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Day in pictures

One of twin Giant Panda cubs at the Bifengxia base of the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre, in Yaan, Sichuan province

One of twin Giant Panda cubs - the first to be delivered this year at a panda protection centre in China - is placed in an incubator.

A labourer manoeuvres bamboo poles across the river at Damcherra, some 225kms north of Agartala in India

A labourer in eastern India manoeuvres a pontoon of bamboo poles across a river towards market.

Iraqi army armoured vehicle behind Shia Muslims praying in Baghdad, Iraq

An Iraqi army Humvee on patrol as Shia Muslims conduct Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City.

Scottish IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti prepares for a practice run before the Nikon Indy 300 race in Australia

Scottish IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti prepares for a practice run before the Nikon Indy 300 race on the Gold Coast in Australia.

UN soldiers from India, (L), South Africa, (C), and Uruguay, during a celebration of United Nations day in Goma, eastern Congo

UN soldiers stand to attention during a celebration to mark United Nations day in Goma, eastern Congo. The anniversary marks the entry into force of the UN Charter on 24 October 1945.

Yachts head out to sea for the start of the Coastal Classic Yacht Race in Auckland, New Zealand

In New Zealand's Auckland harbour, a flotilla of yachts sets sail for the start of the two-day Coastal Classic Yacht Race.

Autumn at the National Arboretum in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, UK

Trees and shrubs turn shades of red and gold as autumn lights up the English county of Gloucestershire.

Londoner Jenny Richards raises her "hands" in support of World Vision School Aid on Millennium Bridge

Londoner Jenny Richards raises her "hands" in support of World Vision School Aid - a campaign to raise awareness of global poverty among school children - in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

Female black lemur at Berlin zoo

Uta, a female black lemur, keeps a watchful eye as she climbs a tree at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany.

Hen and African elephant at zoo in Duisburg, Germany

At a zoo in the German city of Duisburg, meanwhile, this Orpington hen looks mildly alarmed at the prospect of sharing her dinner with an African elephant.




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