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Cars wait to be exported from Rio de Janeiro

Citroen cars wait to be exported at the port of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where investments grew by 13.4% in 2007.

Doctors' protest in Santo Domingo

Demonstrating doctors wave a Che Guevara flag during a protest to demand salary raises in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Tommy Lasorda

Los Angeles Dodgers' Tommy Lasorda greets five-month-old Lindsay Metcalf before a Grapefruit League baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Vero Beach, Florida.

Unicaja's Daniel Santiago (left) scores against CSKA Moscow's Tomas Van Den Spiegel

Unicaja's Daniel Santiago (left) scores during their Euroleague Basketball match in Moscow, Russia.

Afghan athlete Massoud Azizi

Afghan athlete Massoud Azizi takes a break from training for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is one of three Afghan athletes confirmed to be competing.

Senegalese student in Dakar

A Senegalese student wears a headscarf ahead of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Dakar, Senegal.

A man handling dough in an Afghan bakery

An Afghan worker makes biscuits at a traditional biscuit bakery in the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan.

People seen through smog on the roof of the Beijing Olympic stadium

People standing on the roof of the Beijing Olympic stadium can barely be seen through the smog. China has issued assurances that the air will be safe for the Games.

Tibetan monks sitting and chatting

Tibetan Buddhist monks converse after a ceremony at Labrang Monastery, the second largest Tibetan monastery in existence, in the town of Xiahe.

Conservative supporters wearing masks of UK Chancellor Alistair Darling

Supporters of the UK's Conservative Party wear masks showing Labour's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling ahead of his first budget speech.





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