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March 15 Photo Brief: The new Pope’s ex-girlfriend, chocolate couture, fake Chinese medicine, et tu, Bieber?

March 15 Photo Brief: The new Pope’s ex-girlfriend, chocolate couture, fake Chinese medicine, et tu, Bieber?

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The smiling lady that sent the new Pope packing for the priesthood, models walk the runway in edible attire during the second Bordeaux’s Chocolate fair, Justin Bieber plays on after apologizing for his online slam against Lindsay Lohan, environmental artist Christo unveils his “Big Air Package” and more in today’s daily brief.

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Cockfighting in Kabul

Cockfighting in Kabul

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Cockfighting, known as “Murgh Janghi” in the Afghan Dari language, is a popular game among Afghans during the winter season, which was banned by the Taliban rulers. The heels and bills of the birds are sharpened before fights, which run around 4-6 rounds. Each round lasts between 10 to 20 minutes with a gap of 5 minutes in between bouts. Some 100,000 to 200,000 Afghanis ($2,000 to $4,000 USD) can exchange hands among spectators placing bets during these fights.

Reuters photographer Omar Sobhani and Getty Images photographer Shah Marai captured today’s cockfight in Kabul.

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Feb. 22 Photo Brief: Chingay Parade, Purim celebrations, Irish dancing competition and Hyderabad prayers

Feb. 22 Photo Brief: Chingay Parade, Purim celebrations, Irish dancing competition and Hyderabad prayers

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Hyderabad twin bombing victims remembered, dancers compete in the 29th All Scotland Irish Dance Championship, the Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated in Israel, the “Fire In Snow” Chingay Parade weaves through the streets of Singapore and more in today’s daily brief.

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56th World Press Photo Contest winners

56th World Press Photo Contest winners

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The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2013, the world’s largest annual press photography contest, were announced on February 15, 2013. Taking home the top prize was photographer Paul Hansen from Sweden with a picture of men carrying the bodies of two dead children in Gaza City. (ATTENTION: Be advised that some photographs contain graphic content.)

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Feb. 15 Photo Brief: Lemon festival in France, Knut on display in Germany, chewable art in Ukraine

Feb. 15 Photo Brief: Lemon festival in France, Knut on display in Germany, chewable art in Ukraine

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Since his untimely death in 2011, the hand-reared polar bear Knut returns to Berlin as a life-sized model with the bear’s real fur, the 80th Lemon festival in France creates a citrus-infused ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ wonderland, a Ukrainian artist paints with chewing gum and more in today’s daily brief.

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A “Masked Mystery” at the Maryland Historical Society uncovered by blog readers

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The Maryland Historical Society launched a blog this past September called underbelly. With its vast collection of photographs, maps, recordings and other historical documents, the blog culls through and explores important, and often forgotten items from Maryland’s rich history. Occasionally, as its name suggests, the blog discusses less-than-flattering past events, which continue to reverberate with Marylanders of today. One such entry recently got our attention entitled “Masked Mystery.” In the article, the author introduces a sinister-looking photograph from their archives that has perplexed them for some time.

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Mardi Gras celebrations fling through New Orleans

Mardi Gras celebrations fling through New Orleans

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Perhaps best known today for its drinking and “beads for breasts” activities, the Mardi Gras parade began earlier today around the French Quarter in New Orleans. French for “fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras celebrates the last night of gluttonous celebration before the ritual fasting begins on the Christian holiday Ash Wednesday.

So far this year, Super Bowl Champions Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones were scene walking with the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Also this past weekend, parades (perhaps more child-friendly?) were also held in New Orleans that included a bead-throwing Kelly Clarkson two days before winning the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.

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Feb. 8 Photo Brief: Snakes, white tigers, horse meat, freaks and ringtones from the rear

Feb. 8 Photo Brief: Snakes, white tigers, horse meat, freaks and ringtones from the rear

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Asia prepares for the Chinese Lunar New Year beginning Feb. 10 with the Year of the Snake, European food manufacturer Findus confirmed that the company’s beef lasagne contained horse meat, a Sri Lankan prisoner gets caught with a mobile phone in his rectum, the Immortal Love Pop-up Experience – Freakshow & Immortalized unleashes in New York City and more in today’s daily brief.

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Feb. 1 Photo Brief: A ‘Bear’ wins the Wing Bowl, the Ravens prepare for the Super Bowl and ewes take to the streets in France

Feb. 1 Photo Brief: A ‘Bear’ wins the Wing Bowl, the Ravens prepare for the Super Bowl and ewes take to the streets in France

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Shepherds protest the new European Union electronic RFID chip legislation, Jamie ‘The Bear’ McDonald upsets three-time winner Jon Squibb by 5 wings at ‘Wing Bowl 21,’ the Harbaugh brothers hold a press conference before the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers battle it out in Super Bowl XLVII and more in today’s daily brief.

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Jan. 25 Photo Brief: Murray beats Federer, a hair from Prophet Mohammad’s beard, Egyptians violently mark revolution two years ago

Jan. 25 Photo Brief: Murray beats Federer, a hair from Prophet Mohammad’s beard, Egyptians violently mark revolution two years ago

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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis tournament, protesters mark the second anniversary of the January 25th revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Kashmiri Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Mila, or the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, by observing a relic believed to be a hair from the Prophet’s beard and more in today’s daily brief.

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