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When I heard that the rate of recycling PET plastic bottles in China is almost 90%, I was surprised. Because I have noticed since moving to Beijing that the Chinese have no real concept of separating...

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In today’s pictures, a man competes in a darts championship in London, Santa Claus dangles from a bridge in Guatemala, Japanese Emperor Akihito celebrates his birthday, and more.

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For well over a hundred years, people have hopped on bicycles for transportation, recreation, competition, and more. In many parts of the world, spinning pedals moves goods and generates electricity. While usually attached to two wheels, pedal power takes many forms, adapting to a wide range of needs. Globally, over 100 million bicycles are produced every year - over 60% of them in China - easily doubling world production of automobiles. Efficient, clean, and cheap, pedal power in all its forms can solve modern problems with basic technology, and offers a health benefit to those cranking away. And it's hard to beat the simple joy of riding a bike. Gathered here are images of people around the world as we pedal for a reason, or just because. -- Lane Turner (49 photos total)
A boy rides his bicycle near rice fields in Bago, Myanmar on February 20, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mourning the loss of almost 20,000 people gripped Japan yesterday on the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. While the nation has made enormous strides recovering from the triple disaster, yesterday was was a time for remembrance. But the country is rebuilding even as it still suffers the loss of lives and the economic effects of an estimated $210 billion price tag - the costliest natural disaster in human history. Gathered here are images from memorial services, the rebuilding efforts, and of people forging ahead with altered lives a year on from the catastrophe. -- Lane Turner (40 photos total)
Families release a paper lantern in memory of the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami, on March 11, 2012 in Natori, Japan. (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)

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GETTING HIS SAY
GETTING HIS SAY: Bolivian President Evo Morales talked on his cellphone at the New York United Nations headquarters in New York Wednesday, during the U.N. General Assembly. Days earlier, he criticized the U.S. for its counter-narcotics efforts. (Peter Foley/European Pressphoto Agency)

ON THE STREET
ON THE STREET: A homeless family sat on a sidewalk in Kolkata Wednesday. India’s Planning Commission told the Indian Supreme Court Tuesday that villagers earning more than 50 cents a day shouldn’t qualify for welfare. Activists condemn the figure. (Piyal Adhikary/European Pressphoto Agency)

FROM THE FRONT LINE
FROM THE FRONT LINE: People looked inside a vehicle as a casualty form the front lines was brought to a hospital in Misrata, Libya, Tuesday. (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PHOTO PROOF
PHOTO PROOF: Villagers displaced by flooding held up their identification cards in order to obtain permits that will enable them to get relief in Badin, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Fareed Khan/Associated Press)

BANK RUN
BANK RUN: Customers waited to get their deposits back from Tomato Savings Bank in Seongnam, South Korea, Wednesday. The country’s financial regulator ordered seven banks, including Tomato Savings, to temporarily close due to their weak finances. (Lee Jae-Won/Reuters)

TIRED PASSENGERS
TIRED PASSENGERS: Commuters waited for train service to resume in Tokyo Wednesday. Typhoon Roke brought travel to a standstill, ripped roofs from homes, triggered landslides and killed at least five people. More than one million residents evacuated some areas. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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