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IN THE SHADE
IN THE SHADE: A protester used greenery to shade his face at a march Thursday against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen. Gunmen in civilian clothes fired on protesters and tanks shelled neighborhoods, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, according to a medical official. (Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency)

UNDER THE BRIDGE
UNDER THE BRIDGE: A homeless man stood under the bridge where he lives in a flooded area in central Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

GIVE IT A WHIRL
GIVE IT A WHIRL: Hindus whirled their heads to the beat of drums during the annual Jhiri Fair on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Thursday. (Channi Anand/Associated Press)

FLAG CEREMONY
FLAG CEREMONY: Scoutmaster Tom Birch ran from burning barrels during a flag-retirement ceremony organized by a Boy Scout troop in Naples, Fla., Wednesday. One barrel exploded after lighter fluid was poured in. Firefighters extinguished the flames. Mr. Birch was treated for injuries. (Greg Kahn/Naples Daily News/Associated Press)

YOUNG MONK
YOUNG MONK: A monk walked past the Boudhanath Stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday. The holy Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HOUSING STRAIN
HOUSING STRAIN: A friend held Brittany Giedraitis, left, of Vernon, Conn., as she cried Thursday outside the Federal Housing Finance Agency in Washington, where people marched to demand more help for homeowners. Ms. Giedraitis says her father would lose his home to foreclosure if it were not for financial help from relatives. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ROUTE RESTORED
ROUTE RESTORED: Passengers disembarked from the first boat since February to carry travelers from Cyprus to Tripoli, Libya, Thursday. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

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MEDITATIVE STATE
MEDITATIVE STATE: A woman floated in the Dead Sea near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem Wednesday. The Dead Sea, a salt lake below sea level, is one of 28 landmarks vying for the title of one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

CLEAN SWEEP
CLEAN SWEEP: Members of a trade union protested in a cloud of foam in front of the Brussels Stock Exchange Wednesday. (Bruno Fahy/European Pressphoto Agency)

EGG IN HIS EYE
EGG IN HIS EYE: Protesters egged members of a Syrian opposition delegation who were meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby in Cairo Wednesday. The protesters accused the delegation of secretly working with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)

LOCKED UP
LOCKED UP: People cried inside a police van as they were taken to prison outside a courthouse in Mehsana, India, Wednesday. The court sentenced 31 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing dozens of Muslims by setting a building on fire nine years ago. (Ajit Solanki/Associated Press)

TRUCK FIRE
TRUCK FIRE: A tractor-trailer exploded after it collided with another tractor-trailer on a busy highway in a south Phoenix suburb at the height of rush hour Wednesday morning, killing one driver and closing both directions of Interstate 10. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic/Associated Press)

CONCRETE SHELTER
CONCRETE SHELTER: A woman cooked under the cover of a concrete structure that eventually will be used in a construction project on the outskirts of flooded Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. (Apichart Weerawong/Associated Press)

A LASTING IMPRESSION
A LASTING IMPRESSION: A man displayed a footprint taken from the feet of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika during the musician’s cremation in Gauhati, India, Wednesday. Mr. Hazarika, who composed music for hundreds of films, died over the weekend in Mumbai. He was in his 80s. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

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ELECTION VIOLENCE
ELECTION VIOLENCE: Men in Monrovia, Liberia, carried away a man who was wounded after police stormed the headquarters of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change with tear gas and live ammunition Monday. At least one person was killed a day before a presidential runoff. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

TAKING IT EASY
TAKING IT EASY: A woman sat in her flooded house in the flooded Min Buri district of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. (Rachen Sageamsak/Xinhua/)

PROTESTING IN KIEV
PROTESTING IN KIEV: People who helped clean up after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster protested against benefit cuts in front of a government building in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday. (Genya Savilov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PROSTRATE
PROSTRATE: Muslims prayed in New Delhi Monday for Eid al-Adha, the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ which is celebrated by slaughtering livestock. (Tsering Topgyal/Associated Press)

BUSINESS AS USUAL
BUSINESS AS USUAL: A man got a haircut at an open market in the Monastiraki district of Athens Monday. Greek politicians hit new roadblocks Monday in their race to name an interim administration as Prime Minister George Papandreou prepares to officially step down. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)

