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A girl dressed in ceremonial Oxun clothing is surrounded by members of the African-Brazilian religion of Candoble during a washing ceremony using lavender water as part of events commemorating National Black Consciousness Day in Brasilia, Brazil. National Black Consciousness Day honors African people's contribution to the history of Brazil and Oxun is a divinity from the Candoble religion representing the queen of all rivers and waterfalls.

Eraldo Peres/AP

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The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is embraced at the Assembly Hall of Church House, after a vote of the General Synod of the Church of England in London. The Church of England voted on Tuesday against legislation that would have allowed the ordination of women bishops, the culmination of more than 10 years of divisive debate, after the proposal failed to win the backing of lay members.


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A Nepalese woman offers prayers to the Sun god at the Rani Pokhari Pond during the Chhath festival in Katmandu, Nepal,. On Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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Taslima Akhter sits with her six-month-old daughter Fatema among the burnt remains of homes in a slum after a fire at Hazaribagh area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of people were still living under the open sky after a deadly fire, which killed at least 14 people and burnt 500 thatched houses at a slum in Dhaka on Sunday, local media reported.


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Ice, a 5-month-old North American Puma female cub, plays in the snow at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a surburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.


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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver joint statements in Jerusalem. The United States signalled on Tuesday that a Gaza truce could take days to achieve after Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's ruling Islamist militants, backed away from an assurance that it and Israel would stop exchanging fire within hours.


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Afghan boys are silhouetted as they play football while the sun sets in Kabul, Afghanistan.


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An RCMP constable carries the hat of constable Adrian Oliver during a regimental funeral in Langley, B.C..

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Swans look out of boats as they are transported to the wintering grounds at the Alster river Hamburg, northern Germany.

David Hecker/AP

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A worker walks at the work site of the Parque Olimpico Rio 2016 (Rio 2016 Olympic Park), which is being constructed over the former Jacarepagua race track, during a press tour in Rio de Janeiro. Members of Organising Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games are in Rio to attend the International Olympic Committee (IOC) official debriefing of the London 2012 games with Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee.


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Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City. Palestinian gunmen shot dead six alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip who "were caught red-handed", according to a security source quoted by the Hamas Aqsa radio on Tuesday.


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