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In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours

Last updated on: June 3, 2011 11:09 IST

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

A destroyed tank belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is seen near a damaged hospital building in the west Libyan city of Misrata. The hospital was occupied by Gaddafi's forces during the battles that took place on Tripoli street.

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Photographs: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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Munira Salihovic poses with a picture of her three sons and husband Redzep, Sabahudin, Fahrudin and Resid, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre, at her home in Potocari near Srebrenica. She has recovered the bodies of her two sons and her husband, but the bones of her third son have not yet been found, 16 years after the incident.

Munira prays she will be alive to witness the burial of her third son as she feels the authorities engaged in the recovery of the remains are moving too slowly in their efforts. Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, who was arrested in a Serb village this week, is scheduled to appear in public to formally answer the International Criminal Tribunal's charges of genocide, in the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and in the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.

Photographs: Dado Ruvic/Reuters
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A boy plays with a cat while her father works on their shack at the slum of Las Mayas in Caracas. The hillside slum of "Las Mayas" provides both great vistas of Caracas and an ideal view of a housing crisis shaping into a major battleground for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's re-election bid.

Along one side of the once-forested slopes, shacks of corrugated iron, wood and mud cling precariously to land that erodes a little bit further whenever it rains, and at the bottom of the valley lies a possible solution: rows of neat red-brick apartments that are part of Chavez's vision of new "Socialist Cities", designed to end the South American nation's housing shortage while promoting communal living.

Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters
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Tourists have their photo taken as they stick out their heads from a cardboard painting depicting Madrid's Puerta del Sol at the encampment in Puerta del Sol. Spaniards protesting over the handling of the country's economic crisis vowed to keep their tents in central city squares this week, as a wave of similar protests spread to other major European cities.

Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), tens of thousands of demonstrators packed squares across Spain in a wave of outrage over high unemployment and government austerity measures in the run-up to local and regional elections on May 22. The t-shirts read: "We Are Sol" and "We want another world".

Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters
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A mechanic dismantles the engine of a car at a workshop in Noida, located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Vehicle sales in India, one of the fastest-growing auto markets in the world, grew a record 30 percent in 2010 as the burgeoning middle class in Asia's third-largest economy spurred demand. That growth is expected to halve to 12 to 15 percent this year.

Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters
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Riot police use water cannon to disperse left wing demonstrators during a protest against the government in Istanbul.

Photographs: Nazim Serhat Firat/Reuters
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A man walks between tents at Shousha camp, set up for 0refugees fleeing violence in Libya, at the Ras Jdeer border in Tunisia.

Photographs: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters
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Dwarf bullfighter Osvaldo Hernandez from Los Enanitos Toreros (dwarf bullfighters) is tackled by a calf in Cancun. The Enanitos Toreros are a group of six comedians from Yucatan who travel across Mexico entertaining audiences and carrying on a tradition born in Spain along with regular bullfighting.

"Little people," as some prefer to be called, have been entertainers for centuries, being excluded by discrimination or their height handicap from many everyday professions. Unlike traditional bullfights, the animals are not harmed. Calves are used instead of full-size bulls.

Photographs: Victor Ruiz/Reuters
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A three-year-old boy, who is a HIV-positive patient, holds a flower to give to U.S. Senator John McCain before his visit to a HIV/AIDS hospice, founded by a member of National League for Democracy party, in Yangon. McCain is in Myanmar on an official visit to strengthen bilateral relations and is expected to meet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Photographs: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
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Pall bearers carry the open coffin of Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh to his funeral in the village of Dzhgiarda, some 50km outside the capital Sukhumi. Bagapsh died in a Moscow hospital on Sunday from complications after a lung surgery.

Photographs: Sergey Karpov/Reuters
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Residents look for fish during sunset in the shallow waters of Mogpog town in Marinduque island, south of Manila.

Photographs: Erik de Castro/Reuters
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Jaycee Dugard's aunt Tina Dugard comforts Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn (C), as she reads a statement from Jaycee Dugard at the sentencing hearing for Phillip and Nancy Garrido (R) in Placerville, California. The Garridos kidnapped and held Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years. Phillip received a 431 years to life sentence, while Nancy received 36 years to life.

Photographs: Rich Pedroncelli/Reuters
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A man hurls an empty oil canister inside the grounds of a wholesale fuel market in Kolkata. India's fuel price index climbed 12.54 per cent compared with a rise of 12.11 percent a week earlier, government data showed on Thursday.

Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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A boy practices a stunt on a makeshift springboard in the Terra Firme slum, one of the poorest and most violent areas in the state of Para, in Belem city at the mouth of the Amazon River.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday launched the Brasil Sem Miseria (Brazil Without Poverty) scheme, aimed at lifting millions out of extreme poverty, saying that chronic poverty is the "most permanent crisis" that is ravaging the country.

Photographs: Paulo Santos/Reuters
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A riot police officer slips and falls while chasing a left-wing demonstrator, near an election campaign point of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, after clashes broke out during a protest against government in Istanbul.

Photographs: Nazim Serhat Firat/Reuters
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A Thai custom officer shows a false gavial during a news conference at Thailand's customs department in Bangkok. Thai customs have found 451 turtles worth 1 million baht ($33,000) stashed in suitcases offloaded from a passenger flight from Bangladesh, the latest seizure of live creatures at Bangkok's bustling Suvarnabhumi airport.

Turtles of varying sizes worth around 2,000 baht apiece in Thai markets, and seven false gavials, a type of freshwater crocodile worth 10,000 baht each, were found on Thursday in small bags packed into cases after authorities received a tip off that a known trafficker was on his way to Thailand.

Photographs: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
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A man lifts a 250 kg stone during the traditional Bavarian stone-lifting competition in a beer tent in Grafing, near Munich. Stone-lifting, also called "Steinheben", is the traditional Bavarian way of weightlifting and it dates back to the 15th century.

Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters
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Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa. Forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled with tribal fighters in Yemen's capital on Thursday in overnight clashes that killed dozens as a US envoy flew around the region to try and stop a civil war.

Photographs: Ammar Awad/Reuters
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A man performs for tourists by jumping from the top of a rebuilt bridge in the old town of southern Bosnian city of Mostar, 140 km south of capital Sarajevo.

Photographs: Nikola Solic/Reuters
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A boy scout, wearing a traffic police uniform, poses as traffic goes by on a street in Benghazi. Boy scouts are volunteering for the job as there has been a lack of traffic police officers since the political conflict in the country began.

Photographs: Mohammed/Reuters
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A portrait of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, featuring him as a clown, is hung from a noose during a rally against a new austerity package in Athens' Constitution  square. The protest, on its ninth day, was organized through a Facebook group called "The Indignant" following similar demonstrations in Spain.

Photographs: John Kolesidis/Reuters
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A fisherman clears his net after a catch of fish during early morning at Karachi's Clifton beach.

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An electrician installs a fan in a tent where India's yoga guru Swami Ramdev is scheduled to start his fast at the Ramlila ground in New Delhi. The government suffered a fresh blow on Thursday in containing growing anger over corruption from million of voters as leading civil activist Anna Hazare joined forces with influential yoga guru Ramdev in a "fast-until-death" against graft.

Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters
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Myra Rodriguez kisses Janeida Rivera after their Civil Union ceremony in Chicago. Illinois is the sixth state that allows civil unions or their equivalent.

Photographs: John Gress/Reuters
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