AERIAL VIEW
AERIAL VIEW: A photo released Monday by the Spanish Civil Guard shows the spread of ash from an underwater volcano off the coast of the Spanish island of El Hierro, in the Canary Islands. (Spanish Civil Guard/European Pressphoto Agency)

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The Hajj pilgrimage draws millions of Muslims from around the world every year to Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, Islam's holiest place. Saudi Arabia expects to host perhaps three million people in a ritual journey that every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must make at least once in their lifetime. It is the largest annual gathering of humanity anywhere. Timed to the Muslim lunar calendar, the Hajj is followed by the celebrations of the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, which symbolizes Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. Collected here are photographs of the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as well as images of preparations for the Hajj and Eid al-Adha in many other parts of the Muslim world. -- Lane Turner (42 photos total)
A Muslim pilgrim prays as visits the Hiraa cave at the top of Noor Mountain on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on November 2, 2011. According to tradition, Islam's Prophet Mohammed received his first message to preach Islam while he was praying in the cave. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

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Aerial photos of floodwaters in Thailand that are slowly advancing through Bangkok's northern and western neighborhoods, threatening the city's subway system, two key industrial estates and the emergency headquarters set up to deal with the flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide.

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The growing population of the world, now estimated to be over 7 billion, marks a global milestone and presents obvious challenges for the planet.  There are extremely densely populated cities and sparsely populated countries.  China is the most populous country with India following closely behind. This post brings together some disparate illustrations of our world as it grows, including scenes from Mong Kok district in Hong Kong, which has the highest population density in the world, with 130,000 per one square kilometer. In Mongolia, the world's least densely populated country,  2.7 million people are spread across an area three times the size of France.  Then there's Out Skerries, a tiny outcropping of rocks off the east coast of Scotland where the population is just 65.  And doing what he can to contribute to that 7 billion global milestone is Ziona, the head of a religious sect called "Chana."  He has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren. The world is an interesting place. -- Paula Nelson  (41 photos total)
Motorists pack a junction during rush hour in Taipei in 2009. Taiwan's capital is notorious for its traffic jams, even though many motorists choose motorcycles and scooters over cars. United Nations analysts warn that population growth increases pollution, deforestation, and climate change. (Nicky Loh/Reuters)

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Kayaker Alan Brady is surprised by two breaching humpback whales while kayaking off the coast of Seabright State Beach in Santa Cruz, Calif. Photographer Paul Schraub was shooting pictures from a boat while on assignment for the Santa Cruz Conference and Visitors Council when he captured the moment. Newborn Pakistani babies, receive phototherapy treatment against [...]

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KEEPING WATCH
KEEPING WATCH: A broker looked at computer screens in the trading room of a bank in Lisbon Wednesday. Portugal paid a slightly higher interest rate to borrow $1.7 billion in a debt auction. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)

FLOTATION DEVICE
FLOTATION DEVICE: A young monk waited to give other monks a ride from a flooded temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

FISTICUFFS
FISTICUFFS: Lawmakers’ aides struggled to enter a meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul Wednesday. The ruling Grand National Party was ready to table the long-pending free-trade deal with the U.S., despite strong resistance from opposition parties. (Seo Myeong-Gon/Yonhap/Reuters)

PROTESTER DETAINED
PROTESTER DETAINED: Police officers arrested an Occupy protester in Tulsa, Okla., early Wednesday. Police used pepper spray and zip-tie handcuffs to arrest at least 10 protesters for curfew violations at a park. (Jeff Lautenberger/Associated Press)

SIGN OF DISAPPROVAL
SIGN OF DISAPPROVAL: Traders gave thumbs-down at the Philippine Stock Exchange in Manila where share prices fell Wednesday. The main index lost 73.13 points. (Dennis M. Sabangan/European Pressphoto Agency)

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ALL SAINTS DAY
ALL SAINTS DAY: A boy painted part of a tomb in an ‘apartment style’ public cemetery in Navotas city, north of Manila, in the Philippines on Monday. The majority of Filipinos are Catholic and observe All Saint’s Day on Nov. 1, with visits to the cemetery to offer prayers for the dead. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

CARRYING A COMRADE
CARRYING A COMRADE: A severely wounded U.S. Marine was carried by his comrades to a helicopter to be airlifted in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Monday. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

WET WAIT
WET WAIT: A man took a nap at a flooded bus stop in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)

