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An Iraqi girl peeks out as women pilgrims line up at a security checkpoint leading to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad

An Iraqi girl joins tens of thousands of pilgrims converging on one of Shia Islam's holiest shrines, the Kadhimiya mosque, amid a huge security operation.

Passengers wait for a train at the German commuter station of Ostkreuz prior to the start of a strike

German travellers have been left stranded by an early morning strike by train drivers targeting local suburban services in the capital, Berlin, and Hamburg.

Kashmiri women shout anti-Indian slogans during a protest against the arrest of a girl by paramilitary forces during a raid in Maloora, India

Kashmiri women shout anti-Indian slogans during a protest against the arrest of a girl by paramilitary forces during a raid in Maloora, near Srinagar.

Hajj Jawdat Hassouneh looks on as an Israeli soldier welds shut his shop in the West Bank city of Hebron

A Palestinian man looks on as an Israeli soldier welds shut his shop in the West Bank city of Hebron. The shops were closed because they are adjacent to the homes of Jewish settlers.

Giant jelly-fish-shaped balloons float above boats in the sea off Singapore

Giant jelly-fish-shaped balloons float above the sea near Singapore to celebrate the anniversary of the island's independence from Malaysia.

Milica, a five-week-old female black panther cub, walks past her adopted "mother", a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Kimba, at a zoo in Belgrade

Milica, a five-week-old black panther cub, walks past her adopted mother, Kimba, at a Serbian zoo.

Tom Sietas from Hamburg, Germany, celebrates breaking his own world record of 14 minutes 25 seconds for holding his breath under water

Tom Sietas of Germany celebrates breaking his own world record of 14 minutes 25 seconds for holding breath under water. He eventually managed to hold on for 15.02.

A man rides his bicycle past snow-covered trees in Santiago, Chile

Chileans in the capital, Santiago, struggle with the first snow there for eight years. Seven municipalities experienced partial power cuts because of fallen electricty lines.

A monkey holds on to its keeper while he wades through flood waters in Munshigonj, Bangladesh

A monkey is carried to safety as South Asia wrestles with monsoon flooding on a huge scale. Some 28m people have been affected.






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