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Heavy rainfall over Europe during the the past week has swollen many rivers past their flood stage, wreaking havoc unseen in decades across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. At least 18 people across the region have been killed, and tens of thousands have been evacuated. In Germany, the crest of the Elbe River is now approaching the North Sea, as the swollen Danube River is surging toward the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Collected here are images from the past several days of those affected by these historic floods, even as meteorologists predict more rain over the coming weekend. [36 photos]

The city hall of Grimma, Germany, surrounded by floodwater, on June 3, 2013. Flooding has spread across a large area of central Europe following heavy rainfall in recent days. Eastern and southern Germany are suffering under floods that in some cases are the worst in 400 years. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region. (AP Photo/dpa, Jens Wolf)     

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Christians commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, a holiday that marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Observances around the world bring a diversity of traditions as varied as the countries celebrating. Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 15. Gathered here are images of Christians during Holy Week and Easter, including reenactments of the Crucifixion, pilgrimages, baptisms, sunrise services, and more. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)
A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua on March 30, 2012. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)

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flower-soundtrack-tn.pngDuring a recent discussion with Akira Yamaoka, the chief sound officer at Grasshopper Manufacture related news that Play For Japan: The Album Vol. 2 is intended for release in the near future.

Amid the discussion, interpreted by Rie Nakano of Grasshopper and translated by independent game composer Yoshi Miyamoto, it was revealed that the upcoming music compilation will feature a piece by Flower composer Vincent Diamante.

The Play For Japan game industry relief effort, organized following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunamis in Japan last year, features the participation of prominent game composers of various geographical regions. Proceeds raise funds for the Red Cross in Japan.

An in-depth series of interviews on Play For Japan: The Album Vol. 1 with Akira Yamaoka, Laura Shigihara and Woody Jackson can be found on the Gamasutra news site. Further interviews with Yasunori Mitsuda, Mitsuto Suzuki and Hip Tanakaβ can be found here, on IndieGames.com.


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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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Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed about 300,000 people. President Michel Martelly in a report from earlier this week said that 800,000 Haitians are living without electricity, 500,000 can’t read or write, and 8 out 10 live on less than $2 a day. Though half of the rubble has been cleared and reconstruction has begun, Haiti has a long way to go in its recovery effort. Collected here are images made available by wire services leading up to the anniversary. -- Lloyd Young Please see Earthquake in Haiti for the initial post after the quake. (25 photos total)
A Haitian man sells used shoes in Port-au-Prince amidst earthquake damage on Jan. 9, 2012. According to the UN some 50 percent of the rubble left by the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake still litters the Haitian capital. (Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered around the word to bring in 2012. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters assist a man out of his apartment along with a cage of birds as multiple cars burn in a [...]

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LYING DOWN ON THE JOB
LYING DOWN ON THE JOB: Special Police Officers lay on a road Wednesday in Guwahati, India, during a protest to demand the renewal of their job contracts. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)


TOUGH CROWD? Globe Manufacturing Company employees Shirley Smith, left, and Pat Dexter listened as former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. spoke at their plant in Pittsfield, N.H., Wednesday. The company makes equipment for firefighters. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

RAY OF HOPE
RAY OF HOPE: Willie Stacy, a homeless 19-year-old, tried to keep warm in the sun outside a Red Cross shelter in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post/Associated Press)

SCENE OF THE CRIME
SCENE OF THE CRIME: Police officers inspected the scene of an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday. Three bomb blasts rocked the city Tuesday, killing at least 13 people. (Jangir/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PUT TO THE TEST
PUT TO THE TEST: Australia’s Ricky Ponting dived on day two of the second cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground Wednesday. He scored his first century in nearly two years. (Greg Wood/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SEEING WITH HIS HANDS
SEEING WITH HIS HANDS: A man read using the Braille system at Sai Junior College for the Blind in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday. Jan. 4, 2012, marked the 203rd birth anniversary of the inventor of the system, Louis Braille. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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