SEVEN BILLION
SEVEN BILLION: A newborn baby slept in the arms of her mother at a Community Health Center in Mall, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Monday. The world’s population will reach seven billion on Oct. 31, according to projections by the United Nations. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

HOT BATH
HOT BATH: More than 14,000 people across Chongqing, China, took hot spring baths at the same time Sunday, breaking the record of 10,121 people previously set by Hubei Province. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

READY FOR RIOTS
READY FOR RIOTS: A French policeman carried a mock protester as he trained on the eve of an anti-G20 demonstration in Nice on Monday. The G20 leaders will gather in Cannes on Nov. 3-4. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

ON THE WAY TO WORK
ON THE WAY TO WORK: Commuters stood at the open doorway of a suburban train during the morning rush hour in Mumbai on Monday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

IN TEARS
IN TEARS: A victim of 1984 Sikh riots wept in front of Delhi police barricades as she participated in a protest in New Delhi on Monday. (Anindito Mukherjee/EPA)

LIGHTING UP
LIGHTING UP: A man lit a ‘bidi’ — an Indian leaf cigarette — at a logging mill on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on Monday.. (Mukesh Gupta/Reuters)

CHURCH CAMP
CHURCH CAMP: A clergyman talked on his phone as he stood amid tents outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Monday. The head of St. Paul’s Cathedral resigned over the church’s handling of Occupy London protesters camped out on its doorstep. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

RAIN, RAIN
RAIN, RAIN: Kiara Thompson sat outside her Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home after floodwaters rose to about a foot deep early Monday. The weather service said up to 12 inches of rain has fallen in Fort Lauderdale in the past three days. (J Pat Carter/Associated Press)

DOWNED TREES
DOWNED TREES: Trees damaged by Saturday’s snowstorm were roped off at the edge of Central Park in New York City on Monday. A group that manages Central Park has estimated that the park may lose up to 1,000 trees because of the weekend snowstorm. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

SUN AND COLOR
SUN AND COLOR: A pedestrian walked in the Sauvabelin forest in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday. (Laurent Gillieron/EPA)

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When artist Mac Premo found himself face with moving to a smaller studio, he had to get rid of the thousands of objects he collected over the years as an autobiographical archive. The objects have taken on a new life as “an enormous collage” created inside a 30 yard dumpster you can walk into and explore. His Dumpster Project found a new home this month at the Brooklyn Dekalb Market after premiering at the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Besides giving you the feeling you are inside a Joseph Cornell box– you can touch everything, open miniature drawers made of matchboxes, and look at a pair of dentures under a magnifying glass. It contains objects both storied and mundane, historical and elliptical. The objects are bolted securely in place, creating the effect of a kind of loony dashboard, or a control panel of personal history. Premo has mounted an impressive PR campaign about his project; you can take an electronic tour of the dumpster on your mobile device, check his blog for updates and objects he is photographing, and follow him on Twitter.

All images courtesy Mac Premo


Installation view of the Dumpster Project, back wall.


Object photographed by Premo, from the Dumpster Project blog: “I am not a proud man, as I think pride is the medium of demise. Having said that, I am proud of my license picture.”


Close-up installation view.


Premo: “The bases were loaded, nobody out in the bottom of the 7th and final inning of a rubbermatch playoff softball game. Winner goes to the finals, loser goes home. The score was tied, I was at third. In softball, this is pretty much game over. The ball was hit sharply to shortstop. I broke for home and dove headfirst, trying to make something out of nothing. I broke my wrist. The next batter popped up on the first pitch, the following batter flew out. I stayed in the game, even got a one arm single in the 8th, but our spirit was broken. Two Boots Pizzeria went onto the finals after 8 or 9 innings. I went to the hospital.”


Premo laying on the floor of the dumpster during installation: “We still have a roof to install, and then the Dumpster needs to be transported over to DUMBO, but basically, this thing is done. Which is to say it is just beginning.”


Premo: “I do not know who posed the question, not certain I recognize the writing. The answer is unmistakably Betsy’s. Hell, it could have been typed and I would have recognized it as hers.”


The Dumpster Project’s new home at the Brooklyn Dekalb Market. Premo: “And here it is, nestled between some coffee shop made out of a container and a plot of land used to grow stuff you can eat with your face, right in the middle of Brooklyn.”

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