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“I come to you hungry and tired. You give me food and let me sleep.”

1296 I come to you hungry and tired. You give me food and let me sleep.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the Korean People’s Army’s (KPA) February 20 Factory, which produces foodstuff, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 15, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Peru Attacks Illegal Mining Ahead of Climate Talks

“Peru has sent 1,000 police into its southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining camps, just weeks before the country hosts global climate talks. Even before the officers began blasting away at miners’ makeshift shelters, the Amazon rainforest nearby looked like a war-scape, pocked with craters and littered with the trunks of amputated trees. Peru’s anti-illegal mining czar, retired army Gen. Augusto Soto, marched the men 6 miles (11 kilometers) to the wasteland known as La Pampa, where 50,000 hectares of rainforest have been obliterated in the past six years. They destroyed motors and dynamited a dozen motorcycles as they tore down dwellings that included at least one mud-flanked bordello. The miners had removed and hidden some machinery.

Peru first criminalized unlicensed gold mining in 2012 but only began enforcing the law vigorously this year with serious manpower and explosives. The operations have displaced thousands of the estimated 40,000 people who authorities say moved to the jungle to mine gold. In addition to contributing to deforestation, which scientists blame for between 12 and 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the illegal alluvial gold mining contaminates the jungle with tons of mercury. Mercury is a toxin and has already contaminated the food chain, including fish, the local population’s main protein source. Peru’s environment minister says the country loses about 400 square miles (between 100,000 and 120,000 hectares) a year to deforestation. The South American country will host U.N.-sponsored climate talks that start on December 1”. – The Associated Press.

1293 Peru Attacks Illegal Mining Ahead of Climate Talks
In this November 12, 2014 photo, a column of policemen occupy a gold mining camp as part of an operation to eradicate illegal mining in the area known as La Pampa, in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. Less than a month before Peru plays host to global climate talks, the government sent a battalion of police into southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining mining camps. Peru’s anti-illegal mining czar, retired army Gen. Augusto Soto, marched the men to the wasteland known as La Pampa, where 50,000 hectares of rainforest have been obliterated in the past six years. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

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Cuban Couple Keeps Rodents Called Hutias as Pets

1291 Cuban Couple Keeps Rodents Called Hutias as Pets
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Congui, a domesticated huitia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet huitia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands. More than a half-dozen more of the furry animals have been born at their home after occasionally bringing in a male huitia in to mate with Congui. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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Consumer Group Lists “10 Worst Toys” for Kids

1290 Consumer Group Lists “10 Worst Toys” for Kids
James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., holds up toy battle hammer at Children’s Franciscan Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The consumer watchdog group has released its annual list of what it considers to be the 10 most unsafe toys as the holiday season approaches. (Photo by Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

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Faith and Style: Islamic Fashion Show in Kuala Lumpur

The annual Islamic Fashion Festival showcasing Islamic style kicked off in Kuala Lumpur on November 18. Leading designers from Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, Bangladesh, UAE and other countries presented their clothing lines at the event. This event was intended to boost the morale of women cancer survivors.

1289 Faith and Style: Islamic Fashion Show in Kuala Lumpur
A model gets a last dab of lipstick before taking to the podium during the festival of Islamic fashion in Kuala Lumpur.

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Pirelli Iconic Calendar 2015 Unveiled

The launch of the 2015 Calendar comes just a few days before the opening of the Forma e Desiderio – The Cal Collezione Pirelli exhibition, which will be held at the Palazzo Reale in Milan from November 21 to February 19, 2015.

1288 Pirelli Iconic Calendar 2015 Unveiled
Above: Candice Huffine poses for Calendar Girls 2015

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Living on the Indian Dump: Life of Garbage Pickers

1286 Living on the Indian Dump: Life of Garbage Pickers
Rag pickers collect recyclable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi November 19, 2014. (Photo by Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

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Dog Has its Day as Mayor of San Francisco

1284 Dog Has its Day as Mayor of San Francisco
Frida, a female Chihuahua, is carried by her owner Dean Clark in City Hall before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. Frida, a previously unknown female Chihuahua, has won her first political office, being named Mayor of San Francisco for the day as part of a campaign to support the city’s animal shelter. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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Daily Life in Japan

