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The Shard building.

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The Shard building is photographed in London on Thursday. Read more

Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and ashes...epa04024301 An Indonesian villager rides his motorcycle past a damaged tree as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke, at Sigarang Garang village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 16 January 2014. Thousands of people have been sheltering for months in mosques, churches and government buildings just out of reach of the past months' eruptions of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung. The 2,460-metre volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010, forcing more than 30,000 to flee their homes.  EPA/DEDI SAHPUTRA

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A villager rides his motorcycle past a damaged tree as Mount Sinabung emits volcanic smoke near Sigarang Garang village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Dark Sky award for Isle of Man...Undated photo handout issued by www.visitisleofman.com of a very starry night sky on the Isle of Man, who have just been awarded one of the best places in the British Isles to star-gaze as the Dark Sky Discovery Network has announced that the Island now has a total of twenty six designated ìDark Sky Discovery Sitesî. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 6, 2014. Measuring just 32 miles long and 14 miles wide, the Isle of Man now has the largest concentration of Dark Skies sites in the British Isles, lying in some of the Islandís best beauty and heritage sites such as Cregneash historical village, Rushen Abbey and Peel Castle. Light pollution means that more than 85 per cent of the British population has never seen a truly dark sky, but with a low population density and few built up areas, the Isle of Man provides the perfect spot for stargazing. Those hoping to visit the destinations shouldnít worry about lack of access either, with sites awarded Dark Sky Discovery status on the basis of accessibility as well as being free enough from light pollution to get a good view of the stars. Photo credit should read: www.visitisleofman.com/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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A starry night sky on the Isle of Man, one of the best places in the British Isles to stargaze. The island has 26 designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Light pollution means that most Britons have never seen a truly dark sky, but its low population density and small number of built-up areas, makes the island an ideal location. Read more

Parachuting practice for Armed Forces Day...epa03884368 A photo taken from the ground in southern Seoul shows parachuters practicing for a show on Armed Forces Day, 26 September 2013. The government designated 01 October as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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Parachuters in southern Seoul practising for a show on Armed Forces Day. The government designated October 1 as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported. Read more

Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, n...Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, northern Germany, on September 20, 2013.      AFP PHOTO / DPA / CARSTEN REHDER / GERMANY OUTCARSTEN REHDER/AFP/Getty Images

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Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, northern Germany on Friday. Read more

A view of the city's skyline from the Beijing Yintai Centre building at sunset in Beijing...A view of the city's skyline from the Beijing Yintai Centre building at sunset in Beijing, August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE)

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A view of the Beijing skyline from the Yintai Centre in the Chinese capital Read more

Synchronised acrobats jump from heights ...Synchronised acrobats jump from heights of seven, eight 15 and 23 meters into a water basin at a theme park in Geiselwind, southern Germany, on August 13, 2013.      AFP PHOTO / DPA / DANIEL KARMANN / GERMANY OUTDANIEL KARMANN/AFP/Getty Images

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Synchronised acrobats jump from heights of up to 23 metres into a water basin at a theme park in Geiselwind in southern GermanyRead more

An airplane flies past the supermoon near Madrid, Spain early on Monday. The 'supermoon' filled the sky on 23rd June and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.

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An aeroplane flies past the moon near Madrid, Spain, early on Monday. The ‘supermoon’ filled the sky on June 23 and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.

n this photo released by Middle Way Meditation Institute, Philippines, through Nutannan Srithorn, thousands of youths release into the sky paper lanterns to celebrate "World Peace Through Meditation" in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record Friday May 24, 2013 at the University of the Philippines campus at Miagao, Iloilo city in central Philippines. The organizers claimed to have released  15,185 sky lanterns breaking the current Guinness World Record of 12,740 sky lanterns released in a single event. The old record in 2012, the 12,740 sky lanterns were released in a single event in Romania during the opening of a shopping mall. (AP Photo/Wanlop Kiettijanon, Middle Way Meditation Institute, Philippines)

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Thousands of young people release paper lanterns to celebrate “World Peace Through Meditation”, in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record on Friday at the University of the Philippines campus at Miagao, Iloilo. The organisers claim to have released 15,185 lanterns into the sky breaking the standing record, set in Romania, of 12,740 sky lanterns released in a single event Read more

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Lightning flashes in the sky on Thursday in Zhuhai, China. Two people in the province of Guangdong, where Zhuhai is situated, have been killed since Saturday and heavy rainfall has left water levels waist high. Read more