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Day in pictures

A giant panda cub in an incubator at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China

A giant panda cub is seen in an incubator in Chengdu, China, where researchers ultimately aim to reintroduce giant pandas into the wild.

An Afghan woman sits in the Loya Jirga, Kabul

An Afghan woman waits for the start of a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Ahmad Shah Massoud, an opponent of the Taleban who was murdered in 2001.

Thai masseuse in Bangkok

Thailand is renowned for its massages - even anti-government protesters break their vigil to indulge in some kneading and twisting.

A cyclists in the Laoshan Velodrome, Beijing

A cyclist competes in the women's 500m time-trial, on day two of the Paralympic Games in Beijing.

The Incredible Journey by British artist Damien Hirst on display at an auction house in London

Members of the press photograph a work by British artist Damien Hirst, which is expected to fetch up to 3m ($5.93m) at auction.

An F-4E Phantom fighter frozen during tests in Seosan, south of Seoul

A jet-fighter is pushed to the limits during deep-freeze tests conducted by South Korea's air force.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is seen in shadow on the right

French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits Moscow to discuss the crisis in Georgia with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, whose shadow is seen on the right.

A woman shields herself from monsoon rains in Hyderabad, India

Monsoon rain falls in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Heavy rains have caused severe damage in some parts of India.

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