1282 Daily Life in Japan
A woman, dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, holds a parasol as she looks at a water bird while crossing a bridge in Kyoto, western Japan November 19, 2014. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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Google Rents World’s Biggest Digital Billboard in Times Square

Google has become the first company to rent to the world’s largest and most expensive digital billboard in Times Square, New York. The billboard is eight storeys high and is estimated to cost $2.5m (£1.6m) to hire for four weeks. The screen, which is the size of a football field, is mounted on the side of the Marriot Marquis hotel. Around 300,000 pedestrians are estimated to pass by the billboard every day. Times Square’s brightly-lit billboards are some of the most iconic and well-known outdoor advertising spaces. The new billboard was turned on on Tuesday evening and will show a nature-inspired digital art piece for a week until Google’s adverts begin running. Hundreds of tourists watched as the screen was turned on. The screen is also connected to cameras, allowing for interactive content. The US tech giant is reported to have hired the screen until January 2015.

1281 Google Rents Worlds Biggest Digital Billboard in Times Square
A man dressed up as the Statue of Liberty walks in front of a new digital advertising screen in Times Square, New York, November 18, 2014. According to local media the screen is a full block long, 8 stories tall, is lit with 24 million LED pixels and has a higher resolution than most TV sets. The advertising rate is reported at $2.5 million USD for a four-week run making it one of the most expensive outdoor advertising spaces in the world. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Brazil’s Drought from Above

1279 Brazils Drought from Above
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil’s worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region’s smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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The Best Adventure Photography: Exposure 2014

1276 The Best Adventure Photography: Exposure 2014
Parting Shot: Anchorage, Alaska (Photo: Nathaniel Wilder/Outside Magazine)

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Harvesting a Tea Plantations in Himalayas

1274 Harvesting a Tea Plantations in Himalayas
In this Sunday, November 16, 2014 photo, Nepalese women pick tea at a tea garden of Kanyam in Illam district, around 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Katmandu, Nepal. Illam is a hilly district of tea gardens and estates in eastern Nepal’s Himalayan region with one of its largest and most productive tea estate being Kanyam estates. The district produces orthodox tea, hand-processed or machine rolled, which is generally exported to international markets, specially Europe and the United States. Most of the tea pickers here are paid 186 Nepalese Rupees (US $ 2) for 8 hours of work everyday. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

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Harvesting Cocoa Beans in Ivory Coast

1272 Harvesting Cocoa Beans in Ivory Coast
Women from a local cocoa farmers association called BLAYEYA work in a cocoa farm in Djangobo, Niable in eastern Ivory Coast, November 17, 2014. BLAYEYA is a women’s only association with each member owning a field and planting cocoa. (Photo by Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters)

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Final Stage Cancer Girl Marries Long-Term Boyfriend at China Hospital

The intolerable pain of Fan Huixiang, suffering from terminal cancer, probably decreased as love of her life, Yu Haining hold her hand in such difficult time. Both of them decided to get married. As soon as Yu got the news of Fan being diagnosed with cancer, he left his job and went to the hospital in Zhengzhou to be with his girlfriend. Both of them exchanged rings in the presence of their family and close friends. The ceremony was held in the hospital only. In a relationship from past 5 years, Fan and Yu looked happy and excited ahead of their marriage. They exchanged beautiful vows. The tumor in the spinal cord of Fan which was diagnosed last year is at its last stage. Fan was dressed as a bride and Yu waited for her with a bouquet of flowers. He bent down on his knees as she arrived.

Fan said “Every woman dreams of marriage. Today, looking myself in this wedding gown is the most relieving moment of my life. I don’t know how long can I survive but I want to spend the rest of my life with Yu”. Yu also said his vow “I don’t care what happens in the future. I will be by Fan’s side as long as she survives. I hope our love will give us strength to pass through this difficult phase in our lives”.

1271 Final Stage Cancer Girl Marries Long Term Boyfriend at China Hospital
Bride Fan Huixiang (front R), a 25-year-old cancer patient, receives flowers from nurses on her bed before her wedding ceremony at a hospital in Zhengzhou, Henan province November 17, 2014. Fan was diagnosed with late stage adenocarcinoma, a type of cancerous tumor, at her thoracic vertebra this June. She and her 24-year-old husband Yu Haining held their wedding ceremony at the hospital on Monday after five years of relationship, local media reported. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)

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