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Reuters photographer Ricardo Moraes spent time documenting a religious fraternity called O Caminho, (The Way), a group of Franciscan monks and nuns who help the homeless on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. They consider the election of Pope Francis, the first pontiff to take the name of St Francis of Assisi, to be a confirmation of their beliefs in poverty and simplicity. Brother Jose Wellington Damasio Antonio, a member of the Franciscan fraternity O Caminho, prays in the chapel of fraternity's house in the Campo Grande neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro on April 2. Members of the Franciscan fraternity, O Caminho, give haircuts and shave homeless people in the Campo Grande neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro on April 16. Lidiane Pereira, right, reacts after she receives her habit upon reaching the level of "aspirant" within Franciscan fraternity O Caminho, during a mass at the group's house in the Campo Grande neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.


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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China. Freight trains are readied at the railroad shunting yard in Maschen, Germany on September 23, 2012. Parts of old locomotives are seen in the train cemetery in Uyuni, near a salt flat some 290 miles south of La Paz on November 5, 2012. These locomotives and freight cars were part of Bolivia's first railway network that carried minerals between Uyuni and Antofagasta, Chile, nearly a century ago.


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Graduation season is well underway, with kindergartners, high schoolers, college seniors and graduate students alike donning caps and gowns to celebrate their achievement. With their diplomas, graduates also get words of wisdom from a commencement speakers and a good excuse to celebrate. Seniors of Service High School watch balloons drop from above at the conclusion of their graduation ceremony on May 15 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. Ceremonies for graduates in the Anchorage School District began on May 8 and continue through May 23. University of Minnesota, Rochester student Lauren Smith of Allen Park, Mich., takes an iPhone self portrait before graduation ceremony at the Mayo Civic Center on May 18 in Rochester, Minn. Kindergarteners, from the left, Xykyvonna Martin, Deyonna Vanerson, Lahery Varnado, and Santonio Washington, wait to enter the McComb High School Auditorium on May 21 for the kindergarten graduation ceremony at McComb High School in McComb, Miss.


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They keep things out or enclose them within. They're symbols of power, and a means of control. They're canvases for art, backdrops for street theater, and placards for political messages. They're just waiting for when nobody's looking to receive graffiti. Walls of all kinds demarcate our lives. Chinese artist Liu Bolin stands painted in front of a wall of magazines in the Kunstverein (art association) in Ludwigsburg, Germany on May 15, 2013. In his art works he blends himself with the background. Pedestrians walk past a wall of soccer balls displayed at a soccer equipment shop in Tokyo. A young boy jumps through a hole as others peer through the wall of a cell at Muzenze prison on November 21, 2012 in Goma, Congo. Almost all inmates of Goma's main prison managed to break out after prison warders abandoned their positions to flee from advancing M23 rebels.


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The Danube River reached its highest level in 500 years. The Elbe, Rhine, and other rivers and tributaries are cresting high as well as swathes of central Europe lie inundated by floodwaters that have killed 12 and displaced tens of thousands. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic have been severely affected, as Hungary prepares for the swell of water. Gathered here are images of the flooding and people affected in the last several days. A rescue worker ropes down a police helicopter on June 3, 2013 in Passau, Germany. A worker inspects the heavily damaged road between Lofer and Waidring in the Austrian province of Tyrol on June 3, 2013. Firemen pump water from a submerged field near Melnik, Czech Republic on June 4, 2013.


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An undercurrent of explosive anger at the government of Turkey found a fuse on May 31 as a protest over the demolition of a public park in Istanbul quickly spread to other cities and encompassed simmering passions on broader issues in Turkish political life. Police have used tear gas and water canons to break up the protests, which have grown as demonstrators express opposition to what they view as the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Protestors clash with riot policemen on May 31, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of the Taksim Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Ankara on June 3, 2013. A man is hit by a water cannon during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party.


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Every five years, National Trust rangers carry out a puffin census on the Farne Islands, off the northeast coast of England. The beautiful birds return to their breeding grounds on the islands, which offer excellent sources of food, few ground predators, and good protection for nesting. This count carries particular significance because the last survey in 2008, recording 36,500 pairs, indicated that numbers had fallen by a third from the 2003 census. There is also fear that the extreme weather in the past year could affect the numbers. In March, thousands of birds washed up dead due to severely cold winds, and last summer, many of the birds were flooded out of their homes. Rangers are now faced with the daunting task of counting every burrow-nesting bird, which involves reaching down to each of the underground nests to see if it is occupied. The results will be ready in July.


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In 2012, sheriff's deputies in Brooks County found 129 bodies, around double the amount from the year before and six times the number recorded in 2010. Most of those who die succumb to the punishing heat and rough terrain that comprise the ranch lands of south Texas. Reuters photographer, Eric Thayer, traveled to Brooks County, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico to investigate the rising rates of immigrant deaths along the border there, spending time at a migrant's hostel in Mexico and with U.S. Border Patrol in Brooks County. Many migrants, after spending several weeks traveling through Mexico and past the Rio Grande, spend a few days in a "stash house," such as Casa del Migrante, in Reynosa, Mexico, and many are ignorant of the treacherous journey ahead. A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Rio Grande Valley Sector searches for a group of undocumented immigrants who crossed the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas March 28, 2013. Brooks County has become an epicenter for illegal immigrant deaths in Texas. The unidentified graves of people whose remains were found in the desert. A sign at the Falfurrias U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas.


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