy uses a plastic chair to protect himself from the rain while running for a dry place during the Nauchandi annual fair, which started in 1672.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HARISH TYAGI / EPALink
Pakistani security officials take positions following an operation against alleged criminals in the restive Lyari area of Karachi, which reportedly has been a site of criminal activity and a gang war that has cost many lives in recent years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REHAN KHAN / EPALink
Filipino policemen use their shields to block protesters from barging into the gates of the U.S. Embassy. Members of the militant women's group GABRIELA flocked in front of the embassy to denounce the presence of American troops in the recently concluded U.S.-Philippines joint military exercises.
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Demonstrators protest Barclays Bank and its worldwide operations outside the Royal Festival Hall, where the bank's annual general meeting for shareholders is being held.
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Pop diva Lady Gaga's fans pose for souvenir photos as they wait for her concert.
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A little girl looks out a window in a gate in a slum area that is slated for demolition after the land owner issued an eviction notice.
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Schoolchildren attempt to break the record of the "Doede360" dance, a 360-degree dance meant to stimulate young people to move during National Sport Week.
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An Afghan man runs with a national flag in front of the tomb of former Afghan King Zahir Shah on the outskirts of Kabul. Reports state that a strategic partnership between Afghanistan and the United States has been finalized after months of negotiations and is now ready to be signed by the countries' presidents. The document is expected to provide a broad outline of American support to Afghanistan, both military and financial, beyond 2014, the year in which NATO and allied forces are set to leave the war-torn country.
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Anna Buechling pricks a balloon bearing a portrait of Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin during a protest of the Reporters Without Borders organization in front of the Russian Embassy. The balloons carry notes calling on Putin to loosen media restrictions in Russia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / EPALink
Karen Steele of Westminster, Md., braves a rainy day outside Fort Meade to show her support for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of providing sensitive documents and other materials to WikiLeaks. The judge in the case is expected to rule Thursday on a defense motion to dismiss all 22 charges against Manning, 24.
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A trio of lightning strikes illuminate the night sky during a thunderstorm.
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Palestinian beekeepers inspect hives at an apiary near the Bureij refugee camp. Jihad Abu Shamalah, who owns the apiary, says his 450 hives produce some 4,000 kilos of honey every year that is sold only in the Gaza Strip.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Christian Nigerian migrant workers join in the dancing as Israel celebrates the 64th anniversary of its establishment as an independent state.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACK GUEZ / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tulips bloom in Munich's Botanic Garden.
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Bayern Munich players celebrate after defeating Real Madrid in a penalty kick shootout in their UEFA Champions League semifinal soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
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Ukrainians hold candles commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster during a vigil in Kiev. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych paid tribute to the victims of the disaster and said his country was committed to building a new, safer shelter over the reactor, site of the world's worst nuclear accident.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Chuzavkov / Associated PressLink
Some people lays flowers near the entrance of the courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik is standing trial as nearly 40,000 people turned out in poor weather participate in the en masse singing of "Barn av Regnbuen" ("Children of the Rainbow"). The song which was a hit of Norwegian folk singer Lillebjoern Nilsen several decades ago, has become a signature tune for the victims of the July 22, 2011, bombing and shooting massacre that killed 77 people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heiko Junge, / Associated PressLink
Supporters of Pakistan's ruling People's Party rally in protest of the Supreme Court's conviction of Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani of contempt of court charges Thursday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anjum Naveed / Associated PressLink
Fans await the 6 a.m.opening of the Denver Broncos' team store at Mile High Stadium for the debut of the official 2012 jerseys, including that of new quarterback Peyton Manning, which for the first 24 hours are available only at the stadium store.
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A zookeeper bathes Sinyo, a 10-year-old orangutan, in Surabaya Zoo. The Indonesian government sent a temporary team to manage and improve conditions at the zoo, where, according to reports, large numbers of animals have been dying.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FULLY HANDOKO / EPALink
Residents at the foot of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano haven't been sleeping soundly since the mountain roared back into action more than a week ago, spewing rocks, steam and ashes. The volcano, Mexico's second highest peak, started rumbling and spurting high clouds of ash and steam on April 13, prompting authorities to raise the alert to level five on a seven-point scale.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Prayers are said in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, where the high court heard arguments on Arizona v. United States and government's role in controlling the lives of noncitizens living illegally in the U.S.
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A water canon is turned on demonstrators who showed up to protest police actions during demolition of squatter's homes south of Manila.
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Milk makes a statement as protest leaders take a dousing. Indian milkmen were protesting producing companies' reduction to the purchasing price of milk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / Associated PressLink
Celebration erupts during a soccer match as Lazio's Antonio Candreva stokes fans. The team was matched against Novara at the Silvio Piola stadium in Novara.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Massimo Pinca / Associated PressLink
Three typically empty rooms in the Barrington Court manor house, a National Trust property, are in the process of being occupied by the thousands of clay figures that constitute Antony Gormley's art piece "Field for the British Isles." The work is on loan from the Arts Council Collection.
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A Donald Trump puppet is held above demonstrators outside the Scottish Parliament as Trump voices concerns about a wind farm scheduled to be built near his new golf resort.
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A member of Ukraine's parliament looks at a giant placard depicting former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The ex-premier, jailed for her role in negotiating a gas deal with Russia that the new administration says was against Ukraine's interests, has been on a hunger strike to protest her treatment and demand an end to political repression.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFPLink
A fire rages uncontrolled for the fourth day in "La Primavera" forest in Guadalajara.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HECTOR GUERRERO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A portrait of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama goes for a walk after a celebration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A scene of destruction is depicted in an image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network. The damage is alleged to have occurred during a Syrian government offensive in Taftanaz in Idlib province.
