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Ballet student Letizia Dotto, 15, dances for her peers and media during a preview of her competition performance for the upcoming 7th International Ballet Competition in Vienna, Austria, at The Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, B.C. Four students from the academy will be the only Canadians competing at the prestigious competition from July 22-27, which features hundreds of students from 20 other countries.

DARRYL DYCK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at the Planalto Palace before a meeting on the sidelines of the 6th BRICS summit in Brasilia .

UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Jay Moledzki (left) and Jim Mitchell jump from Gridset in Innfjorden, Norway .

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canada's Francois Imbeau-Dulac (front) and Philippe Gagne compete in the men's synchro 3m springboard final during the third day of the 19th FINA Diving World Cup at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

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A young Nepalese boy climbs out after manually clearing a block in a sewer at the Kalimati vegetable market in Katmandu, Nepal. Young children are commonly used as cheap labour to clean public toilets, clear blocked drains and clear garbage piling up in market areas.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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An Indian girl rides a horse cart as monsoon clouds hover in Jammu, India.

Channi Anand/AP

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets construction workers as she attends the official opening of the refurbished Reading Station, west of London.

POOL/Reuters

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People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.

Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

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A woman with a child walks past the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.

Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

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Team Giant Shimano leads the chase of the pack after the breakaway during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 185.5 kilometers (115.3 miles) with start in Bourg-en-Bresse and finish in Saint-Etienne, France.

Laurent Cipriani/AP

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An Israeli rocket is fired into the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel. Palestinian health officials say 233 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air and naval strikes. One Israeli civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza.

AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

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The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed.

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