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Puyehue volcano in southern Chile has spread volcanic ash far and wide since it erupted in early June. On Monday, Argentina's president announced that economic relief would be provided to residents affected by the ash in the southwestern region of Patagonia. And as recent as July 1 ash in the atmosphere was disrupting flights at the Buenos Aires airport. These images show how the earth's landscape has been affected. A horse walks on a field covered by volcanic ash from Chilean volcano Puyehue, near Villa Llanquin, a hamlet along route 40 on the banks of Limay river, 50 km from Bariloche, in the Argentine province of Rio Negro, on June 17, 2011. The ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue volcano caused widespread travel chaos in the southern hemisphere since it erupted for the first time on June 4 after lying dormant half a century. A vehicle is covered with volcanic ash from Chile's Puyehue volcano, in Villa La Angostura's El Mallin neighbourhood, in the Argentine province of Neuquen. A road is blanketed with sand and volcanic ash from the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano, are moored in Puerto Arauco on the Nahuel Huapi Lake, in Villa La Angostura, southern Argentina, Friday, June 17, 2011. The volcano started erupting on June 4 after remaining dormant for decades.

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The speaker of Ukraine's parliament huddled under umbrellas as eggs rained down and smoke bombs filled the chamber with an acrid cloud. Then the lawmakers attacked each other, punching and brawling in the aisles. The chaos erupted Tuesday as parliament approved a treaty allowing Russia to extend the lease on a naval base in a Ukrainian port on the Black Sea until 2042 -- a move bitterly opposed by pro-Western lawmakers. Ukraine would get cheap natural gas from Russia in exchange. Security personnel use umbrellas to protect the Speaker of Ukraine's parliament Volodymyr Liytvyn during a fight at a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty.

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A photography technique that frequently catches my eye is the use of silhouette - placing a subject directly between a primary light source and the camera. The effect can be painterly or haunting or evocative. It can break a subject down to basic ideas conveyed only by line and shape, where an individual might appear iconic. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs from around the world, where we can only see the outlines of the subject, our minds (and the captions) are left to fill in any details in the darkness. Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison jumps during an training session in the Sahara desert near the Giza pyramids as the sun sets in Cairo May 11, 2010 in preparation of the second stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour. Volunteers release flamingo chicks at the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, near Malaga, in southern Spain August 7, 2010. Around 600 flamingos are ringed and measured before being placed in the lagoon, one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe, according to authorities of the natural reserve. South African kids play soccer in open field as sun sets in Soweto, South Africa.

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Victory Day is a holiday celebrated in Russia and some former Soviet republics on May 9 to mark the end of World War II (in Soviet terminology, known as the Great Patriotic War). Z tego powodu zorganizowane zostaly uroczyste defilady, z których najwieksza odbyla sie w Moskwie. For this reason, were organized ceremonial parade, the largest of which took place in Moscow. Parade odebral prezydent Rosji Dmitrij Miedwiediew w towarzystwie premiera Putina oraz zaproszonych gosci. Parade took Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, accompanied by Prime Minister Putin and invited guests. Wzielo w niej udzial 10 500 zolnierzy z Rosji i prawie 1000 z 13 innych krajów, w tym z Polski. It was attended by 10 500 soldiers from Russia and nearly 1,000 from 13 other countries, including Polish. Zolnierze Batalionu Reprezentacyjnego Wojska Polskiego maszerowali za Rosjanami, a przed Amerykanami, Brytyjczykami i Francuzami. Soldiers of the Representative of the Polish Army Battalion marched for the Russians and the Americans, British and French. Byl to pierwszy po 65 latach przemarsz naszych zolnierzy (oraz wojsk NATO) w Moskwie. This was the first after 65 years, the march of our soldiers (and Allied) in Moscow. World War II veteran watching the parade on Victory Day with flowers in her hands. A Russian Su-27 and MiGs-29 after activating flares over the Orthodox St. Basil's Cathedral. Ukrainian and Russian sailors in replicas of uniforms from World War II parade in Sevastopol.

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A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. Rescuers lift an injured survivor from the rubble a structure in the aftermath of the huge tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday. A U.S. flag lies across an overturned car in the aftermath of a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Augo the polar bear cub plays with a giant red ball at Aalborg Zoo in Denmark. Augo used to be attached to his blue bucket, which he would wear on his head, but now he has a new toy. Visitors to Aalborg Zoo have been treated to the sight of Augo hugging and nuzzling his bright ball and leaping into the pool and chasing it around. A greedy chipmunk stuffs its mouth with corn on the cob. The cheeky creature pounced on the cob within minutes of photographer Barbara Lynne hanging it in her back garden in Ontario, Canada, for the birds. Barbara says: "We call her Eleanor, however we are not sure whether she is male or female. Eleanor is always a pig and stuffs her cheeks until she looks ready to explode. She runs back to her den to empty her pouches - and starts stuffing them all over again." A bear cub named Medo plays with the Logar family dog in Podvrh village, Slovenia. The Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about a month ago.

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Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec, Canada, is one of the most stunning examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world. Built in 1823, this beautiful Roman Catholic church is a popular tourist stop for its amazing architecture, dramatic interior, and enthralling choral and organ performances. Notre Dame Basilica is a National Historic Site of Canada and a Montréal landmark. The church was also the wedding site of Celine Dion, a singer famous for her chart-topping hit “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic soundtrack.

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A massive storm billed as the worst in decades barreled toward the Northeast on Wednesday, paralyzing big cities and small towns alike with deep snow and thick ice, stranding hundreds of motorists and shuttering airports and schools across the Midwest. The 20.2 inches of snow that fell by midday in Chicago made the storm the city’s third-largest on record, with still more coming down. A foot or more was dumped on parts of Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and upstate New York. New York City was expected to get up to three-quarters of an inch of ice before the mix of sleet and freezing rain warms up to rain. The storm was, if not unprecedented, extraordinarily rare, National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs said. Groundskeeper Josh Pemberton clears a path near the MU Quadrangle on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in Columbia, Mo. A sign warns people of ice during the morning commute along in lower Manhattan on February 2, 2011 in New York City. The icy weather is part of a massive winter storm that stretches from New Mexico to Maine and has brought freezing rain and blizzard conditions to more than 30 states. Michigan State University students Andrew Rennaker and Emily Vezina have fun in the heavy snowfall as they sled down the street in East Lansing, Mich. on Wednesday.

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