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EXAM PREP EXAM PREP: Students in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, shout slogans including, ‘I must go to college,’ and ’Father and Mother, I love you,’ after a motivational speech given ahead of college entrance exams. (Sean Yong/Reuters)

ALL TOGETHER NOW ALL TOGETHER NOW: Musicians participate in a concert featuring 1110 artists playing the veena, a classical Indian musical instrument, in Bangalore. (Manjunath Kiran/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

UNITED IN ST. PAUL UNITED IN ST. PAUL: Union members filled the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda to show support for and listen to pro-union speakers Tuesday. (Richard Sennott/Minneapolis Star Tribune via Zuma Press)

MARCHING IN MALI MARCHING IN MALI: Several thousand people took to the streets of Mali’s capital Wednesday in support of last week’s military takeover. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

FAST AND FURIOUS FAST AND FURIOUS: The 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships is under way in Dortmund, Germany. (Marius Becker/European Pressphoto Agency)

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AWAITING ROMNEY
AWAITING ROMNEY: A worker waited for Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to tour Gregory Industries during a campaign stop in Canton, Ohio, Monday. Ohio is one of 10 states that will hold primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

BANDAGED
BANDAGED: A woman was treated at a hospital Monday in Brazzaville, Congo, after an explosion at a munitions depot killed more than 200 people and trapped hundreds in debris Sunday. Detonations still shook the capital Monday and fire threatened a second arms depot. (Marc Hofer/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

VIBRANT COLOR
VIBRANT COLOR: Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla performed during a bullfight in Olivenza, Spain, Sunday. Mr. Padilla, who lost sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after being gored, returned to the bullring months after his injury. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)

TOPPED OFF
TOPPED OFF: An officer put a cap on a paramilitary recruit’s head as they take participated in a training session at a military base in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, Monday. (Leo Lang/Reuters)

MONKEY BY THE SEA
MONKEY BY THE SEA: A girl walked with her pet monkey on a promenade along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai Monday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

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The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. As they mark the end of the Spring Festival, celebrants create colorful lanterns, set off fireworks, and hold parades. In one village, residents hurl molten metal against a wall to create an impressive display of sparks in a 300-year-old tradition. Gathered below are some vibrant images from this year's Chinese Lantern Festival. [29 photos]

A blacksmith throws molten metal against a cold wall to create sparks, as he and others celebrate the Lantern Festival which traditionally marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations, in Nuanquan, Hebei province, China, on February 6, 2012. For over 300 years, the village, which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition which they consider a cheaper alternative to buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

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The lunar new year is celebrated throughout the world, but especially in Asia when the lunisolar calendar ticks off a new cycle. This year is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese zodiac, and is viewed as very auspicious. In China, the holiday is known as 春节, the Spring Festival, and kicks off 15 days of celebration. It also triggers the largest human migration in the world, as hundreds of millions of Chinese trek to see families. Gathered here are images of the preparation for the holiday, the travel scene in mainland China, and celebrations in many parts of the world. 新年快乐! -- Lane Turner/雷恩 (38 photos total)
Chinese folk artists perform the lion dance at a temple fair to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 22, 2012 in Beijing. Also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar calendar, it is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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FACING THE DAY
FACING THE DAY: German Maximilian Mechler jumped during the qualification round of the Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck, Austria, Tuesday. (Daniel Karmann/DPA/Zuma Press)

POLICE PRECISION
POLICE PRECISION: Armed Police Force members folded quilts during a drill in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Monday. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

CARRIED AWAY
CARRIED AWAY: People helped an injured man after a bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday. Two separate bombings in the troubled northwest killed at least five people and wounded dozens, police said. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FIESTA TIME
FIESTA TIME: Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Colton Chelf (83) stretched for a touchdown in overtime at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., Monday. Oklahoma State beat the Stanford Cardinals 41-38 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. (Keith Charles/Southcreek/Zuma Press)

KEEPING WATCH
KEEPING WATCH: An electoral worker waited for voters at a polling station in El-Kalubia, on the outskirts of Cairo, Tuesday. Egyptians voted in the third round of a parliamentary election. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)

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Philip Toczylowski, of Philadelphia, sits by his son’s grave with a trumpet at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, a day after the Pentagon declared an end to the war in Iraq. Toczylowski says that he plays taps every time he visits the grave of his son, Army Major Jeffrey Philip [...]

