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A father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. Survivors huddle together after an attack by government troops. A dead U.S. soldier, covered by a sheet, lies on the battlefield in Vietnam. Horst Faas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who became one of the world’s [...]

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ALL WHITE
ALL WHITE: Indian milkmen poured milk on their leaders during a protest in New Delhi Wednesday. The milkmen are angry about a decision by dairy companies to reduce the price milk and demanded a minimum support price for milk procurement. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press)

ALL WET
ALL WET: Filipino protesters braced themselves as they were hit by water fired from water cannons by riot police outside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila Wednesday. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

A NIGHT’S SHELTER
A NIGHT’S SHELTER: A homeless family prepared to sleep under an overpass in New Delhi Wednesday. (Tsering Topgyal/Associated Press)

IN THE WEEDS
IN THE WEEDS: Chicago Cubs center fielder Tony Campana leapt into the ivy at Wrigley Field in Chicago Tuesday in pursuit of St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday’s two-run home run in the eighth inning. The Cubs won, 3-2. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Zuma Press)

FALLEN
FALLEN: A child wrapped in an Australian flag walked past graves at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France, Wednesday, during memorial services marking the role of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mourning the loss of almost 20,000 people gripped Japan yesterday on the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. While the nation has made enormous strides recovering from the triple disaster, yesterday was was a time for remembrance. But the country is rebuilding even as it still suffers the loss of lives and the economic effects of an estimated $210 billion price tag - the costliest natural disaster in human history. Gathered here are images from memorial services, the rebuilding efforts, and of people forging ahead with altered lives a year on from the catastrophe. -- Lane Turner (40 photos total)
Families release a paper lantern in memory of the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami, on March 11, 2012 in Natori, Japan. (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)

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Earlier this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta indicated that American forces in Afghanistan would be accelerating their withdrawal. "Hopefully by the mid-to-latter part of 2013," Panetta said, "we'll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advice, and assist role." This announcement came shortly after the Taliban declared its plans to open a political office in Qatar, allowing for direct peace negotiations. At the moment, the U.S. still has 90,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, with 22,000 scheduled to return home later this year. Gathered here are images of the people and places involved in this conflict over the past month, as part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. [42 photos]

Men of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, during an operation near the end of their third deployment in three years in Afghanistan. They were securing route 611, which runs Kajaki Sofla, an area that had long been a safe haven for insurgent sub-commanders and for arms and drug trafficking. (Cpl. James Clark/USMC)

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