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Amazing PHOTOS of the month: August

Last updated on: August 1, 2012 08:56 IST

PHOTOS of the month: August

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

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, a supporter of jailed members of female punk band 'Pussy Riot', looks on with his mouth sewed up as he protests outside the Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg.

A court on Monday rejected a request to call President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to testify in the trial of three female punk rockers who derided Putin in a protest in the country's main cathedral, their lawyer said.

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Photographs: Reuters

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A baby is baptised during a mass baptism ceremony in Tbilisi.

More than 12 thousand children were baptised by the Georgian Orthodox church at a mass baptism ceremonies at the country's main cathedral Holy Trinity since 2008, according to local media.

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Photographs: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

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Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado.

Holmes, the man accused of shooting dead 12 people in a Colorado movie theater during the midnight screening of the new Batman movie early Friday, made his first appearance in court on Monday, sitting silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red.

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Photographs: Reuters

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People ride with their belongings on a wooden bicycle as they flee from renewed fighting between Congolese army and M23 rebels near the eastern Congolese city of Goma.

Congolese rebels and government forces traded heavy weapons fire around two eastern villages on Friday, forcing thousands of civilians to flee towards the provincial capital days ahead of a regional summit due to tackle the rebellion.

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Photographs: James Akena/Reuters
Tags: PHOTOS , M23 , Congolese , Goma

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Commuters disembark from crowded suburban trains during the morning rush hour at Churchgate railway station on World Population Day in Mumbai. According to a 2011 census conducted by the government of India, Mumbai has a population of more than 12 million with an estimated population density of about 20,482 persons per square kilometre.

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Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters
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Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla kneels down in front of a bull during the last bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July. Padilla lost an eye after getting gored last October during a bullfight in Zaragoza, northern Spain.

He made a comeback five months afterwards.

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters

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A pro-democracy demonstrator reacts during a fireworks display in downtown Hong Kong, during the 15th anniversary of the territory's handover to China.

New Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying was sworn into office on Sunday by Chinese President Hu for a five-year term in which he will confront challenges ranging from human rights to democracy after a tumultuous year of transition and protest.

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Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

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A flood victim pulls a van as he takes refuge on a street in Kurigram.

At least 100 people have died and hundreds of thousands of people are marooned as floods triggered by heavy rains spread across Bangladesh.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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An opposition activist attacks riot police during a rally to protest against a Russian language bill passed by parliament in Kiev.

Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Kiev and Ukraine's parliament speaker offered to resign on Wednesday amid uproar after a move to boost the status of the Russian language in the former Soviet republic.

Riot police fired tear gas and used batons to push back protesters, who had massed in front of a building where President Viktor Yanukovich was due to hold a news briefing. The bill would upgrade the status of Russian in the former Soviet republic.

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Photographs: Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters

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A model poses during the annual World Bodypainting Festival in Poertschach. The world's biggest bodypainting event takes place from July 6 to 8 at lake Woerthersee in Austria's southern Carinthia province.

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Photographs: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

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A reveller tries to hold on to a wild horse during the 'Rapa Das Bestas' traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo.

On the first weekend of the month of July, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed and groomed in different villages in the Spanish northwestern region of Galicia.

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Photographs: Miguel Vidal/Reuters

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The pack of riders cycles past a woman on a horse during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde.

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Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
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An Afghan man with mental health problems shields his face from the camera as he is chained to a wall of a room at the Mia Ali Baba shrine, in line with a traditional belief that spending 40 days chained in isolation at the shrine can cure the illness, in Jalalabad.

Afghanistan is struggling to fight the mental health problems that afflict some of the population after decades of violence, according to Abdul Rasool, an official from the health department of Jalalabad province.

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Photographs: Parwiz/Reuters

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Lightning is seen during a storm under the Memorial Center in Potocari the night before a mass burial, near Srebrenica.

The bodies of 520 recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves, in Europe's worst massacre since World War Two.

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Photographs: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

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A vendor carries a basket containing onions and potatoes to prepare Chilli Bhaji, a local cuisine, at his stall decorated with green chillies to attract customers, on the Marina beach in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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Photographs: Babu/Reuters

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Abdul Samad, 13, carries a part of a used car engine inside an automobile workshop in Mumbai.

An Indian automobile industry body on Tuesday slightly lowered its car sales growth forecast for the year ending next March, as higher costs and slower economic expansion impinge on demand.

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Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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Children are pictured standing in a puddle of water in Kathmandu.

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Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are shown kissing on the 'Kiss Cam' screen during a timeout in the Olympic basketball exhibition game between the United States and Brazil national men's teams in Washington.

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Photographs: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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A Hindu devotee takes a dip at the Bagmati River while she takes part in the 'Bol Bom' (or Say Shiva) pilgrimage in Kathmandu July.

The faithful, chanting the name of Lord Shiva, run some 15 km barefooted to Pashupatinath temple seeking good health, wealth and happiness.

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Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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A bull chasing revellers jumps into the sea during the 'Bous a la Mar' festival in the eastern Spanish coastal town of Denia.

During this festival, revellers emerging from protective barriers provoke bulls to chase them until they both fall into the sea. The bulls are then rescued by small boats who tow them to safety.

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Photographs: Heino Kalis/Reuters
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Commuters run for cover as they cross a road during monsoon rains in Chandigarh . The June-September monsoon rains, the main source of water for 55 percent of India's arable land, were 30 per cent lower-than-normal since the beginning of the monsoon season.

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Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters
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Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws a defaced mask with a long nose, depicting Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as a liar, towards Chun-ying as he attends his first question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong.

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Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa trains before the men's 400 meters event at the 23rd International Athletics Meeting in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

After striving to qualify for the 400 metres at the London Olympics for six years, Oscar Pistorius believes he will now be better placed to run at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. The South African, who wears carbon fibre blades, will become the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics.

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Photographs: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

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Paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry board a waiting CH-47 Chinook helicopter as they begin a helicopter assault mission at Combat Outpost Herrera in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province.

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Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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A helicopter releases water during a fire at a tower block in Istanbul.

A large fire broke out in a 42-storey tower block in central Istanbul on Tuesday, sending thick smoke billowing into the air before firefighters extinguished the blaze, and there were no reports of casualties, officials said.

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Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters

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Afghan girls watch paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province.

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Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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A woman plays in mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, about 190 km southwest of Seoul. About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual mud festival, according to the festival organisation.

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Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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A double rainbow appears after a heavy monsoon storms over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada. The National Weather Service has extended a flash flood watch through Saturday night, as rain and thunderstorms have rumbled into Southern Nevada.

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Photographs: Gene Blevins/Reuters

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Muslims attend a mass prayer session 'Tarawih' marking the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in a mosque in Makassar of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province. The Indonesian government has set Ramadan to fall on July 21.

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters

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