The Northern lights, or Aurora borelias, are seen over the city of Tromso in northern Norway.
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South African athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court for sentencing in his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and sentenced to five years in prison.
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Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken to the holding cells after being sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
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People listen to long-awaited talks between student leaders and senior government officials being broadcast live at a protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong's embattled leader said he was open to creating a more democratic election committee before elections in 2017, extending a potential olive branch to democracy protesters.
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A sign that reads "If we lose this battle we lose our dignity FIGHT ON" is seen at a pro-democracy protester's camp site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.
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More than 300 protesters gather in opposition of "The Death of Klinghoffer" opening in New York at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera is based on the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship and the killing of one of its passengers, Leon Klinghoffer. Protesters say the opera glorifies terrorism.
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Waves break over the sea wall at Blackpool seafront in stormy conditions brought about by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo in northwest England.
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for a visit in Cannes. Sarkozy announced last month that he would run for the leadership of the main opposition party, the conservative UMP, a move seen as clear positioning for another presidential bid in 2017.
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Kurdish people mourn in a cemetery during the funeral of three Kurdish fighters who died in clashes with the Islamic State in Suruc, Turkey. Turkey said that Kurdish peshmerga fighters based in Iraq have yet to cross into Syria from Turkish territory, a day after announcing it was assisting their transit to join the fight for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani.
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A Ukrainian serviceman shoots an automatic grenade launcher near the village of Peski, next to Donetsk. Ukraine's armed forces rejected allegations that they indiscriminately used banned "cluster bombs" in the six-month war against pro-Russia insurgents in the separatist east.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHERNYSHEV ALEKSEY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A Pakistani health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign in Lahore. The number of polio cases in Pakistan has soared to the highest level in 14 years after attacks on immunization teams, authorities said.
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Guido Thaler of Austria, center, leads Milton Ramos of Spain during the fourth stage of the 20th Crocodile Trophy 2014, near Atherton, Australia. The race is the world's oldest and said to be the toughest World Cycling Union international mountain bike stage race with more than 100 professional and amateur riders competing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REGINA STANGER / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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