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An Indian man dances amid a cloud of colored powder during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. Jerry Vonderhaar, left, comforts Charles Kellogg after severe weather hit the Eagle Point subdivision in Limestone County, Ala. on Friday, March 2, 2012. [...]

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The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday. (45 photos total)
A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images) )

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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A park ranger stands at the site of a new eruption in Virunga National Park near Goma, on November 24, 2011. Almost three weeks after a fissure opened amidst dense flat forest, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park has seen an increasing number of tourists seeking to be guided on treks to witness [...]

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TURNING TO CHRIST
TURNING TO CHRIST: An activist held up a crucifix as a barricade burned at Dale Farm in Basildon, England, Wednesday. Police used sledgehammers, crowbars and a cherry picker during the eviction of Irish Travelers from the site where they have lived illegally for years. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

STUNNED
STUNNED: A man who was wounded in fighting in Sirte, Libya, lay stunned on the ground Wednesday. Revolutionary forces fought building by building against the final pocket of resistance in Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown. (Manu Brado/Associated Press)

RAINED OUT
RAINED OUT: An Occupy Wall Street protester stood with a broom at Zuccotti Park during heavy rain in New York Wednesday. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

SHOW OF SOLIDARITY
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: Protesters held a giant Turkish flag in Istanbul, Turkey, after Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq killed at least 24 Turkish soldiers and wounded more than 12 in attacks along the border Wednesday. That prompted a retaliatory attack from Turkish soldiers. (Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TORNADO DESTRUCTION
TORNADO DESTRUCTION: A garage door lay on a car after a tornado left a two-mile-long trail of damage in South Florida Tuesday. About 24 homes were damaged in Sunrise, pictured, and Plantation, Fla., though no serious injuries were reported. (J. Pat Carter/Associated Press)

IN THE RED
IN THE RED: Children played on the ground as chilies dried in Handan, Hebei Province, China, Tuesday. (Chang Hutao/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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Indian artists Kandha Panday, right, and Shiva Sharma dressed as Hindu god Rama and his brother Lakshman have paint applied to their faces ahead of a religious procession during the Dussehra festival in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, an evil ruler who had abducted [...]

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UP HIGH
UP HIGH: A man retrieved belongings from a flooded home after heavy rainfall in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday. More than 200 people have died and 200,000 have been left homeless in the country’s latest bout of flooding. (Fareed Khan/Associated Press)

SPREADING THEIR WINGS
SPREADING THEIR WINGS: A rebel fighter spread a pigeon’s wings at a compound belonging to Col. Moammar Gadhafi in Assdada Fort, Libya, near Sirte, Tuesday. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

STUNNED STUDENTS
STUNNED STUDENTS: Students wounded when gunmen opened fire on their school van lay at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday. At least four children and the driver were killed in the suspected Taliban attack in Matani, on Peshawar’s outskirts, police said. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

SEEKING HIGHER GROUND
SEEKING HIGHER GROUND: Villagers affected by flooding rode on top of a vehicle into hard-hit Badin, Pakistan, Tuesday. Thousands of men, women and children lined the main road in Badin. Some were sitting under plastic sheets held up by the branches of trees. (Asif Hassan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)


FIRE! Afghan police officers fired toward buildings that Taliban insurgents took over during an attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. Militants fired grenades and assault rifles at the embassy and other sites in the capital, while suicide bombers struck police buildings. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

PUSHING AHEAD
PUSHING AHEAD: A construction worker pushed a cart on top of a building through hazy weather near Beijing’s Central Business District Tuesday. (Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press)

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ALL ABOARD! Commuters crammed onto a train to travel to their home villages from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday. Millions of Muslims are going to celebrate the Eid festival, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Abir Abdullah/European Pressphoto Agency)

UP AND OVER
UP AND OVER: Greece’s Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou competed in the women’s pole vault final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Tuesday. (Phil Noble/Reuters)

CHILD’S PLAY
CHILD’S PLAY: Children played with toy weapons in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday. (Abdurashid Abikar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LAID-BACK
LAID-BACK: Rebels inspected the mansion of Moatassem Gadhafi, son of embattled leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday. Rebel leaders are negotiating with regime loyalists over the fate of Col. Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte. (Patrick Baz/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

IN TALKS
IN TALKS: Socialist Party presidential candidate Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, left, spoke with a politician during a session of Spanish Parliament in Madrid Tuesday. Lawmakers voted to open deliberations on a proposal that would shore up constitutional budgetary controls. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his wife, Safia Farkash in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from his home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held.

