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Palestinian boys take part in a military-style summer camp being held by the Islamic Jihad movement during the youngsters' summer school vacation in Rafah town, in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 12, 2013. Thousands of youngsters between the age of six and 16, can participate in the summer camp where they receive military as well as religious training. Boys only.


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More than 2,300 people have been injured and one person killed during four days of fierce clashes between protesters and police in Turkey, according to a doctors' association, as the prime minister blamed 'extremist elements' for the riots. More than 1,480 people have been wounded in clashes in Istanbul, the country's largest city, with some 800 more injured in the capital Ankara and the Aegean city of Izmir.


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Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers including the Elbe. In Halle, an appeal has gone out to residents to help reinforce flood defences while Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised 100m euros (£78m; $130m) in emergency aid for flood-hit areas. Water levels were hitting the highest level in more than 500 years. A street is flooded in the city of Stadtroda, Germany, 31 May 2013. Most of the eastern German state of Thuringia remains under a severe weather alert. The town hall of Grimma in eastern Germany's Saxony region is isolated 3 June 2013 from neighbouring old town centre buildings by floodwater after the River Mulde burst its banks following days of torrential rain in the area.


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Daredevils have been hurling themselves down a hill in Gloucestershire as part of the annual cheese-rolling competition despite fears over the safety of the event. The contest, which involves chasing a round of Double Gloucester down Cooper's Hill, has been held here since at least the early 1800s. This year's event was won by an American estate agent wearing a 'stars and stripes' jumpsuit.


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Images in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon show a wide swath of destruction in this suburb south of Oklahoma City. At least 91 people have been killed, including 20 children, state officials said. Another 143 others have been injured.


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A wildfire spurred by high winds is raging across Southern California, scorching more than 8,000 acres of land and sending thousands of resident fleeing from their homes as new evacuations are ordered. More than 2,000 homes in the Camarillo, Calif., area have been threatened, while 15 have sustained damage. About 10 percent of the fire has been contained as more than 900 first responders are on the scene battling the flames. There have been no reports of injuries.


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Firefighters spray down hot spots on an ice covered warehouse that caught fire Tuesday night in Chicago January 23, 2013. Fire department officials said it is the biggest fire the department has had to battle in years and one-third of all Chicago firefighters were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames. An Arctic blast continues to gripped the U.S. Midwest and Northeast Wednesday, with at least three deaths linked to the frigid weather, and fierce winds made some locations feel as cold as 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-45°C)


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The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) is an astronaut training facility maintained by and located at the Sonny Carter Training Facility near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The NBL consists of a large indoor pool of water, in which astronauts may perform simulated EVA tasks in preparation for upcoming missions. The NBL contains full-sized mock-ups of the International Space Station (ISS) modules and payloads, visiting vehicles such as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) HTV, the European Space Agency ATV, the SpaceX Dragon, and the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus. Previously there was also a mockup of the Space Shuttle payload bay, but since Space Shuttle retirement it has been removed. The NBL tank itself is 202 feet (62 m) in length, 102 feet (31 m) wide, and 40 feet 6 inches (12.34 m) deep, and contains 6.2 million gallons (23.5 million litres) of water. Divers breathe nitrox while working in the tank.


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