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Hebei Province

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As China's population and economy continue to grow, the country is scrambling to solve challenges in housing, elder care, cultural and political institutions, the environment, and other areas of everyday life. Today's collection, a recent gathering of images from across the nation, covers a range of subjects from wheelchair dancers to bear bile farms, a monkey-controlled robot arm to a Tibetan exile protester who set himself on fire earlier today, and much more. [41 photos]

A woman and her son sit inside the capsule of an electric tricycle as they drive along a main road in central Beijing, on March 15, 2012. (Reuters/David Gray)

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

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