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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2006, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
Day in pictures

A Palestinian government employee counts his money in Ramallah

A Palestinian government employee in Ramallah counts his salary as many civil servants, who have been denied wages for months, start receiving pay.

Japanese fishermen slaughter a bottlenose whale

Schoolchildren watch fishermen butcher a bottlenose whale in Minami-bousou, Japan.

Hindu ascetics play football on the banks of the River Ganges

Football fever reaches as far afield as India where Hindu ascetics play the beautiful game on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad.

 A man stands on top of Stonehenge as the sun rises

Several thousand people watch the sun rise at Stonehenge, UK, for the summer solstice - the longest day of the year...

Bolivian President Evo Morales (C) and Aymara priests take part in the celebrations of the Aymara New Year

..while in Bolivia, President Evo Morales takes part in the celebrations of the Aymara New Year during the winter solstice in Tiwanaku near La Paz.

Two Siberian tiger cubs

Two Siberian tiger cubs born last month are shown off at Jinan zoo in eastern China's Shandong Province.

Bodybuilder in Baghdad

A bodybuilder pumps iron during a power blackout at a gym in Baghdad. The sport is a popular one in the war-torn city.

Giant puppets represent German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK PM Tony Blair, US President George Bush and French President Jacques Chirac dressed in football kits in Vienna

International relief agency Oxfam stages a protest in favour of fair trade in Vienna, Austria, during the US-EU summit.

Hot gas and smoke billow over Mount Merapi

Indonesia's Mount Merapi sends avalanches of hot gas and debris rolling down its slopes.

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