Day in Pics

June 29, 2012

Upper view of Rocinha shanty town at sunrise in Rio de Janeiro
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Upper view of Rocinha shanty town at sunrise in Rio de Janeiro
Upper view of the Rocinha shanty town at sunrise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 29 June, 2012. The World Heritage Committee will consider the inscription of 36 sites, including Rio de Janeiro, on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its next meeting from 24 June to 6 July, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. (AFP)
Athletes at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki
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Athletes at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki
Athletes compete in the men's 3000m steeplechase final at the 2012 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki on June 29, 2012. (AFP)
Worshiper lights a candle inside Church of Nativity
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Worshiper lights a candle inside Church of Nativity
A Christian worshiper lights a candle inside the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the biblical Palestinian town of Bethlehem on June 29,2012, as the UN cultural body UNESCO overrode Israeli objections to urgently grant world heritage status to the ancient church. While the Palestinians hailed the move as a 'historic day for justice,' the Israeli delegate said the Jewish state supported awarding world heritage status to the ancient church under a completely different procedure that carried no implications for the Middle East peace process. (AFP)
Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Maraa, near Aleppo, June 29, 2012. The placard reads: 'We are confident in God's victory'. (Reuters)
Francois Hollande and Tony Blair in Paris
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Francois Hollande and Tony Blair in Paris
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes former British Prime Minister Tony Blair prior to a meeting on June 29, 2012, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AFP)
Merkel before vote for ratification of European Union fiscal pact
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Merkel before vote for ratification of European Union fiscal pact
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech before the vote for the ratification of the European Union fiscal pact at the Reichstag, the seat of the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, June 29, 2012.

Germany's parliament is due to finally approve a permanent euro zone bailout scheme and new budget rules on Friday drawn up by Chancellor Angela Merkel, but legal hurdles remain and her overnight concessions to euro zone partners Italy and Spain may make them harder to overcome. (Reuters)
Fireman tries to extinguish a wildfire in Turis
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Fireman tries to extinguish a wildfire in Turis
A fireman tries to extinguish a wildfire in Turis, near Valencia, on June 29, 2012. (AFP)
M&M launches CNG variant of Maxximo
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M&M launches CNG variant of Maxximo
Vivek Nayer, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Automobile Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., at poses with the CNG variant of Maxximo load carrier at its launch in New Delhi. PTI
Delhi Durbar Tiara
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Delhi Durbar Tiara
Curator Caroline de Guitaut, holding the Delhi Durbar Tiara, on show for the first time and made to mark the succession of King George V as King Emperor in 1911, at a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace, London.

The new exhibition at Buckingham Palace shows jewels collected by six monarchs over three centuries to mark the Queen's Diamond jubilee this summer. AP
European Union leaders summit
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European Union leaders summit
European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi talks to Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti (C) as Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker (R) walks past them during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels. Euro zone leaders agreed on Friday to take emergency action to bring down Italy's and Spain's spiralling borrowing costs and to create a single supervisory body for euro zone banks by the end of this year, a first step towards a European banking union. (Reuters)
Bollywood actors during movie promotion
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Bollywood actors during movie promotion
Bollywood actors Prachi Desai, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn & Asin Thottumkal pose during a promotional event for their film 'Bol Bachchan' in Mumbai. (PTI)
Curfew orders  in Kashmir
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Curfew orders in Kashmir
Policemen chase the Peoples Political Party Chairman Hilal Ahmed War, in black, as he tried to defy curfew orders to reach the 200-year-old Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelan Shrinei which was damaged in a fire early this week in Srinagar. Normal life across Kashmir had been disrupted on the fifth straight day on Friday as government imposed strict restriction on movement of people to prevent protests after the fire. (AP)
Military theme park in Beijing
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Military theme park in Beijing
A primary school teacher, right, takes a photo while her students check a model of a DF-21c medium-range ballistic missile on a launch vehicle during their tour at a military theme park in Beijing, China. (AP)
Akshay Kumar at a music launch function
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Akshay Kumar at a music launch function
Actor Akshay Kumar along with actors Sharad Malhotra, Bidita Baig and Rohit Khurana launches the music album of the film 'From Sydney With Love' in Mumbai. (PTI)
Anand Sharma with Afghan commerce minister
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Anand Sharma with Afghan commerce minister
Afghanistan Minister of Commerce and Industry, Anwar ul-Haq Ahady (R) shakes hands with Minister for Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma during a meeting in New Delhi. Ahady is in India for a two-day visit. (AFP)
South Koreans protest against a controversial military agreement with Japan
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South Koreans protest against a controversial military agreement with Japan
South Korean activists hold a protest against a controversial military agreement with Japan, outside the foreign ministry in Seoul. South Korea has postponed the signing of a landmark military agreement with Japan, the foreign ministry said, after strong objections from both ruling and opposition parties in Seoul. (AFP)
Recycling yard of the Tarmac Aerosave company
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Recycling yard of the Tarmac Aerosave company
Dismantling old planes are seen on the recycling yard of the Tarmac Aerosave company in Azereix near Tarbes, southern France. French aerospace company Tarmac Aerosave is specialized in the dismantling of end-of-life aircraft at its base. The parts salvaged during this process are repackaged and repurposed. Landing gear and motors are shipped out to be reinstalled in new planes while cockpits are reborn as flight simulators. (Reuters)
Google logo at its annual developer conference
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Google logo at its annual developer conference
A Google logo is seen on the monitor as crews clean up the area after the keynote at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012 in California. (AFP)
Nomura considering a temporary halt to some operations
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Nomura considering a temporary halt to some operations
Nomura Holdings Inc Chief Executive Kenichi Watanabe listens to a question during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo in this November 19, 2008 file photo. Nomura Holdings will cut top managers' pay and is considering a temporary halt to some operations as Japan's largest brokerage looks to resolve a costly insider trading scandal, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

A Nomura management committee will meet on June 29, 2012 to approve the pay cuts and other measures as the result of an internal investigation the brokerage has been scrambling to complete by the end of this month. Picture taken November 19, 2008. REUTERS
French President Francois Hollande
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French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande speaks during a press conference after the first day of the European Union leaders in Brussels early June 29, 2012. EU leaders debate 'a big leap forward' to strengthen their union and save the euro at a two-day summit starting Thursday, but divisions may scuttle efforts to shore up the single currency. (AFP)
RIM announces steeper-than-expected quarterly operating loss
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RIM announces steeper-than-expected quarterly operating loss
Research In Motion Ltd delayed the make-or-break launch of its next-generation BlackBerry phones until next year, in a devastating setback to the once-dominant technology company whose sales are crumbling. Shares of the company, which also announced a steeper-than-expected quarterly operating loss and deep job cuts on June 28, 2012 plunged 14 percent after it said it would release its revamped BlackBerry 10 devices early in 2013. Picture taken May 1, 2012. (REUTERS)
Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire
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Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire
Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire rises above evacuated homes, threatened by the fire, in Colorado Springs, Colorado June 28, 2012. AFP
'The Sphere' in New York City’s Battery Park
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'The Sphere' in New York City’s Battery Park
In this April 6, 2012 file photo, pedestrians pass 'The Sphere' in New York City’s Battery Park. Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, agreed on Thursday, June 28, 2012 that the sculpture which emerged largely intact from the rubble of the Sept. 11 attacks should be part of the trade center memorial. (AP)
Google I/O: Google's annual developer conference
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Google I/O: Google's annual developer conference
Google Chrome's logo is seen at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, at Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 28, 2012 in California. (AFP)
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