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PHOTOS of the Month: June

Last updated on: July 1, 2011 09:14 IST
We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by.

An employee of a company producing and selling natural cosmetics is covered with a molasses representing oil, to protest against Canada's tar sands development, during an action in Vienna June 15.

According to environmental activist organisation Greenpeace, large areas of the Boreal Forest are being clearcut to make way for development in the tar sands, the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The tar sands are huge deposits of bitumen, a tar-like substance that is turned into oil through complex and energy-intensive processes that cause widespread environmental damage

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PHOTOS of the Month: June

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A snake is seen at the snake farm in Zisiqiao village, Zhejiang Province on June 15. Residents of Zisiqiao Village, also known as the snake town, raise over 3 millions snake a year for the food and medicinal proposes.

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A southern right whale, known in Spanish as ballena franca austral, jumps off the water in the Atlantic Sea, offshore Golfo Nuevo, near Argentina's Patagonian village of Puerto Piramides, June 17. The whales regularly come to breed and calve in this marine reserve from June to December

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Suter Moto2 rider Julian Simon (R) of Spain and Suter Moto2 rider Kenan Sofuoglu of Turkey crashes during the Catalunya MotoGP Grand Prix at the Montmelo race track, near Barcelona, June 5

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A shopper tries on bridal dresses during the Filene's Basement "Running of the Brides" bridal dress sale in New York June 3. The annual sale is known for its long queues and frantic shopping among brides-to-be hoping to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on designer wedding gowns

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A labourer works on a steel structure at a financial building construction site, as the cityscape is seen amid smoke from burning straw, in Hefei, Anhui, June 3. Growing evidence that China's roaring economy is starting to slow has fed an investor debate about whether the world's growth engine is gently easing or headed for a sharp downturn

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A tiger (left) looks at zoo employees carrying 'Tigger' on a stretcher during a drill of tigers escaping at Chengdu Zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province June 2. A zoo staff member dressed as cartoon character 'Tigger' performs in a mock drill of tigers escaping in the zoo in order to enhance emergency responses and enforce security measures, local media reported

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A Turkish woman talks to her relative, a Syrian refugee, through a fence at a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi in Hatay province June 19. The number of refugees who have crossed over into Turkey from Syria has reached 10,114, and another 10,000 were sheltering by the border just inside Syria, according to Turkish officials. 

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Protesters participate in a peaceful demonstration against the World Economic Forum in Vienna June 7

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A helicopter flies over smoke and ash rising from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near Osorno city in south-central Chile June 5.

A volcano dormant for decades erupted in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching an ash cloud more than 6 miles (10 km) high that blew over the Andes and carpeted a popular ski resort in neighboring Argentina. Picture taken through a plane window

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Ashfaq, 10, carries his two-year-old brother Farhaan through a flooded pathway in a Mumbai slum, June 6.

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Fireworks explode over the Yenisei river during the celebrations for the 383rd anniversary of the foundation of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 12. Krasnoyarsk was founded by the cossacks under the leadership of ataman Andrei Dubenskoy in 1628

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Lightning strikes the 190 m (623 ft) high Turning Torso building in Malmo early morning, June 7. As the unseasonally hot weather was replaced by cooler winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms struck Sweden's South-west coast

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A rebel poses with rocket-propelled grenades taken from an armoured personnel carrier (APC) captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the outskirts of the town of Zlitan, west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata June 10

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F-16 fighters of the Thunderbirds, the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, perform during a Romanian - US airshow at Kogalniceanu airport, 250 km east of Bucharest June 8

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A sailor (Left) falls onto the wing of an Oracle Racing AC45 boat after it capsized during an exhibition race to promote the 34th Annual America's Cup, in San Francisco Bay, June 13.

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A Libyan rebel fighter distributes pizzas to his comrades inside a mosque taken from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometres in the direction of Zlitan, some 35 km (22 miles) west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata, June 13

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A forensic expert of the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) holds a skull at the ICMP centre near Tuzla June 1, while trying to identify remains of a victim of the Srebrenica massacre.

Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, extradited to the Netherlands from Serbia after 16 years on the run, will appear in court on Friday, according to a statement issued by the court.

Mladic was indicted over the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica, close to the border with Serbia, during the 1992-95 Bosnian war

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Space shuttle Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida on June 1.

Endeavour touched down at its Florida home base, capping a 16-day mission to deliver a premier science experiment to the International Space Station on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight

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Servicemen belonging to a special Interior Ministry unit take part in a test near the village of Volovshchina, 25 km (16 miles) west of Minsk, June 1.

Servicemen have to pass several tough tests before being awarded entry to the ministry's elite "Red Beret" unit, according to the ministry

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Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays with the Logar family dog in Podvrh village, central Slovenia.

The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about 30 days ago. Although the family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for it, veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals

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Lightning flashes around the ash plume at above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos.

The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said

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US Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12.

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A dog and demonstrators are hit by a jet of water from a police canon during a rally in Santiago June 16. Defying police water canon and tear gas, tens of thousands of students marched in Chile's capital and main cities, the latest in a series of protests seen obstructing the government's legislative agenda

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The moon is seen behind the wall of Damascus gate in Jerusalem Old City during a total lunar eclipse, June 15.

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A Moon jellyfish swims beneath the waters of Inner Farne at the Farne Islands, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. 

The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns

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An Arctic Tern pecks a mans camera as he walks through nesting seabirds on Inner Farne, England.

Visitors to the Farne Islands are pre-warned and advised to wear hats to protect themselves from the Terns who will dive down and attack anyone they perceive as a threat to their nest.

The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline.The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year

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Christina Careaga (R) and Hannah Thielmann kiss as they celebrate during the Gay Pride parade in New York City. The parade took on extra significance following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New York, often regarded as the birthplace of the gay rights movement