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Pakistani girls study the Quran at a local madrassa, or religious school, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, May 8, 2014.

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In this photo taken Wednesday, May 7, 2014, an Arctic tern chases off a gull that approached its Potter Marsh nest in Anchorage, Alaska. Arctic terns spend winters in Antarctica, southern Africa, southern Australia or New Zealand and fly at least 11,000 miles north to breed in Alaska. They fiercely guard their territory and will attack gulls, eagles, people or other intruders who get close to nests.

Dan Joling/AP

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People swim in a swimming pool in Sao Paulo May 8, 2014. Sao Paulo is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup soccer matches in Brazil.

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A donkey carrying sacks of coal walks through the narrow tunnels of a coal mine, in Choa Saidan Shah in Punjab province April 29, 2014. Coal miners in Chao Saidan Shah use donkeys to transport coal from the depths of the mines to the surface. The donkeys make around 20 trips per day carrying sacks weighing about 20 kg (44 lbs) each. The work is dangerous with the constant risk of cave-ins. The miners say they do what they can to care for the animals, with their limited resources, but the difficult conditions mean the donkeys' life expectancy is 12-13 years. May 8 is International Donkey Day, which The Donkey Sanctuary NGO says "aims to highlight the worthy contribution donkeys make throughout the world."

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San Antonio Spurs fan Paul Fisher, with the likenesses of San Antonio Spurs players Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker shaved into his scalp and face painted black, waits for start of Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in San Antonio.

Eric Gay/AP

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People run away from tear gas during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas May 8, 2014. Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested hundreds of youth activists who had spent weeks in camps set up in public spaces as part of protests against President Nicolas Maduro, an effort to snuff out a waning three-month demonstration movement.

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Disabled Dan Lombard, a journalism student at the Pretoria University, tweets on his mobile phone, using his tongue, on early results of South African elections at the Independent Electoral Commission Results Center, in Pretoria, South Africa Thursday, May 8, 2014. The ANC led its rivals in the early results after a campaign in which the opposition had tried to woo voters unhappy with alleged corruption and a lack of opportunities for the poor.

Denis Farrell/AP

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A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during the Mud Day run in Beynes, west of Paris, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.

Francois Mori/AP

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A Chilean riot police officer trips and falls down, as he and his fellow officers run away from flames from a petrol bomb thrown by protesters in violent clashes, during a student march in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, May. 8, 2014. Tens of thousands of students protested in Chile in the first march demanding education reform since President Michelle Bachelet took power on promises of deep changes.

Luis Hidalgo/AP

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A pro-Russian antigovernment rebel with a decorated shotgun at a checkpoint in Slovyansk, Ukraine, May 8, 2014. Leaders of pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine said Thursday that they would proceed with a referendum seeking autonomy, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plea to postpone the vote.

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