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10 STUNNING photographs from across the planet

Last updated on: May 24, 2013 09:52 IST

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We present some of the best photographs clicked in the recent past across the world.

A man ascends by bungee cords from a large former well during a traditional ceremony in the village of Ndande, Senegal, on May 19.

Every year, inhabitants of the village take part in a Sufi Muslim ceremony called Gamou-Ndande. The ceremony combines nights of praying and chanting as well as traditionally animist ceremonies.

The well, called Kalom, was the site of historic battles in Senegalese history. According to local historian Baye Niass, the well dates back to the 16th century.

Today there is no water in the former well and it is used for ceremonial purposes. Niass says the well measure 36 meters in depth an 11m in diameter.

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Photographs: Joe Penney/Reuters

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A Star Wars movie character mannequin stands outside a tornado destroyed house in Oklahoma City, on May 22.

The owner of the house collected movie memorabilia. Rescue workers with sniffer dogs picked through the ruins to ensure no survivors remained buried after a deadly tornado left thousands homeless and trying to salvage what was left of their belongings.

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Photographs: Rick Wilking/Reuters

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Bineta Ndiaye, 22, looks at herself in the mirror as her friend Coumba Faye, 19, fixes her hair in Faye's house in the village of Ndande, Senegal, on May 19.

Every year, inhabitants of the village take part in a Sufi Muslim ceremony called Gamou-Ndande. The ceremony combines nights of praying and chanting as well as traditionally animist ceremonies.

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Photographs: Joe Penney/Reuters

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A dancer performs on a watery stage suspended above the audience during a dress rehearsal of the Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force) theatre group's stage production "Wayra" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 21.

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Photographs: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

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A house built on a rock on the river Drina is seen near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta, about 160km from the capital Belgrade, on May 22.

The house was built in 1968 by a group of young men who decided that the rock on the river was an ideal place for a tiny shelter, according to the house's co-owner, who was among those involved in its construction.

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Photographs: Marko Djurica/Reuters

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US first lady Michelle Obama reacts with school children from Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia, as they participate in a play about the emancipation of slaves during Abraham Lincoln's presidency, at historic Decatur House in Washington, on May 22.

Michelle Obama visited to site where some of the last slaves in Washington lived, and where a one-million dollar grant was announced on Wednesday to help preserve the building.

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Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters

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Brazilian army soldiers wearing chemical suits participate in an anti-terror simulation exercise as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brasilia, on May 22.

About 100 soldiers took part in the exercise which includes preventive strikes against chemical, biological and radiological weapons conducted around Mane Garrincha National Stadium, according to an official statement.

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Photographs: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
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Cast member Souleymane Deme (C) performs on the red carpet as he arrives with director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (L) and cast member Anais Monory for the screening of the film "Grigris" in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 22.

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Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

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A handicapped girl holds a ball to her forehead during a session of equine-assisted therapy at the Mounted Police Unit in Mexico City.

The Mexico City's Minister of Public Security runs a free equine-assisted therapy program to help hundreds of children with autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, emotional disturbances, eating disorders and substance abuse, according to local media.

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Photographs: Tomas Bravo/Reuters

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Brother Jose Wellington Damasio Antonio, a member of the Franciscan fraternity O Caminho, prays in the chapel of fraternity's house in the Campo Grande neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

O Caminho (The Way) are a group of Franciscan monks and nuns who help the homeless on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. They consider the election of Pope Francis, the first pontiff to take the name of St Francis of Assisi, to be a confirmation of their beliefs in poverty and simplicity.

In July, Pope Francis will visit Rio de Janeiro in his first international trip since assuming the papacy.


Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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