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A man sticks his head and hands through holes in a restaurant wall as he smokes a cigar

A man smokes through a "Smoking Point" in a restaurant wall in Goslar, Germany. The holes have been made after the introduction of a smoking ban in restaurants in Lower Saxony.

A baby Orang-utan at a zoo in Zurich

A three-day-old Orang-utan baby holds tight to its mother at a zoo in Zurich, Switzerland.

Photographers in Seoul take pictures of President-elect Lee Myung-bak and his wife (centre)

Photographers in Seoul take pictures of South Korea's President-elect Lee Myung-bak (centre), who has triumphed in Wednesday's polls.

A mass wedding ceremony in Nanjing

Young couples in Chinese traditional costumes attend a mass wedding ceremony in Nanjing, eastern China.

Police at the crash site in Tossiat, France

Police inspect the site of a collision, involving a lorry and a train in Tossiat, France. The lorry driver was killed and some 35 train passengers injured.

A Nigerian boy with a praying carpet

A boy carries a praying carpet in Lagos, Nigeria, as Muslims around the world celebrate the festival of Eid-al-Adha - the day of sacrifice.

A newly-discovered butterfly

A photo of idioneurula donegani - a new butterfly discovered in the Andes by a scientist from Britain's Natural History Museum.

An Indian shepherd boy plays with lambs in Allahabad

A shepherd boy plays with lambs in Allahabad, India.

Sri Lankan dancers in Galle

Sri Lankan entertainers perform a traditional dance during a break at the cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle.

People are reflected on a window of a restaurant in Beijing

Customers share a joke during a lunch in a busy restaurant in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

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