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Comic-Con International, a celebration of fanboy culture, invades the San Diego Convention Center. Tens of thousands of fans are gathering for all things geek. Toys, comics, artwork, costume contests and gaming are a big part of the agenda for the four-day event that runs through Sunday. Facing the Predator beast, Logan Carter whips out his "Evil Dead"-style chainsaw hand on the final day of Comic-Con. Karol Bartesznski and her dragon make an appearance on the final day of Comic-Con. Zombie characters promoting AtmosFearFX perform outside the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday.

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Riots that erupted in London neighborhoods over the weekend spread to four other cities yesterday, as hundreds were arrested and at least one person was killed. What began as a protest against the police shooting of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan spread quickly into general rioting and opportunistic looting -- what Prime Minister David Cameron has called "criminality pure and simple." For three days now, buildings and vehicles have been smashed and set on fire, while stores and warehouses were looted. Police have been unable to do much to slow the mayhem. Tonight, some 16,000 police officers will be deployed to London's streets in an effort to quash the worst unrest in the city in decades. Collected here are images of the violence in the U.K. from the past several days. A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. A masked man carries a toy backdropped by a burning car and garbage bins set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday August 8, 2011. Police officers wearing riot gear walk past a burning building in Tottenham, north London, on August 7, 2011.

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Muay Thai boxing, the Thai national sport, has its roots in ancient Thai battles, the fists, knees, elbows and legs turning into weapons. Young boys and men, most who come to the big city of Bangkok from the country, live in small rooms beside the boxing rings, and fight in regional competitions, hoping to become famous and win prize money in the fiercely competitive, brutal modern martial arts sport. Daily training is rigorous and builds physical and character prowess, including values of obedience and respect, attracting boys from five or six years of age.

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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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Janne Parviainen is the first to officially break in our new category In The Picture. In this category we aim to provide (semi) pro-photographers with a platform to showcase their talent. Be it a portfolio of their best work or work on a single theme. Anything goes as long as the images are fit for Totally Cool Pix. Janne is from Finland and likes painting and photography. He even uses his painting techniques in his photos and turns them into works of very colourful and fun art. If you want to know more about Janne please visit his website. If you are a photographer with some skills and would like your work featured in In The Picture please contact us with some samples of your work.

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The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating. Faduma Sakow Abdullahiand her five children tried to escape starvation in Somalia by journeying to a Kenyan refugee camp. Only one day before they reached their destination, her 4-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son died of exhaustion and hunger. At first the 29-year-old widow thought the two were merely sleeping when they wouldn’t get up after a brief rest. She had to leave their bodies under a tree, unburied, so she could push on with her baby, 2-year-old and 3-year-old. She saw more than 20 other children dead or unconscious abandoned on the roadside. Eventually a passing car rescued the rest of her family from what could have been death. “I never thought I would live to see this horror,” she said, tears rolling down her cheeks as she described the 37-day trek to Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Tens of thousands of Somalis have watched their land dry up after years without rain. Then the livestock died. Finally all the food ran out. Now they are making the perilous journey over parched earth to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, regions that also have been hit hard by drought.

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For many, photographs from the World War II have only been seen in grainy black and white. But now, new colour images have emerged that show the full horror of the destruction inflicted by Nazi bombings across London. The powerful images were released to mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of Winston Churchill's 'V for Victory' campaign on July 19, 1941. In this extraordinary picture, the double-decker bus is still visible amid crumbling tarmac and bent girders left in an enormous crater caused by a bomb which landed in the middle of a Balham high street, south London. A symbol of resilience: The Houses of Parliament with part of them covered in scaffolding are seen across the River Thames on a sunny day in 1941. The random nature of the bombing is clearly demonstrated here as a church, right, remains untouched while a vast swathe of buildings close by were reduced to rubble.

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Last Saturday, the Republic of South Sudan declared its independence, creating the newest nation in the world -- the 193rd nation to join the United Nations. The new country has been in the making since a referendum last January, when nearly 4 million southern Sudanese voted to secede from Sudan by a margin of more than 98 percent. The region has been involved in civil wars for at least the past 50 years, and the days-old nation is already battling several armed groups within its new borders. Many issues still remain unresolved -- the oil-rich region continues to rely on pipelines that run through Sudan, and a revenue-sharing agreement has not been reached. The new nation, which is comprised of more than 200 ethnic groups, has a largely rural economy, and poverty, civil warfare, and political instability will be the biggest of many challenges for the new administration. Gathered here are scenes from South Sudan as it made its debut on the world stage this weekend. A Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier stands in line during a rehearsal for the Independence Day ceremony in Juba, on July 5, 2011. A red carpet, rolled out during the independence ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan, in Juba, South Sudan, on Saturday July 9. A man waves South Sudan's national flag as he attends the Independence Day celebrations in the capital Juba.

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