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Time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Iranian dog owners under pressure, a bloom of mayflies, Kim Jong-un visiting Breeding Station No. 621, animals fleeing recent fires and floods, and a dachshund receiving acupuncture therapy. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [38 photos]

James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg on March 27, 2013 in London, England. The massive egg, from the now-extinct elephant bird sold for $101,813 at Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" sale, on April 24, 2013 in London. Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago. The egg, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed to date back before the 17th century. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)     

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Some happy, some sad, at times cheering or even fighting, fans of soccer are absorbed in the European 2012 Soccer Championship. Sixteen nations made it to the final tournament being held in Poland and the Ukraine with the final match to be played on July 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. -- Lloyd Young(40 photos total)
A soccer fan soaks up the atmospshere ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship group D match between Ukraine and Sweden at The Olympic Stadium on June 11 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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In today’s pictures, opposition activists protest in Bangladesh, students face off with police in Montreal, members of parliament are sworn in for what’s expected to be a very short term in Greece, and more.

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CROWNING AROUND
CROWNING AROUND: Swimmers took part in a New Year swim in the Vltava River on Friday in Prague. Prague Castle is seen in the background. (Matej Divazna/AFP/Getty Images)

DIRTY WATER
DIRTY WATER: A Pakistani boy waded through a dirty water channel on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. An estimated 250,000 children die annually in Pakistan from water-borne diseases, local media APP reported on Wednesday. (Umar Qayyum/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

SLIPPERY SLOPE
SLIPPERY SLOPE: Britain’s Kristan Bromley competed in the men’s skeleton race during the FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup competition in Altenberg, Germany, on Friday. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

HAILSTONES
HAILSTONES: An Indian girl picked up hail after a hail storm and heavy rain outside the Sikh Shrine Golden temple in Amritsar on Friday. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

EPIPHANY
EPIPHANY: A worshiper kissed a pillar in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

NEW BISHOPS
NEW BISHOPS: Marek Solczynski of Poland and Charles John Brown of the U.S. lay on the ground before being appointed bishops by Pope Benedict XVI during the Eucharist for the Solemnity of Epiphany on Friday at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

IN THE DRINK
IN THE DRINK: A man dragged packages of potable water in a flooded street in the Tres Vendas neighborhood in Campos, Brazil, Friday. A dike burst in the flood-hit northern Rio de Janeiro state Thursday, forcing the evacuation of their nearly 4,000 residents, authorities said. (Vanderlei Almeida/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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November 11th marks the 85th Anniversary of one of the most famous highways in America, U.S. Route 66.

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