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A two minute and eighteen second time exposure of the Altas V launch from the end of Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida. A 19-story United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying twin NASA satellites lifted off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (AP Photo/Malcolm Denemark, Florida Today)

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People take part in an attempt to break the world record for mass-massaging in Muang Thong Thanni, Bangkok. Thailand broke the Guinness World Record with 641 couples taking part in the event, tripling the previous world record set by Australia in 2010. The event was organized to promote Thailand's massage and spa industry, according to the Health Ministry.


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A woman is held back by another woman as she reacts to the killing of several people at a crime scene in Monterrey. Gunmen shot dead three men and a woman and left graffiti on a wall at the crime scene reading "Commander X20, at your orders, (signed) CDG (Gulf Cartel)", according to local media.

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Indian children watch as Hindu devotees take holy dip in the River Ganges in Allahabad, India. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna is one of Hinduism's important centers.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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The sun sets during the Burning Man 2012 "Fertility 2.0" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. More than 60,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival, which is celebrating its 26th year, to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.


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Chuck Cropp, center, his son Piers, left, and wife Liz, right, wade through floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans. As Isaac made landfall, it was expected to dump as much as 20 inches of rain in several parts of Louisiana.

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Against the advice of authorities, young people frolic in the high surf on the Lake Pontchartrain lakefront in Mandeville, La. as Isaac batters the north shore with high winds and high tides.

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A woman and her daughter sit under a tree on a beach in Male, Maldives.


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A vendor arranges fish for sale on a table at Soumbedioune beach in Dakar, Senegal.

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A dog named Pay de Limon (Lemon Pay) runs fitted with two front prosthetic legs at Milagros Caninos rescue shelter in Mexico City. Members of a drug gang in the Mexican state of Zacatecas chopped off Limon's paws to practise cutting fingers off kidnapped people, according to Milagros Caninos founder Patricia Ruiz. Fresnillo residents found Limon in a dumpster bleeding and legless. After administering first aid procedures, they managed to take him to Milagros Caninos, an association that rehabilitates dogs that have suffered extreme abuse. The prosthetic limbs were made at OrthoPets in Denver, U.S., after the shelter was able to raise over $6,000.


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Free Syrian Army fighters gesture during fighting with Syrian government forces in the El Amreeyeh neighborhood of Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo.


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