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Photos of the Day: Nov. 17

SEEKING SCRAPS
SEEKING SCRAPS: Men searched for valuables in the Zongo market in Cotonou, Benin, on Thursday, two days after residents say the market was destroyed by police without warning. Officials said they were making the area presentable for Pope Benedict XVI, who arrives Friday. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

MOVED TO TEARS
MOVED TO TEARS: Gretchen Vanderlinden-Wang cried as she listened to personal testimony from Social Security recipients Thursday at Capitol Hill in Washington during a rally against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

STORM DAMAGE
STORM DAMAGE: A man walked past damaged cars and trees near Rock Hill, S.C., Thursday. A storm system that spawned tornadoes moved across the Southeast late Wednesday, killing at least six people in three states and flattening homes. (Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press)

RELOCATED
RELOCATED: Police officers carried away a protester from the Occupy movement in Los Angeles Thursday. (David McNew/Reuters)

WHALE OF A TIME
WHALE OF A TIME: People took pictures in front of a dead sperm whale in Meldorf, Germany, Thursday. The beached whale’s body will be recovered in the coming days and its skeleton eventually will be displayed at the Natural History Museum in Muenster, Germany. (Carsten Rehder/DPA/Zuma Press)

SMOLDERING HEAP
SMOLDERING HEAP: Smoke rose from houses after a blaze in a slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday. More than 100 homes burned to the ground. (Munir uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)