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Race-goer David Goddard in fancy dress during Investec Ladies' Day of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse. Queen Elizabeth II kicked off a long weekend of celebrations of her 60-year reign by going to the races.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dominic Lipinski / Associated Press

This image obtained from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the Andromeda galaxy. The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore announced that Andromeda and the Milky Way galaxy are on a collision course and will crash head-on in 4 billion years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA

Kosovo Albanian children dressed as ballet dancers take part in activities marking International Children's Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMEND NIMANI / AFP / Getty Images

A Pakistani child, whose family fled their village due to fighting between security forces and militants in Pakistan's tribal area of Bajur, lies in a bed outside her home in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nathalie Bardou / Associated Press

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Ayumi Morito of Japan during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE KARABA / EPA

Repsol Honda Team's Australian Casey Stoner takes a curve at the Catalunya racetrack during a training session of the Catalunya Moto GP Grand Prix.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LLUIS GENE / AFP / Getty Images

A crew member of the Dutch submarine Dolfijn is welcomed in the harbor of Den Helder. The submarine returned after a stay of three months in Somali waters, where the submarine and its crew helped prevent a hijacking and arrested Somali pirates.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBIN UTRECHT / EPA

Bishops and priests listen to Pope Benedict XVI as he delivers a message to the faithful at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican's gardens during the celebration of a rosary event to mark the closing of the Marian month.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VINCENZO PINTO / AFP / Getty Images

Venezuelan Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami, center, examines aircraft debris during an operation to destroy a clandestine airstrip used by drug traffickers near the border with Colombia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUAN BARRETO / AFP / Getty Images

Two women walk on non-operational railway tracks. China's manufacturing activity grew at a markedly lower rate in May, official data showed, providing further confirmation that the world's No. 2 economy is slowing rapidly.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED JONES / AFP / Getty Images

Thai policemen stand guard as members of the royalist Yellow Shirts protesting a proposed reconciliation debate confront them outside the Parliament building

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOAN MANUEL BALIELLAS / AFP / Getty Images

A view of a world record attempt for the most humans forming the Olympic rings, with over 6,000 people taking part at Crosby Beach as the Olympic torch relay is passing through Liverpool.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID RICHARDS / EPA

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Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in England, where a race-goer dons a horse’s head during Investec Ladies’ Day at the Epsom Racecourse.  Queen Elizabeth II kicks off a long weekend of celebrations of her 60-year reign by going to the races.

For those of you who plan to be around in 4 billion years – watch out! The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore announced that the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies are on a collision course and will crash head-on about then. Mark your calendars.

We have contrasting images for International Children’s Day, with Kosovo Albanian children dressed as ballet dancers in Pristina and a Pakistani child lying in a bed outside her home in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Elsewhere, Pope Benedict XVI delivers a message to the faithful at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican’s gardens; a world record attempt for most humans forming the Olympic Rings with over 6,000 people taking part at Crosby Beach in Liverpool; and Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her match with Ayumi Morito of Japan in the second round of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris.

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