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Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach, South Korea

Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach, South Korea

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Another mud day, another continent.

Tourists at Daecheon Beach, about 118 miles southwest of Seoul, spattered their way through the opening day of the 15th Annual Boryeong Mud Festival on July 14. Up to 3 million domestic and international tourists will visit the beach during the festival believing the rich mineral content from the mud flats near Boryeong will benefit their skin.

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July 13 Photo Brief: Twilight at Comic Con, baby black panthers and a stampede of ducks

July 13 Photo Brief: Twilight at Comic Con, baby black panthers and a stampede of ducks

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A myriad of ducks waddle by a paddy in Thailand, three month old twin black panthers make their debut in Germany, Twilight actors Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone goof around at Comic Con and more in today’s daily brief.

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Rapa das Bestas (Shearing of the Beasts) festival in Sabucedo, Spain

Rapa das Bestas (Shearing of the Beasts) festival in Sabucedo, Spain

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While the running of the bulls in Pamplona is arguably one of Spain’s biggest attractions, on the Northwestern coast of the country, Galicians celebrate the lesser known tradition Rapa das Bestas, or shearing of the beasts. The tradition, which involves wrestling wild horses to the ground and trimming their manes and tails, is a 400 year old tradition in the region. Horses are corralled into a village where they face aloitadores or fighters in this man vs. animal challenge – minus weapons, just bare hands and hooves. While locals say its tradition and helps identify horses that are ill, animal rights groups say the tradition is barbaric and should be stopped.
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Fighting bullfighting with paint, press and nudity [EXPLICIT]

Fighting bullfighting with paint, press and nudity [EXPLICIT]

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The “Running of the Bulls” rose out of the growing popularity of bullfighting in western European countries like Spain and Portugal. It’s exact origin remains unknown, possibly due the hundreds of concussions and contusions reported each year since modern record-keeping of these events began in 1924.

To this day, the annual bull run in Pamplona, Spain, and the ensuing bullfights of the San Fermin festival, stand out as one of the world’s most popular. While the run itself lasts a mere 4 minutes, the fighting bulls of Pamplona have prodded their way into the pages of classic literature and onto the big screen. (See the opening scene of City Slickers.)

Due to the innate violence of bullfighting, and the captivating draw of the bull runs that proceed them, protests have increased in recent years. With demonstrations like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ “Running of the Nudes,” each year animal rights activists organize flashy, and often gory displays to relay their messages against bullfighting.

The selections below contain barely-covered activists interspersed with violent bullfighting images from which they derive their inspiration. Be advised that this story may not be suitable for younger viewers.

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July 10 Photo Brief: Spam is 75 y/o, Pamplona’s big heads parade

July 10 Photo Brief: Spam is 75 y/o, Pamplona’s big heads parade

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Hormel’s infamous “spiced ham” celebrates 75th years of canned meat goodness, a child forages through a forest of automotive parts in Mumbai, giants and big heads wander the streets of Pamplona and more in today’s daily brief.

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Baltimore 365: The spring of 2012

Baltimore 365: The spring of 2012

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The brainchild of The Sun’s Entertainment Content Editor Amanda Krotki, Baltimore 365* sprang forth in 2012 as a visual chronicle of a year in the life of our city. With our keen collective eye on local news, we began posting visually stimulating photos that best exemplified that day in Baltimore.

Here are 15 photos selected to represent Baltimore 365 during the months of April, May and June. Topics include Kegasus and UniCarl at Preakness Infieldfest, playful dolphins at the National Aquarium, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and a fire eater with 5,000 tattoos at Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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Yida refugee camp surges past 64,000 in South Sudan

Yida refugee camp surges past 64,000 in South Sudan

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Refugees fleeing from the violence in North Sudan are crowding into the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan. Currently swollen beyond 64,000 people, each day the camp sees 500-1,000 new arrivals. Due to the rainy season, many are suffering from severe cases of diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition. Meanwhile, sanitation issues have caused increasing illness, and field hospitals report 95 percent of all patients are under the age five. So far, no food shortages have been reported, but the international aid community continues to struggle to provide basic medical assistance and proper sanitation.

Getty Images photographer Paula Bronstein reports back from inside the camp with the following emotional series of photographs beginning with her arrival on June 29.

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July 6 Photo Brief: Outrageous, and backless, fashion, masked women and Tour de crash

July 6 Photo Brief: Outrageous, and backless, fashion, masked women and Tour de crash

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Avant-garde pieces from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Bread & Butter street fashion trade fair, French sex workers protest anti-prostitution measures, bicycle and motorcycle crashes and more in today’s daily brief.

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Gay Pride: The world through rainbow-colored glasses

Gay Pride: The world through rainbow-colored glasses

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This week, the Pentagon held its first ever Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month Event, nine months after the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy officially ended government-sanctioned discrimination against gays serving in the military.

LGBT pride is celebrated every June, commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969 — the start of the modern gay rights movement and remembers the struggles and victories of the movement. Today, this “out and proud” mentality emphasizes a culture and community of diversity, tolerance, fashion and flare.

From drag queens to biker chicks, here’s a look at LGBT pride parades, street festivals, and political rallies around the world this month. Some of the following may not be suitable for young children, so parental discretion is advised.

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi wins Egyptian presidential election

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi wins Egyptian presidential election

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was officially declared Egypt’s first freely elected president on Sunday after a run-off vote against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi supporters erupted in celebration following his victory, while the grief of Shafik supporters settled hard on a nation no stranger to revolutionary results in recent years.

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