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Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours

Last updated on: August 4, 2011 12:39 IST

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Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours

A man in a rowing boat floats near a 'mermaid' sculpture created by Oliver Voss on Alster Lake in Hamburg in the late evening.

The four-metre-high sculpture dubbed "Riesen-Nixe" (grand mermaid) or "Badenixe" (bathing beauty) will be on display until August 12.

The work was created in three pieces by the artist.

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Photograph: Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters



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Riders practice for a show on their horses at a farm in Kaposmero, Budapest. The show, being hosted for the third consecutive year has some of the world's best horse archers.

Around 180 riders from 14 countries are expected for the event, which would be held this week.

Mounted archery was a defining characteristic of Steppe warfare throughout Central Asia, and throughout the prairies of America after the adoption of the horse, used by peoples including the Scythians, Sarmatians, Parthians, Sassanids, Huns, Byzantines, Bulgars, Cumans, Kipchaks, Magyars, Japanese, Mongols, Turks, Rajputs, Comanches, and others.

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Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters



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Defected Yemeni soldiers who have joined sides with anti-regime protesters to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, sit at a checkpoint in Taghyeer (Change) Square in Sanaa.

In Yemen, demonstrators have staged a sit-in for six months in "Change Square", near the University of Sanaa where protests to end the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh began.

The protesters are clinging to the hope that they can revive low spirits in their camps with communal meals to break their daily Ramadan fast, as well as more rallies and marches during a period when large crowds head to the mosque to pray, offering natural gathering opportunities.

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Photograph: Jumana El Heloueh /Reuters



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Markus Henriksen of Rosenborg heads a ball during their Champions League third round second leg qualification match against Viktoria Plzen in Plzen, Czechoslovakia.

Photograph: Petr Josek /Reuters

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A migrant worker lights up a cigarette as he takes a break at a garbage dump site in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China.

China has repeatedly promised to clean up its stressed environment. But it often fails to match that with the resources and political will to enforce Beijing's mandates, as local officials put growth, revenue and jobs ahead of environmental protection.

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Photograph: Stringer /Reuters



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Demonstrators from the 15M movement face off with police during a protest in central Madrid.

Hundreds of "Indignants" held a demonstration on the streets of Madrid against politicians, banks, the economic crisis and the austerity measures of Europe.

Last month, tens of thousands of demonstrators, angry over unemployment and austerity measures, packed Madrid's Puerta del Sol square before local elections.

Demonstrators filled Spain's city plazas, outraged over austerity measures, marking a shift after years of patience over a long economic slump.

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Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters



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The painted fingernails of an inmate of the Women's Prison of Brasilia is seen during preparations for the third annual beauty pageant titled Miss Penitentiary, in Brasilia, Brazil.

A modelling agency selected 12 finalists out of the nearly 100 women who entered the competition.

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Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters



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A ferris wheel caretaker rests as fairgoers enjoy a ride in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr, as a landmark for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The term Ferris wheel later came to be used generically for all such structures.

Since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel, there have been eight subsequent world's tallest-ever Ferris wheels. The current record holder is the 541 ft Singapore Flyer, which opened to the public in March 2008.

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Photograph: Amit Dave /Reuters



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Egyptian riot police are seen outside the police academy where the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak will take place in Cairo.

Five months after a popular uprising ousted him from nearly three decades of absolute power, deposed president Hosni Mubarak was flown into Cairo on Wednesday to face trial for murder and corruption.

He has been charged with conspiring to kill protesters and corruption. The trial opened on Wednesday amid clashes between hundreds of his supporters and opponents outside the courtroom.

The trial turned into a stormy affair, with violent clashes reported outside the police academy, where the proceedings are being held. Mubarak, 81, could face execution if found guilty.

Mubarak pleaded innocent to murder charges.

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Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters



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The graves of Libyan rebels killed fighting Muammar Gaddafi's government forces line a hillside in a cemetery in Nalut in Libya's Western Mountains.

According to United Nations, thousands of Libyans have lost their lives in the civil war that has been raging since February.

Photograph: Bob Strong /Reuters



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