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Day in pictures

A man looking at a painting

A man gazes at Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, a painting by Lucian Freud, which is on display at Christies, in London.

Shoes at a stall

Shoes are displayed for sale at a stall in the Old Quarter district of Hanoi, in Vietnam.

Members of Iran's military praying

In Iran, members of the military attend Friday prayers at Tehran University.

A man swimming

At the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Manchester, England, Thomas Rupprath of Germany starts a 50m backstroke heat.

Center-left candidate in the Italian election Walter Veltroni 11 April, 2008.

The last day of campaigning before Italy's general election at the weekend - centre-left candidate and Democrat Party leader Walter Veltroni addresses supporters in Rome.

Barrack Obama, 11 April 2008

In the United States, Democratic Party presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, addresses a rally in Columbus, Indiana.

Pro-China demonstrators in Argentina, 11 April 2008

Buenos Aires, the next stop on the controversial world tour of the Olympic torch. Members of the Chinese community there wave flags and chant pro-China slogans as they await the procession.

A Frontier Airlines assistant, 11 April 2008

Airlines are suffering from higher fuel prices and the downturn in the US economy. A Frontier Airlines employee deals with passengers after the company filed for bankruptcy protection.

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