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Day in pictures

Decommissioned subway cars on a barge in New York

Decommissioned subway cars are loaded on to a barge in New York. They will be dumped into the sea off Delaware to form an underwater reef to encourage plant and animal life and cater for divers.

Clean up after floods in Algeria

A man shovels mud from his home in Ghardaia, Algeria, after torrential rains triggered flash floods in the oasis area.

A devotee of the Ban Tha Rue Shrine pierces himself with spikes prior to a procession during the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand

A devotee of the Ban Tha Rue Shrine pierces himself with spikes prior to a procession during the annual religious Vegetarian Festival on the island of Phuket in Thailand.

Trees change to Autumn colours in Warren, Vermont

Autumn leaves cloak a hillside in the north-eastern US state of Vermont in bright colours.

A Palestinian woman throws olives in the air to separate them from leaves during the harvest in the West Bank village of Zababah

A Palestinian woman throws olives in the air to separate them from their leaves during the harvest in the West Bank village of Zababah.

A performer practises her routine ahead of a performance next week on Taiwan's National Day in the capital, Taiwan.

A performer practises her routine ahead of a performance next week on Taiwan's National Day. Taiwan celebrates its national day on a different day to mainland China, emphasising their separation.

The front section of a new Shinkansen, or bullet train, is transported through the streets of Fukuoka in southern Japan.

The front section of a new Shinkansen, or bullet train, is carefully transported through the streets of Fukuoka in southern Japan.

Aixiguli, a Chinese competitor in the World High Wire Championships, balances above the Han River in the South Korean capital, Seoul

Aixiguli, a Chinese competitor in the World High Wire Championships, balances above the Han River in the South Korean capital, Seoul. Nearly 30 participants from 14 nations are taking part.

An Asiatic black bear drinks water from a bottle at a zoo in the Afghan capital, Kabul

An Asiatic black bear, also known as a Moon bear, drinks water from a bottle at a zoo in the Afghan capital, Kabul.




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