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Syrians by the thousands are fleeing the violence in their home country and seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Turkey this week is said to be considering a buffer zone in Syria to secure its own national security as well as aid fleeing civilians. Turkey is already sheltering some 17,000 of those who have fled. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the yearlong conflict in Syria. A cease-fire agreement accepted by Syria Tuesday that was drawn up by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan was met with skepticism, and fighting continued between rebels and President Bashar Assad’s soldiers. -- Lloyd Young (32 photos total)
Syrian refugees are seen through a barbed wire as they arrive at border between Syria and Turkey, near Reyhanli, Hatay province, on March 27. Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on dissent, which monitors say has seen more than 9,100 people killed since March 2011, triggered an influx of refugees on the Turkish border as officials say the current number exceeds 17,000. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

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PERPENDICULAR
PERPENDICULAR: Australia’s Georgia Simpson competed on the uneven bars Wednesday in London during a qualification round for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. (Steven Paston/Action Images/Zuma Press)

FLUSHED OUT
FLUSHED OUT: Demonstrators were sprayed with water as crews tried to demolish their homes in San Juan, Philippines, Wednesday. The demolition paves the way for the construction of a new city hall, shopping mall and condominiums. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

SYRIAN UNREST
SYRIAN UNREST: A woman injured amid unrest Wednesday in the neighborhood of Akrama in Homs, Syria, was treated at a hospital. A French TV cameraman in the city became the first Western journalist killed in the 10-month-old Syrian uprising. (Joseph Eid/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RESTRAINED
RESTRAINED: Police officers restrained a man holding a knife at the location where People First Party presidential candidate James Soong was due to hold a rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday. The country’s presidential election is Jan. 14. (Chiang Ying-ying/Associated Press)

NEW NORMAL
NEW NORMAL: A boy ran by as a girl sat on the wreckage of a helicopter and wrote Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at a camp for people who were displaced by a deadly Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. (Andres Martinez Casares/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

FRAIL STATE
FRAIL STATE: Former Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Ghulam Azam, in a wheelchair, was escorted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday. The International Crimes Tribunal ordered him jailed as he awaits trial for allegedly instigating deadly rampages during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. (Munir uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

STACKED UP
STACKED UP: Men transported office furniture on tricycles in Beijing Wednesday. (Adrian Bradshaw/European Pressphoto Agency)

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It's been just over a month since the capture and death of Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy, ending his 42-year reign. Since then, the rebels have declared that the nation is liberated, installed a transitional government, and started the process of writing a constitution. Still, substantial problems remain. Pockets of fighting have erupted among rival tribes and some rebels have refused to give up their cache of weapons. Doctors continue to struggle to treat the wounded and sick, with a few of the most severely injured being sent to rehabilitation centers in Boston and elsewhere. Last weekend, Khadafy’s son, Seif, was captured and could face war crimes for his part in the conflict. -- Lloyd Young (EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not post a Big Picture on Friday, November 25, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.) (40 photos total)
Anti-Khadafy fighters acknowledge the crowd during a review of the brigades from the eastern region to commemorate the liberation of Quiche in Benghazi Oct. 27. (Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters)

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It's time for another look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today we have scenes of an elephant rescue in India, a loyal dog bidding a final farewell, a competitor in the Open Rabbit Sport Tournament, and a rather unfortunate moose discovered intoxicated and tangled in a tree. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from the past several weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [44 photos]

A dog casts a long shadow in the morning in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Their homelands are torn by war, economic distress, political strife, or environmental collapse. They choose to leave, or have no choice. They're called migrants, refugees, or internally displaced people. The labels are inadequate as often circumstances could allow all three descriptions, or some combination of them. Once in their new countries, they face difficult transitions, discrimination, or outright hostility. Host countries are burdened with the economic and political repercussions of the arrivals, while home nations are sometimes saddled with a "brain drain" of their most important human resources. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the American presidential race, and a wave of new arrivals from Libya to Italy has left the European Union struggling with decisions over the Schengen policy of borderless travel between member nations. Gathered here are images of some of the estimated 214 million people worldwide in the process of redefining what "home" means to them. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
Rescuers help people in the sea after a boat carrying some 250 migrants crashed into rocks as they tried to enter the port of Pantelleria, an island off the southern coast of Italy, on April 13. Italy is struggling to cope with a mass influx of immigrants from north Africa, many of whom risk their lives by sailing across the often stormy Meditteranean in makeshift vessels. (Francesco Malavolta/AFP/Getty Images)

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DOWNTIME
DOWNTIME: A man whose home was destroyed last week by Japan’s tsunami enjoyed a bath in a tent set up by the Self-Defense Forces in Kamaishi, Japan, Tuesday. Meanwhile, power had been reconnected Tuesday to all six of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

EN ROUTE
EN ROUTE: An Afghan army soldier wounded by gunfire lay in an ambulance in southern Afghanistan Tuesday. Elsewhere, President Hamid Karzai officially unveiled plans for his security forces to begin taking control over modest sections of the country in July. (Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RESOUNDING RING
RESOUNDING RING: Police held back demonstrators as a teacher rang a bell while thousands of educators demonstrated Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine, against planned cuts to education funding. (Sergey Dolzhenko/European Pressphoto Agency)

WATERWORKS
WATERWORKS: A boy bathed in water gushing out of a broken water pipeline in Noida, India, Tuesday. March 22 is the United Nations World Water Day. (Parivartan Sharma/Reuters)

CLOAKED IN BLACK
CLOAKED IN BLACK: Shiite women cried during Bahiya al-Aradi’s funeral in Manama, Bahrain, Tuesday. Ms. Aradi, 51, was driving on a main road in Manama looking for gasoline when she was shot in the head last Wednesday as she approached a checkpoint, according to witnesses. (Joseph Eid/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SCANNING SHIPMENTS
SCANNING SHIPMENTS: Port workers practiced detecting radiation levels on shipments at Manila’s south harbor Tuesday. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

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With one month of the season left before the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, take a look at the cold, snowy days of the last couple months.

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