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The historic flooding throughout central Europe continues, as the Elbe River has broken through several dikes in northern Germany, and the crest of the swollen Danube River has reached southern Hungary, and threatens Serbia. Parts of Austria and the Czech Republic are now in recovery mode, as thousands of residents return home to recover what they can. Gathered here are images from the past several days of those affected by these continuing floods. See earlier entry: Flooding Across Central Europe. [24 photos]

A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe River during floods near Magdeburg in the state of Saxony Anhalt, on June 10, 2013. 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's worst floods in a decade. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)     

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With well over a year before American forces pull out of Afghanistan, the conflict there drags on. Every month in The Big Picture, we feature a selection of recent images of events there, from the soldiers and insurgents at war, the people longing for peace, and daily life and culture in the country of 29 million. Afghanistan remains among the world's poorest nations, and struggles with issues not found in other places, like an ongoing fight against polio. Afghanistan still supplies about 90% of the world's opium, a major cash crop in a country with few viable exports. Gathered here are images from April, 2012. -- Lane Turner (33 photos total)
Afghan policemen are mirrored in glass from a broken window as they stand guard outside the building where Taliban fighters launched an attack in Kabul on April 16, 2012. A total of 36 Taliban militants were killed as they mounted a wave of attacks across Afghanistan. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

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GRRR
GRRR: A young boy flexed his muscles during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Bodybuilding is one of the country’s most popular sports. (Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

COUNTRY STRONG
COUNTRY STRONG: A hat was raised in the air during the Stagecoach country music festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., Sunday. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Stagecoach)

LYING OUT
LYING OUT: A man slept on a bus Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during the second day of a strike. Authorities charged 44 activists with involvement in bombings and vandalism during the strike, which was called to protest the disappearance of opposition figure Elias Ali. The government denies involvement. (Abir Abdullah/European Pressphoto Agency)

PEEKING OUT
PEEKING OUT: A Chinese People’s Liberation Army naval officer looked out from the missile frigate Yuncheng as the vessel made a port call in Hong Kong Monday as part of a celebration to mark the 15-year anniversary of the hand-over of Hong Kong from Britain to China. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

PILED UP
PILED UP: Job seekers waited in front of the training offices of Local Union 46 in Queens, N.Y., Monday. Hundreds of people have been waiting since the state Department of Labor and the union announced that they were looking to hire 50 iron and wood apprentices. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

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FROZEN FLOAT
FROZEN FLOAT: A member of a swimming club lay on a chunk of ice on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Wednesday. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

WATER BREAK
WATER BREAK: A laborer drank water while he harvested wheat in Punjab, India, Wednesday. (Ajay Verma/Reuters)

WARMING UP
WARMING UP: Wrestlers carried each other during a practice session in Allahabad, India, Wednesday. (Jitendra Prakash/Reuters)

FISH FOR SALE
FISH FOR SALE: A vendor sold goldfish along a street in the Wazir Akbar Khan district in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday. (Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RUNNING WILD
RUNNING WILD: Horses trotted through a flooded area in Chaco, Paraguay, Tuesday. Rainfall last week caused flooding, killing an estimated 180,000 animals and several people and affecting hundreds of thousands of residents. (Ubaldo Gonzalez/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

TAKING AIM
TAKING AIM: A shooter videotaped himself as he trained for the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in London Wednesday. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

ERUPTING
ERUPTING: Ash and smoke spewed from the Popocatépetl volcano, pictured from Puebla, Mexico, Wednesday. The volcano alert level remained high, but no evacuations were planned, according to a civil-defense radio dispatcher. (Jose Casta-Ares/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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In early April, in an attempt to accelerate the transition of military responsibility to the Afghan government, the US agreed to hand control of special operations missions to Afghan forces, including night raids, relegating American troops to a supporting role. This deal cleared the way for the two countries to move ahead with an agreement that would establish the shape of American support to Afghanistan after the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline. Domestic support for the war (in the US) has dropped sharply. We look back at March in the troubled country. -- Paula Nelson (37 photos total)
Young Afghan women use an umbrella to shield themselves from the sun in Kabul, April 5, 2012. The position of women in Afghanistan has improved dramatically since the fall of the Taliban, with the number of girls in education soaring. But as the Americans and the Afghan government have pursued peace efforts with the Taliban, women are increasingly concerned that gains in their rights may be compromised in a bid to end the costly and deadly war. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

