Monthly Archives: October 2013

Residents visit their departed loved ones at a common grave on the eve of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day celebration in Las Pinas, Metro Manila...Residents visit their departed loved ones at a common grave on the eve of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day celebration, a Roman Catholic feast in the Philippines, at a cemetery in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, October 31, 2013.     REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)

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Filipino boys play basketball at an improvised court hooked on multi-layered tombs at a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos are expected to flock to cemeteries on Nov. 1 to remember their dead as they observe All Saints Day in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. 

Participants wearing costumes and make-up as zombies march during a Halloween event to promote the U.S. TV series "The Walking Dead" at Tokyo Tower...Participants wearing costumes and make-up as zombies march during a Halloween event to promote the U.S. TV series "The Walking Dead" at Tokyo Tower October 31, 2013. More than a thousand people dressed as zombies participated in the event to simulate taking over the tower, according to organisers.   REUTERS/Issei Kato

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Participants dressed up as zombies march during a Halloween event in Tokyo, Japan.

An Afghan refugee boy and his sister enjoy a ride on an improvised swing, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

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An Afghan refugee boy and his sister enjoy a ride on an improvised swing, in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency. Thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services. 

US Congress holds a ceremony to dedicate a bust of the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill...epa03930153 The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during a ceremony held by the US Congress to dedicate a bust of the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 30 October 2013. Churchill became an honorary US citizen in 1963.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during a ceremony held by US Congress to dedicate a bust of the late UK prime minister Winston Churchill, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Churchill became an honorary US citizen in 1963. 

Models perform in the financial center on Paulista Ave., wearing creations from the Fause Haten winter collection, as part of Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

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Models perform in the financial district on Paulista Ave, wearing creations from the Fause Haten winter collection, as part of Fashion Week in São Paulo, Brazil

An Indian potter paints earthenware lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival.

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A potter in Amritsar, India, paints earthenware lamps ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival.

Afghanistan women health...epa03930038 Afghan women wait to receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, 30 October 2013. In rural areas of Afghanistan women are not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor. Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world where poor health conditions and malnutrition made pregnancy and childbirth exceptionally dangerous for Afghan women.  EPA/S. SABAWOON

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Afghan women wait to receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. In rural areas women are not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor. Afghanistan has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the world. 

Students dressed as zombies participate in an annual Halloween Costume Parade in Manila on October 30, 2013. The activity aims to celebrate Halloween in a creative and fun way through showcase of different scary costumes.

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Students dressed as zombies take part in an annual Halloween costume parade in Manila on Wednesday.

An Indian snake charmer poses with his cobras as he waits for alms from devotees outside a temple in Amritsar, ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

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An Indian snake charmer poses with his cobras as he waits for alms from devotees outside a temple in Amritsar, ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Obama Administration claims the botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations   not bad management at HHS. As the public face of President Barack Obama's signature health care program, Sec. Sebelius has become the target for attacks over its botched rollout with Republicans, and even some Democrats, calling for her to resign.

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US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the public face of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare programme, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington. The Obama administration claims the botched rollout of the Act was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations, not bad management at HHS.