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In today’s pictures, a boy uses a plastic bag to keep off the rain in Nepal, a West Point cadet gets a haircut in New York, tobacco farmers protest in Indonesia, and more.

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Some happy, some sad, at times cheering or even fighting, fans of soccer are absorbed in the European 2012 Soccer Championship. Sixteen nations made it to the final tournament being held in Poland and the Ukraine with the final match to be played on July 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. -- Lloyd Young(40 photos total)
A soccer fan soaks up the atmospshere ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship group D match between Ukraine and Sweden at The Olympic Stadium on June 11 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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April 22 will mark Earth Day worldwide, an event now in its 42nd year and observed in 175 countries. The original grass-roots environmental action helped spur the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act in the United States. Gathered here are images of our planet's environment, efforts to utilize renewable alternative sources of energy, and the effects of different forms of pollution. -- Lane Turner and Leanne Burden Seidel (35 photos total)
A ladybug in flight spreads its wings as it flutters from grass blade to grass blade at Rooks Park in Walla Walla, Wash. on April 2, 2012. (Jeff Horner/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/Associated Press)

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It's time once more for a look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today's photos include a fiery Spanish festival, a frightening encounter with a leopard in India, a flamingo undergoing laser treatment, a new species named in honor of entertainer Beyonce, and the plight of Ukraine's "vodka bears". These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [42 photos]

A man rides a horse through a bonfire on January 16, 2012 in the small village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. In honor of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, horses are ridden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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We humans share this planet with countless other species, interacting with many of them daily, others rarely. We treat some as sources of food and others as sources of companionship, entertainment, or education. We experiment with them at a genetic level, try to understand their overall behavior, and bond with them on an intimate scale. Most animals live their lives independently of us, but they dwell in habitats that we shape profoundly. Gathered below are images of animals in the news from the past several weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [42 photos]

A monkey who survived the Ivorian post-electoral crisis at the Abidjan Zoo. Three lions named Lea, Simba and Loulou, "died of hunger", said Claude-Sie Kam, a zoo employee, to an AFP reporter. About forty animals perished due to lack of food at the Abidjan Zoo during the Ivorian crisis. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

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SMILING POPE
SMILING POPE: Madrid Archbishop Antonio Maria Rouco Varela watched as Pope Benedict XVI put on a hat at a welcoming ceremony there as part of World Youth Day festivities Thursday. In hard-hit Spain, the pope denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality that is behind Europe’s economic crisis. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

THUMBS-UP
THUMBS-UP: Vice President Joe Biden and his granddaughter Naomi Biden, left, visited a restaurant in Beijing Thursday. Mr. Biden will visit China, Mongolia and Japan. (Ng han Guan-Pool/Getty Images)

REBEL RESTS
REBEL RESTS: A rebel took cover from mortar shelling in an unfinished mosque near Sabratha, Libya, Wednesday. Rebels claimed control of the city. Meanwhile, explosions shook the capital Thursday, possibly striking near Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s compound. (Marc Hofer/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

DISTRAUGHT
DISTRAUGHT: Bibi Hur cried over her injured daughter at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, Thursday. The woman lost three of her children and two were injured by a roadside bomb that killed at least 21 passengers traveling on a minibus in Obe, Afghanistan. (Hoshang Hashimi/Associated Press)

CABBAGE PATCH
CABBAGE PATCH: A woman harvested cabbages in a field at a state farm on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, Thursday. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

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