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A pigeon flies over New York March 3, 2009.
A man stands outside the New York Stock Exchange March 25, 2009.
A campsite at a homeless tent city in Sacramento California March 15, 2009.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Brooks (L) and US Navy Yeoman First Class LaSean McCray stand in as then U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during a rehearsal for the inauguration parade for Obama in Washington January 11, 2009.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Home States Ball in Washington January 20, 2009.
A member of a local self defense force walks in the village of Bangadi in northeastern Congo, February 19, 2009.
Gold miners form a human chain, passing pans of mud up a slope, then throwing the empty pans down again, while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, 100 km (62 miles) from Bunia in north-eastern Congo, February 23, 2009.
A worker climbs on sacks of government-subsidised rice at a warehouse in Manila, Philippines, January 14, 2009.
A migrant worker from Bangladesh shows his empty wallet to the camera as workers gather near a government office in Singapore February 16, 2009.
Commuters wait on a platform for their regional train in a station in central Paris as one-day nationwide strike hits transportation services January 29, 2009.
The remains of a children’s swing set destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, 55 km (34 miles) north of Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2009.
A tree covered in frost is pictured in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg, France, as sub-freezing winter temperatures hit the country January 12, 2009.
A worker’s son plays in a salt pan near Bhavnagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat March 5, 2009.
Women stand with their Afghan Hound before going into the parade ring during the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, central England, March 5, 2009.
U.S. actor Mickey Rourke arrives for the UK premiere of his film “The Wrestler, at Leicester Square in London January 5, 2009.
A child dances during a community function celebrating the upcoming Lantern Festival in Shanghai February 6, 2009.
A guest arrives at a Barbie’s 50th birthday party at the Barbie real-life Malibu Dream House in Malibu, California March 9, 2009.
Swimmers prepare to participate in the opening ceremony of the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in London January 24, 2009.
A woman with albinism (C) stands in a crowd waiting to catch a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI as he travels along the street in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, March 19, 2009.
Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 5, 2009.
An Iranian woman supporting former prime Minister Mirhossein Mousavi, who is a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, covers her face with his picture during a pre-election gathering at a stadium in Tehran June 9, 2009.
An Israeli boy takes cover under a desk in a bomb shelter at a school in Jerusalem June 2, 2009, after a siren was sounded during a nationwide civil defence drill simulating a rocket attack.
Demonstrators charge through a street in London during protests to coincide with Thursday’s G20 summit meeting April 1, 2009. Demonstrators clashed with riot police and smashed bank windows in Britain’s financial centre on Wednesday ahead of a G20 meeting in protest against a system they said had robbed the poor to benefit the rich.
A Spanish riot policeman guards the entrance of the building of a shipyard as a former shipyard worker looks through an opening in the door in Gijon, northern Spain May 19, 2009. Former workers who have taken early retirement from the private shipbuilding company Naval Gijon have occupied the shipyard’s buildings demanding assurances of their salaries after the closure of the company scheduled for May 31, 2009. Graffiti reads “Solution for early retirement workers”.
A woman carrying a basket shops at a supermarket in northern Tehran May 26, 2009. A slump in the West checked oil’s surge last year, but rising consumer prices — as well as a lack of jobs — are still the loudest complaint in Tehran as the Islamic Republic heads to a presidential election where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a challenge from reformers.
A man washes clothes by the river Buriganga in Dhaka May 17, 2009. It was once the lifeline of the Bangladeshi capital. But the once mighty Buriganga river, which flows by Dhaka, is now one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh because of rampant dumping of industrial and human waste.
Afghan children stand at the door of their home during a special operation at Sanjaray in Kandahar Province, May 16, 2009. More than a thousand soldiers from the Canadian, U.S. and Afghan armies took part in an anti-Taliban operation at Sanjaray over the weekend.
Rain clouds gather over the city of Sao Paulo May 4, 2009.
U.S. army soldiers dance during their time off at Kandahar Airfield June 6, 2009.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish child holds a bottle during a protest against the opening of a parking lot in Jerusalem June 27, 2009. Ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting the opening of the parking lot on the Jewish sabbath clashed with police separating them and secular demonstrators who held a counter protest in support of the move.
A four-year-old girl plays during the “Coca” celebration in Redondela in rural northeastern Spain June 11, 2009. The tradition of dancing with daughters on the shoulders is taken from a local legend which is believed to have its origins in the Middle Ages about two women being saved from a dragon by dancing in the said manner. The children are dressed in traditional costumes called “Penlas”.
One of the 251 children laughs as she takes part in an attempt at the largest custard pie fight at the Kidz Stuff Festival in Horsham May 31, 2009. The current record is 120 and the new record is waiting for verification by the Guiness Book of Records.
