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An undercurrent of explosive anger at the government of Turkey found a fuse on May 31 as a protest over the demolition of a public park in Istanbul quickly spread to other cities and encompassed simmering passions on broader issues in Turkish political life. Police have used tear gas and water canons to break up the protests, which have grown as demonstrators express opposition to what they view as the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. -- Lane Turner (29 photos total)
Tear gas surrounds a protestor holding a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as he takes part in protests against the Turkish Prime Minister and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)     

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In today’s pictures, a young passenger gets a lift at a Miami airport, ultraorthodox Jewish men transfer sins to chickens, referees make a controversial call in Seattle and more.

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"So forward now, with spirit and ideals" reads a line in a poem by Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian poet and national hero. Nestled on the Black Sea between Greece and Romania, Bulgaria is a predominantly Christian country independent of the Soviet Union since the fall of the Iron Curtain over 20 years ago. Despite joining the European Union in 2007, the eastern Balkan nation suffers the same economic problems found elsewhere since the global downturn in 2008. Further complicating the country's economic outlook is endemic corruption and organized crime, which has led the EU to exclude Bulgaria from the Schengen passport-free zone. But the 'spirit and ideals' are still alive in these images from the past several months of Bulgaria, a country of over seven million, as it moves forward. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)
A worshipper lights a candle as she attends Sunday Mass led by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim in Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia on April 29, 2012. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

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FLOOD AFTERMATH
FLOOD AFTERMATH: A resident shoveled mud out of her window in the village of Biser, southern Bulgaria, Tuesday. A dam burst Monday after days of heavy rain, sending a torrent surging through a village. The region’s toll from flooding is eight dead, with 10 missing. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

BIG FISH
BIG FISH: Fishermen used cranes to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday. The 40-foot whale shark was found dead in Arabian Sea. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

ATHENS ANGER
ATHENS ANGER: Riot police arrested a protester outside Parliament in Athens Tuesday. Thousands protested against the threat of yet more spending cuts and tax increases as talks continued over a new bailout agreement and debt restructuring. (Alkis Konstantinidis/European Pressphoto Agency)

BURNING THROUGH CASH
BURNING THROUGH CASH: Tons of shredded and compressed banknotes were unloaded from a truck at the Foundation to Help Autism in Miskolc, Hungary, Tuesday. Hungary is the only country to recycle its worn cash for fuel each year. The bricks are then sent to a few charities. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

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TRADITIONAL BRIDE
TRADITIONAL BRIDE: Muslim bride Fatme Kichukova had her makeup applied in Ribnovo, Bulgaria, Sunday. The remote village has kept the tradition alive, despite decades of Communist persecution. Pomaks, Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule, resurrected the practice. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

BACKED BY RELIGION
BACKED BY RELIGION: A pilgrim headed to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe during annual celebrations in Mexico City Monday. (Ronaldo Schemidt/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

GOING UP
GOING UP: Pedestrians walked toward St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Monday. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

STREET SCENE
STREET SCENE: A boy ran down a Baghdad street Monday. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

CLEANING FOR CHRISTMAS
CLEANING FOR CHRISTMAS: Men cleaned the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Monday. Christians are starting to journey to the holy church ahead of Christmas. (Abed al-Hashlamoun/European Pressphoto Agency)

CLOUD CONTROVERSY
CLOUD CONTROVERSY: A rendering, made available Monday, from Dutch architectural firm MVRDV shows a design for two Seoul skyscrapers that some people say resemble the World Trade Center towers exploding on Sept. 11, 2001. MVRDV says the design is meant to resemble a cloud wrapped around two buildings. (MVRDV/Associated Press)

REMAINING CALM
REMAINING CALM: Schoolboys stood near fuel trucks that were set ablaze in Balochistan Province, Pakistan, Monday. Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on the trucks, killing at least one driver, police and witnesses said. (Amir Hussain/Reuters)

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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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STUCK IN THE MUD STUCK IN THE MUD: U.S. Army soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment pulled a tractor out of the mud at their mountaintop position at Observation Post Mustang in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Friday. (John Moore/Getty Images)

LOG PILE LOG PILE: A worker loaded timber on a truck at a processing site on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui Province, China, Friday. (Reuters)