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TRAPPED MINERS
TRAPPED MINERS: Clothing used by miners dried on a rock wall Tuesday outside the entrance of the Cabeza de Negro gold and copper mine in Yauca del Rosario, Peru. Authorities say nine miners trapped inside the mine since April 5 are being supplied with sports drinks, soup and food while emergency responders work to free them. (Martin Mejia/Associated Press)

EGG ON HER FACE
EGG ON HER FACE: An egg cracked over a Sri Lankan army officer during a game at an event to celebrate the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday. The new year, which also marks the end of the harvest season, will be celebrated on April 13 and 14. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press)

TIGHT SPOT FOR A SWIM
TIGHT SPOT FOR A SWIM: A boy swam in a water reservoir to cool off as the temperature rose, while other children waited their turn on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE
CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE: A young girl played near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

BAHRAIN UNREST
BAHRAIN UNREST: A Shiite Muslim covered his face from tear gas fired by riot police after a demonstration in support of jailed activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and against U.S. support of the Bahrain government. The protest also called for the cancellation of a Formula One Grand Prix race — Bahrain’s premier international event. (AFP/Getty Images)

ON THEIR WAY
ON THEIR WAY: Indian Sikh Nihang, or religious Sikh warriors, raised their swords after boarding a train in Amritsar, India, Tuesday. Thousands of Indian Sikh pilgrims are expected in Pakistan at the birthplace of the founder of the Sikh faith for the Sikh New Year. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAND DISPUTE
LAND DISPUTE: Palestinians scuffled with Israeli policemen during a demonstration marking ‘Land Day’ in East Jerusalem Friday. The rallies are an annual event marked by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to protest Israel’s land policies. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

SESSION’S OUT
SESSION’S OUT: Building Maintenance Service employee Nelson Alisea kicked a pile of paper toward the center aisle as he and others started to clean up at the Capitol in Atlanta Friday after the state House of Representatives’ last legislative day of the 2012 session. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal Constitution/Associated Press)

CARRYING STICKS
CARRYING STICKS: An Afghan carried a bundle of sticks in Nahr-i Sufi, Kunduz province, Afghanistan. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

RAISING SUPPORT
RAISING SUPPORT: A supporter of presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota yelled slogans outside an elementary school in Mexico City Friday. The country’s four presidential candidates officially launched their campaigns for the July 1 election. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)

IN MEMORY
IN MEMORY: The child of a Tibetan exile wiped tears off her mother’s face during a during a special ceremony in Dharmsala, India, to pay homage to 27-year-old Jamphel Yeshi. Mr. Yeshi, a Tibetan activist, set himself on fire to protest China’s rule of his homeland. (Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press)

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Rebecca Flaig of Goochland, Va., left, and Ryan Jung of Richmond hold their umbrellas aloft as part of the World AIDS Day event on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. A sea of red umbrellas, in the form of a giant red ribbon, were displayed. A man holds a poster featuring [...]

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Autumn is a season of frosty mornings, festivals like Halloween and Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, and of course, spectacular foliage. Around the north, people have begun to see their breath form misty clouds in the chilly morning air, snows have fallen early, and preparation for winter is well under way. Collected here is a second group of images of this year's autumn from around the northern hemisphere -- the earlier entry can be seen here. [37 photos]

The last of the summer roses are dusted with a coating of frost as the first freezing temperatures descend on Britain, on November 7, 2011 in Knutsford, England. The roses are the last blooms to survive the Summer at Curbishleys specialist rose nursery in Cheshire. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Tribal elders say the Taliban are far from defeated.  The Taliban continue to wage a brutal war, taking a toll on Afghan citizens and American forces.  The Department of Defense has identified 1,761 American service members who have died in the Afghan war and related operations as of Sept. 21, about 10 years since the start of the war. In visiting Afghanistan monthly in The Big Picture, we try to reflect our troops presence in the country as well as their interaction with the Afghan people.  -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)
US soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment fire 120-mm mortar rounds toward insurgent positions at Outpost Monti in Kunar province on Sept. 17. After a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, 130,000 troops from dozens of countries continue to battle resilient Taliban, who use homemade bombs and guerrilla tactics in a bid to undermine the Afghan government and the NATO mission. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

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