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In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours

Last updated on: June 2, 2011 11:32 IST

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Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 24 hours.

A student is hit by a jet of water from a riot police vehicle during a rally in downtown Santiago. Students marched through the streets to demand that Chile's government change the public state education system.

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Photographs: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
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A Pashtun girl peeps through jut sack from the doorway to her family dwelling in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan.

Photographs: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters
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A Bosnian Muslim woman cries near the grave of her son Mihrudin before a mass funeral in the village of Memici, about 30 kilometres from Zvornik. The remains of eight people, victims of an "ethnic cleansing" campaign that former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is accused of instigating, were retrieved from mass graves in Zvornik and buried during the mass funeral on Wednesday.

Mladic, extradited to the Netherlands from Serbia on Tuesday after 16 years on the run, will appear in court on Friday, according to a statement issued by the court on Wednesday. Mladic was indicted over the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica, close to the border with Serbia, during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.


Photographs: Dado Ruvic/Reuters
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A rebel army officer stands guard near destroyed vehicles after an explosion at Tibesti hotel in Benghazi. The large explosion damaged the hotel on Wednesday in the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi, Arab satellite television channels reported.

Photographs: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
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Children look out from a window of their classroom at a rural primary school in Min county, Gansu province. The school, consisting of five teachers and 102 students, is located on a mountain measuring more than 6,562 ft high.

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Army soldiers are silhouetted by artillery smoke while firing towards targets from Mohammad Gatt, located in Mohmand Agency along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. One of Pakistan's top military commanders on Wednesday ruled out an imminent offensive in North Waziristan, contradicting earlier media reports that Pakistan had agreed to assault the militant-infested region.

Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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Space shuttle Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavour touched down at its Florida home base early on Wednesday, capping a 16-day mission to deliver a premier science experiment to the International Space Station on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight.

Photographs: Joe Skipper/Reuters
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Local residents fish in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter reacts during a news conference after being re-elected for a fourth term as president of world soccer's governing body during the 61st FIFA congress at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.

Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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The letter "Z" is seen painted on a hill next to the toll booth at the freeway between Monterrey and Torreon, in the Mexican state of Coahuila March 13, 2010. The "Z" refers to the Zetas drug cartel.

In just four years, Monterrey, a manufacturing city of 4 million people, 230 km from the Texan border, has gone from being a model for developing economies to a symbol of Mexico's drug war chaos, sucked down into a dark spiral of gangland killings, violent crime and growing lawlessness.

By engulfing Monterrey, home to some of Latin America's biggest companies and where annual income per capita is double the Mexican average at $17,000, the violence shows just how serious the security crisis has become in Mexico, the world's seventh-largest oil exporter and a major US trade partner.

Photographs: Tomas Bravo/Reuters
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Volunteer Nelson Rumsey, of Quincy, Il., collects plastic flowers from a house destroyed by the May 22 tornado in Joplin. Missouri officials on Tuesday reduced the number of missing people from last week's devastating Joplin tornado to 10, a third of the previous day's count. The tornado that hit May 22 was rated an EF-5, or the strongest possible, and was rated the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947.

Photographs: Sarah Conard/Reuters
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A rebel army officer teaches Libyan women the use of weapons in Benghazi. NATO said on Wednesday it had extended its Libyan mission for a further 90 days, after Muammar Gaddafi made it clear he would not step down, dashing hopes of a negotiated end to the uprising against his rule.

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A Syrian man living in Jordan holds a Syrian national flag and shout slogans demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad steps down during a sit-in near the Syrian Embassy in Amman.

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An oil tanker drives through desertified land in Hengshan county, northwest China's Shaanxi province. China is on track to cut its energy intensity -- the amount of power consumed for every dollar of economic output -- by 20 per cent from 2005 levels, a Chinese environmental policy expert said on Tuesday.

Photographs: Rooney Chen/Reuters
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One of Cherif Chouichi's sisters smiles as she wears an unused military vest which had been issued to her brother, in his room in Misrata. Chouichi, who was a rebel fighter, was killed on April 28 during a battle between rebel fighters and forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Misrata's Tripoli street. Chouichi was killed before getting a chance to use this military equipment.

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Cars which were destroyed by the May 22 tornado are seen outside St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin. Missouri officials on Tuesday reduced the number of missing people from last week's devastating Joplin tornado to 10, a third of the previous day's count. The tornado was rated an EF-5, or the strongest possible, and was rated the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947.

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A gust of wind lifts Pope Benedict XVI's mantle during his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters
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Relatives of victims of the Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic on June 1, 2009, leave a church after a mass to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy, in Rio de Janeiro. A French search team has lifted 75 bodies to the surface in recent days from the sunken wreckage of an Air France airliner which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil two years ago, killing everyone on board.

Photographs: Reuters
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A new auto rickshaw is unloaded from a goods train at a storage facility at Sanand railway station in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Growth in India's manufacturing sector eased slightly in May as the pace of new orders slowed, but factories' input and output prices continued to rise sharply, reinforcing expectations of further policy tightening by the Reserve Bank.

Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters
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An instructor looks on as servicemen belonging to a special Interior Ministry unit take part in a test near the village of Volovshchina, 25 km west of Minsk. Servicemen have to pass several tough tests before being awarded entry to the ministry's elite "Red Beret" unit, according to the ministry.

Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
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People react from the parking lot of a business building as Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva campaigns for his ruling Democrat Party in Bangkok's financial district.

Thailand is bitterly polarised ahead of a July 3 parliamentary election in Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. Rivalries between different camps are deeply entrenched and the poll may not solve the problems that have dogged the country for five years.

Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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Miles Shebar of New York, waits his turn during round three of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.

Image: Molly Riley/Reuters

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