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Graduation season is well underway, with kindergartners, high schoolers, college seniors and graduate students alike donning caps and gowns to celebrate their achievement. With their diplomas, graduates also get words of wisdom from a commencement speakers and a good excuse to celebrate. -- Lloyd Young ( 31 photos total)
US Naval Academy graduates throw their hats at the conclusion of their commencement and commission ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 24 in Annapolis, Md. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)     

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FLAG RUN
FLAG RUN: An Afghan police officer ran after confiscating a U.S. flag from protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. Hours after the Taliban urged retaliation against Westerners for the burning of Qurans at Bagram Airfield, an Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops in Nangarhar, killing two soldiers. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

LIFE ON MAIN STREET
LIFE ON MAIN STREET: People watched Republican presidential candidates debate on a large television screen on Main Street in Mesa, Ariz., Wednesday. Arizona and Michigan Voters go to the polls Feb. 28 in primary elections. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

DIGGING IN
DIGGING IN: Police removed pro-choice advocate Margaret Doyle after a state Senate committee approved a bill Thursday in Richmond, Va., that defines life as starting at conception. The vote now sends the bill to the full state Senate. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch/Associated Press)

PRIMETIME PUTIN
PRIMETIME PUTIN: A big monitor showed current prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin speaking during a rally at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Thursday. Mr. Putin warned against the dangers of foreign influence. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

HEALING HAND
HEALING HAND: A family member placed his hand on the forehead of a man who was injured in a bombing of a bus station in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday. At least 12 people were killed. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

MIGHTY CLOSE
MIGHTY CLOSE: A barber used a blade to clean a customer’s eyelid in Suining, Sichuan province, China, Thursday. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, getting a haircut on the second day of the second Chinese lunar month, which falls on Feb. 23, is likely to bring good luck. (Reuters)

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Rebecca Flaig of Goochland, Va., left, and Ryan Jung of Richmond hold their umbrellas aloft as part of the World AIDS Day event on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. A sea of red umbrellas, in the form of a giant red ribbon, were displayed. A man holds a poster featuring [...]

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The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow and has now spread across the world, motivating thousands to voice their anger at financial and social inequality, and in some places merging with existing anti-government protests. On Saturday, a global "Day of Rage" was observed, and demonstrations took place in more than 80 countries around the world. Protesters took their messages and anger to the streets from Hong Kong to Fairbanks, from Miami to London, from Berlin to Sydney, and hundreds more cities large and small. The demonstrations were largely peaceful -- with the exception of some violent clashes in Rome. Collected here are some images from the past several days as the Occupy Wall Street message continues to resonate and grow. [50 photos]

A participant protests with a mock 500 euro bill during a demonstration to support the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in Munich southern Germany, on October 15, 2011. Protestors gathered at many major European cities Saturday to join in demonstrations against corporate greed and inequality.(AP Photo/Joerg Koch)

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