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Pope Francis exchanges caps during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall on Wednesday at the Vatican

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Pope Francis exchanges caps during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall on Wednesday at the Vatican

A man prepares to throw a burning tyre as farmers protest in front of the prefecture in Saint-Lo, northwestern France.

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A man prepares to throw a burning tyre as farmers protest in front of the prefecture in Saint-Lo, northwestern France.

Syrian refugees are seen onboard the passenger ship "Eleftherios Venizelos"

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Syrian refugees are seen onboard the passenger ship “Eleftherios Venizelos” at the port on the Greek island of Kos. A passenger ship carrying Syrian refugees set sail from the Greek island of Kos heading for the mainland as authorities struggle to cope with a wave of arrivals. The Greek coast guard’s office said the ship, which has acted as a floating accommodation and registration centre since Sunday, was heading for the northern port of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest city.

A migrant hugs his family after safetly arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday. Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees -- among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people. The early hours are the safest time for migrants travelling from Turkey to the Greek islands just across the water, which have seen a huge influx of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria and chaos in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

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A migrant hugs his family after safely arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday

A Syrian migrant arrives after crossing from Turkey by a rubber boat, seen in the background, in the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Greek authorities said Sunday they have started resettling migrants living in tents in a park in the capital Athens   but many were wary and had moved out ahead of the operation. More than 130,000 migrants have reached Greece so far in 2015, straining the country's resources

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A Syrian migrant arrives after crossing from Turkey by a rubber boat, seen in the background, in the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Monday

Soudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old wai...Soudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old waits in the migrant camp called "New Jungle" next to the fence of the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on August 14, 2015, after applying for asylum in France. Some 3,000 migrants and refugees, including many fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, Libya and Eritrea, are camped out in a makeshift tent village in Calais waiting for a chance to cross to Britain.  AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Sudanese migrant Adam, 26 years old waits in the migrant camp called “New Jungle” next to the fence of the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on Friday, after applying for asylum in France 

A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

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A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

Two Syrian refugees sit at the dock of the port of Kos watching the passenger ship "Eleftherios Venizelos" off  the Greek island of Kos

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Two Syrian refugees sit at the dock of the port of Kos as the passenger ship “Eleftherios Venizelos” backs into the quay on the Greek island of Kos. The vessel will house more than 2500 migrants who arrived in the country from the Turkish coast and will be used as a registration center for migrants. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe.

Anky van Grunsven ot the Netherlands  competes on Whizashiningwalla BB during the Reining team final at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

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Anky van Grunsven ot the Netherlands competes on Whizashiningwalla BB during the Reining team final at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, Friday

A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos,  on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe

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A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos, on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed

Cyclists reflect in a puddle and silhouette against the sky as sun sets near Guelpe, northeastern Germany

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Cyclists reflect in a puddle and silhouette against the sky as sun sets near Guelpe, northeastern Germany

TOPSHOTS Migrant women carrying children...TOPSHOTS Migrant women carrying children comfort each other upon reaching the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on August 13, 2015. Greece sent extra riot police to Kos as tensions mounted over a huge influx of migrants. The Greek government said it was "immediately" dispatching a ship to Kos to double up as an accommodation and processing centre for up to 2,500 people as around 7,000 migrants wait to apply for immigration papers.  AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Migrant women carrying children comfort each other upon reaching the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. Greece sent extra riot police to Kos as tensions mounted over a huge influx of migrants. The Greek government said it was “immediately” dispatching a ship to Kos to double up as an accommodation and processing centre for up to 2,500 people as around 7,000 migrants wait to apply for immigration papers. 

A meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHTA meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl in the early morning of August 13, 2015. The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on August 12 and 13 in Europe, according to NASA. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYREUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.REUTERS NEWS PICTURES. TEMPLATE OUT

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A meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl early on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday and Thursday in Europe, according to NASA. 

Thousand of Gay Men From All Over The World Attend The Circuit Festival...BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 11:  Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere at Isla Fantasia Water Park as part of the Circuit Festival on August 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Circuit Festival is considered the Europe's biggest gay and lesbian festival. More than 70,000 people flock to Barcelona every August to enjoy 12 days of parties and activities around the city. Festival goers are expeted to spend about 150 million euros during the Festival. The Festival was born in Barcelona in 2008  by the Matinee Group and nowadays they are organizing similar festival in more than 20 countries such as Dubai, Russia and Israel.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Festival goers enjoy the atmosphere at Isla Fantasia Water Park as part of the Circuit Festival in Barcelona, Spain. The Circuit Festival is considered the Europe’s biggest gay and lesbian festival 

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This picture released by the Italian navy shows an immigrant being rescued by a helicopter from the Italian navy ship Mimbell 

TOPSHOTS TOPSHOTS A Perseid meteor along...TOPSHOTS TOPSHOTS A Perseid meteor along the Milky Way illuminates the dark sky near Villadiego in the province of Burgos, northern Spain, during the  "Perseids" meteor shower on August 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ CESAR MANSOCESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images

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A Perseid meteor along the Milky Way illuminates the dark sky near Villadiego in the province of Burgos, northern Spain, during the “Perseids” meteor shower 

Ukrainian servicemen with their faces darkened with camouflage paint take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.

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Ukrainian servicemen, their faces darkened with camouflage paint, take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.

In the "new jungle" migrant camp, close to the port of Calais. Afghan boys pass the time with a game of football.

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Afghan boys pass the time with a game of football at the new jungle refugee camp, close to the port of Calais, France 

Hulya Aydin (C), mother of Turkish polic...Hulya Aydin (C), mother of Turkish police officer Sahin Polat Aydin killed in an attack, mourns over her son's coffin during his funeral in Ankara on August 11, 2015. Turkish warplanes carried out a new wave of air strikes against Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country in retaliation for a day of bloody attacks that left six members of the security forces dead. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTANADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Hulya Aydin, mother of Turkish police officer Sahin Polat Aydin who was killed in an attack, mourns over her son’s coffin during his funeral in Ankara. Turkish warplanes carried out a new wave of air strikes against Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country in retaliation for a day of bloody attacks that left six members of the security forces dead. 

A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia.

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A boy takes a meal break at a fruit stall in the central market in Kazan, Russia.