MONEY RETURNED MONEY RETURNED: Crew members on a Royal Air Force aircraft accompanied a large consignment of Libyan currency to Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday. Around 280 million Libyan dinar banknotes from Britain, frozen at the start of the Libyan conflict, have been released and delivered back to Libya. (Associated Press)

A LOT OF SMOKES A LOT OF SMOKES: Cigarettes were stacked on a production line at Bulgartabak’s cigarette mill Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria. BT Invest, a company controlled by Russian state VTB bank, won a tender to buy a 79.8% stake in Bulgaria’s dominant cigarette maker for 100 million euros ($145 million). (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

WEAK JOBS REPORT WEAK JOBS REPORT: Traders worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday. Data showed the U.S. economy failed to add jobs in August for the first time in almost a year, raising the odds of a return to recession. (Jin Lee/Associated Press)

HINDU PRAYER HINDU PRAYER: A woman prayed as she touched the toes of a 52-foot idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesh during the ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ Hindu festival in Hyderabad, India, Friday. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

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Around the world, the LGBT community celebrates in environments ranging from welcoming to tolerant to violently hostile. Many cities stage gay pride parades on or around June 28, the anniversary of New York's Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 -- what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. New York enjoyed its parade this year on June 26, a celebration given added spirit with the legalization of gay marriage in New York state two days earlier. Some communities in the world still meet with resistance, with activists assaulted and arrested in Russian cities, and an Indian health minister describing homosexuality as a "disease" three days after the New Delhi pride parade on July 2. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered pride around the world.

The Big Picture offers special thanks to Charles Meacham for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)


People take part in the gay pride parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on June 26, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPEAKER SCUFFLE
SPEAKER SCUFFLE: An injured Muslim worshiper lay on the ground after clashing with supporters of Bulgaria’s nationalist party ‘Attack’ in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia Friday. The Attack party organized a rally to protest the use of loudspeakers at the mosque. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

FEAT OF STRENGTH
FEAT OF STRENGTH: Men dragged the Baltic Queen, a vessel that weighs 20,000 tons, in Tallinn, Estonia, Friday. Some 20 ‘Hercules’ dragged the vessel for about 10 yards. (Wang Yaxiong/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

STEPPING DOWN
STEPPING DOWN: Tokyo Electric Power Company President Masataka Shimizu attended a news conference at the head office in Tokyo Friday. He resigned to take responsibility for the company’s much-criticized handling of the March 11 disasters that crippled Fukushima Daiichi. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

STRECHING NOODLES
STRECHING NOODLES: A man stretched thin noodles on wood frames in a village in Fuzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province Friday. The food, called ‘Changshou Mian,’ which means ‘longevity noodles,’ dates back more than eight centuries. (Liu Tao/EPA)

UNDER WATER
UNDER WATER: An old school bus sat in floodwater from the rising Mississippi River in St. Francisville, La., where a dozen homes and businesses were flooded Friday. Residents were leaving under a mandatory evacuation order set to kick in on Saturday. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

BROKEN GLASS
BROKEN GLASS: A policeman drove while sitting in the cab of a water tanker that had its windows smashed by a group of protesters in Mumbai Friday. Demonstrators protesting against a temporary cut in water supply attacked private water tankers with sticks and stones in central Mumbai. (Reuters)

READY, AIM, FIRE
READY, AIM, FIRE: A masked Palestinian demonstrator used a sling-shot to hurl stones at Israeli troops, not pictured, during the weekly demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, Friday. (Majdi Mohammed/Associated Press)

SINKING SHIPS
SINKING SHIPS: A Libyan navy corvette exploded during an air strike by British Royal Air Force Tornado jets on the port of Al Khums, Libya, Friday. NATO aircraft sank eight warships belonging to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces in overnight attacks, the alliance said. (Crown Copyright/Handout/Reuters)

SHOW OF SUPPORT
SHOW OF SUPPORT: People waited behind a bamboo barricade to get a glimpse of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee after she took an oath as the new chief minister of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal in Kolkata Friday. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

NEED FOR SPEED
NEED FOR SPEED: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain could be seen in the rear mirror during the second free practice at the Montmelo racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

LIKE MARILYN MONROE
LIKE MARILYN MONROE: A dog lay on a subway grate as protesters set up tents at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid Thursday during a protest against Spain’s economic crisis and its sky-high jobless rate. Young people camped in main squares across Spain. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

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