Among the items discovered in the chaos during the takeover of Tripoli were collections of photographs, much like family photo albums. The photographs show a private, not often seen, side of the Libyan dictator.

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his wife, Safia Farkash in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from his home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Seif al-Islam, left, with Safia Farkash, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's wife, right, and unidentified family members in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gaddafi with Hannibal Gadhafi, Safia Farkash, center, and unidentified family members in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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From left: Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, Hassan II of Morocco, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania and Chadli Bendjedid of Algeria with Col. Moammar Gadhafi in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Seif al-Arab at his circumcision, with Safia Farkash, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's wife, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi with his wife, Safia Farkash, second from right, and unidentified family members, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Safia Farkash, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's wife, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Seif al-Islam, left, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi's daughter, Eisha, Safia Farkash, his wife, and Seif al-Islam, his son, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi, right, with Leonid Brezhnev, of Russia, in an undated photo from a collection of photos. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi, right, with Fidel Castro, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from his home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi unidentified family members, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from his home. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi with former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi with former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli, Libya. As his capital fell last week, Gadhafi and his family evaporated, though two of his sons may, or may not, have been briefly held. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Col. Moammar Gadhafi with an unidentified infant, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from his home. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, in an undated photo from a collection of photos taken from Col. Moammar Gadhafi's home, in Tripoli. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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US soldiers gather near a destroyed vehicle and protect their faces from rotor wash, as their wounded comrades are airlifted by a Medevac helicopter from the 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder to Kandahar Hospital Role 3, on August 23, 2011. All foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 in a process that started last month and will require the Afghan army and police to play an ever-greater role in fighting the Taliban insurgency.

Hurricane Irene continues to move towards the eastern coast of the United States and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast.

Rebel fighter celebrate as they sit on top of a monument inside Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. The rebels say they have now taken control of nearly all of Tripoli, but sporadic gunfire could still be heard Wednesday, and Gadhafi loyalists fired shells and assault rifles at fighters who had captured the Libyan leader’s personal compound one day earlier.

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US soldiers gather near a destroyed vehicle and protect their faces from rotor wash, as their wounded comrades are airlifted by a Medevac helicopter from the 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder to Kandahar Hospital Role 3, on August 23, 2011. Three soldiers were wounded while their vehicle was destroyed up by an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED). All foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 in a process that started last month and will require the Afghan army and police to play an ever-greater role in fighting the Taliban insurgency. AFP PHOTO/ Johannes EISELE #

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A pilot dips the basket of his hot-air balloon in the Androscoggin River in front of a couple in a canoe during the Great Falls Balloon Festival, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Lewiston, Maine. More than 20 balloons launched at sunrise to kick off the three-day event. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) #

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Indian youth make a human pyramid to break the ‘Dahi Handi’, an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #

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Salem Hasam Ali, 62, a shop owner, cries and flashes v-sign after singing the pre-Moammar Gadhafi Libyan national anthem at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Gadhafi's compound Tuesday, charging wildly through the symbolic heart of the crumbling regime as they killed loyalist troops, looted armories and knocked the head off a statue of the besieged dictator. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Hurricane Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #

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A 19 year-old polar bear (Ursus maritimus) 'Vitush' swims as he eats a fish at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden in Budapest on August 26, 2011, as the summer temperature approaches 35 degrees Celsius. AFP PHOTO/ ATTILA KISBENEDEK #

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A injured man is carried from a United Nation's office after a car blew up in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. A car laden with explosives rammed through two gates and blew up at the United Nations' offices in Nigeria's capital Friday, killing at least seven people and shattering part of the concrete structure. (AP Photo) #

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A Libyan walks inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, LIbya, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011,one Libya's most notorious prisons and the scene of a 1996 massacre of prisoners. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

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A Thai Muslim boy reads the Quran as he attends the last Friday prayer of the year's holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Central Mosque in the Thai southern city of Pattani on August 26, 2011. The holy month of Ramadan is recording a spike in attacks by suspected Muslim separatist insurgents in the Thai restive south with a roadside blast which killed at least five security officers on August 26 in the neighbouring province of Narathiwat. AFP PHOTO / Tuwaedaniya MERINGING #

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A demonstrator points a toy gun at a line of riot police on the second day of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Chileans marched Thursday, demanding profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized form of government. Union members, students, government workers and Chile's center-left opposition parties joined the nationwide two-day strike. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia) #

