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Day in pictures

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI gives his weekly general audience in windy conditions on St Peter's Square in the Vatican.

An ice cream maker in Baghdad

An ice cream maker works at his stall in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The ice cream is made from cream poured into a brass pot sitting on ice before being hand-spun.

Riot police on a street

Riot policemen stand guard near the European Union headquarters in Brussels during a protest by fishermen from Spain, Portugal and Italy against high fuel prices.

A gold-plated bicycle

This 24 carat gold bicycle, commissioned by the UK's Environmental Transport Association, is on sale for 9,500. It has an optional extra of a security guard, as bicycles over 4,000 cannot be insured.

A tank

A World War II US tank is discovered buried under a street at Chartres, in France. The M5 light tank was from the 31st Tank Battalion, part of the 1944 D-Day invasion force.

A man lighting a kiln

An Afghan worker cuts firewood to light a brick kiln in Kabul. Agencies will use World Environment Day to raise awareness of how Afghanistan's environment has suffered from years of war.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session in Neuchatel, Switzerland, ahead of the Euro 2008 football championships, co-hosted by both Austria and Switzerland.




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