British actor Sacha Baron Cohen (C), dressed as a bull, poses during the Spanish premiere of his film “Bruno” outside Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring June 18, 2009.
A man sleeps in a chair along the closed portion of Broadway in New York June 7, 2009.
Volunteers hold umbrellas over (seated front L-R) First Ladies Adelcia Barreto Pires of Cape Verde, Chantal Biya of Cameroon, Ana Paula Dos Santos of Angola, and Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza of Swaziland during the African First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles April 20, 2009.
A young fan dances as he waits to enter the Apollo Theater for a public memorial for pop star Michael Jackson in New York June 30, 2009. The Apollo will welcome fans 600 at a time to enter the theater to pay their respects, hear Jackson’s music spun by New York DJs and see a a video tribute to the late pop star.
A U.S. soldier of 2-12 Infantry 4BCT-4ID Task Force Mountain Warrior takes a break during a night mission near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province August 12, 2009.
An Afghan man kisses his mother during a campaign rally for next month’s poll launched for incumbent Hamid Karzai in Daraye Kaihan valley in Baghlan province July 31, 2009.
Martin Fortunato, the son of slain Italian captain Antonio Fortunato, cries he touches a coffin of one of the six Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan during a funeral service at Saint Paul Basilica in Rome September 21, 2009.
A U.S. soldier from 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade holds his cigarette out the door of a hooch (living quarters) at Michigan Base in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province August 3, 2009.
The casket (L) of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy is carried out of the family complex by members of a United States military honor guard in Hyannisport, Massachusetts August 27, 2009. Kennedy died August 25 at the age of 77 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Family and friends watch at right, in front of the house that once belonged to Rose Kennedy, Senator Kennedy’s mother.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor poses in front of the Supreme Court building during a photo-op after her investiture ceremony in Washington, September 8, 2009.
Onlookers stand inside of the “Tribute in Lights in Manhattan” on the eighth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York September 11, 2009.
A woman carries her child past a house on fire at Capao Redondo slum in the outskirts of Sao Paulo August 24, 2009.
A girl, re-enacting a scene from 70 years ago, stands in front of the Winton train before its departure from Prague to London September 1, 2009.
Rie Gomita from Osaka, Japan shows off her tattoos at a tattoo convention in London September 25, 2009.
Israeli models display wedding dresses made mostly from toilet paper in Tel Aviv September 8, 2009.
A girl practices the catwalk at a modelling school in Caracas August 27, 2009.
A Jewish immigrant from North America kisses the ground after disembarking from an El Al airplane upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv August 4, 2009.
Palestinian children play on the beach in the northern Gaza Strip July 31, 2009.
An ethnic Uighur woman stands on the side of a road as Chinese paramilitary police ride on a truck on a main street in Urumqi, China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 9, 2009.
A woman sits between carriages as the train travels to Mymensing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 20, 2009.
A cemetery is seen during a hot air balloon flight near Bristol in western England August 7, 2009.
A man in a protective mask hugs a woman at the train in western Ukranian town of Rovno, October 31, 2009.
A policeman patrols the slum district of Petare in Caracas November 21, 2009.
Security forces measure a hole made by an explosion at the site of a bomb blast at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, October 20, 2009.
Military service personnel take pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska November 12, 2009.
Wadee Daoud, a five-year-old visually impaired Palestinian boy, reacts to light after a teacher opened the window blinds in his classroom at the Helen Keller Centre for blind and visually impaired children in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina September 10, 2009.
A migrant worker adjusts the antenna to get a better reception of the live television broadcast of the parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, at their dormitory in Hefei, Anhui province October 1, 2009.
Girls in ladybug and bee outfits take part in “Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2009″ in Tokyo October 25, 2009.
A family eat their lunch sitting on hay bail at the Cranborne Chase Woodfair, a typical English country fair, at Tollard Royal, in Dorset England October 11, 2009.
Models sporting creations by Pakistani designer Ayesha await their turn to take the catwalk during Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi on November 4, 2009.
A shadow of a dancer impersonating Michael Jackson is cast on the red carpet during the Taiwan premiere of “This Is It” in Taipei October 28, 2009.
An actress from the Dseu Renaissance de Pikine theater group wearing traditional Toukouleur make-up and chewing a stick toothbrush waits for rehearsal to begin at a local community center at the slum neighbourhood of Pikine in Senegal’s capital Dakar, November 7, 2009.
A visitor walks inside Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, September 12, 2009.
Somalia’s Environmental Minister Buri Hamza checks his mailbox at the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 9, 2009.
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed signs a declaration during the first underwater cabinet meeting in the Maldives, October 17, 2009.
A boy stands in front of a poster portraying a forest fire during the Green Festival to promote awareness about global warming, in Jakarta, Indoneaia, December 6, 2009.