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Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours

Last updated on: June 1, 2011 13:53 IST

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Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 48 hours.

Buddhist novice monk Kyaw Thiha plays during heavy rainfall at Shin Ohtama Tharya monastery in Yangon.

Entering monkhood is a rite of passage for many Myanmar boys, although most of them spend a few days to a few months rather than as a lifetime commitment. The Sangha, as monks are collectively known in Myanmar, is a powerful social force in the country and is widely revered. They have also been politically active since the colonial times, calling for justice and democracy on behalf of the people

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Photographs: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
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An anti-government protester runs from a police barricade during a clash with riot police in central Ankara


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A 44 foot long (13.4 metre) dead sperm whale is seen washed up on the beach at Redcar, northern England. Rescuers were unable to save the whale that washed up alive

Photographs: Nigel Roddis/Reuters
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A guide looks in from the entrance of a hall for a Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

Luxury goods makers may boast familiarity with China, but the pace of change in the world's fastest-growing country still startles them. The world's biggest luxury market within five years has become a second home for brands that tap Chinese appetite for fast super sports cars, 10,000-euro ($14,060) handbags and diamonds


Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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A pro-democracy demonstrator gestures at policemen during a protest organised by the "February 20 Movement", who are demanding political reforms, in Casablanca. Police used truncheons to break up an anti-government protest in Morocco's commercial capital, Casablanca, on Sunday and dozens of people were injured, organisers said.


Photographs: Macao/Reuters
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Israeli border policeman enters through a window as a Jewish worshipper prays in Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, early May 30, 2011.

On Sunday night, Israeli troops escorted more than 1,600 Jewish worshippers to the tomb in coordination with the Palestinian forces that control Nablus. It was a first coordinated visit to the site by Jewish worshippers since a Palestinian policeman shot dead an Israeli and wounded four others when they entered the tomb without permission on April 24. Some Jews believe the site to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph


Photographs: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
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Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner listens next to Mexico's President Felipe Calderon during a news conference at the Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City. Fernandez de Kirchner is on an official two-day visit to Mexico before continuing to Rome


Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters
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An attendant gives a soap massage to a customer at the newly restored Roxelana's hamam in Istanbul.

For decades the 16th century bath house built for the Ottoman Empire's most infamous woman, Roxelana, languished unnoticed between the Blue Mosque and the Haghia Sophia, relegated to life as a carpet showroom. Roxelana's hamam, a long, domed building completed in 1557 by the prolific architect Sinan, is the latest Istanbul bath to be restored to its former grandeur, emerging after years of neglect as an oasis of gleaming marble and inviting alcoves

Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters
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A gunner from Zambia serving with the international peacekeeping operation is seen on an armoured personel carrier during a patrol in the region of Abyei, central Sudan, in this handout picture released by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) May 30, 2011.

United Nations military observers (UNMOs) and patrols have been steadily expanding their reach throughout the Abyei area in a concerted drive to increase visible presence of UN peacekeepers and to step up patrol and observation activities following the occupation by the northern Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in Abyei. The expansion also includes a now permanent presence of UNMOs in temporary operating bases in both Diffra and Agok, north and south of Abyei town


Photographs: Stuart Price/UNMIS/Handout/Reuters
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A fisherman casts his net as his wife paddles a boat while breastfeeding her child, in the waters of Vembanad Lake, in the southern Indian city of Kochi


Photographs: Sivaram V/Reuters
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Contestants line up for the Memorial Day bodybuilding contest at Muscle Beach in Venice, Los Angeles, California


Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
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A destroyed home is seen in Joplin, Missouri May 30, 2011.

A May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, a city of 50,000 in southwestern Missouri, was the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947. In addition to the at least 139 people killed and more than 900 injured, scores are still unaccounted for more than a week later. The tornado churned through a stretch nearly a mile wide, damaging about 8,000 buildings in Joplin


Photographs: Eric Thayer/Reuters
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A truck is seen in a hole after part of the structure of a bridge collapsed into a river in Changchun, Jilin province, China.

Two truck passengers were injured, while the cause of the accident is still under investigation, local media reported.


Photographs: China Daily/Reuters
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A supporter of the camp-out sings at the camp before a public assembly at Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol square May 31, 2011.

Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past seventeen days at Madrid's Puerta del Sol, to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. The sign reads "Long life to the republic of my square"


Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters
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