A "welcome home" sign greets the space shuttle Endeavour as it leaves a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport en route to the California Science Center.
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Two girls with their faces painted with the colors of the Spanish flag pose during the holiday known as Dia de la Hispanidad, Spain's national day.
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Spain observes National Day festivities in a somber mood as the traditional military pageant was scaled back to cut costs. Spain is in recession and under pressure to fix its finances while celebrating the day Christopher Columbus discovered America in the name of the Spanish crown.
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A tourist does a handstand under a yellowing tree in Hyde Park. Autumn colors are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom.
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Pakistani schoolgirls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt.
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People take part in the Paddle for Peace ceremony at Kuta Beach as part of the Bali bombing 10th anniversary. Thousands of family members, friends and the public gathered to remember the victims of the 2002 Kuta nightclub bombings which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.
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A facsimile of a painting from the Lascaux caves, part of the "Lascaux III" traveling exhibition, in southwestern France. This exhibition will bring the Lascaux paintings and artifacts to museum audiences in such places as the U.S., Canada and Asia. The original cave of Lascaux was closed to the public in April 1963 and a partial reconstitution, Lascaux II, was built several hundred meters from the site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-PIERRE MULLER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community waves a gay pride flag during the opening ceremony of the 1st South Asian LGBT Games organized by the Blue Diamond Society.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
An elderly man takes his afternoon nap in a shopping mall.
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While athletes prepare to compete in the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, several hundred participants gathered in their boxers and briefs to compete in the annual "Underpants Run." The one-mile jog featured men and women wearing nothing but their running sneakers -- and some inventive undergarments -- as the event gives competitors an opportunity to shake out some nerves before race day.
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A woman stands up to her waist in floodwater next to her car as storms have left parts of Naples flooded with rains set to continue.
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Palestinian jockeys compete during a horse race in the West Bank. The competition is for pure Arabian horses organized by Turmusaya Equestrian Club. Seventy horses from various cities of the West Bank and Arabs from inside Israel participated in the competition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATEF SAFADI / EPALink
A Free Syrian Army figther adjust his headband before going into battle against troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. The headbank reads in Arabic, "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet."
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A vandal sets fire to an automated teller machine during a demonstration by university students protesting government cuts in education spending. The cuts are part of efforts by Spain's conservative government to slash the public deficit and calm market fears that it will need a financial bailout.
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The Clippers' Blake Griffin takes a rebound away from Miami's Chris Bosh during the teams' preseason game at the NBA China Games. The Heat won, 94-80. The teams play again Sunday in Shanghai.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPALink
A passenger walks past an advertisement at Vienna Schwechat International Airport.
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Zebras in their outdoor enclosure in the Duisburg zoo in northwestern Germany.
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Pakistani activists and journalists carry candles and photographs of Malala Yousafzai during a protest against the shooting of the 14-year-old girl Tuesday on a school bus in the Swat Valley. Taliban militants took responsibility for the attack, which they said was justified because Malala has been an outspoken advocate of education for girls, which the Taliban vigorously opposes. Malala is expected to recover fully.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AAMIR QURESHI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A girl washes dishes in the street, in the village of Khokana on the outskirt of Katmandu.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPALink
Landless Indian farmers prepare to start the day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," a walking, cross-country protest involving thousands of poor farmers. The farmers halted the march, which was headed for the capital, after the government agreed to formulate a new reform policy, providing land rights to them and fast-tracking settlement of their land disputes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate a Mass marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council -- or Vatican II -- in St. Peter's Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Medichini / Associated PressLink
Tourist file past carved figures in the tomb of Queen Meresankh III at the Giza Pyramids complex. When she died shortly after the reign of the Pharoah Khafre, Meresankh was buried in an extensively decorated mastaba tomb at Giza along with a rock-cut chapel. Inscriptions on the tomb provide both the time of her death and the date for her funeral, which followed some 272 days after her death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nariman El-Mofty / Associated PressLink
The blackened shell of a two-story brick rowhouse remains from an early morning fire that claimed the lives of a woman and four children in Northeast Baltimore.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Semansky / Associated PressLink
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner leaves the launch area in Roswell, N.M., after his mission -- in which he would step from a balloon-borne capsule 23 miles above the Earth and free fall and parachute to the ground -- was again aborted because of high winds.
