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This is a compilation of fine images from around the world, taken by photographers working with various agencies.

A person wears a costume along the streets of the Penon de los Banos neighborhood in Mexico City, commemorating the anniversary of Mexico
A person wears a costume along the streets of the Penon de los Banos neighborhood in Mexico City, commemorating the anniversary of Mexico's victory over France in the 1862's Battle of Puebla. Although in 1863 France finally took the Mexican capital and installed a five-year regime led by Emperor Maximilian, the Battle of Puebla's importance lies in that it strengthened the Mexican spirit after it prevented Napoleon III from conquering the country in a first attempt.—Photo by AFP
A beggar rests on the stairs of the Cathedral of Bogota at Bolivar Square in the Colombian capital as a group of activists demonstrate against abortion.—Photo by AFP
A beggar rests on the stairs of the Cathedral of Bogota at Bolivar Square in the Colombian capital as a group of activists demonstrate against abortion.—Photo by AFP
Participants reach the finish line of the annual Maldon Mud Race in Maldon, Essex, that sees people running on a short course across a muddy estuary in fancy dress to raise money for charities.—Photo by AFP
Participants reach the finish line of the annual Maldon Mud Race in Maldon, Essex, that sees people running on a short course across a muddy estuary in fancy dress to raise money for charities.—Photo by AFP
Ash rises after a mild eruption of Mayon Volcano in Legazpi city in central Philippines. Four people, including three foreign tourists climbing near the mouth of Mayon Volcano were killed after Philippines
Ash rises after a mild eruption of Mayon Volcano in Legazpi city in central Philippines. Four people, including three foreign tourists climbing near the mouth of Mayon Volcano were killed after Philippines' most active volcano spewed burning ashes on Tuesday morning. Disaster officials said rescue efforts are underway to evacuate six other climbers injured in the ash explosion, local media reported.—Photo by Reuters
A rabbit runs from a wildfire burning along the Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County, California. Some 4,000 homes were threatened by a growing wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that has forced the closure of California
A rabbit runs from a wildfire burning along the Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County, California. Some 4,000 homes were threatened by a growing wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that has forced the closure of California's scenic coastal highway, firefighters said Friday.—Photo by AFP
Indian women attend a laughter yoga session at a park during a World Laughter Day event in Mumbai. World Laughter Day which is celebrated on the first Sunday of May, was the brainchild and created in 1998 by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. The first World Laughter Day gathering took place in Mumbai, in 1998 with close to 10,000 people coming together in a mega laughter session.—Photo by AFP
Indian women attend a laughter yoga session at a park during a World Laughter Day event in Mumbai. World Laughter Day which is celebrated on the first Sunday of May, was the brainchild and created in 1998 by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. The first World Laughter Day gathering took place in Mumbai, in 1998 with close to 10,000 people coming together in a mega laughter session.—Photo by AFP
Supporters of Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket legend and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice party, wave party flags during a election campaign rally in Charsadda. A Pakistani candidate running for parliament in next week
Supporters of Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket legend and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice party, wave party flags during a election campaign rally in Charsadda. A Pakistani candidate running for parliament in next week's historic election was injured on Saturday as his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the troubled northwest, officials said.—Photo by AFP
A procession headed by a priest walks into the sea at a beach at Tinos island, during the celebrations of the Good Friday ahead of the Orthodox Easter. The priest blesses the water to commemorate the seamen lost at sea.—Photo by AFP
A procession headed by a priest walks into the sea at a beach at Tinos island, during the celebrations of the Good Friday ahead of the Orthodox Easter. The priest blesses the water to commemorate the seamen lost at sea.—Photo by AFP
Orthodox believers walk around the Sion Cathedral holding candles as they celebrate Easter in Tbilisi.—Photo by AFP
Orthodox believers walk around the Sion Cathedral holding candles as they celebrate Easter in Tbilisi.—Photo by AFP
A view of a .45 semi-auto handgun at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention in Houston, Texas. The National Rifle Association opened its annual convention Friday in combative style, positioning itself as champion of American freedoms in the face of growing pressure for tougher gun laws.—Photo by AFP
A view of a .45 semi-auto handgun at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention in Houston, Texas. The National Rifle Association opened its annual convention Friday in combative style, positioning itself as champion of American freedoms in the face of growing pressure for tougher gun laws.—Photo by AFP
