Day in Pics

August 2, 2012

Jubilant Gorkha Janamukti Morcha activistsPTI
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Jubilant Gorkha Janamukti Morcha activists
Jubilant Gorkha Janamukti Morcha activists take out a procession as they celebrate victory in election of autonomous body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in Darjeeling on Thursday.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha made a clean sweep of all 45 seats in the newly formed GTA. 28 seats were won uncontested after the two major political forces, Trinamul Congress and CPI-M withdrew from the contest.

The swearing-in of the newly elected members will take place on Aug. 4. (PTI)
Raksha Bandhan festival at KaradPTI
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Raksha Bandhan festival at Karad
School children form a human chain in the shape of a 'Rakhi' that reads 'Lake Vachwa' (save girl) as they celebrate Raksha Bandhan festival at a school in Karad, Maharashtra on Thursday. (PTI)
US troops in Kabul
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US troops in Kabul
US troops arrive near the site of an incident Kabul August 2, 2012.

Afghan security forces killed five insurgents and wounded one during a pre-dawn raid in Kabul on Thursday, with authorities saying they had thwarted a mass attack and captured intelligence pointing to the militant Haqqani network. (REUTERS)
Russian Paratroopers Day
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Russian Paratroopers Day
Former Russian paratroopers take part in a procession to celebrate Russian Paratroopers Day, an annual holiday, in central St. Petersburg, August 2, 2012. The holiday for the Russian airborne troops has been celebrated since the Soviet era till today. (REUTERS)
USS George Washington
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USS George Washington
This file photo shows the USS George Washington, a US nuclear powered aircraft carrier, during a routine port visit in Hong Kong.

Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith on August 2, 2012 has rejected a proposal to base a US nuclear aircraft carrier and other warships in the country, a move that would rankle key trade partner China. (AFP)
Muslim officials and students banned from fasting during Ramadan
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Muslim officials and students banned from fasting during Ramadan
Chinese students walk by a mosque in Hami, in China's farwest Xinjiang region on August 2, 2012.

Authorities in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence. Xinjiang is home to around nine million Uighurs, a Turkic speaking, largely Muslim ethnic minority, many of whom accuse China's leaders of religious and political persecution. (AFP)
Flooded Tantui village in Indonesia
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Flooded Tantui village in Indonesia
Residents walk through the flooded Tantui village in Indonesia's Maluku province August 1, 2012.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported on Wednesday that eight people were killed while three were missing by the floods and landslides that have struck Maluku, following three days of heavy downpour. (REUTERS)
Janai Purnima
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Janai Purnima
Sacred threads and 'tika', coloured powder and rice grains used as a blessing, are pictured during the Janai Purnima (Sacred Thread Festival) at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu August 2, 2012. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred threads, also known as janai, for protection and purification during the festival. (REUTERS)
Costa Rican pilgrims
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Costa Rican pilgrims
Costa Rican pilgrims walk on their knees inside the Basilica of Los Angeles during a celebration of the apparition of the Virgin of Los Angeles in Cartago, August 1, 2012. Thousands of devotees make pilgrimages across the country to pay their respects and seek blessings from Costa Rica's patron saint 'La Negrita'. (REUTERS)
Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes
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Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes
Police officers detain protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes during a demonstration in Montreal, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. A disorderly scene erupted in downtown Montreal at the start of Quebec's election campaign as a night protest saw several arrests, injuries, and clashes with police. (AP)
Pollution index in Hong Kong hits worst levels
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Pollution index in Hong Kong hits worst levels
People take pictures of the city's skyline during sunset in Hong Kong on August 1, 2012.

Authorities in Hong Kong issued health warnings as pollution index in the city hit its worst levels in more than two years, as the Environmental Protection Department said on August 2, 2012 the index reached 212, its highest level since March 23, 2010. (AFP)
Thai-Muslim girls
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Thai-Muslim girls
Thai-Muslim girls look from outside the gate as police officers investigate at Guwing school building that was burnt down on Wednesday night by suspected Muslim separatists in Mayor district of Pattani province, southern Thailand Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Suspected militants have launched several attacks since the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began. (AP)
Afghan refugees in Pakistan
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Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Afghan trash collectors search for recyclable items at a garbage dump in Pakistan's port city of Karachi.

More than 20,000 children, the vast majority of them Afghans who work for $2 a day, collect rubbish dumped by the 18 million residents of Karachi. According to official figures, there are 500,000 Afghans in the city, 80 per cent registered as refugees and the rest undocumented or illegal economic migrants. (AFP)
A dead 39-foot long humpback whale washed up at Newport beach in Sydney
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A dead 39-foot long humpback whale washed up at Newport beach in Sydney
National Parks and Wildlife members cut up a dead 12-meter (39-foot) long humpback whale for disposal on Newport beach in Sydney Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. The whale was washed into an ocean pool Wednesday before it was taken out by the high tide overnight and washed onto the adjacent beach. (AP)
Technology error at Knight Capital
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Technology error at Knight Capital
A trader works at the Knight Capital kiosk on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A rush of unusually high volume ripped through dozens of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday due to a technology error at market maker Knight Capital, the latest in a series of high-profile mishaps that have damaged investor confidence in financial markets. (Reuters)
Obama at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio
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Obama at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio
US President Barack Obama waves before he speaks at a campaign event at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. (Reuters)
Graduation ceremony at Guatemala's Police Academy
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Graduation ceremony at Guatemala's Police Academy
1503 graduated policemen stand in formation during their graduation ceremony at Guatemala's Police Academy in Guatemala City. (AFP Photo)
Hillary Clinton at US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal
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Hillary Clinton at US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with staff from the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. (AFP Photo)
Canadian PM Stephen Harper talks to farmers
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Canadian PM Stephen Harper talks to farmers
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks to farmers and supporters about the first day of open markets for grain farmers, at Kindersley. Western Canada's grain-marketing monopoly, a system dating back to World War Two and the last of its kind in the world, ends on Wednesday, officially opening a new era of competition for grain in the breadbasket of the seventh largest wheat growing country. (Reuters)
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