The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games
A child looks on as she observes the Bisket festival at the ancient city of Bhaktapur near Kathmandu
A teleprompter obscures U.S. President Obama as he speaks during a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo
Confetti obscures the stage as U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates after winning the U.S. presidential election in Chicago
Juan Carlos Castano turns on the TV in his emptied-out bedroom as he waits for the judicial commission to carry out his eviction in Madrid
Festival goers are pictured during the Hackney Weekend festival at Hackney Marshes in east London
Parliament employees raise flag atop the parliament in Athens
Deontae Mobley looks in the mirror after having his hair cut by his father in the neighbourhood of Goldsboro in Sanford
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Poland's Lukasz Mamczarz starts his run up during the men's high jump F42 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
Protesters destroy American flag pulled down from US embassy in Cairo
A police officer pretends to hang himself in front of the parliament during a rally in Athens
Paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry board a waiting CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan
Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident and legal advocate who recently sought asylum in the United States, is lit by a studio light during an interview in New York
Woman uses shaft of sunlight to see her ballot as she votes in polling site during U.S. presidential election in New York
Huang Sufang reacts as she sees a part of her house being taken down by demolition workers at Yangji village in central Guangzhou city
Parker Roos, who suffers from Fragile X, rolls around on the floor after getting into an argument with his sister at their home in Canton, Illinois
Cyrus Fakroddin and his pet goat Cocoa take a taxi ride in New York
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A physically disabled woman on her wheelchair clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz
Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. competes in the balance beam during the women's individual all-around gymnastics final in London
Delegates sit at stage before opening ceremony of 18th National Congress of Communist Party of China at Great Hall of People in Beijing
A view of the Yawalapiti village is seen before the start of this year's quarup in the Xingu National Park
A music group performs on a path amid fields to greet the farmers at Hwanggumpyong Island
A woman runs along a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu
Residents push lawn mowers on a street in Nanjie village of Luohe city
Perkins prays during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire in Aurora, Colorado
Artist Pavlensky, a supporter of jailed members of female punk band
Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine public organization, in Kiev
A Jewish boy lifts his hand to prevent a Palestinian from taking his picture near a police barrier cordoning off a building in Hebron
Actor Tom Cruise carries his daughter Suri past a group of photographers as they make their way from a hotel
Indigenous people point their bows and arrows at a police helicopter flying over the occupied barrier of the Belo Monte Dam's construction site in Vitoria do Xingu, near Altamira
A wrestler rubs his hands with mud to prevent slipping due to sweat, during a traditional mud wrestling bout in Kolhapur
The children of the Amor Divino family, Dhones, Izabely and Samille, sit on their couch in Sao Paulo
Seventeen-year-old prostitute Hashi, embraces a Babu, her
Bavarian farmers transport their cows on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee at dusk
An Afghan man takes a shortcut by climbing a wall, at a hilltop in Kabul
Audience members watch a model during the J. Mendel Spring/Summer 2013 show at New York Fashion Week
A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames
A firefighting helicopter fills a bucket of water in heavy smoke as the North Merna wildfire burns in the Bridger National Forest west of the town of Pinedale in Sublette County, Wyoming
A photographer is knocked down by a wild cow during festivities in the bullring following the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona
A Hindu devotee with his neck pierced with a knife attends Chadak rituals at Krishanadevpur village
Kudryavtsev does leg-splits while reading a book in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk
A young man dressed as a punk with pictures of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on his shirt, attends a punk show during the water festival at a music bar in Yangon
A policeman fires at protesting miners outside a South African mine in Rustenburg
A man takes a photo as Space Shuttle Endeavour travels to the California Science Center in Inglewood, Los Angeles
An army tank fires during a firefight against militants linked to al Qaeda near the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar
A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling
A naked protester runs past the parliament in Syntagma Square in Athens during a violent protest against the visit of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel
A woman hits a man with a stick after he is accused of theft along with three other men at Tactic
People travel on an outdoor public escalator at Commune 13 in Medellin
Puppy stands by remains of dog local residents said was its mother in area burnt in violence at East Pikesake ward in Kyaukphyu
Israelis react and run for cover as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi
Palestinian man checks his damaged house after Israeli air strikes in Gaza
A wounded Syrian man lies on a boat as he is transferred to Turkey over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province
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A man walks down Shore Front Parkway surrounded by debris pushed onto the streets by hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough region of the Rockaways in New York
Staff members reflected in the window on the room where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton
An indigenous man stands in a subway train as he makes his way to the People's Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice in Rio de Janeiro
A Free Syrian Army fighter screams in pain after he was injured in a leg by shrapnel from a shell fired from a Syrian Army tank in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo
A temple stands amid the waters of the flooded river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu
Sudanese migrant sleeps under a slide in South Tel Aviv
Woman holds her malnourished child at a therapeutic feeding center at al-Sabyeen hospital in Sanaa
The skyline of lower Manhattan is in darkness except for Goldman Sachs building after a preventive power outage caused by giant storm Sandy as seen from Exchange Place,  in New York
A woman weeps after learning that a neighbor presumed missing is okay while cleaning out her home in a neighborhood heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood
Israeli border police officers use pepper spray as they detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes outside Jerusalem's Old City
Manolis Ouranos, a 30 year-old cook, poses for a picture in the Mavros Gatos tavern in Psiri neighboorhood in central Athens
A Yawalapiti boy dips his head into the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State
Fencer Alexander Massialas poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas
Fellow workers, a firefighter and doctors work together to cut steel bars which were pierced through a worker's body during an operation at a hospital in Hangzhou
Dressed as a princess, Knoepfel stands in the pits waiting for the next race during the Saturday night stock car races at Agassiz Speedway in Agassiz
Khilnath, husband of deceased Phuyal, is comforted by a family member at Maternity Hospital in Kathmandu
Kumaga visits the spot where her house, which was washed away by the March 11, 2011 tsunami, used to stand in Higashimatsushima
The remnants of a roller coaster sits in the surf three days after Hurricane Sandy came ashore in Seaside Heights
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Local residents meet during sunset, with the Metallurgical Plant seen in the background, in the Southern Urals city of Magnitogorsk
The sun reflects off the club as Tiger Woods hits off on the seventh tee at the AT&T National golf tournament in Bethesda, Maryland
An ethnic Rakhine man holds homemade weapons as he walks in front of houses that were burnt during fighting between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in Sittwe
Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag  the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City
Lightning is seen during a storm under the Memorial Center in Potocari the night before a mass burial
Syrians jump over barbed wire as they flee from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar
U.S. soldier points his rifle after coming under fire in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan
Women, wearing nylon masks, rest on the shore during their visit to a beach in Qingdao
A woman eats clam chowder as media and supporters surround Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum at a campaign event at a restaurant in Florence
Fans of France kiss before their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match against Ukraine at Donbass Arena in Donetsk
Residents paddle their makeshift boat to safety as fire engulfs houses at a slum community in Manila
Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs to win the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium
Devotees try to form a human pyramid to break a clay pot containing curd during the celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai
Students hold on to side steel bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak regency
A woman in traditional Korean costume watches as a student leaves a swimming pool of Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang
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Woman pushes her Fiat 500 car as her dog sits inside, in neighbourhood of Rome
Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo