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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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John Vink's new iPad app, "Quest for Land," documenting the struggles of poor Cambodians facing land-grabs and illegal evictions, is unbound by the finite restrictions of a printed book, allowing thousands of images to tell a fuller story.

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One billion people worldwide live in slums, a number that will likely double by 2030. The characteristics of slum life vary greatly between geographic regions, but they are generally inhabited by the very poor or socially disadvantaged. Slum buildings can be simple shacks or permanent and well-maintained structures but lack clean water, electricity, sanitation and other basic services. In this post, I've included images from several slums including Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, the second largest slum in Africa (and the third largest in the world); New Building slum in central Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Pinheirinho slum - where residents recently resisted police efforts to forcibly evict them; and slum dwellers from Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, India. India has about 93 million slum dwellers and as much as 50% of New Delhi's population is thought to live in slums, 60% of Mumbai. -- Paula Nelson (55 photos total)
Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochuo, from the opposition Sam Rainsy party, pleads with riot policemen to stop a forced eviction of villagers at a slum village in the centre of Phnom Penh, Jan. 4, 2012. Cambodian lawmakers from the opposition Sam Rainsy party visited the village after authorities forcefully evicted villagers from the Borei Keila community in the capital. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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Sri Lankan prisoners prepare to perform a traditional dance at the main Welikada prison in Colombo November 17, 2011. The cultural event is organized by the prisons department as part of the rehabilitation program for convicts, according to officials. Occupy Los Angeles protesters march through downtown during a rally Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Occupy Wall [...]

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RUNNING OF THE BUFFALOS
RUNNING OF THE BUFFALOS: Residents in Kandal Province, Cambodia, some 25 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, held a water buffalo race Tuesday to mark the end of a traditional celebration known as the Festival for the Dead. (Heng Sinith/Associated Press)

SUBWAY CRASH
SUBWAY CRASH: Rescuers evacuated passengers after a subway collision in Shanghai. The wreck injured around 260 people and fueled fresh safety fears about a boom in railway construction, just over two months after a deadly high-speed rail crash. (Agence France Press/Getty Images)

BACK TO SCHOOL
BACK TO SCHOOL: People attend a philosophy lecture on the topic ‘Why do we age?’ at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, Germany, Tuesday. The lecture marked the semester start of a university program catered to older adults. (Jens Wolf/DPA via Zuma Press)

GREECE SQUEEZES
GREECE SQUEEZES: An employee of the Finance Ministry scuffled with riot police during a protest in Athens Tuesday. Public protests continued in Greece as the Parliament approved a deeply unpopular new property tax. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

RUGBY TUESDAY
RUGBY TUESDAY: Youth played rugby on a beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

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Most of us don't get enough sleep. "As the world is getting faster and crazier, I've noticed sleepers around the streets, just everywhere," writes photographer Romain Philippon. "Of course, I also see some poetry and dreamings in all of that, but the contrast is so interesting to me, people trying to escape to their condition…" Philippon is self-publishing a book on the topic called "Inconscience". The first eight photographs in this entry are from that book. Collected here as well are more photographs of people everywhere lucky enough to find a few winks. -- Lane Turner (32 photos total)
Delivery man, in front of a shop, Kolkata, India © Romain Philippon

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