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They keep things out or enclose them within. They're symbols of power, and a means of control. They're canvases for art, backdrops for street theater, and placards for political messages. They're just waiting for when nobody's looking to receive graffiti. Walls of all kinds demarcate our lives. -- Lane Turner (41 photos total).
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Workers clean the curtain wall of the 40-story National Bank of Economic Social Development in Rio de Janeiro on December 12, 2012. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)     

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Syrians by the thousands are fleeing the violence in their home country and seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Turkey this week is said to be considering a buffer zone in Syria to secure its own national security as well as aid fleeing civilians. Turkey is already sheltering some 17,000 of those who have fled. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the yearlong conflict in Syria. A cease-fire agreement accepted by Syria Tuesday that was drawn up by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan was met with skepticism, and fighting continued between rebels and President Bashar Assad’s soldiers. -- Lloyd Young (32 photos total)
Syrian refugees are seen through a barbed wire as they arrive at border between Syria and Turkey, near Reyhanli, Hatay province, on March 27. Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on dissent, which monitors say has seen more than 9,100 people killed since March 2011, triggered an influx of refugees on the Turkish border as officials say the current number exceeds 17,000. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

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FROLICKING: Children played as seawater hit walls on a beach in East Timor Thursday. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

SAVING AMMO: A soldier grabbed ammunition after a fire, sparked by the use of cannon fire, erupted during a training exercise in central Portugal Thursday. (Paulo Cunha/European Pressphoto Agency)

DRAMA IN THE SKIES: A sky diver’s parachute got tangled after he left a formation in Moscow Thursday. The experienced sky diver was able to cut away his twisted canopy and deploy his reserve parachute, landing safely. A fellow sky diver captured the incident. (National News/Zuma Press)

FLEEING HOME: A Syrian refugee celebrated as he got closer to friends waiting at the border in Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday. Officials said more than 1,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to at least 14,700. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)

RICE RESERVES: Workers stacked rice at a warehouse owned by Indonesia’s state procurement agency in Makassar, Indonesia, Thursday. (Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters)

FACING A WALL: Alleged terrorists stood beside explosive devices after they were captured by Afghan National Security Forces members in Herat province, Afghanistan, Thursday. (Sardar/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

PARK SLUMBER: A man slept with a newspaper on his face in the grass in a London park Thursday. (Carl Court/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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