Week in pictures - 9 August 2012

By Antony Bennison, Photo Editor, MSN UK Reuters
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Kathmandu

Activists of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist affiliated Youth Association Nepal clash with Nepalese police personnel during a torch rally to demand the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in Kathmandu.

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Bulacan

Houses swamped by floodwaters in Bulacan province, north of Manila is seen in this aerial photograph released by the Department of National Defense. Emergency workers and troops rushed food, water and clothes to nearly 850,000 people displaced and marooned from deadly floods spawned by 11 straight days of southwest monsoon rains that soaked the Philippine capital and nearby provinces.

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Moscow

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (right) and Maria Alyokhina, members of female punk band Pussy Riot, sit in the defendant's cell before a court hearing in Moscow. A state prosecutor on Tuesday demanded a three-year jail term for three women from the punk band, saying they had abused God when they burst into a Moscow cathedral and sang a protest prayer against the Russian Orthodox Church's close links to Vladimir Putin.

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Bristol

Hot air balloons take to the skies over Bristol city centre in England. The early morning flight of over twenty balloons over the city was organised as a curtain raiser for the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

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Lalitpur

A masked devotee stands next to a family as he takes part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival which marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

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Tel Rafat

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat. Syrian troops and rebels fought over the country's biggest city Aleppo as President Bashar al-Assad's key foreign backer Iran gathered ministers from like-minded states for talks on Thursday about how to end the conflict.

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Mars

View of the Martian surface made up of two images from the navigation cameras on the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. The rim of the Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.

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New York

Roberto Tony-Jean, and his dog Luna, run through water sprinklers during a hot day in New York.

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Fengjie

Ducks are seen at a shipyard area on the Yangtze River in Fengjie, Chongqing province.

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Brasilia

Fafa, a lioness that is nearly 18-year-old, receives an eye check at the veterinary clinic in Brasilia. Fafa has been living in Brasilia Zoo since its birth and had undergone surgery this year to remove both its ovaries and uterus. Fafa was sedated and brought to the veterinary clinic after experiencing seizures and bleeding. According to veterinarian John Nardott Ricardo, the lioness had to undergo a 3-hour-long session of CT scans to its chest, skull and abdomen in order to diagnose the source of its health problems. Nardott believes there is a possibility that Fafa has liver damage, which may have arisen from a cancerous tumour Fafa had in 2010.

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Jammu

Muslims offer prayers before having their Iftar (fast-breaking) meal during the holy month of Ramadan at a madrasa or religious school on the outskirts of Jammu.

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Marikina City

A resident brings down his dogs from his roof at a flooded area in Marikina City Metro Manila. Emergency workers and troops rushed food, water and clothes to nearly 850,000 people displaced and marooned from deadly floods spawned by 11 straight days of southwest monsoon rains that soaked the Philippine capital and nearby provinces.

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Wenling

Labourers work to reconnect an electric circuit after pylons were turned over by Typhoon Haikui in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China.

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Santiago

Students clash with a riot police vehicle during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago. Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is profiteering in the state education system.

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Santiago

A public bus is seen in flames during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago.

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Hangzhou

Visitors run away as they avoid waves whipped up by winds near Qiantang River in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Gales and rainstorms lashed coastal regions in east China when two typhoons made landfall in less than 10 hours from Thursday to Friday morning, forcing over 300,000 people to evacuate, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Motoyasu river

People release paper lanterns on the Motoyasu river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in remembrance of atomic bomb victims on the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

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Marikina City

A newborn baby is washed at a temporary shelter in Marikina City, Metro Manila.

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Parangkusumo beach

A rescue team member tries to tie a rope around a whale shark, which died after being stranded on the Parangkusumo beach, near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is the second whale shark which has died after being stranded near Yogyakarta this week.

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