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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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In today’s pictures, lawmakers scuffle in Kiev, the Thai government begins payouts to victims of political violence, a boy competes in a soap box race in California, and more.

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Based in Nantes, France, the street theatre company Royal de Luxe performs around the world, primarily using gigantic, elaborate marionettes to tell stories that take place over several days and wind through entire cities. Puppeteers maneuver the huge marionettes -- some as tall as 12 meters (40 ft) -- through streets, parks, and waterways, performing their story along the way. Gathered here are images of several recent Royal de Luxe performances, from Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Chile, and England. [38 photos]

A giant marionette, operated by performers, walks in Berlin, Germany, on October 2, 2009. The French marionette street theatre company Royal de Luxe gave open air performances around the Day of German Unity in Berlin. The artists used the giant puppets to tell the story of separation and recovery to commemorate the fall of Berlin Wall 20 years earlier. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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HOT IN CHICAGO: Mary Ware cooled off with a fan as she waited for a ride to dialysis treatment in Chicago Thursday. She said she can’t afford air conditioning. Forecasters issued high-heat warnings for a huge section of the country, from Kansas to Massachusetts. (Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press)

CUTTING OUT TERRORISM: Security officials diffused what was believed to be a suicide vest on a suspected Taliban militant after he was killed by militiamen in the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday. (Arshad Arbab/European Pressphoto Agency)

TALKING POINTS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Berlin Wednesday. The pair reached a deal over a fresh bailout for Greece ahead of a euro-zone summit in Brussels Thursday. (Tobias Schwarz/Reuters)

PACKED IN: Job seekers packed an annual job fair in Stavropol, Russia, Thursday. Russian unemployment fell to its lowest level in nearly three years in June, according to recently released figures. (Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters)

DOE-EYED: A woman carried her baby as she waited for food at a refugee camp for displaced people in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday. Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government established the camp. (Stuart Price/African Union/United Nations/Reuters)

TRYING HIS LUCK: A man ‘wrestled’ a crocodile at the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm near Pattaya, Thailand, Thursday. (Tom Howell/Whitehotpix/Zuma Press)

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