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Day in pictures

A man in Khost province, Afghanistan, 17 April 2008, watches patrol by 101st Airborne Division

A man watches a patrol by US soldiers in Khost province, Afghanistan.

Tibetans are chased by police officers outside the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu, Nepal, 17 April 2008

In Katmandu, Nepal, Tibetan nuns flee from pursuing police officers during a demonstration against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Members of the Strange Fruit arts group perform in Sydney, 17 April 2008

Members of the Strange Fruit arts group sway on top of 5 metre (16.5ft) poles in the forecourt of Sydney Opera House.

Dovale, a 12-year-old male giraffe in a park near Tel Aviv, Israel. 17 April 2008

Dovale, a 12-year-old male giraffe, gets a manicure from safari park workers in a park near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Rally to mark Syrian independence day in Majdal Shams, Golan Heights, 17 April 2008

Druze men take to the streets for a rally to mark Syrian independence day in the Israeli-occupied, Golan Heights village of Majdal Shams.

Preparations for the Bafta awards in London, 17 April 2008

At the Palladium Theatre in London, placards are placed on seats during preparations for televisionís Bafta awards.

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