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People celebrate the capture in Tripoli of Moammar Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, early Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli in a lightning advance Sunday that met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 40-year rule appeared to rapidly crumble. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in the city's main square, the symbolic heart of the regime. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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Indian policemen detain supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare during a protest outside Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence in New Delhi on August 25, 2011. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the anti-corruption activist whose hunger strike has rocked the government to end his 10-day fast, leading parliament in a united appeal. Hazare's hunger strike has triggered large rallies among supporters across the country, as a civil movement backed by many middle-class urban voters has mushroomed around his cause. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA #

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Rebel fighters maneuver their gun during fighting with loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, in the neighborhood of Abu Salim, in the south of the capital Tripoli, on August 25, 2011, during heavy fighting. Hardened fighters streamed into Tripoli as Libya's rebels sought to deliver a knockout punch to Moamer Kadhafi's diehards and to flush out the elusive strongman, dead or alive. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE #

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Riot police stand covered with paint thrown by demonstrators trying to reach La Moneda presidential palace on the second day of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Chileans marched Thursday, demanding profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized form of government. Union members, students, government workers and Chile's center-left opposition parties joined the nationwide two-day strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #

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People are guided through the "Dialog in the Dark'' exhibit at South Street Seaport on August 24, 2011 in New York City. The new exhibition takes visitors on a sensory tour of New York City while in a totally darkened space in an attempt to simulate the urban life of a blind person. Visitors are led by a visually impaired guide and carry a cane similar to what a blind individual would carry. Separate rooms feature items from a person's daily routines, such as shopping, riding a subway car, walking and shopping, which forces visitors to use other senses to figure out the smells, sounds, and textures they encounter during the hour-long presentation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

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A man walks along a seaside park as Hurricane Irene passes to the east of Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Irene is pounding the Bahamas as a Category 3 hurricane. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) #

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Supporters of India's anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shout slogans in solidarity with Hazare as they protest near Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Singh seized control of a national anti-corruption debate Thursday, calling on Parliament to discuss protesters' reform proposals and appealing to the weakening 74-year-old activist to end his hunger strike. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) #

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Rebel fighter celebrate as they sit on top of a monument inside Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. The rebels say they have now taken control of nearly all of Tripoli, but sporadic gunfire could still be heard Wednesday, and Gadhafi loyalists fired shells and assault rifles at fighters who had captured the Libyan leader's personal compound one day earlier. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

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North Koreans flip colored cards in the seats of the May Day stadium in Pyongyang to create their nation's flag during a performance Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. North Korea's huge synchronized dance and gymnastics show, called "Arirang", includes up to 100,000 participants according to organizers. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

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A bride in her wedding dress runs from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan in New York August 23, 2011 as buildings were evacuated because of the aftershocks from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A.CLARY #

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Artisans work on semi-finished clay statues of Hindu goddess Durga in Kumartoli, the idol makers village of Kolkata, on August 22, 2011. Ongoing monsoon rain has made it difficult for artisans to finish idols on schedule, with the recent economic slowdown and high inflation adding to the difficulties of the idol-makers ahead of the festive season. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR #

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Rebel fighters speak to a suspected pro-Gadhafi soldier after he was captured in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Rebels say they control most of Tripoli, but they faced pockets of fierce resistance from regime loyalists firing mortars and anti-aircraft guns. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

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Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., are inscribed in the wall at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as it is seen at dusk ahead of its dedication this weekend in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #

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A Pakistani security officer stands guard next to burning oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan, exploded after being attacked by gunmen on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) #

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A Palestinian child waits for her mother to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Muslims around the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan where they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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Rebel fighters shoot to the sky during a funeral in the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Four bodies of rebel fighters, who were killed on the frontline of Brega, were buried. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of First Sgt. Moshe Naftali, 22, at the Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Gunmen who appear to have originated in Gaza and who crossed into southern Israel through the Egyptian desert ambushed civilian vehicles traveling on a remote road, killing eight people. Six were civilians, and two were members of Israeli security forces responding to the incursion. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, a poster of presidential candidate and former ruling party member Dr. Tan Cheng Bok is seen during his rally in Singapore. Singaporeans vote Saturday, Aug. 27, among four candidates for the ceremonial presidency after an uncharacteristically feisty contest that could show further signs of erosion in support for the overwhelmingly dominant ruling party. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #

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