Posters of Pope Benedict XVI bearing the message "You will always be with us, thank you" are plastered on a Vatican City wall as the pontiff held his last weekly public audience before he steps down Thursday. Benedict has led the Roman Catholic Church for eight years and is the first pope to retire since 1415.
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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful, tens of thousands of whom jammed St. Peter's Square, at the end of his final general audience..
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Prince Harry dances with deaf children during a visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity, Sentebale, which he cofounded with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso. Setebale provides aid to children who are victims of poverty and Lesotho's HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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A man salvages belongings from his home after three days of torrential rains brought widespread flooding, engulfing many villages and towns and damaging crops.
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A sedated lion taken from the estate of a notorious Romanian gangster is put on display for the media. Law enforcement officials and animal welfare specialists removed four lions and two bears that Ion Balint, known to Romanians as Nutzu the Pawnbroker, illegally kept on his estate and reportedly used to threaten uncooperative associates.
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Residents sift through the rubble after a fire struck a slum in the Kallayanpur neighborhood of Dhaka. The cause of the fire was not known and no casualties were reported.
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A man sells dried fish from the side of the road near the village of Lapichi.
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Survivors and relatives of victims of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck south-central Chile three years ago gather for an outdoor memorial ceremony. Constitucion was especially hard hit, with the tsunami destroying some 80% of the heart of the town.
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Rohingyas look out a window at the immigration office in Indonesia. Around 120 Rohingyas, including six woman and two children, were rescued by local fisherman after getting stranded at sea while heading for Australia. The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority from Rakhine State in the west of predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.
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Fog shrouds work crews repairing downed power lines after a storm that hit the nation's midsection dropped at least seven inches of snow on parts of Michigan and created dangerous driving conditions.
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A man stands on his head before stepping into the Mediterranean Sea for a swim.
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