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Day in pictures

Washermen at the Gomti river in Lucknow, India

Washermen clean clothes in the Gomti river in Lucknow, India.

A villager in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta, in central Java, Indonesia

A villager looks at Mount Merapi as it spews volcanic smoke in Kaliurang, Indonesia. The government was preparing a mass evacuation amid fears the mountain could blow.

Orangutan at the Forestry Department in Bangkok

An orangutan smuggled into Thailand awaits repatriation to a wildlife reserve in Indonesia after being rescued by authorities.

Irena Shaulov, mother of David Shaulov, holds the stomach of nine-month-pregnant daughter-in-law Radmila in the Israeli town of Holon, near Tel Aviv

In Israel, a mother whose son was killed in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Monday cries with her daughter-in-law, who is nine months' pregnant.

Taiwanese former 'comfort women' in Taipei County pose in wedding dresses

Six Taiwanese former "comfort women" - used as sexual slaves by the Japanese army in WWII - take part in a mock wedding organised by local support groups.

UK PM Tony Blair

In the UK, sweat trickles down Prime Minister Tony Blair's face as he delivers a speech in London on the future of the health service.

Celebrations at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in northern India

A Sikh priest sits inside the Golden Temple at Amritsar in India. Sikhs are celebrating the 385th anniversary of the birth of the ninth Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur.

Visitor in the Chernobyl museum in Kiev

A visitor to a museum devoted to the Chernobyl disaster in Kiev watches a film about the "liquidators" deployed to clean up the mess, nearly 20 years after the nuclear meltdown.





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