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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday, May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. Another series of deadly tornados swept across Oklahoma injuring hundreds and causing multiple fatalities including a team of storm chasers. Smoke rises from the International Red Cross building after a gun battle between [...]

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It took more than 12 hours by plane and long-distance bus to travel from Beijing to what is believed to be the last community authorized by Chinese government to keep guns.

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China’s communist leaders are promising to revolutionize the world’s second largest economy and move on from being the world’s workshop. Unlike most communist governments, China’s one-party state has survived by embracing capitalism to deliver new wealth. Chinese officials recently reported they would reach their target for annual economic growth of 7.5 percent this year despite [...]

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In today’s pictures, a person swims in a partially frozen lake in China, women seek to wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a little girl tries to escape Santa’s lap at a mall in Pennsylvania, and more.

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New leaders emerge in China but once a decade. The 18th Party Congress concluded with the ascension of Xi Jinping to the top leadership posts. The meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing's Tiananmen Square drew delegates to formalize the power transfer and led citizens to wait for news. Pictured here are scenes from inside the gathering, and from outside the hall as China anticipated the next ruler of the largest country on earth. -- Lane Turner (34 photos total)
A passenger watches a television screen showing Xi Jinping on a subway train in Shanghai on November 15, 2012. Xi vowed to fight official corruption and build a "better life" for the nation's 1.3 billion people. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

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China, the most populous country and the second-largest economy in the world, is a vast, dynamic nation that continues to grow and evolve in the 21st century. In this, the latest entry in a semi-regular series on China, we find images of tremendous variety, including astronauts, nomadic herders, replica European villages, pole dancers, RV enthusiasts, traditional farmers, and inventors. This collection is only a small view of the people and places in China over the past several weeks. [47 photos]

Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, waves during a departure ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province, on June 16, 2012. China sent its first woman taikonaut into outer space this week, prompting a surge of national pride as the rising power takes its latest step towards putting a space station in orbit within the decade. Liu, a 33-year-old fighter pilot, joined two other taikonauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft when it lifted off from a remote Gobi Desert launch site. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

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NO RETURN IN MALI
NO RETURN IN MALI: Members of Mali’s military gathered at Bamako Thursday. Five African presidents seeking to restore Mali’s elected government were forced to make a U-turn and head to Ivory Coast to hold their meeting, after demonstrators supporting the junta took over the tarmac. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

BACKSTAGE
BACKSTAGE: Models waited backstage Thursday for a show to start as part of China Fashion Week, which opened in Beijing Wednesday. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

PROTESTS IN TURKEY
PROTESTS IN TURKEY: Sebahat Tuncel, left, a Kurdish member of Turkey’s Parliament, received help as she looked for cover Thursday from water being sprayed during a protest in Ankara against a new education bill. (Umit Bektas/Reuters)

PARAGUAYAN FARMERS
PARAGUAYAN FARMERS: A farmer used a towel as a cape to keep warm during the annual National Farmers Federation march to the Plaza de Armas in Asunción, Paraguay, Thursday. (Jorge Saenz/Associated Press)

RIDING UP A HILL
RIDING UP A HILL: About 1,200 cyclists rode Thursday in stage 4 of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike race in South Africa. (Nic Bothma/European Pressphoto Agency)

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