World in Pictures: 18 October 2011

By Francis Whittaker REUTERS/Enrique Calvo
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Exploding wall

What? A visitor takes pictures of an installation representing an exploding wall by Cuban artists Dagoberto Rodriguez and Marco Castillo at the Es Baluard museum.

Where? Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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Stricken Rena

What? A tanker and a tug boat carry out operations to pump oil from the stricken container ship Rena after it struck a reef off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island nearly two weeks ago. The accident has turned into New Zealand's worst environmental disaster in decades.

Where? Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand

Want more? Latest on New Zealand oil spill |Worst ever oil spills

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Pan American Games

What? Darya Shara of Argentina competes during the individual apparatus finals at the Pan American Games.

Where? Guadalajara, Mexico

Want more? Pan American Games | Latest on the 2011 Pan American Games

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Building bridges

What? Labourers set up lights on a metal framework during the construction of a bridge in Wuhan, China. Recent figures show the country's economy may have grown by 9.3 percent in the third quarter when compared to last year, and consumer inflation will gradually fall to 4.6 percent in December.

Where? Wuhan, Hubei, China

Want more? Construction in China |World's biggest bridges

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Gilad Shalit freed

What? Israelis in the northern village of Mitzpe Hila embrace after seeing Gilad Shalit on television. The Israeli soldier, who had been held captive for five years, was freed in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

Where? Mitzpe Hila, Israel

Want more? Gilad Shalit |Latest: Israel-Palestine prisoner exchange

REUTERS/Darren Staples
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Diwali in Leicester

What? A girl plays with a bubble gun during the start of Diwali celebrations in Leicester, UK. Diwali celebrations in the Midlands city are among the biggest outside of India, with up to 35,000 people attending the switching on of the lights in the heart of the city's Asian community.

Where? Leicester, England

Want more? Diwali celebrations |Multiculturalism in Leicester

REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Kathmandu slums

What? A child living in a slum plays on a swing fixed under a bridge on the banks of Kathmandu's Bagmati River as the world commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Children living in slums are increasing in numbers in Kathmandu, a growing problem in one of the world's poorest countries.

Where? Kathmandu, Nepal

Want more? International Day for the Eradication of Poverty |Child poverty in Nepal

REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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Cambodian floods

What? A girl plays in floodwaters during an aid donation ceremony for flood victims in Kandal province, Cambodia, where flooding has killed 257 people since August 13.

Where? Kandal province, Cambodia

Want more? Floods in Cambodia | Worst floods ever

REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed
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Coat pile

What? A man stands on top of a pile of used jackets for sale along a road in Quetta.

Where? Quetta, Pakistan

Want more? Latest news from Quetta, Pakistan |Pictures of Quetta, Pakistan

REUTERS/Puspa Perwitasari/Pool
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Wedding ritual

What? Nurbaeti Helmi (right) embraces her daughter-in-law-to-be Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas during a traditional cleansing ritual the day before her wedding. Helmi's son KPH Yudanegara is to marry Bendara, the youngest daughter of Sultan Yogyakarta Hamengkubuwono X, after three days of continuous ceremonies.

Where? Yogyakarta Palace, Indonesia

Want more? Sultan Yogyakarta Hamengkubuwono X |Weddings in Indonesia