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UNUSUAL pictures of the month: MAY

June 05, 2014 08:34 IST

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

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) walks away after shaking hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before the opening ceremony in the ExpoCenter during the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia summit in Shanghai.

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Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters

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A man smokes as he waits with his painted buffalo before a buffalo body painting competition in Jiangcheng county, Yunnan province. Artists from eight countries painted on buffalos to compete for a 100,000 yuan ($16,042) prize reward during the competition on Sunday.

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Photographs: Wong Campion/Reuters

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The head of a full-scale replica of the Sphinx, which is part of an unfinished theme park that will also accommodate the production of movies, television shows and animation, is seen behind trees on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.

The replica is a venue of a film studio which is already functioning. The theme park is scheduled to open this October, local media reported.

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Photographs: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

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The head of Edith Piaf's wax statue is wrapped in plastic at the Paris Grevin Wax Museum's workshop before it is shipped to Prague for the opening of their new museum.

Statues are prepared ahead of the opening of the new Grevin Wax Museum in Prague on May 1st. Fifteen artists, including sculptors, moulders, dressmakers, make-up artists, wig makers, hairdressers along with lighting and set designers and sound engineers are involved in the creation of the hyper realistic statues.

The Grevin Museum opened in Paris in 1882.

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Photographs: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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A passer-by poses in front of soldiers in central Bangkok. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists.

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Photographs: Erik De Castro/Reuters

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Zoltan Veres of Hungary performs with his MXS airplane during an air show in Budapest.

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Photographs: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry kicks a soccer ball around during an airplane refuelling stop at Sal Island, Cape Verde, enroute to Washington, DC.

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Photographs: Saul Loeb/Pool/Reuters

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Policemen inspect a suspicious item at scene of a roadside bomb that targeted, but missed, a military bus in Sanaa.

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Photographs: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

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Workers peel papers off a wall as they re-paint the Chinese Communist Party flag on it at the Nanhu revolution memorial museum in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province.

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Photographs: Chance Chan/Reuters

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Members of a vigilante group of traditional hunters pose for a picture at their camp in Maiduguri. About 100 traditional hunters from villages in Borno state have gathered in a camp in Maiduguri and volunteered to hunt for Boko Haram to the local government.

The local government gives them two meals per day, they say.

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Photographs: Joe Penney/Reuters

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station following a visit to the town, in central England. Cameron and Johnson travelled to Newark to campaign for next month's by-election.

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Photographs: Stefan Rousseau/Pool/Reuters

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North Korean leader Kim Jong un (centre) plays with children during a visit to the Taesongsan GeneralHospital in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang.

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Photographs: KCNA/Reuters

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Un Muayad, (left) a Ramadi resident fighting alongside tribal fighters, fires her rifle during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Ramadi.

Muayad has been fighting against the al-Qaeda branch since the the beginning of the uprising in her city, where a relative of her husband was killed by the ISIL. More than 420,000 people have already escaped the two main cities of western Anbar province, Falluja and Ramadi, in fighting since the start of the year.

Residents say the new pounding of Falluja's residential neighbourhoods appears aimed at driving out all remaining civilians in preparation for an all-out assault to defeat armed groups once and for all.

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Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers practice shooting with pistols at a military base amid heavy snowfalls in Hami, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

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Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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An aerial view shows decommissioned German-made Marder fighting vehicles in the compound of the Koch Battle Tank Dismantling firm in the eastern village of Rockensussra, some 300 km (186 miles) south west of Berlin.

Founded in 1991, the company specialises in taking apart former battle tanks and armoured vehicles from the German armed forces and others from around the world

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Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters

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Children play football in front of an abandoned train compartment next to a railway track in Dhaka. Although Bangladesh's football team is positioned 162 in the FIFA ranking, the country has millions of football fans, most supporting the national football teams of Argentina and Brazil.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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Underclassmen listen from the back of the stadium as US President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the United StatesMilitaryAcademy at West Point, New York.

Obama's commencement address here is the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain US foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency.

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Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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A pilgrim prays inside the Roman Catholic Chapel of Mary Magdalene in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's OldCity. For as long as Christians have been coming to the HolyCity, they have retraced the final steps of Jesus during his Passion.

Fourteen stations of the cross are marked along a meandering pathway through bustling markets, streets crowded with praying pilgrims and shoppers, as well as residents, and devotees of the world's major religions.

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Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

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A boy gestures in front of a barricade on fire during a protest after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari.

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Photographs: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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A child looks out as voters fill out ballot papers in booths during voting in a presidential election at a polling station in the village of Kodra in North Ukraine.

Ukrainians voted on Sunday for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut.


Photographs: Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters

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