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Last month Red Bull hosted the steepest race in Europe, which is essentially a 400m climb at high altitude and with no safety harness. Taking place at the famous 400 Planica ski jump in Slovenia, the race had 300 participants, each battling for first place up the close-to-vertical hill. While its hard to convey just how difficult this race is in a video, the fact that the athletes are collapsing after the finishing line says it all. Check out the video above.


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In today’s pictures, a firefighter careens through rapids in Kentucky, a dancer stretches before an audition in Madrid, riot police secure an embassy in Yemen, and more.

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Around the globe people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, toasts, cheers, and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome the new year. Here's a look at how some of them marked the transition. -- Lloyd Young ( 39 photos total)
A woman celebrates the new year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1. More than two million people gathered along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

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Events celebrating and protesting LGBT rights took place in many parts of the world in the last several months. Pride parades were met with violence or intimidation in Russia, Georgia, and Albania while other places saw wild street parties. Three million people celebrated on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, often considered the biggest Pride event in the world. Activists in Uganda and Chile sought to change laws, while in the United States Barack Obama became the first American president to endorse same-sex marriage. Gathered here are pictures from events related to gay rights issues, LGBT Pride celebrations, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. -- Lane Turner (39 photos total)
Mark Wilson carries a rainbow flag during San Francisco's 42nd annual gay pride parade on June 24, 2012. Organizers said more than 200 floats, vehicles and groups of marchers took part in the parade. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

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500 Startups today released a “Hunger Games” parody movie trailer shot with the 27 start-ups that make up its summer accelerator program.

“May the VCs be ever in your favor” is the motto for the goofy video, which includes Nerf and water-gun fights as well as mock killings. It’s almost too true to life, given the carnival nature of starting a Silicon Valley company these days.

Here’s the “Funding Games”:

500 Startups attracts an international crowd as compared to the many other incubators and accelerators. More than half of the summer batch comes from outside Silicon Valley, with representation from Slovenia, Mexico, Brazil and Italy.

The start-ups include a bunch of companies working on projects around kids and families, as well as a “Flipboard for fashion” and a “Netflix for ties.”

500 Startups previously made a “Thriller” dance video for its fall batch.

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