Romanian Orthodox holds candles inside to the ossuary of Pasarea monastery during Easter celebration in Pasarea village, Bucharest.—Photo by AFP
Romanian Orthodox holds candles inside to the ossuary of Pasarea monastery during Easter celebration in Pasarea village, Bucharest.—Photo by AFP
People perform in the Great Roman Games show "The Triumph of Cesar" in the amphitheatre in Nimes, southern France. This event is a historical evocation of the amphitheatre games as they could have taken place in 122 AD. The costumes, weapons and equipment used are based on accurate historical and archaeological sources it is claimed, although stirrups did not make an appearance in Europe until the 6th century.—Photo by AFP
People perform in the Great Roman Games show "The Triumph of Cesar" in the amphitheatre in Nimes, southern France. This event is a historical evocation of the amphitheatre games as they could have taken place in 122 AD. The costumes, weapons and equipment used are based on accurate historical and archaeological sources it is claimed, although stirrups did not make an appearance in Europe until the 6th century.—Photo by AFP
Russian Orthodox priests celebrate Easter at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.—Photo by AFP
Russian Orthodox priests celebrate Easter at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.—Photo by AFP
Sculptures of the installation "Karl Marx" made of 500 figures featuring the communist icon stand in front of the landmark Porta Nigra in Marx
Sculptures of the installation "Karl Marx" made of 500 figures featuring the communist icon stand in front of the landmark Porta Nigra in Marx' native town Trier,southwestern Germany. The installation by German artist Ottmar Hoerl is on display from May 5 to May 26, 2013 as part of the exhibition "Icon Karl Marx" hosted at the City museum Simeonsstift on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx.—Photo by AFP
The hands of Beate Zschaepe, a member of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground (NSU), are pictured as she stands in the court before the start of her trial in Munich. The surviving member of NSU blamed for a series of racist murders that scandalised Germany and shamed its authorities goes on trial on Monday in one of the most anticipated court cases in recent German history. The trial in Munich will focus on 38-year-old Zschaepe, who is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a
The hands of Beate Zschaepe, a member of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground (NSU), are pictured as she stands in the court before the start of her trial in Munich. The surviving member of NSU blamed for a series of racist murders that scandalised Germany and shamed its authorities goes on trial on Monday in one of the most anticipated court cases in recent German history. The trial in Munich will focus on 38-year-old Zschaepe, who is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a
A Bangladeshi family member poses as she holds up the portrait of her missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The death toll from last week
A Bangladeshi family member poses as she holds up the portrait of her missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The death toll from last week's collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh has passed 500 as the country's prime minister said Western retailers had to share some of the blame for the tragedy. With bulldozers now clawing away at the mountain of rubble at the site of last Wednesday's disaster, the number of bodi
A Bangladeshi man cleans the premises of the national mosque Baitul Mukarram following a clash between police and Islamists, in Dhaka. At least 22 people were killed as Bangladeshi police fought pitched battles with tens of thousands of hardline Islamists in the capital Dhaka, police and medical officials said Monday.—Photo by AFP
A Bangladeshi man cleans the premises of the national mosque Baitul Mukarram following a clash between police and Islamists, in Dhaka. At least 22 people were killed as Bangladeshi police fought pitched battles with tens of thousands of hardline Islamists in the capital Dhaka, police and medical officials said Monday.—Photo by AFP
People look at an art installation displayed during a "Le Vieux Port entre flammes et flots" (The Old-Port, between flames and waves) lighting night, at the Port of Marseille as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013 European capital of culture. The entire Vieux-Port will be under the spell, illuminated as if by candles and presenting a mobile sequence of living flames on both harbour and quayside.—Photo by AFP
People look at an art installation displayed during a "Le Vieux Port entre flammes et flots" (The Old-Port, between flames and waves) lighting night, at the Port of Marseille as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013 European capital of culture. The entire Vieux-Port will be under the spell, illuminated as if by candles and presenting a mobile sequence of living flames on both harbour and quayside.—Photo by AFP
A handicapped young man from Jedlicka Institute, is helped by a climber during the first ever attempt to rappel from Prague
A handicapped young man from Jedlicka Institute, is helped by a climber during the first ever attempt to rappel from Prague's Congress Center in a wheelchair at an event to mark the institutes 100th founding anniversary in Prague. The Jedlicka Institute and Schools are a specialist educational establishment for children and young people primarily with a physical disability.—Photo by AFP

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