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Last updated on: June 7, 2011 12:46 IST

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

Rebels fighters inspect a burning house in the city of Yafran, about 100 km southwest of the Libyan capital. Libyan rebels entered the mountain town of Yafran on Monday, driving out Gaddafi's forces in a sign NATO air strikes in the area may be paying off.

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Photographs: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters
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Participants row their boats during a dragon boat race to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, on the Suzhou river in Shanghai.

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Lightning flashes around the ash plume at above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching ash over 10 km into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said.

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Eun-ju, 80, sits beside the gravestone of her husband Park Gyu-yong, who died in 1950 in Uljin during the 1950-53 Korean War, at the national cemetery in Seoul on the occasion of South Korea's Memorial Day to commemorate fallen patriots.

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Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala smiles as he speaks to supporters in a city square in Lima. Former army commander Humala claimed victory in Peru's presidential election on Sunday as investors worried that his left-wing policies could ruin a long economic boom.

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A pilgrim from the Malaga brotherhood walks as he makes his way to the shrine of El Rocio in Coria del Rio, near Seville. Every spring hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at a shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during an annual pilgrimage which combines religious fervour and festive colour.

Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
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A rebel fighter removes a Libyan flag from a house previously held by government forces in the city of Yafran, about 100 km southwest of the Libyan capital. Libyan rebels entered the mountain town of Yafran on Monday, driving out Muammar Gaddafi's forces in a sign NATO air strikes in the area may be paying off.

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Members of the "Guglmen", a secret society who believes that king Ludwig II of Bavaria was murdered, climb stairs near the Starnberg lake in Berg, near Munich, one week ahead of his 125th death anniversary. Ludwig II of Bavaria (also known as the Fairy-tale King and Mad King Ludwig), the builder of the famous Neuschwanstein castle, was diagnosed as mentally ill and incarcerated in Berg Castle.

On June 13, 1886, his doctor arrived to take him for a walk. A few hours later they were both found drowned in Starnberg Lake. Officially ruled a suicide, there are many people who believe that the king actually was murdered by his adversaries
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Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters
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Pakistani refugees, members of the Ahmadiyya, an Islamic minority sect, pray as they leave a detention centre on a bus in Bangkok. A group of 94 refugees and two asylum seekers from Pakistan, all members of the Ahmadiyya, were released on bail on Monday from detention in Bangkok as they await the results of resettlement applications, mainly to the US.

Most of them have been held for more than six months in overcrowded immigration detention centres in Bangkok. Some Muslims deem the Ahmadi heretical and the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is often targeted in attacks by Islamic extremists.

Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears with his lawyers Ben Brafman and William Taylor, in New York Supreme Court during his arraignment hearing in New York. Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of not guilty to sexual assault charges and will appear in court again on July 18.

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A rebel fighter reads a newspaper at Misrata's western front line, some 25 kilometres from the city centre.

Photographs: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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A woman uses her mobile phone with her baby lying on top of her inside the maternity ward of the government run Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila. The ward, the busiest in the country, sees an average of 60 births a day. The Philippines' population growth rate of around 2.0 per cent is above Southeast Asia's average of around 1.7 percent, with an estimated 200 babies born every hour.

Lack of a national policy on birth control and access to modern family planning methods -- frowned upon by the powerful Catholic church -- are some of the factors that have led to the country's population ballooning to nearly 100 million, according to various government and private sector estimates, with the Philippines the second most populous nation in the region after Indonesia.

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An Israeli soldier patrols along the Israeli-Syrian border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. Israel remains on high alert a day after Palestinian demonstrators in Syria rushed to the frontier fence in what Israel called a challenge to its sovereignty. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally.

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A boy look at a tribesman loyal to tribal leader Sadeq al-Ahmar holding his rifle as he secures a street near al-Ahmar's house in Sanaa. Yemenis celebrated on Monday what many hope will be a new era without President Ali Abdullah Saleh, now recuperating in Saudi Arabia after an operation to remove shrapnel from his chest a day earlier.

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A Palestinian refugee burns tyres and barricades at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, during a protest against the killing of of the Palestinians protesters killed in the Syrian-Israeli border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights on Sunday. Israeli troops fired at Palestinian demonstrators in Syria who rushed to the border fence on Sunday in what Israel called a challenge to its sovereignty.

Syrian state-run media said 18 were killed. Sunday marked the 44th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war and Israel had been on alert for a repetition of last month's storming by thousands of Palestinian protesters of Israel's frontiers with Syria and Lebanon. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally.

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A Libyan fireman looks at the damage of a shoe warehouse which was hit by Grad rockets fired by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi at Misrata's western front line, about 25 kilometers from the city centre.

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A US army helicopter crewman takes a picture with his cellphone of a Blackhawk helicopter carrying U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates between his visits to Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in Eastern Afghanistan. Gates is visiting troops on the ground in the South and East of the country for the final time as Secretary of Defense before his retirement later this month. 

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Lady Gaga looks on on the red carpet at the CFDA Fashion awards at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

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An aircraft belonging to Austral with ash on it from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain remains standred on the tarmac of the sky resort San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina's Patagonia. A volcano dormant for decades erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching an ash cloud more than 10 km high that blew over the Andes and carpeted the resort in neighboring Argentina.

The eruption in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain, about 920 km south of the capital, Santiago, in Patagonia also prompted Chilean authorities to shut a heavily traveled border crossing into Argentina. Chile's government said it was evacuating 3,500 people from the surrounding area as a precaution. Officials said the volcano was spitting molten rock, but there was no visible lava flow.

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A policeman runs past the body of a man who was shot and killed in the streets of Srinagar. The shooting death of the man by unidentified gunmen is still under investigation, police said.

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A horse is seen next to a boy standing outside his makeshift residence near Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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Cucumbers are spread on a field to be used as fertilizer by French farmers who are unable to sell their produce in Carquefou near Nantes, western France.

Authorities in Germany have yet to pinpoint the exact source of the three-week E.colli outbreak that has killed 22 people in Europe and stricken more than 2,200 in a dozen countries -- all of whom had been travelling in northern Germany. So far, bean sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce have all been suspected of spreading the EHEC bacteria (enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli) bacteria.

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Ashfaq, 10, carries his two-year-old brother Farhaan through a flooded pathway in a Mumbai slum.

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