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Pakistani Nargis Shah, 13, enjoys playing on a swing along with other children on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.

A mother mourns the death of her son at the Banadir hospital on August 16, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The hospital has been overwhelmed by new patients, as sickness spreads through camps for people displaced by drought and famine. The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the crisis.

Two naval officers react outside for services for U.S.Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Joseph Strange at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. Strange was assigned to the Navy SEAL team whose Chinook helicopter was shot down Aug. 6 by a rocket-propelled grenade in what has become the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

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Pakistani Nargis Shah, 13, enjoys playing on a swing along with other children on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Nathalie Bardou) #

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Indian students of Sri Vishnu Mahadeo Ved Pathshala wrap themselves with saffron cloth after bathing on the banks of the River Ganges on the occasion of Shravan Purnima in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Shravan Purnima, a full moon day, is an auspicious day in Hinduism and several festivals fall on this day. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) #

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A Nepalese devotee walks surrounded by trees on his way to a temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Janai Purnima festival, or Sacred Thread festival, in Kavre district, some 46 kilometers (28 miles) east of capital Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. On Janai Purnima Hindus take holy baths and perform their annual change of the Janai, a sacred cotton string worn around their chest or tied on the wrist, in the belief that it will protect and purify them. (AP Photo/Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi) #

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A mother mourns the death of her son at the Banadir hospital on August 16, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The hospital has been overwhelmed by new patients, as sickness spreads through camps for people displaced by drought and famine. The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the crisis. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) #

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Supporters of Indian rights activist Anna Hazare try to block a police van after he was detained prior to beginning a hunger strike in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. The prominent activist who had announced an indefinite hunger strike to demand tougher anti-corruption laws was detained early Tuesday morning, police said. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) #

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In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 photo, children watch, from behind a fence, the Deopokhari festival in Khokana, Katmandu, Nepal. The festival is held to appease, what locals believe is, a demon in the pond. Every year on this day cattle is sacrificed to the pond demon so that no human lives are lost drowning in the pond, what locals allege was a common occurrence before the festival began. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) #

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A child reaches out to touch a huge straw sandal dedicated to a Buddhist temple in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa) #

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A famine refugee plays next to a camp for Somalis displaced by drought and famine on August 18, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people have fled their villages to Mogadishu in the last two months due to the crisis. Some 1.5 million Somalis are estimated displaced nationwide due to drought, famine and war. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) #

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Two naval officers react outside for services for U.S.Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Joseph Strange, a cryptology technician, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. Strange was assigned to the Navy SEAL team whose Chinook helicopter was shot down Aug. 6 by a rocket-propelled grenade in what has become the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

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Fans waiting to see Sugarland run away after high winds blew the stage over at the Indiana State Fair Grandstands, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Indianapolis. About a dozen people are reported to have injuries after the stage collapsed. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger) #

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A photographer takes pictures of a newlyweds couple posing against the scenic spot at Shidu, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Shidu, which means "10 ferry crossings" in Chinese, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #

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A demonstrator holds up a spoon in front of the face of a police officer during a demonstration in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Students have been striking for more than two months now and marching by the tens of thousands calling for free and equal quality education. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia) #

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The sun sets as amusement rides and fun continue on opening day of the Illinois State Fair, Friday Aug. 12, 2011 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois State Fair will run Aug. 12-21. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) #

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Egyptian children play as their family awaits Iftar, the meal to break their fast at sunset, during the holy month of Ramadan inside the Al-Azhar mosque, near the Khan el-Khalili market, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast from sunrise to sunset. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) #

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An Afghan woman, Bibi Hur, cries over her injured daughter at a hospital in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Bibi Hur has lost three of her children and two more injured by a road side bomb, Hur said. The roadside bomb killed at least 20 passengers traveling on a minibus Thursday in western Afghanistan, another example of civilians being caught in the crossfire of the fighting between Taliban insurgents and the U.S.-led coalition. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi) #

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A priest takes confession from a pilgrim inside a temporary confesional in the Retiro park ahead to the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #

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In this Aug. 15, 2011 photo, Andrea Mari and his horse Fedora Saura of the Giraffa (Giraffe) neighborhood in Siena, Italy, warm up in Piazza del Campo during a training session in view of the Palio, the famous break-neck bareback horse race around Siena's main square. The annual Palio pits Siena neighborhoods against one another and it's a major tourist draw for this Tuscan city. Each neighborhood puts up a horse and rider to race three times around the slippery, dirt covered cobblestone track. (AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni) #

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An Afgan boy has his eyes checked by Medic Stephan Flynn on the Medivac helicopter of 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder during a flight to a hospital in Kandahar on August 16, 2011. The boy was wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED). Violence against civilians is at a record high in the war, with more than 1,400 Afghan civilians killed in the conflict this year, up 15 percent on the first half of 2010, according to a recently released United Nations report. AFP PHOTO/Johannes EISELE #

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Mulmillo (L) closes the eyes of her two-year-old son Mahmud moments after he died from malnutrition and related complications at a local hospital in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on August 15, 2011. Mulmillo, her husband and three children fled their village in the Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia and came to Mogadishu in search for a refuge from a severe drought in the region. More than 100,000 people have fled to Mogadishu from other drought-struck Somalia regions in search of food and water, but insecurity in one of the world's most dangerous cities is hampering aid flows. Some 12 million people in parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia are in danger of starvation in the wake of the region's worst drought in decades. AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT #

