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Day in pictures

Albanian painter Saimir Strati works on The Guitarist mosaic using cork at the Sheraton Hotel in Tirana

Albanian painter Saimir Strati is attempting to break the Guinness world record for the largest cork mosaic ever made, with his work called The Guitarist which uses some 300,000 corks.

Artwork in Amsterdam

These ducks may look ready for an Olympic swimming competition, but are part of a floating artwork called Peking Ducks 2008 by the Amsterdam Centre for Architecture, in the Dutch capital's harbour.

A youth jumps as others look on during an Indian Army recruitment rally in Ahmadabad, India

In Ahmadabad, India, young army hopefuls are put through their paces at a recruitment rally...

Jordanian women police

...While Jordanian policewomen learn unarmed combat at a training centre in Muwaqqar, east of Amman. A women’s police academy opened in Amman in 1972.

Hancock premiere Tokyo

In Tokyo, a car made of rubber is destroyed by strong winds despite efforts to hold it down during the Japanese premiere of the US film Hancock, starring Will Smith.

Protest in Bulgaria

Bulgarian dairy farmers protesting over a delay in the payment of state subsidies for milk clash with police in the village of Shipka, about 200km (125 miles) east of the capital Sofia.

A Pakistani girl from the Bajaur tribal region carries a pot with water on her head at a relief camp at a school compound near Peshawar, Pakistan

A Pakistani girl from the Bajaur tribal region carries water at a relief camp near Peshawar. Pakistan says 250,000 civilians have fled fighting between US troops and militants in the region.

Olympic athletes pass in front of Beijing's National Stadium

Athletes competing in the women's 20km (12.4 miles) walk pass in front of Beijing's National Stadium - more commonly known as the Bird's Nest - as the 2008 Olympic Games continue.

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