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A Syrian rebel carries a sandbag to help fortify a position during clashes with government forces in the Saif al-Dawla district of the northern city of Aleppo. Rebels overran Maaret al-Numan, a strategic town on the highway between Damascus with Aleppo, as fighting rages after twin suicide bomb attacks on an air force compound near Damascus.
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Members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in the dock of a Moscow courtroom where the pleaded their case for release from prison. The three women were convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison in August for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral in February. Samutsevich won her release Wednesday after arguing that she wasn't even in the church when the protest occurred.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergey Ponomarev / Associated PressLink
A defendant identified as Andreas S. hides his face from photographers as his murder trial begins in Hildesheim, Germany. The 37-year old father admitted to killing his four children, ages 5, 7, 9 and 12, with a knife as they slept.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER STEFEFN / DPALink
Sunlight filters through trees along the road in the late afternoon as an Afghan man and a child ride a donkey into the town of Baharak in the province of Badakhshan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFPLink
A red deer stag bellows in the early morning light in Richmond Park in London. Autumn sees the start of the rutting season, during which the massive stags roar and bark and sometimes fight each other to attract females.
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A masked Palestinian protester hurls a tear gas canister back at Israeli soldiers during a clash outside the Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The clashes started during a demonstration calling for the release of Palestinians jailed in Israel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Associated PressLink
A woman relaxes in a hammock with a book at the 64th Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's edition of the largest book fair in the world, which continues through Sunday, features New Zealand as guest of honor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFPLink
Visitors watch as video flashes on screens at the New Zealand pavilion on the first day of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Probst / Associated PressLink
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is walked into the Centre County Courthouse before being sentenced in his child sex abuse.
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Samantha Pawlucy, left, a student at Charles Carroll High School, reacts as supporters sing the "Star Spangled Banner" to show support for the teen as she returned to class for the first time. Pawlucy was allegedly ridiculed by a teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to school.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alejandro A. Alvarez / Philadelphia Daily NewsLink
A protester at a rally against a cyber-crime law in front of the Supreme Court building. The Philippine Supreme Court suspended the controversial law, the government said, amid huge online protests over fears it would impose enormous curbs on Internet freedoms.
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Riot police spray tear gas on members of the Turkish workers' union as they protest government labor policy.
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People stand in front of a giant video screen during the opening of the New Zealand pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Around 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries will be represented, with this year's guest of honor being New Zealand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BORIS ROESSLER / EPALink
A woman with a leaf blower is reflected in the window of a bus stop in Hanover, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A giant placard of a woman giving a kiss is set up by a road near in the Italian region of Tuscany.
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Protesters burn a Nazi flag during clashes in front of the Parliament building. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a visit to Athens for the first time since the beginning of the euro debt crisis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPALink
Protestors run from tear gas during clashes in front of the parliament building. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dimitri Messinis / Associated PressLink
A child laborer carries aluminum plates at a factory. Bangladesh adopted the National Child Labor Elimination Policy 2010, providing a framework to eradicate all forms of child labor by 2015, but according to the International Labor Organization, there still are about 3.2 million child laborers in Bangladesh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A.M. Ahad / Associated PressLink
Louise Wyatt and Steve Parker from English Heritage stand inside a new art installation called 'Umbrella Sky' inside Clifford's Tower. The installation is made of from 45 colored umbrellas suspended within the historic walls and is a lighthearted look at the recent bad weather suffered by the city. It is the first time the medieval tower has had any kind of covering since an explosion blew off the roof in 1684.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anna Gowthorpe / Associated PressLink
Civil defense officers carry the flag-draped coffin of late professor Pierre Chaulet, during his funeral at the Christian cemetery of Diar Esaada. Chaulet was a former national cause activist who worked with National Liberation Front during the Algerian Liberation War (1954-1962). He died at the age of 82 in Montpellier, southern France, after a long illness.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED MESSARA / EPALink
Kenyans protest the parliament's move to pay its members a total of $24.7 million in bonuses at the end of the House's term, The move angered many Kenyans and civil society groups, saying it would put an extra burden on Kenyan taxpayers as the finance ministry has already proposed a tax hike to meet the salary increase demands from teachers and doctors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAI KUROKAWA / EPALink
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