Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli and Thaisa Menezes of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked  by Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey during their FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo

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Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli (L) and Thaisa Menezes (R) of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked by Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey during their FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo on Wednesday.

A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza

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A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza.

Israeli soldiers on Gaza Strip border

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An Israeli soldier sits next to a Merkava tank in a staging area in southern Israel, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday. The Israeli military said three rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel despite a ceasefire.

People walk along a wooden bridge submerged by floodwater in Guilin

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People walk along a wooden bridge submerged by floodwater at Guilin, in south China’s Guangxi province, on Tuesday. Alerts for heavy storms were issued for several areas in the region as strong rainfall swept the north of the province, state media reported.

A girl receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad

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A girl receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on Monday

A follower of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group carries his weapon on his shoulder as he attends an anti-government gathering in Arhab, north of Yemen's capital Sanaa

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A follower of the Shia Muslim Houthi group attends an anti-government gathering in Arhab, north of the capital of Yemen, Sana’a. The Houthis, who control much of the northern Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia, are trying to consolidate their power in the north as the country moves towards a federal system that gives more power to regional authorities.

Myanmar Bell Salvage

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A boy peddles a boat with passengers that came to see the recovery efforts of an ancient bell in a river in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday. Divers attached to safety ropes plunged into waters south of Myanmar’s old capital as part of renewed efforts to retrieve a 270-tonne bronze bell, believed to be one of the largest ever cast, that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers.

An elderly Palestinian man wearing traditional clothes prepares to throw a stone

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An elderly Palestinian man wearing traditional clothes prepares to throw a stone towards Israeli security forces on Friday during clashes following a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron to support people in the Gaza Strip and against Egypt’s policy on Gaza.

Thailand's booming animal attractions

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Chinese tourists after paying an additional fee to pose for pictures holding a young tiger at Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Pattaya district, southeast of Bangkok. Thailand’s zoos are under fire from animal lovers, critical of the tourists who show no care for the species other than a chance for entertainment and having their photo taken.

Kudzelich of Belarus Vlasova of Russia and Krause of Germany compete in women's 3000 metres steeplechase heat during European Athletics Championships in Zurich

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Sviatlana Kudzelich of Belarus (2nd L) Natalya Vlasova of Russia (L) and Gesa-Felicitas Krause of Germany (4th L) clear a water obstacle in a women’s 3000 metres steeplechase heat during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich Friday.