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Every year, farmers in Indonesia clear large swaths of forest by setting deliberate slash-and-burn fires, sending clouds of smoke into the atmosphere, choking neighbors, including Malaysia and Singapore. This season has been the harshest in years -- in Singapore yesterday, the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) rose to the highest level on record, reaching 371, prompting government officials to warn residents to stay indoors, and urging the Indonesian government to take action. Indonesia accused Singapore of acting "like a child", and warned it to stay out of domestic affairs. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the haze could persist for weeks or longer, as the two nations prepare for emergency talks to ease the crisis. A woman wears a mask as the Singapore Central Business District is covered with haze Thursday evening, June 20, 2013. Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Indonesian motorists travel under a blanket of haze in Pekanbaru city, capital of Riau province on Sumatra island on June 20, 2013.

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A fighting cow leapt over revellers in the bull ring during the second running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. A protester shouted slogans at a rally in central Athens Thursday. Police estimated that more than 12,000 people took part in two separate marches. Greece’s governing Socialists are battling growing discontent amid a new round of economic austerity measures. An aircraft fought a fire on a Danish-registered container ship in the Malacca Strait near the Klang port of Malaysia.

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Europride is an annual parade of LGBT people (from English Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders - an acronym referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people), organized on the occasion of Christopher Street Day (CSD). Ma ona upamietniac zamieszki na tle dyskryminacji mniejszosci seksualnych, które wybuchly w 1969 roku w Nowym Jorku. It is to commemorate the riots of discrimination against sexual minorities, which erupted in 1969 in New York. Od 1991 oku European Pride Organizer's Association przyznaje jednemu z miast tytul “Europride”. Since 1991, eye of the European Pride Organizer's Association confers the title of one of the cities' Europride. Demonstracja w tym miescie jest odpowiednio wieksza, co w zamysle organizatorów ma nadac wydarzeniu wiekszy rozmach, a tym samym przyciagnac uwage opinii publicznej na sprawy LGBT. The demonstration in this city is more appropriate as the intention of the event is to give greater momentum, and thus attract the attention of public opinion on LGBT issues.

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This past weekend the Miss Pole Dancing Argentina and Sudamerica 2010 competition was held in Buenos Aires. After a day of watching flexible beauties slide up and down poles the judges picked Elizabeth Munoz as Miss Pole Dancing 2010. Contestants pose for a picture while another warms up before the finals of the Miss Pole Dancing Argentina and Sudamerica 2010 contest in Buenos Aires November 6, 2010. Professional pole dancer Elizabeth Munoz of Peru does her routine in the finals of the Miss Pole Dancing Argentina and Sudamerica 2010 competition in Buenos Aires November 6, 2010. Munoz won the title of Miss Pole Dancing Sudamerica 2010 in the professional category, beating 15 other finalists selected from around the region. Zully Ochoa performs a pole dancing routine to promote the Miss Pole Dancing Southamerica 2010 competition.

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The country continues to mourn and investigate the loss of 68 people killed on the island of Utoya who were attending a youth summer camp of the country's left-wing Labor Party as well as eight killed by a car bomb in Oslo last Friday. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik is accused of the shootings and attacks. Over the weekend it was reported that more than 100,00 people gathered in Oslo for a flower vigil to remember the victims. Elizabeth Amundsen,16, cries as hundreds of thousands of people gather at a memorial vigil following Friday's twin extremist attacks, July 25 in Oslo. Anders Behring Breivik, 32, claimed that he has "two more cells" working with him as he appeared in court following a bomb blast at a government building in Oslo and a shooting massacre on nearby Utoya Island that killed at least 76 people in all. The death toll was originally reported as 93. Flowers and candles are seen at a temporary memorial site for the victims of the shooting spree and bomb attack in Norway, on the shore in front of Utoeya island, northwest of Oslo, July 26. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik is in all likelyhood "insane", his lawyer said after the anti-Islam radical admitted to bomb and shooting spree in Norway on Friday that killed 76 people. A girl holds a flower as she takes part in a march near Utoeya island to pay their respects for the victims of the killing spree and bomb attack in Norway, in the village of Sundvollen, northwest of Oslo, July 26, 2011.

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Saturday's earthquake in China's Sichuan province, measured by China's earthquake administration at magnitude 7.0 and by the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6, killed at least 192 people, injured more than 11,000 and left nearly two dozen missing, mostly in the rural communities around Ya'an city. The temblor struck along the same fault line where a devastating quake to the north killed more than 90,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring areas five years ago in one of China's worst natural disasters. Relief teams flew in helicopters and dynamited through landslides to reach some of the most isolated communities, where rescuers in orange overalls led sniffer dogs through piles of brick, concrete and wood debris to search for survivors. Residents line up for packets of instant noodles in the earthquake struck county of Lushan in southwestern China's Sichuan province, Monday, April 22, 2013. Saturday's earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 186 people, injured more than 11,000 and left nearly two dozen missing, mostly in the rural communities around Ya'an city, along the same seismic fault where a devastating quake to the north killed more than 90,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring areas five years ago in one of China's worst natural disasters. An elderly woman sleeps behind plastic covers along a roadside in the quake ravage county of Lushan. medical workers take care of a newborn boy in a tent functioned as temporary hospital in quake-hit Taiping Township of Lushan, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The boy's mother Yang Yan, a 20-year-old woman, and father Chen Wei arrived at the hospital in early Tuesday, after making the long journey for over three hours from their home in Xingmin village of Taiping Township.

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Meet Charles Fréger, a French born Photographer. Like many photographers Fréger travels the World capturing it’s uniqueness and beauty. However, his work goes much deeper then just that, as he completely immerses himself into other cultures and continues to blur the line between photographer and subject. Staying true to this philosophy, Fréger is able to truly capture individuals in their own context; their own World. In 2011, Fréger completed the Wilder Mann project in which he traveled to 18 Countries in search of the mythical figure, the Wild Man. In this journey, he travels through Europe seeking out and documenting the half-human, half-beast creature that exists in various cultures. Not only is the subject matter mysteriously beautiful, the scenery and composition in this series is breathtaking. Three Thumbs up.

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With four months left in the year, 2010 is already the deadliest year yet for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 321 have been killed so far (out of 485 total coalition deaths), compared with 313 deaths in all of 2009. As coalition troop size has increased, and moves have been made into Taliban strongholds, attacks are on the rise, and, according to General David Petraeus, "the footprint of the Taliban has spread". As combat operations in Iraq have now ended, the Obama administration says it will focus even more of its attention on the nearly 9-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. This month marks the 12th entry in the series - I've been putting these together for one year now, and see no reason to stop any time soon. Abdul Qahar, an interpreter with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, finds one of the few shaded spots during Operation Big Wave in Khanagawr, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2010. During the operation the men spent two days in direct sunlight with temperatures reaching more than 120 degrees. The operation was conducted to disrupt the enemy from using supply lines to bring weapons and fighters into Nawa. Cpl Ryan Belgrave with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, walks through a field of marijuana plants during a patrol near the village of Salavat, in the Panjway district west of Kandahar. A medevac UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from the 101st Airborne division, Task Force Destiny, is reflected in the glasses of a ground staff member during a refueling operation at Kandahar Air Field (KAF) in Kandahar province.

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