Muslims take part in religious festival of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein [GRAPHIC]

Muslims take part in religious festival of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein [GRAPHIC]

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During the Shi’ite Muslim holy month of Muharram, worshippers from India to Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan participate in the religious festival of Ashura. Ashura, the tenth day in the mourning period, commemorates the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed during a battle in A.D. 680 in Karbala. Mourners celebrate the occasion by participating in large processions, re-enacting major battle events or self-flagellating themselves with knives to mark the anniversary.

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Rough Cut: A raw edit from the Ravens 16-13 win over the San Diego Chargers in overtime

Rough Cut: A raw edit from the Ravens 16-13 win over the San Diego Chargers in overtime

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“Rough Cut” is a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. Fanatic fans, marching bands, cheerleaders and lots of game action are just part of the spectacle that is the NFL. This week photojournalists Kenneth K. Lam and Karl Merton Ferron photographed the Baltimore Ravens 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Nov. 25 Photo Brief: Displaced Congolese, anniversary of Spanish dictator’s death, supposed Russian spy released, holy month of Muharram

Nov. 25 Photo Brief: Displaced Congolese, anniversary of Spanish dictator’s death, supposed Russian spy released, holy month of Muharram

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Displaced Congolese, anniversary of Francisco Franco’s death, supposed Russian spy Valentin Danilov released, holy month of Muharram and more in today’s daily brief.

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Last day to submit photos of Domino Sugar sign

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Today is the last day to enter your photos for inclusion in the Domino Sugar sign contest. If you need last-minute inspiration, here’s a sampling of the photos submitted so far by readers.

The contest, which is sponsored by Domino Sugar, celebrates the iconic Inner Harbor sight and the Baltimore refinery’s 90th anniversary. Winner of the best overall photo, as selected by a panel of judges from Domino Sugar, will receive $990 and a runner-up will get $590. The top 10 contestants will be awarded a prize pack with products made at the Baltimore plant. Winners will be announced Dec. 12. Visit baltimoresun.com/domino for more details or click here to view the full contest rules.

Interested in participating? Submit your new or old photos of the Domino Sugar sign here.
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Nov. 23 Photo Brief: Sidewalk Santas, animal factories protest, naked man climbs Prince George

Nov. 23 Photo Brief: Sidewalk Santas, animal factories protest, naked man climbs Prince George

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A fleet of Santas march through Manhattan for America’s 110th Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade, animal rights activist in Vienna simulate medical tests, a naked man brings central London traffic to a standstill by climbing to the top of the statue of Prince George outside the Ministry of Defence and more in today’s daily brief.

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Baltimore American Indian Center Powwow

Baltimore American Indian Center Powwow

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Dancers dressed in splendid regalia march into the Patterson high school gym to the thundering beat of drums. They represent more than forty Native American tribes, some from as far away as Washington state, Arizona, South Dakota, Maine and Florida, who were represented in last weekend’s 38th annual Baltimore American Indian Center Powwow. The two-day event brought together Indians and non-Indians alike for a celebration in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month.

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Violence in Egypt after President Mursi seizes more power

Violence in Egypt after President Mursi seizes more power

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Egypt’s road to democracy has hit a new violent stumbling block with recently elected President Mohamed Mursi’s decree putting his word “above legal challenge,” Reuters reports. The images coming out of Egypt from places like Cairo’s Tahrir Square are hauntingly similar to those from last year’s violent overthrowing of the Hosani Mubarak regime.

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Soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

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In Kabul, Afghanistan United States Soldiers at a large military facility got a slice of home as they celebrated Thanksgiving. They were served sliced beef and turkey with all the trimmings. For dessert a gigantic cake was decorated with a turkey done in icing with the words “Happy Thanksgiving” on top. Even football played a part in the festivities not far from the dining hall as service members toss the pigskin around as they played American football.

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Cease-fire in Gaza Conflict announced

Cease-fire in Gaza Conflict announced

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UPDATE as of 12:42 p.m. EST: A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has been announced for later this evening, Reuters reports.

The Israel-Hamas conflict entered in its eighth day of fighting after a bomb exploded Wednesday morning on a bus in Tel Aviv, prompting Israel to continue air strikes over Gaza. The hard-sought “calming down” from yesterday never reached an agreement as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seeks a diplomatic solution with leaders on both sides of the conflict.

Here’s the latest look into the Gaza conflict from AFP, Getty and Reuters photographers in the region. | NOTE: Some photos are graphic showing visual coverage of injury or death.

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San Francisco official Wiener leads vote on public nudity ban

San Francisco official Wiener leads vote on public nudity ban

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A 6-5 vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has brought a ban on public nudity (except at permitted festivals and parades) one step closer to becoming city ordinance.

The proposed ban — not spawned by straight couples with children or angry Castro District business owners exposed daily to a hoard of “Naked Guys” — was introduced by counsel-person Scott Wiener who says “the dominant demographic expressing concern is gay men,” reported the Los Angles Times. Wiener hopes to expand on a prior clothing-not-optional ordinance for restaurants and other areas of public seating, the Times also noted.

Dissenters on the board showed frustration at taking time away from more important public matters, like violent crime. The ban now needs a final vote and the mayor’s signature to become law.

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