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In Friday’s Pictures in the News, Filipinos brave strong winds blowing rubbish in Manila, Indian soldiers train on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso wears a wig in a slalom race, and Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops as a tear gas canister flies overhead during a weekly protest against the Jewish settlement of Qadomem, near Nablus, the West Bank. There’s more.

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Exile Without End

There are nearly 4.7 million refugees that have been displaced from Palestine after the creation of Israel more than 60 years ago. Many fled to neighboring countries in hopes of returning after the violence in Palestine had ended.  CBC News correspondent Nahlah Ayed and Radio Canada’s Ahmed Kouaou and Danny Braün spend two weeks in Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.  Shatilla is one of the poorest and most densely populated refugee camps in the Middle East.  Interactive graphics map out the historical events that affected millions of people.  Still photographs and videos paint a picture of everyday life for the inhabitants of Shatila.  It is a life where displacement has torn the identities away from these people, where their opportunities are stifled.  Children play in the streets with makeshift guns, many resigned to living in encampments.

Hotel Poverty

San Francisco has the third-highest median income in the United States.  Hidden in the shadows of San Francisco’s Financial District are 30,000 people living in single-room occupancy hotels.  Shane Bauer’s project Hotel Poverty reveals masses of people dealing with their daily struggles of turning their lives around, feeding themselves and surviving in the midst of rampant drug use, cutthroat hustlers and substandard living conditions where private showers or toilets are rare.  Various circumstances have  have brought them here, but they share a life in the shadows of society.

Under One Roof

Meet the Lee family; they are three generations of Chinese Americans who share living in their family’s Chinatown building in New York.   According to the Census Bureau, 10% of households in New York City span three or more generations.  The New York Times explores the multi-generational dynamics through innovative use of video that “simulcasts” the three generations at the same time.

Made by Hand
“Distillery” is the first film in the Made by Hand project, a series that celebrates the artisan handmade movement.  The premise is that  the things we use, consume, collect and share are part of who we are as individuals.  Each film in the  series aims to tell the stories behind locally made, sustainable crafts and the spirit of artisans.

Brad Estabrooke is a modern-day entrepreneur who was disgruntled after being laid off from his “lousy job.”  Inspired by local artists in his neighboring borough of Brooklyn, Estabrooke works to realize his dream of learning the craft of distilling to open the first gin distillery in Brooklyn since Prohibition.

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At least 40 people have been killed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet on Sunday. Rescue efforts were hampered by rain, landslides and severed communications. Near the epicenter, in India’s northeastern Sikkim state, officials expect the death toll to rise after emergency workers reach isolated communities.

Read the full story.

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On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we look back at the tragedy, the horror and the heroism that gripped our country a decade ago.

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In today’s Pictures in the News, Israeli soldiers secure the areas near the sites of several attacks in southern Israel; internally displaced children are at a settlement camp in Mogadishu, Somalia; the aerobatic team “Falcons of Russia” performs outside Moscow; and competitors are nearly a blur as they paddle in the 39th Flatwater Kayaking and Canoeing World Championships in Hungary. These are just a sampling.

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Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president, lies on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron as he appears in a Cairo courtroom. The scene, shown live on state television, is the country’s first look at their ousted ex-president since February when he gave a defiant speech refusing to resign, the day before he resigned.

With the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks a little more than a month away, One World Trade Center towers over the lower Manhattan skyline. The skyscraper, under construction, has reached 76 floors with 28 to go.

In Brazil, demonstrators in São Paulo march to demand a reduction of hours in the workweek; the first print of a Macrobian World Map from Ambrosius Macrobius’s 1483 incunabulum “In Somnium Scipionis Expositio. Saturnalia” depicting the Great South Land now known as Australia is part of a collection of rare books and maps detailing the search for Australia being offered for sale; while in Texas, the dry bed of O.C. Fisher Lake bakes and cracks in the hot sun. Long periods of 100-degree-plus temperatures combined with a dearth of rain in the drought-stricken region over the past few years have almost entirely dried up a reservoir that once spanned over 5,400 acres.

In Switzerland, the 64th Locarno Film Festival opens on a clear summer evening at the city’s Piazza Grande; the WTA tennis tournament is underway in Carlsbad, Calif.; and in Brazil, an inmate of the Women’s Prison of Brasilia lets her nail polish dry in preparation for the third annual Miss Penitentiary beauty pageant. A modeling agency selected 12 finalists out of the nearly 100 incarcerated hopefuls who entered the contest.

Being an insider was a definite plus.

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New mothers at risk
Panos photographer Mads Nissen looks at Nepal’s successful efforts to reduce maternal mortality in his multimedia piece “Giving Life, Risking Life.”

Increased education and distribution of safe-birthing kits are among the reasons for a dramatic decline in the deaths of women in childbirth in Nepal.

California girls
The Aquadettes are a group of synchronized swimmers from Leisure World, in Seal Beach, who regularly practice routines and new water stunts to maintain their health and strength.

A former nurse, Margo Bauer found herself fighting off waves of nausea brought on by multiple sclerosis.  Rather than resign herself to the symptoms of MS, she vowed to take control of her life.

Set to an amazing burlesque soundtrack, California is the Place’s newest film, “The Aquadettes,” shows how “California girls” hold on to their vibrancy. It is a beautiful portrait about maintaining quality of life.

On the edge
Photographed by Catherine Spangler, a master’s student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Enough to Survive” tells the story of Sabina Morales Gomez.  Sabina is one of about a thousand pepenadores, or recyclers, who live and work in Bordo de Xochiaca, one of Mexico’s largest trash dumps.   Sabina does what she feels she must to feed her children.  Photographer Spangler braves the harsh conditions of the trash dump to gain intimate access to the lives of trash pickers struggling to eke out an existence.

Crisis in China

The Press Photographer’s Year has announced the winners of its annual competition for press photographers based in Britain or working for British publications.  Photographer and videographer Sean Gallagher was awarded first place in multimedia for his project “Dongting – A Lake in Flux.”  On assignment for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Gallagher looked at changes in China’s Dongting Lake.  China’s 65-million-hectare wetlands  represent 10% of the world’s wetlands. The country’s rapid growth is causing large swaths of these biodiverse wetlands to recede; from 1990 to 2000, 30% of the wetlands disappeared.

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The United States swept into the finals of the sixth Women’s World Cup with a convincing 3-1 victory  over France on Wednesday in Moenchengladbach, Germany.

The Americans will play either Sweden or Japan in Sunday’s final in Frankfurt.

Goals by Lauren Cheney, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan were more than enough to overcome a talented French team that did more of the attacking but could not turn those offensive forays into goals.

Read Grahame Jones’ story

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Former First Lady Betty Ford is honored and remembered at her funeral and tribute at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert; the head of France’s Debout La Republique party stages a one-man protest during a debate at the French Assembly in Paris; in southwestern France, animated young fans atop a crane sporting the national flag wait for competitors in the Tour de France cycling race to pass by.

From Phoenix, we have three images of a baseball fan almost falling from the stands while trying to catch a ball during a home run derby (read more); at the British Open, John Daly doesn’t disappoint with his choice of golfing pants; we see a colorful mural in Havana; passengers on a brightly painted bus in Islamabad, Pakistan, pass the scene of an explosion.

These are a just few of the highlights; we have many more images for you from around the world today.

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Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Friday morning, shooting straight into a brightening sky on a 12-day mission that marks the end of the nation’s  shuttle program. There had been fears that  that rain might delay the launch,  but that didn’t stop crowds from streaming to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Local tourism officials predicted as many as 1 million visitors.

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Photos of the Space shuttle program 1972-2011

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