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ON STRIKE ON STRIKE: An ill boy lay on a bench at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, where a health-care workers’ strike has brought operations almost to a halt. Public hospitals face a potentially devastating worker shortage after the government said Thursday it had fired 25,000 strikers. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

LOOKING BACK LOOKING BACK: A man looked for his photographs at a collection center Friday in Sendai, Japan, for items found after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. A year later, more than 250,000 photographs and personal belongings on display for owners to recover. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

COTTON TRADE COTTON TRADE: A trader checked containers of cotton in Kadi, India, Friday. India partially lifted a ban on cotton exports just days after imposing it, after opposition from the agriculture minister and officials in cotton-growing states, who argued the ban would hurt farmers. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

PURIM NAP PURIM NAP: An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man slept on a bench in a synagogue in Jerusalem during celebrations for Purim, a holiday marking the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as told in the Book of Esther. Many religious Jews drink openly during the holiday. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

ALLERGIC REACTIONS ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Vaishnavi Borde, age 9, received treatment at a hospital in Mumbai after having an allergic reaction to the colored powder traditionally thrown during the Holi festival. A teenage boy died and hundreds have been hospitalized in Mumbai; contaminated paint is suspected. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

CARGO PLANE CRASH CARGO PLANE CRASH: A man stood next to the wreckage of a cargo aircraft that crashed in the village of Plan de Cedro, Honduras, Thursday. The pilot and co-pilot, the only people on board, were killed in the crash, according to the local media. (Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

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WHISKED AWAY
WHISKED AWAY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was escorted to safety amid a protest during a ceremony in Canberra to mark Australia Day Thursday. About 200 supporters of indigenous rights surrounded a restaurant and banged on its windows while Ms. Gillard was inside. (Lukas Coch/Associated Press)

ONE FACE
ONE FACE: Lawmakers from the leftist Palikot’s Movement covered their faces with masks to protest the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement during a legislative session in Warsaw Thursday. Poland signed an international copyright agreement Thursday, sparking demonstrations. (Alik Keplicz/Associated Press)

COLD IN KIEV
COLD IN KIEV: A woman looked through an ice-covered window on a bus in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. (Sergei Chuzavkov/Associated Press)

SEPARATE PRAYERS
SEPARATE PRAYERS: Jewish women prayed behind a curtain that separated them from men at the tomb of Rabbi Baba Sali during an annual pilgrimage to his grave in Netivot, Israel, Thursday. (Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BUCKET HEADS
BUCKET HEADS: Bedouin Palestinian children played with buckets on their heads near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, West Bank, Thursday. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

SAVING A SHACK
SAVING A SHACK: Paul Cook, left, and Al Anderson, tried to rescue a shack on Lake Mendota in Westport, Wis., Wednesday. The shack, used by a men’s recreational ice hockey group, began sinking during a recent thaw and then froze in place. (M.P. King/Wisconsin State Journal/Associated Press)

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SHOT OUT
SHOT OUT: An Afghan police officer examined a shattered wall Wednesday during a visit to a Kabul building occupied by Taliban militants earlier in the week. After a full day of fighting, security forces killed the last of the insurgents Wednesday morning. (Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press)

SEEKING SHELTER
SEEKING SHELTER: A family by floods took cover under a tarp Wednesday during a downpour at a camp for flood victims in the Badin district in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Floods have killed more than 200 people and left 200,000 homeless in Pakistan this year. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

GETTING READY
GETTING READY: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Mutzafi examined a collection of ram’s horns in his house in Jerusalem Wednesday. The ram’s horn, known as a shofar, is blown during the prayers for Rosh Hashanah, which Jews will to celebrate this year on Sept. 29. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

SAFE
SAFE: An injured man sat on his bed at the Kenyatta National Hospital Wednesday in Nairobi. More than 100 people were hospitalized in Monday’s explosion of a leaky fuel pipeline; at least 75 people died. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

NICE WORK
NICE WORK: Jim Hamilton of Scotland won a line-out in a Rugby World Cup match Wednesday against Georgia in Invercargill, New Zealand; Scotland won, 15-6. (Paul Harding/Zuma Press)

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