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A hot air balloon crew member works ahead of an international hot air balloons festival during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in Park Timna at the Araba Desert, southern Israel, Israel.

Ariel Schalit/AP

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Children sit on top of a police vehicle as they watch a fireworks display as part of China's Mid-Autumn festival in Shanghai.


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Cecilia Villegas, 77, walks to her boat from her home as she prepares to go fishing in Cano Ciego Island near Puntarenas city. Villegas leaves her home in Cano Ciego Island every morning to fish, which is her only means of survival. Fishing is the only source of income for the thirty families in this small island.


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A protester who was injured by a tear gas shell fired by the police is carried away by compatriots during a protest against an anti-Islam film considered insulting to Prophet Mohammad, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.


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A Kashmiri Muslim villager carries stacks of hay after a paddy harvest in Beerwah, some 38 kilometers northwest of Srinagar, India.

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Free Syrian Army soldier throws a petrol bomb towards Syrian Army positions in Saif Al Dawle district in Aleppo, Syria. Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in a government-controlled area of the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble, state TV said. More than 120 people were injured, the government said.

Manu Brabo/AP

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A Kenyan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) looks through binoculars as they prepare to enter Kismayo, southern Somalia. Allied African troops have taken full control of Kismayo in Somalia, the last stronghold of al-Shabab Islamist rebels who have been fighting against the country's internationally backed government, a Kenyan military official said Tuesday, and Kenya Defence Forces and the Somali National Army are now patrolling the streets.

Stuart Price/AU-UN IST/AP

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Nepalese women look out from the window of a Kumari house as devotees gather near the chariot of the living goddess Kumari during the Indra Jatra Festival in Kathmandu. The annual festival, named after Indra, the Hindu god of rain and heaven, is celebrated by worshipping, rejoicing, singing, dancing and feasting in Kathmandu Valley to mark the end of monsoon season. The festival, during which Indra, the living goddess Kumari and other deities are worshipped, starts after the erecting of a "lingo", a long wooden pole, on September 27 and ends after it is pulled down on October 3.


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Gabriel Guallo of Ecuador's Quichua tribe stands with a tarantula on his face to demonstrate how he is planning to break a world record, in El Tena. Guallo hopes to carry 250 tarantulas on his body for 60 seconds during a special ceremony in February 2013 to break what he says is the existing record for most tarantulas carried on the body (240 tarantulas for 30 seconds).


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Tourists take pictures in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue lit up in the colours of Germany's national flag in Rio de Janeiro. The lit statue celebrates the anniversary of the reunification of the Germany, which was officially reunited on October 3, 1990.


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