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Transsexual Wendy Iriepa rides in a classic car to her wedding in Havana, Cuba, Saturday Aug. 13, 2011. Iriepa, whose sex change operation was paid for by the state, tied the knot with Ignacio Estrada in a first-of-its-kind wedding for Cuba. Gay marriage is not legal in Cuba and Saturday's wedding does nothing to change that since Iriepa is legally considered a woman. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) #

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In the month of July, 54 coalition soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, including 32 Americans. This was as the United States began drawing down its forces, with some 10,000 U.S. troops due to pull out by the end of the year. Currently, the U.S. has some 150,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan. This month also saw an escalation in recent assassinations claimed by the Taliban, as both the mayor of Kandahar and President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, were killed. The assassinations and continued suicide attacks are heightening uncertainty in the face of troop withdrawals, despite assurances from both coalition and Afghan officials. Gathered here are images from the ongoing conflict over the past 31 days, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. [41 photos]

Members of the Third Platoon, Bravo Battery of the Automatic Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, light up the Zabul province night firing their M777A2 howitzer at suspected enemy movements from Forward Operating Base Pasab, Zharay District, Zabul province, Afghanistan, on July 20, 2011. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Christopher McCann)

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The month of May in Afghanistan opened with news of US Navy SEALs killing Osama bin Laden. Suicide bombings claimed lives throughout the country, one injuring the top German commander. Another outside the Italian military base in Herat west of Kabul killed at least five. As the month closed, President Hamid Karzai issued vague warnings against Western airstrikes that cause civilian casualties. Gathered here in our monthly collection from Afghanistan are images of the US military mission and daily life in the country of just under 30 million people. -- Lloyd Young (45 photos total)
n Afghan youth looks on as a US Marine from 3rd Battalion 9th Marines Kodiak Company stands guard during a patrol in Kote Tazagul area in Marjah district in Helmand Province on May 24, 2011. US lawmakers saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

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Captain Jerry Linenger is a retired United States Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut. A naval academy graduate, he holds doctorates in both medicine and research methodology, as well as dual masters degrees in policy and systems management. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees in science. During what has been reported to be one of the most dangerous and dramatic missions in space history, Linenger spent nearly five months aboard the Russian space station Mir. He faced numerous life-threatening events, including repeated failure of critical life-support systems, a near-collision between the space station and an incoming re-supply spacecraft and computer failures that sent the space station tumbling uncontrollably through space. As if these problems were not enough, he narrowly survived a raging out-of-control fire that was later described as the most severe fire ever aboard an orbiting spacecraft. In spite of these challenges, Linenger and his two Russian crewmates accomplished all mission goals: shuttle docking, space walking, a Soyuz flyaround and all 120 of the science experiments. In completing the mission, he logged 50 million miles, the equivalent distance of over 110 roundtrips to the moon, traveling at a speed of nearly 18000 miles per hour. He was the first American ever to undock from a space station in a Russian Soyuz capsule and the first American to do a space walk in a Russian spacesuit. At mission completion, Linenger held the <b>...</b>
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Colombian soldiers guard a homemade submersible in a rural area of Timbiqui, Colombia, on Feb. 14, 2011. A submersible has the capacity to transport eight tons of cocaine, and it can sail from Colombia to Mexico. The Colombian Army said they found the sub on the southwestern coast of the Colombian Pacific Ocean.

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Robert Hood says: I was a passenger on a U.S. Navy submarine and few years ago, and I was completely overwhelmed by how complex and dangerous a submarine is. So many things can go wrong at any time. It seemed to me that the submariners’ well-practiced skills and professionalism are the only things that prevent tragedies from happening every day. It’s difficult to imagine a drug smuggling organization approaching that kind of skill and organization. Maybe we underestimate them.

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Officials were surprised at the advanced technology used to make the 100 ft. long vessel, which allows for complete submersion, making it virtually undetectable.

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HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The 65th anniversary event at the site of the world’s first A-bomb attack echoed with the choirs of schoolchildren and the solemn ringing of bells Friday as Hiroshima marked the occasion. At 8:15 a.m. – the time the bomb dropped, incinerating most of the city – a moment of silence was [...]

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Massimo Cristaldi is fascinated by islands of light created by U.S. Navy complexes in the darkness of the Italian countryside, as Kerri MacDonald reports.

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This past month, much of the attention focused on Afghanistan centered on the release of thousands of classified documents from the war effort by WikiLeaks. While the consensus appears to be that nothing significantly new was revealed by the release, the picture painted by the documents remains rather bleak. NATO and the United States now have 143,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 in coming weeks as they take a counter-insurgency offensive into the insurgents' southern strongholds. Taliban control remains difficult to dislodge, and once removed from an area, Taliban forces often return once larger forces leave a region, especially in rural areas where local government presence remains small. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. (47 photos total)
A U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Hornet aircraft prepares to refuel over Afghanistan July 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin/Released)

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