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Decorated human skulls at a burial site near the Syrian capital, Damascus

A French-Syrian archaeological mission discovers decorated human skulls dating back to 9,500 years ago near Damascus.

PC Chloe Snell, 21, examines a suspected cannabis factory in a house in Dagenham, east London

UK police launch a major nationwide crackdown on illegal cannabis "factories".

Members of the Russian National-Bolshevik Party hold flags as they stand at the windows of the finance ministry during a protest in Moscow

Communist protesters invade Russia's finance ministry building in Moscow.

A Hindu devotee offering prayers after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna the mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India

In India, Hindus are observing the nine-day long Navratri festival, or festival of nine nights, dedicated to the three main Hindu goddesses - Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

Iraqi mother fans children as they sleep in their tent in Baghdad

An Iraqi mother and her children, displaced by sectarian violence, in their makeshift tent home in the capital Baghdad.

French UN peacekeeper on an armoured medical vehicle

An armoured UN medical vehicle passes houses in the southern Lebanese city of Bint Jbeil, destroyed by Israeli forces in the recent conflict.

Workers hang a painting by French impressionist Henri Matisse entitled Lorette with Coffee Cup painted in 1917 during an exhibition presented by Centre Pompidou, Paris, in Hong Kong's Museum of Art

Workers hang Lorette with Coffee Cup, by French impressionist Henri Matisse, in Hong Kong's Museum of Art.

Actresses from Thatcher - The Musical take part in a photo call at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester

Thatcher - The Musical, telling the story of the rise and fall of the UK's first female prime minister, opens in northern England.

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


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