Tian Tian the Panda in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo on her ninth birthday. Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo made a three-tiered panda cake with carrots instead of candles for Tian Tian, but the birthday girl did not seem too impressed with her gift and refused to eat it.
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An official inspects evidence near the Empire State Building following a shooting in New York. Police say a recently laid-off worker shot a former colleague to death near the iconic skyscraper and then randomly opened fired on people nearby before firing on police.
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A girl look out at the beach as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches in Barahona, Dominican Republic.
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Shyaam holds a headset to a fortune telling machine as he calls out to customers at Juhu Beach in Mumbai, India.
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A protester holds a banner during an anti-nuclear rally near the office compound of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Tokyo.
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Yoruba people pray to appease the goddess of the Osun river and other spirits in Osogbo, Nigeria.
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Residents walk to their homes as floodwaters recede in Nowshera near Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Lebanese army soldiers run from sniping at an outdoor market that was damaged during clashes that erupted between pro and anti-Syrian regime gunmen in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon.
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Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik adjusts his tie as the Oslo Court delivered the verdict of his trial in Oslo Courthouse. Breivik was jailed for a maximum term when judges declared him sane enough to answer for the murder of 77 people last year.
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Australian artist and curator Priscilla Sutton arranges pieces for her show 'Spare Parts' at The Rag Factory in London. The exhibition, comprised of prosthetic limbs donated by owners who no longer use them, is being held to coincide with the London 2012 Paralympics.
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Kashmiri Muslims row a boat in the polluted waters of the Dal Lake as others fish on the shore in Srinagar, India.
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Australia's Brett Rumford plays an approach shot during day two of the 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Golf Course, Gleneagles Scotland.
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A Hong Kong immigration officer checks the identity of a kindergarten student with a portable device at Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint as he leaves his Shenzhen home to attend school in Hong Kong.
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Girls wave flags during a parade to celebrate Ukraine's Independence Day in Kiev.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (r.) and his wife Ann (c.) are introduced by vice-presidential candidate US Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) during a campaign rally at the Long Family Orchard and Farm in Commerce, Michigan.
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Spain La Vuelta Cyclist Argos Shimano's Team John Degenkolb, from Germany (2nd l.) crosses the line, winning the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race in Alcaniz, northern Spain.
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A spectator dressed as the Disney character Goofy gestures after the start of the first one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa, which was delayed by rain at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales.
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Pigeons fly in front of the Boudhanath Stupa, a world heritage site, in Katmandu, Nepal.
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French Junior Minister of Small Business, Innovation, and Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin speaks to journalists as she arrives to attend the opening session of the French Socialist Party's summer meeting in La Rochelle western France.
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A worker observes a drilling machine during a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a subway line (Blue Line) at Hua Lampong Station in Bangkok, Thailand.
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A model wearing Ecco shoes walks down the 'world's longest catwalk' at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia.
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The sun rises on the Villa Germaine vineyards of Ariccia, on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. Drought and hot temperatures are forcing Italian farmers to start harvest at least a week earlier than usual.
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A long time exposure photo of an early morning thunderstorm with lightning over Zurich, Switzerland, seen from Gockhausen.