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Awesome PHOTOS of the month: May

Last updated on: June 1, 2012 10:06 IST

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We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by

A Yawalapiti boy dips his head into the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State.

In August the Yawalapiti tribe will hold the Quarup, which is a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them.

This year the Quarup will be honouring two people -- a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician known for focusing on the relationship between native peoples and education in Brazil.

Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

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The full super Moon, scientifically known as a 'perigee moon', is pictured over the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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A mounted riot policeman rides his horse during May Day rallies in Santiago, Chile.

Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

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A boy waiting to greet United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Museum makes a face while holding the US and Chinese flags in Beijing.

Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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The old tower is seen collapsed after an earthquake in Finale Emilia. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least three people and causing serious damage to the area's cultural heritage.

The epicentre of the 6.0 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po River Valley.

Photograph: Giorgio Benvenuti/Reuters

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An Afghan National Army soldier looks on as a boy sitting on a donkey walks past him during a joint patrol with US soldiers from 3/1 AD Task Force Bulldog (not seen), in a village at Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan.

Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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Mohamed Bouna, a welder, poses for a picture at his shop in the eastern town of Nema, Mauritania, about 275 km from the border with Mali.

Mauritanian officials have stepped up security around the Sahara desert border with Mali due to the heightening risks from armed groups like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali's lawless north.

Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

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A Russian soldier stands at attention as troops march past during a general rehearsal for the Victory Day parade at Moscow's Red Square.

Russia celebrates its 67th anniversary since victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two on May 9.

Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

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Wrangler Nate Cummins takes the opportunity to ride by moonlight, the night before the Super Moon during Montana Horses' annual horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana.

The Mantle family, who own Montana Horses, held their last horse drive where they rounded up approximately 300 horses and drove the herd 35 miles from their winter range to the Mantle ranch.

The horses will be picked up by leasers to be used as pack and trail horses at dude ranches and national parks. Photo taken May 4, 2012.

Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

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Artist and poet Barry Edgar Pilcher, 69, poses for a photograph as he plays the saxaphone on the Island of Inishfree in County Donegal, Ireland.

Pilcher is the only inhabitant of the island on which he has lived for the past 20 years. He only leaves the island once a week to collect his pension and buy groceries on the mainland.

Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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A nun films as Pope Benedict XVI leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

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Sana, a five-year-old girl, plays on a cloth sling hanging from a signalling pole as smoke from a garbage dump rises next to a railway track in Mumbai.

Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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An enthusiast, dressed as a zombie, prepares for the Zombie Walk procession in Prague.

Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

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A boy tries to cross a damaged suspension bridge, after a flash flood caused by an avalanche in the Annapurna mountain range on Saturday, in Kaski district, Nepal.

At least 17 people, including three foreigners, are confirmed to have died during the flood in Pokhara and adjoining villages in Kaski district.

Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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A security guard yawns as he keeps watch at a gate of the Chaoyang Hospital, where blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng is reported to be staying, in Beijing.

Chen said on Monday he expected Beijing to let him and his family travel to the United States without fresh troubles, but he remained unsure of how long it would take for his travel arrangements to be made.

Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

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A 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe is separated for disassembly in Chicago.

The sculpture 'Forever Marilyn' by artist Seward Johnson, is based on a scene from the movie 'Seven Year Itch' was taken down after being on display since last July.

Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

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A girl, who used to live beside the Thapathali hospital, cries during a clash between squatters and police personnel who arrived to demolish the houses build illegally in Kathmandu.

The demolition drive is run up to government's decision to force out squatters from their place of residence and introduce an alternate settlement along with a property ownership document according to local media report.

Photograph: Bikash Dware/Reuters

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Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Parade on Moscow's Red Square. Russia celebrates the 67th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany on Wednesday.

Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

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Onlookers walk past a stranded Taiwanese fishing trawler, which ran aground, in thick fog off Cape Town's popular Clifton beach. Rescuers evacuated 19 of the 28 crew aboard and are hoping to refloat the vessel at high tide.

Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

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An Afghan man smokes shisha, or water pipe, inside a cafe in Kabul.

Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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Sajjad, 7, recites verses from the Koran at a religious seminary in Peshawar.

Photograph: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters

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Cowboy Ty Taypotat, of Regina, Saskatchewan rides a horse called Mamacita in the bareback competition during the 94th Annual Falkland Stampede in Falkland, British Columbia.

The stampede began as a community picnic to celebrate the end of the First World War in 1919 and eventually grew and became a professional rodeo in 1970.

Photograph: Andy Clark/Reuters

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A member of the Afghan National Police looks on during a patrol with US army soldiers from 3/1 AD Task Force Bulldog (not seen) in a village in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan.

Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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A child stands in front of German riot police officers during an anti-austerity demonstration in Frankfurt.

The demonstration of several thousand people is part of a four-day-long 'Blockupy' protest, due to run until Saturday, against capitalism and austerity measures implemented to tackle the euro zone crisis.

Photograph: Alex Domanski/Reuters

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A surfer falls off his board while riding after sunset in Cardiff, California.

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

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Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia listen while Contingent Commander for Uganda, Brigadier Paul Lokech (not seen), briefs members of 09 Battalion before an advance on the town of Afgoye to the west of the Somali capital Mogadishu, in this handout photo.

At least five people were killed when a shell hit the minibus they were using to flee fighting in a town north west of the capital, as African Union and government soldiers intensify their fight against al Shabaab militants.

Earlier this week, African Union and Somali government troops stepped up their attacks on al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu's northern outskirts, forcing hundreds of families to flee their makeshift homes and head for the city centre.

Photograph: Stuart Price/Reuters

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Sauber Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi (centre) of Japan and Lotus F1 Formula One driver Romain Grosjean (left) of France crash after the start of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

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A soldier from the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, takes pictures of an Afghan resident during a patrol in a village in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan.

Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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A Palestinian protester jumps as he throws back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes at a demonstration held in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Hundreds of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails said on Friday they would shun vitamin supplements and prison clinics in an escalation of their mass protest against detention conditions.

Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters




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