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UPSIDE DOWN
UPSIDE DOWN: Israel’s Anastasia Gloushkov performed during a synchronized swimming solo final at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai Wednesday. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

DRINK UP
DRINK UP: A Somali refugee child drank water from a container in the Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, Wednesday. Tens of thousands of Somalis are feared dead in the world’s worst famine in a generation, the United Nations said Wednesday. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

DAD’S TURN
DAD’S TURN: Lamon Rogers cooled off in a kiddie pool as his children Autumn and Noah played in their front yard in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday. (Rex Larsen/Grand Rapids Press via Associated Press)

MULTITASKING
MULTITASKING: A man smoked a hookah pipe while riding a bicycle in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Fayyaz Hussain/Reuters)

WALKING OVER WATER
WALKING OVER WATER: People walked on a temporary trestle over a flooded path at a transit station in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Tuesday. The city has experienced more than 30 days of constant rainfall. (China Foto Press/Zuma Press)

WAITING FOR CUSTOMERS
WAITING FOR CUSTOMERS: A man checked the time on his watch as he waited for customers at his roadside stand in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

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WAITING FOR FOOD
WAITING FOR FOOD: Women lined up to receive food being distributed in a camp for internally displaced people in the southern Sudan village of Mayan Abun Thursday. Tens of thousands of southern Sudanese fled heavy fighting in the hotly contested border area of Abyei earlier this week. (Pete Muller/Associated Press)

FORMER FUGITIVE
FORMER FUGITIVE: A boy walked past graffiti showing Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of directing the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men, in Serbia Thursday. Gen. Mladic was captured Thursday after a decade and a half on the run from an indictment for genocide. (Andrej Cukic/Associated Press)

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING: Angie Elbert looked for items to salvage Thursday from her grandmother’s house in Joplin, Mo., which was destroyed when a massive tornado passed through the town Sunday, killing at least 125 people. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ARMS OUTSTRETCHED
ARMS OUTSTRETCHED: Kashmiri Muslims raised their hands as a head priest, unseen, displayed a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad, during special prayers Thursday at a shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, on the anniversary of the death of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

COVERED OVER
COVERED OVER: Volcanic ash from the eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano near Vik, Iceland, covered thick moss Thursday. Earlier in the week, ash clouds forced airport closures and hundreds of flight cancellations in Britain, Germany and elsewhere in northwestern Europe. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

PLANE CRASH
PLANE CRASH: The wreckage of a small chartered plane lay on the roof of a building in Faridabad, India, Thursday. The plane was being used to ferry a patient to a New Delhi hospital when it crashed Wednesday in a residential neighborhood, killing 10 people, government officials said. (Zuma Press)

OUCH
OUCH: The Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, top, collided with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (in white) on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco Wednesday. Cousins was safe for the go-ahead run, and Florida won 7-6. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

TAKING A REST
TAKING A REST: A man slept in Puerta del Sol square in Madrid Thursday during a demonstration against Spain’s economic crisis and high jobless rate. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images)


UP IN THE STANDS! Cricket fans dressed in superhero outfits drank as rain delayed the start of play on the first day of the first Test cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday. (Ian Kingston/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICKENS COME FIRST
CHICKENS COME FIRST: A man unloaded live chickens from a truck at a wholesale poultry market in Mumbai Thursday. Food inflation in India accelerated in the week ended May 14, diminishing hopes of any near-term relief for consumers from red-hot prices and raising pressure on the central bank. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

WHERE THERE WAS WATER
WHERE THERE WAS WATER: A man walked Thursday on a river shoal that appeared after the water level of the Yangtze River dropped, near Wuhan, China. China’s worst drought in a half-century is deepening, with millions in the Yangtze River region without enough drinking water. (Reuters)

G-8 SUMMIT
G-8 SUMMIT: French police forces stood guard on the beach in Deauville, France, Thursday during the Group of Eight summit. G-8 leaders expressed confidence in the rebounding global economy and said they were working on an ambitious aid program for “Arab Spring” countries. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

BORDER CROSSING
BORDER CROSSING: A Palestinian woman waited to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday. Egypt’s caretaker government said it will permanently open its border with the Gaza Strip on Saturday. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

REUSE AND RECYCLE
REUSE AND RECYCLE: A boy collected recyclable material from mounds of uncollected trash that have been a major cause of flooding during the rainy season at a riverside community in Quezon City, Philippines, Thursday. (Rolex Dela Pena/European Pressphoto Agency)

FISH FILES
FISH FILES: A worker arranged fish for sale at the Baho market in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday. (Khin Maung Win/Associated Press)

APPLE BASKETS
APPLE BASKETS: A vendor loaded baskets of apples onto a truck at a wholesale market in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Thursday. (Sean Yong/Reuters)

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Pakistani rescue workers search for survivors in wreckage of a crashed passenger plane at The Margalla Hills on the outskirts of Islamabad on July 28, 2010. A Pakistani airliner carrying 152 people crashed in a ball of flames into densely wooded hills outside Islamabad amid heavy rain and poor visibility, killing everyone on board. Rescue [...]

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