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They keep things out or enclose them within. They're symbols of power, and a means of control. They're canvases for art, backdrops for street theater, and placards for political messages. They're just waiting for when nobody's looking to receive graffiti. Walls of all kinds demarcate our lives. -- Lane Turner (41 photos total).
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Workers clean the curtain wall of the 40-story National Bank of Economic Social Development in Rio de Janeiro on December 12, 2012. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)     

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‘NO PRESSURE’
‘NO PRESSURE’: Xochitl, 3, a Mexican hairless dog, waited for owner Ana Poe of San Francisco in a restroom at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, Calif., Thursday. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register/Zuma Press)

READY TO LEARN
READY TO LEARN: Students Kadidiatu Swaray, 18, left, and Mabinty Bangura, 15, arrived for class at the Every Nation Academy private school in Makeni, Sierra Leone, Friday. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

OFFENDED
OFFENDED: North Koreans shouted slogans denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during a rally Friday at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. The North Korean government has said Mr. Lee’s recent comments about the country ‘hurt the dignity’ of its people. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

IN PAIN
IN PAIN: A homeless young woman accused of having premarital sex in public was caned by a sharia police officer at a public square in the town of Langsa, Indonesia, Friday. Aceh is the only Indonesian province that enforces laws based in the teachings of Islam. (Riza Lazuardi/AFP/Getty Images)

TAKING A BREATHER
TAKING A BREATHER: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland caught his breath during his quarterfinal match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday. (Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press)

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Seemingly strange weather patterns continue to break high and low temperature records. The same patterns spawned an early tornado season in the midwestern United States and brought late season snowstorms to the west. Record snow falls and frigid temperatures characterized a particularly difficult winter across Europe with many deaths attributed to the conditions. Signs of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere (which began officially with the Vernal Equinox - March 20 - when the hours of day are approximately equal to the hours of night) like trees blossoming and flowers blooming, the shedding of winter coats and the desire of anyone -who has spent an all too long winter season indoors - to venture outside to soak up the sun. -- Paula Nelson (45 photos total)
Cherry blossoms of the Japanese Yoshino variety bloom along the Tidal Basin, March 19, 2012, in Washington, DC, with the Jefferson Memorial to the rear. This season celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHOKED UP
CHOKED UP: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) was emotional as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong received a Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday. Astronauts John Glenn, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin also received medals. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PONCHO IN THE PARK
PONCHO IN THE PARK: A woman wrapped in a plastic poncho sat on a bench at New York’s Zuccotti Park. A judge ruled Tuesday that Occupy Wall Street protesters can no longer camp out in the park near Wall Street after police cleared the area earlier in the day. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

HAVING A BALL
HAVING A BALL: Maintenance worker Luis Alcala emerged from inside a large Christmas ornament that he bolted down at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., Tuesday. (H. Lorren Au Jr./The Orange County Register/Associated Press)

CRIME SCENE
CRIME SCENE: Law enforcement investigated a window at the White House in Washington Wednesday. Pennsylvania authorities arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, of Idaho, in connection with shots fired at the White House Friday. The windows are bulletproof. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SILENCE IS GOLDEN
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: A lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party, Huseyin Sahin, tried to stop a fellow party member, Muhittin Aksak, from speaking during a debate at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday. (Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BOY IN THE MASK
BOY IN THE MASK: Yang Weihao’s mother helped him take off a mask at their home in Zhuanji, Anhui Province, China, Tuesday. The boy was severely burnt in a fire in June and has to wear a surgical mask and a pair of gloves to prevent the wounds from becoming infected. (Reuters)

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TAKE A LEAP
TAKE A LEAP: A worker leapt over stacked sacks of grain at a wholesale market in Chandigarh, India, Thursday. India’s food-price index rose 9.32% since October 2010, according to newly released government data. (Ajay Verma/Reuters)

AGAINST A WALL
AGAINST A WALL: Capitol police arrested a protester who disrupted a hearing at which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey were speaking in Washington Thursday. The hearing focused on the future of national defense. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

FUEL FIRE
FUEL FIRE: A boy looked at smoke rising from an Afghanistan-bound NATO fuel truck that was attacked by gunmen near Shikarpur, Pakistan, Thursday. The attackers set several fuel trucks on fire. (Nadeem Soomro/Reuters)

THE CAT’S MEOW
THE CAT’S MEOW: Ben Kiff, 20 years old, wore a cat suit as he waited in line Thursday to purchase an iPhone 4S at an Apple store on London’s Regent Street. The Apple fan said he planned to come to every launch dressed as a different animal. (National News/Zuma Press)

ARRESTED
ARRESTED: Police arrested Scott Dekraai, 42, about a half-mile from the scene where he allegedly opened fire at the hair salon where his ex-wife worked, killing eight people in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday. Mr. Dekraai and his ex-wife were engaged in a custody dispute. (Rose Palmisano/The Orange County Register/Zuma Press)

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