pig uses a slide which local farmer Erik Stegink istalled for his animals to get into the mud pool of the farm in Bathmen, The Netherlands. Stegink bought the depreciated slide from a neighbouring pool to offer a much appreciated fun for his pigs.

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Pig uses a slide that farmer Erik Stegink installed for them at his farm in Bathmen, The Netherlands. Mr Stegink bought the depreciated slide from a neighbouring pool to offer his pigs a fun way to get into the mud bath.

A tourist walks past the Pyramid at the Louvre museum in Paris

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A tourist walks past the Louvre Pyramid in Paris

Women use umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun as they stand on the bund in front of the financial district in Shanghai

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Women stand on the Bund in front of the financial district in Shanghai, China, as temperature rose to 41.1 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. 

People stand in front of the monumental panoramic picture 'Leipzig 1813 - In the Turmoil of the Battle of the Nations'

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People stand in front of the monumental panoramic picture Leipzig 1813 – In the Turmoil of the Battle of the Nations, by Yadegar Asisi, during a press preview in the eastern German city, on Friday. The work marks the 200th anniversary of the battle, when, in October 1813, an estimated 600,000 soldiers fought in front of the gates of the Saxon city. The exhibition opens on Saturday

A man jumps from a bridge across the River Ganges

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A man jumps from a bridge across the River Ganges which is flooded after heavy monsoon rains in Allahabad, India. India’s monsoon season, which runs from June through September, brings rains that are vital to agriculture but also cause floods and landslides.

Zimbabweans arrive to vote at a polling booth in a school in Harare

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Zimbabweans arrive at a polling booth in a school in Harare. Crisis-weary Zimbabweans were voting on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election dominated by veteran president Robert Mugabe’s bid to extend his 33-year rule and suspicions of vote rigging.

A shovel sits in oil-covered sand at Ao Phrao beach

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A shovel sits in oil-covered sand at Ao Phrao beach as volunteers work to clean up the area after a major oil slick hit the island of Ko Samet in Thailand. Environmentalists accused a Thai energy company on Tuesday of understating the extent of the pipeline leak as the navy warned the oil slick might reach the mainland. Tourists were leaving the resort island of Ko Samet as workers in protective suits used hoses, buckets and shovels to clean up blackened sand and oil which washed ashore on the once-idyllic beach.

Pedestrians walk past pollard willows on the river Rhine bank in Duisburg, Germany.

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Pedestrians walk past pollard willows on the Rhine riverbank in Duisburg, Germany.

Shi'ite Muslims place copies of the Koran on their heads during a ceremony marking the death anniversary of Imam Ali at his shrine in the holy city of Najaf, about 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad.

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Shia Muslims place copies of the Koran on their heads during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Imam Ali at his shrine in the holy city of Najaf, about 160km south of Baghdad, Iraq.

People slide down a huge water pipe at a public swimming pool on a hot sunny day in Vienna

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People slide down a huge water pipe at a public swimming pool in Vienna, as temperatures in Austria’s capital reached nearly 36 degrees Celsius on Monday. The country’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics predicts a record temperature of 39 degrees Celsius in the next few days.