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Members of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), who are protesting for change in the process of land reform, hold a flag up by burning tires on a highway in Brasilia, Brazil.


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An Israeli soldier sleeps inside a tank at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

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A Congolese man who lost his legs during 2008 fighting between government soldiers and a former rebel group sits with his prosthetic legs on the ground near Goma's football stadium. Congo. Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital Kinshasa.

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Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel. A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding several people, Israeli officials said. The blast came amid a weeklong Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians.

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Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, China. In ramshackle semi-industrial Tianying in China's Anhui province, a state-owned lead smelter and foundry sits at the centre of town, behind high walls and secure gates that make it look more like a prison than the mainstay of the local economy. Decades of pollution from it and similar plants - Tianying once accounted for half of China's total lead output - has made much of the town's land uninhabitable and its water undrinkable.


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A man looks at firecrackers being lighted to celebrate the news of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab's execution, in Mumbai, India. India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai early Wednesday, the country's home ministry said. Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was one of 10 gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India's financial capital for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people.

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Horses are seen next to sign which reads "No parking" during the Sicab International Pre Horse Fair in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The show runs till November 25 and is dedicated exclusively to Spanish thoroughbreds.

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Workers walk past a balloon in the shape of Ronald McDonald as it gets inflated with helium ahead of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York. Giant helium balloons rose above the treetops along New York's Central Park on Wednesday ahead of the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the largest public event so far in a city still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.


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An oriental white stork spreads its wings on a box before it was released into the wild with others by its rescuers, who saved it after it was poisoned, in Tianjin, China. The endangered storks grabbed headlines in Chinese media recently when 20 of the birds died of poisoning in northern China. According to Xinhua News Agency, poachers poisoned the wild birds within a wetland nature reserve in north China's Tianjin Municipality, where 20 were found dead and 13 others sickened, sparking a public outcry for intensified protection of wild animals and harsher punishments for those behind the deaths of the storks.


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A woman prepares food early morning at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. The annual camel and livestock fair attracts thousands of livestock dealers who bring thousands of camels, horses, and cattle.

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An eight-point buck deer, lifted by tribal members Jacob Vincent Custalow, Jr., left, and Brandon Thunder Cloud Custalow, right, is presented to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and First Lady Maureen McDonnell, by Chief Carl Custalow, center, leader of the Mattaponi Indian tribe, at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va. Each year, instead of paying taxes, the Virginia tribes present gifts to the governor, in accordance with a hundreds-year-old treaty, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Israeli civilians sitting atop a hill in the city of Sderot watch as two Palestinian rockets fly towards southern Israel, before a ceasefire. Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip agreed on Wednesday to an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire to halt an eight-day conflict that killed 162 Palestinians and five Israelis.


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