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Traditional dancers perform at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on December 12, 2013 during celebrations marking half a century of independence from Britain. Kenyans marked 50 years of independence, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.

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Traditional dancers perform at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, during celebrations marking half a century of independence from Britain

Papuan student takes part on a rally in Surabaya, East Java province, demanding the freedom of West Papua province. Papua declared independence from the Dutch in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the region with force in 1963.

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A Papuan student takes part on a rally in Surabaya, East Java, demanding the freedom of West Papua province. Papua declared independence from the Dutch in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the region with force in 1963.

Polish Army (Wojsko Polskie) soldiers are reflected in a puddle as they march during a rehearsal for a parade prior to the Polish 'Independence Day' celebrations, in Warsaw, Poland, 05 November 2013.

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Polish soldiers in Warsaw rehearse for a parade to mark National Independence Day on November 11

An Afghan National Army walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug, 19, 2013. Afghan officials mark the country s 94th independence day from Britain with a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital.

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An Afghan National Army soldier walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan. Celebrations to mark the country’s 94th Independence Day from Britain include a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital on Monday

An Indian policewoman helps her comrade who fainted during the full-dress rehearsal for India's Independence Day celebrations in Chennai

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A policewoman helps a comrade who fainted during the full-dress rehearsal for India’s Independence Day celebrations in Chennai, south India on Tuesday.

Boy watches Israeli Air Force CH-53 helicopters fly over the Med

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A boy watches Israeli Air Force CH-53 helicopters fly over the Mediterranean Sea on a Tel Aviv beach during an aerial show forming part of celebrations for Israel’s Independence Day on April 16 2013, marking the 65th anniversary of the creation of the state.