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German peacekeepers arrive in Kosovo as part of NATO's 700-strong quick reaction force, sent ahead of next month's election in neighboring Serbia that has raised tensions between ethnic Albanians and Serbs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VISAR KRYEZIU / Associated PressLink
After a ceremony for fallen soldiers, a girl visits a memorial at the Mount Herzl military cemetery.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernat Armangue / Associated PressLink
Ash and smoke spew from the glowing mouth of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFPLink
A NASA image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in Earth orbit shows bright stars shining through what looks like a haze in the night sky. The telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 was focused on a young stellar grouping in one of the largest known star formation regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
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The ancient Stonehenge monument appears to float in a sea of rapeseed blooms. Rapeseed is becoming popular with British farmers because of its versatility and ease of growing.
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Thai volunteers play with tigers in a pool at the Tiger Temple, a refuge for the endangered cats near the Thai-Myanmar border. Since 1999, when villages brought a female cub whose mother had been killed by poachers to the Buddist temple known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno, the sanctuary has become a major tourist attraction and is one of the few places in the world that allows visitors to touch tigers. The carnivores have been hand-raised by monks to control their aggressive behavior.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPALink
Pakistanis displaced from a village near Multan by 2010 floods play billiards outdoors in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
A married couple waves after participating in a mass marriage ceremony on the auspicipous 'Akshaya Tritya' day in Ahmedabad on April 24, 2012. Some 105 couples participated in the mass marriage organised by Sargara Samaj Lagnotsav Samiti.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAM PANTHAKY / AFPLink
Belarusians stand near the graves of their relatives, following an Orthodox Christian tradition for Radunitsa, a day of remembrance of the dead that falls on the ninth day after Orthodox Easter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
A driver mistook the stairs leading to the Chaussee-d'Antin La Fayette Metro station for the driveway of an underground parking garage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERTRAND GUAY / AFPLink
Debris is strewn around the waiting room of a train station where a bomb exploded, killing at least two people, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFPLink
New Zealand's Ngakau Toa Theatre Company performs a traditional Maori ceremonial haka at the Globe Theatre at the start of the World Shakespeare Festival, at which 37 international companies will present 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 37 languages. Monday is Shakespeare's birthday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated PressLink
Well-dressed demonstrators, organized by the satirical gentlemen's publication the Chap, protest on St. George's Day outside the Abercrombie & Fitch store on Burlington Gardens about the company's plans to open a children's clothing store on Savile Row. The protestors claim that the chain store's presence would signal the demise of a street dedicated to the bespoke tailoring trade.
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Angelina Jolie, a United Nations High Commissoner for Refugees special envoy, speaks with an agriculture worker named Plinio at a refugee community on the banks of the San Miguel border, near Barrancabermeja, Ecuador. The community, composed of Colombian families -- refugees of the Colombian conflict -- are taking part in an agricultural project to encourage self-sufficiency and improve nutrition in the community.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON TANNER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Vietnamese border guards watch the U.S. Seventh Fleet's USS Blue Ridge enter Tien Sa port as Vietnam welcomes the port call of three U.S. Navy ships. Vietnam and the U.S. will hold five days of non-combatant naval exchage activities next week in Danang amid rising tensions in the South China Sea with China, whose authorities have just released 21 Vietnamese fishermen who were detained seven weeks ago near disputed islands in the South China Sea, drawing strong protests from Hanoi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOANG DINH NAM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Michael Stilson shovels wet, heavy snow. A spring nor'easter packing soaking rain and high winds churned up the Northeast Monday morning, unleashing a burst of winter and as much as a foot of snow at higher elevations inland, closing some schools and sparking concerns of power outages.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Todd Berkey / Johnstown Tribune-DemocratLink
The Olympic stadium in Kiev will house several matches, including the final, of the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championship, hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY DOLZHENKO / EPALink
One person was killed and at least six were injured as riot police clashed with hundreds of squatters in a suburb of the Philippine capital, police said. The fatality occurred as squatters blocked a road in the residential suburb of Paranaque, hurling stones at police, armed with shields and truncheons, who were trying to disperse them.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Anders Behring Breivik's handcuffs are removed by a policeman inside Room 250 of the central court. Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, took the stand again on the second week of his trial.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tashi Gyaltso, a Gyuto monk of Tibet, encounters a koala during a visit to Wild Life animal park. The monks are in Australia to promote Tibetan causes as well as run programs to assist the public in creating a better world. They visited Wild Life to bless the animals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WILLIAM WEST / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Protesters are engulfed in tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in a Shiite village close to Manama. Bahrain's highest appeals court has postponed for a week the verdict in the case of 21 democracy activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the Gulf kingdom's rulers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AL-WEFAQ / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
France's incumbent president and Union for a Popular Movement candidate Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with supporters as he leaves his party's campaign headquarters. Socialist challenger Francois Hollande won the first round of the French presidential vote, setting himself up for a May 6 run-off with Sarkozy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Protesters call for reforms to the judiciary. According to media reports, Yemeni judges are on strike for three months, trying to force the government to implement judiciary reforms.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YAHYA ARHAB / EPALink
Prayers are offered during a service near China's embassy. Participants asked China's government to release North Korean refugees captured in China rather than send them back to their country, where, the activists fear, they might be executed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
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