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August 2 Photo Brief: Elephant burial, Kofi Annan steps down as UN-Arab League envoy and Day 6 at the Olympics

August 2 Photo Brief: Elephant burial, Kofi Annan steps down as UN-Arab League envoy and Day 6 at the Olympics

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Local villagers of Assam bury an elephant, Russians celebrate Paratroopers Day, Kofi Annan steps down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict and more in today’s daily brief.
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July 31 Photo Brief: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in the Middle East, soccer ball stitching programs, bull racing in India

July 31 Photo Brief: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in the Middle East, soccer ball stitching programs, bull racing in India

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on a five-day trip to the Middle-East, Pakistan’s military launches a soccer ball stitching program in the town of Chaghmalai, bull racing in India and more in today’s daily brief.
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July 24 Photo Brief: Batman shooting memorial, summer Santas, the search for Mona Lisa

July 24 Photo Brief: Batman shooting memorial, summer Santas, the search for Mona Lisa

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A makeshift memorial honors the 12 victims of Friday’s Colorado theater shooting, the annual World Santa Claus Congress visits a zoo in Denmark, intimate apparel from the mid-1400’s go to university and more in today’s daily brief.
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July 8 Photo Brief: Roger Federer wins seventh Wimbledon Title, rebels seize towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

July 8 Photo Brief: Roger Federer wins seventh Wimbledon Title, rebels seize towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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Roger Federer wins seventh Wimbledon Title, M23 rebels seize three towns over the weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and more in today’s daily brief.
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World War II Victory Day celebrations in Russia and across Europe

World War II Victory Day celebrations in Russia and across Europe

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After Adolf Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945, the occupying German armies began surrendering in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ultimately, Germany signed an unconditional surrender, signaling the defeat of the Nazi Germany regime. VE Day (Victory in Europe) is commonly celebrated on May 8, while the countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate the day on May 9.

The following compilation includes scenes from, and revolving around, Victory Day across the ocean.

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May Day around the world

May Day around the world

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May Day or International Workers’ Day has become a day of protest for many in the world demanding better working conditions, higher wages, and social equality. It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, a peaceful protest for the right to an 8-hour workday that became a deadly clash with police. Today it is celebrated in more than 80 countries.

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26 years later: Remembering the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

26 years later: Remembering the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

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The direct environmental implications of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will not be known for some time, if at all. Those potentially exposed to the small amounts of radiation that escaped during the long struggle to contain the melting nuclear cores have only a few points of reference to draw from. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, many are looking toward the people of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as they continue to monitor the health and well-being of their loved ones with increasing concern.
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