Troops Participate in a Rehearsal For Next Week's Chinese State Visit

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Guard of Honour comprising 96 rank and file and three officers from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, with The Queens Colour, The Corps of Drums of the Battalion and The Band of The Regiment process past Buckingham Palace as they take part in a full rehearsal ahead of next weeks State visit by Xi Jinping, the President of The Republic of China, in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh will host the State Visit of The President of The People’s Republic of China and Madame Peng Liyuan at Buckingham Palace from October 20 – 22, 2015

Residents from the nearby Providencia 'favela' community swim and cool off in the polluted Guanabara Bay

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Residents from the nearby Providencia ‘favela’ community swim and cool off in the polluted Guanabara Bay in the historic port district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Providencia ‘favela’ is considered to be the oldest in Rio. The polluted bay will host sailing events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Ahead of the games, the port district is undergoing a controversial multibillion dollar urban renewal program although some projects have been delayed in the midst of Brazil’s recession. Many parts of the port district retain descendants of African slaves along with Afro-Brazilian historical locations including the area where samba music is thought to have been born in Rio.

An elderly woman is pictured after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey

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An elderly woman is pictured after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. More than 400,000 refugees, mostly Syrians and Afghans, arrived in Greece since early January while dozens were drowned trying to make the crossing. In total 710,000 have entered the EU through Greece and Italy during the same period, according to the European Agency Frontex border surveillance. The migration issue has caused deep divisions within the European Union, which is trying to set the distribution of migrants among its member countries or limit the flow.

Members of social dance club, Rueda de la Calle DC, perform Cuban salsa dances on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House

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Members of social dance club, Rueda de la Calle DC, perform Cuban salsa dances on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday. The group, which throws dance parties in Washington, chose the White House as their venue Thursday because famed Cuban musical group Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club was performing inside at a reception for the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards

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A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards before a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Germany’s President Joachim Gauck outside the national parliament building at Sukhbaatar square, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Pale light hangs in a pine forest during a rainy autumn morning

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Pale light hangs in a pine forest during a rainy autumn morning

A man flies a kite on the Bund while buildings of Pudong's Lujiazui financial district stand across the Huangpu River as the sun rises in Shanghai, China

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A man flies a kite on the Bund while buildings of Pudong’s Lujiazui financial district stand across the Huangpu River as the sun rises in Shanghai, China. 

A woman runs through Victoria Park at sunrise in Leicester

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A man runs through Victoria Park at sunrise in Leicester, central England.

ndian folk dancers display ornaments during a break while participating in the first night of Navratri

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Indian folk dancers display ornaments during a break while participating in the first night of Navratri in Gandhinagar, some 30 km from Ahmedabad. Navratri festivities, or Dance Festival of Nine Nights, takes place between October 13-21. 

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick

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The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over Derwentwater, near Keswick in the Lake District. The spectacular display was seen further south than usual after a recent geomagnetic storm.

An Emirati man walks down stairs in Masdar City

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An Emirati man walks down stairs in Masdar City, on the outskirts of the rich Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Masdar City is a high-density, pedestrian-friendly development where current and future renewable energy and clean technologies are showcased, marketed, researched, developed, tested and implemented.

A man opens a drink to a child as they stand before a display board at the entrance to a park in Beijing

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A man opens a drink to a child as they stand before a display board at the entrance to a park in Beijing 

wo cows stand in a field as smoke from a bushfire billows past Benloch, Victoria on October 7, 2015 near Melbourne, Australia. Victorian fire crews have been battling to contain a blaze that started in Cobaw. Despite a cool change on Tuesday, over a hundred homes are still under threat and one man has been reported missing.

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Two cows stand in a field as smoke from a bushfire billows past Benloch, Victoria, near Melbourne, Australia. Victorian fire crews have been battling to contain a blaze that started in Cobaw. Despite a cool change yesterday, over a hundred homes are still under threat and one man has been reported missing.

 BASE jumper leaps from the 300-metre high Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in which more than 100 people take part, on a hazy day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 2, 2015. Slash-and-burn agriculture in neighbouring Indonesia has blanketed Malaysia and Singapore in a choking haze for weeks.

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A BASE jumper leaps from the 300-metre high Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in which more than 100 people take part, on a hazy day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Slash-and-burn agriculture in neighbouring Indonesia has blanketed Malaysia and Singapore in a choking haze for weeks. 

People take part in candlelight vigil

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People take part in candlelight vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. A gunman opened fire at a community college in southwest Oregon yesterday, killing nine people and wounding seven others before police shot him to death, authorities said, in the latest mass killing to rock an American campus.

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Dancers prepare to perform a traditional Tuvalian dance to their Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga in celebration of Tuvalu’s 37th Independence Day. 

Rights campaigners stage a protest coinciding with the launch of the new iPhone 6s outside an Apple store in Hong Kong

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Rights campaigners stage a protest coinciding with the launch of the new iPhone 6s outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. Apple was urged to act as rights campaigners said a Chinese touchscreen glass supplier to the smartphone giant was exploiting factory workers.

A woman rests as she waits for the conference to start ahead of the UK Independence Party annual conference

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A woman rests as she waits for the conference to start ahead of the UK Independence Party annual conference in Doncaster, England. After increasing their vote share following the May General Election campaign the UKIP conference this year focussed primarily on the campaign to leave the European Union ahead of the upcoming referendum on EU membership.

Members of an Indian wedding band play brass instruments during a religious procession for the Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi in New Delhi

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Members of an Indian wedding band play brass instruments during a religious procession for the Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi in New Delhi

Nuns celebrate as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York yesterday

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Nuns celebrate as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York yesterday