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July 23 Photo Brief: Penn State hit with harsh penalties from NCAA, Colorado movie theater shooter makes first court appearance

July 23 Photo Brief: Penn State hit with harsh penalties from NCAA, Colorado movie theater shooter makes first court appearance

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James Eagan Holmes, accused Colorado movie theater shooter makes first court appearance, Penn State receives harsh penalties from the NCAA — including a $60 million fine and four-year bowl ban in aftermath of Jerry Sandusky scandal, and more in today’s daily brief.
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July 19 Photo Brief: Full monty fireman, big cat moms and tennis goes orange

July 19 Photo Brief: Full monty fireman, big cat moms and tennis goes orange

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White lion and Siberian tiger cubs get a bath, an all orange tennis player plays in Beijing, Spanish firefighters protest against funding cuts and more in today’s daily brief.
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July 16 Photo Brief: A misfire by French president, Hindu devotees and Canary Island wildfire

July 16 Photo Brief: A misfire by French president, Hindu devotees and Canary Island wildfire

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The french president attempts archery, a cave formed from a airplane in China, protests heat up in Spain and more in today’s daily brief.

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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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July 9 Photo Brief: Hillary Clinton visits Mongolia and a $19,994 microbubble underwater treadmill for pets

July 9 Photo Brief: Hillary Clinton visits Mongolia and a $19,994 microbubble underwater treadmill for pets

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicks off an Asian tour aimed at promoting democracy in Mongolia, a microbubble underwater treadmill for pets priced at $19,994 debuts at the Taipei Pet Show and more in today’s daily brief.
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Bullish on bulls: All the gorey details from Pamplona, Spain

Bullish on bulls: All the gorey details from Pamplona, Spain

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Each year participants gather to celebrate the ‘Chupinazo,’ which marks the start of the San Fermin Festival in front of the Town Hall of Pamplona, northern Spain. Tens of thousands of people pack Pamplona’s streets for a drunken kick-off to Spain’s best-known fiesta. The highlight of the nine day festival is the running of the bulls where brave (or stupid depending on your point of view) festival goers dodge bulls as they run through the streets of Pamplona. To give you a sample of this spectacular event The Darkroom has added some images from last years running of the bulls along with the opening ceremony for the 2012 festival.
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