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China Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo performance

A young Peking opera student performs at the first China Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo.

European Space Agency image of star cluster Pismis 24

An observation image from the Hubble telescope sheds light on the mass of a star previously believed to be amongst the heaviest in the Milky Way.

Football star Zinedine Zidane in Algeria

French football star Zinedine Zidane visits a school during a week-long tour of Algeria, at the invitation of the president.

A man smokes a cigarette in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev

A man in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, smokes as he rests on a sculpture honouring architect Vladimir Gorodetsky.

A mother and her children sit on the roadside in Kabul, Afghanistan

A mother and her children wait for a lift after going shopping in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Stuntman in China

A stuntman dressed as comic book hero Spiderman leaps between two moving vehicles at a show in China.

Protesters in Beirut

A couple smoke from traditional water pipes on the 11th day of an open-ended protest against the government in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Man and boy on flooded street in Philippines

A man pushes a boy on a makeshift raft along a flooded street in the town of Calapan in the Philippines after it was hit by Typhoon Utor.

Woman with child and trained monkey in Mumbai (Bombay)

An Indian woman in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) waits on a street with her child and a monkey trained to perform tricks for money.

Greenpeace protester in Jakarta

An activist from environmental group, Greenpeace, is carried away by policemen in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

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