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People walk on the OCBC Skyway linking the Supertrees in the nearly completed Gardens By The Bay just next to Singapore’s busy financial district on Monday April 30, 2012 in Singapore. This is part of the city-state’s efforts to bring and nurture greenery within the city and capture the essence of Singapore as a tropical [...]

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It's time once more for a look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today's photos include researchers dressed in panda costumes, a massage given by an African snail, a 39-pound cat named Meow, a Japanese macaque with hay fever, and orangutans having a playdate using FaceTime on an iPad. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [41 photos]

Polar bear cub Anori explores the outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, on Monday, April 23, 2012. Anori was born on January 4 and is becoming a visitor's highlight. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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Victoria Mitchell of VIC clears the water steeple during the Womens 3000 Metre Steeple Open during day two of the Australian Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium on April 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. North Korean people hold up plastic flowers during an unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung [...]

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A Honduran fire and a Mexican massacre have drawn new attention to deteriorating conditions at prisons in Latin America. Many of the prisons are stuffed over capacity, leaving inmates to string hammocks from the ceiling or bed down on the floor. Members of a gang known as the Mara 18 crowd into cells at the [...]

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MARK OF FAITH
MARK OF FAITH: A Catholic man’s forehead was marked with ash for Ash Wednesday in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LOOKING AFTER LOOTING
LOOKING AFTER LOOTING: A man peered into a closed shop after it was looted by people who were protesting against the cost of living on the island of Réunion Wednesday. (Grondin Emmanuel/Maxppp/Zuma Press)

GUN READY
GUN READY: An Afghan police officer patrolled in Kabul as people gathered for another day Wednesday to demonstrate against the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in violent clashes in several cities. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

MONOCHROMATIC
MONOCHROMATIC: Carnival revelers performed at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday. (Vanderlei Almeida/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

CENTRAL SPOT
CENTRAL SPOT: A farmer fed buffaloes at a farm in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

NEW POINT OF VIEW
NEW POINT OF VIEW: Nepalese man Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72 years old, flew to the capital, Katmandu, Wednesday. Guinness World Records representatives were going to measure Mr. Dangi, who claims to be the world’s shortest man at 22 inches tall. (Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MANY MIRRORS
MANY MIRRORS: A man looked at mirrors displayed for sale outside a car-accessories shop in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

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People around the world once again expressed their affection for one another in many ways with balloons, cards, flowers, chocolates, gifts, and kisses to name just a few. The National Retail Federation said Americans alone will spend some $17.6 billion on the day that traces its origins to Roman rituals and the legend of Saint Valentine from the Catholic Church. -- Lloyd Young (34 photos total)
A man is silhouetted as he fills heart shaped balloons with helium while waiting for customers on Valentine's Day in Islamabad. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

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Civilian volunteers carry relief goods as they cross a damaged road destroyed at the height of the powerful earthquake in Guihulngan town, Negros Oriental province, central Philippines on February 9, 2012. Survivors of a deadly quake in the Philippines begged rescuers February 8 to keep searching for dozens of people buried in landslides, but officials [...]

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Around the world, the LGBT community celebrates in environments ranging from welcoming to tolerant to violently hostile. Many cities stage gay pride parades on or around June 28, the anniversary of New York's Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 -- what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. New York enjoyed its parade this year on June 26, a celebration given added spirit with the legalization of gay marriage in New York state two days earlier. Some communities in the world still meet with resistance, with activists assaulted and arrested in Russian cities, and an Indian health minister describing homosexuality as a "disease" three days after the New Delhi pride parade on July 2. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered pride around the world.

The Big Picture offers special thanks to Charles Meacham for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)


People take part in the gay pride parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on June 26, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

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