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Street Murals Bloom in Tunisia

1205 Street Murals Bloom in Tunisia
A mural by Belgian artist ROA decorates a wall in the surrounding area of the village of Erriadh, on the Tunisian island of Djerba, on August 6, 2014, as part of the artistic project “Djerbahood”. Artists from 34 diffrents nationalities were invited by France-based Tunisian artist Mehdi Ben Cheikh to take part in an initiative to turn Djerba’s Erriadh district into an “open sky museum”. (Photo by Joel Saget/AFP Photo)

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The Fashionable Face-Kini

1204 The Fashionable Face Kini

Chinese women wear face-kinis as they walk in to the water to swim at the beach on August 20, 2014 in the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. (Photos by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Rescue Dogs Wedding

1202 Rescue Dogs Wedding

When wedding photographer Katie Yeaton saw that one of her dogs had white fur and the other had black-and-white fur, she did what only a wedding photographer could do: she threw them a backyard wedding complete with professional photography to remember the day.

“I realized they’d be perfect as a bride and groom and took just one photo and posted it to Facebook”, Yeaton, 30, of Norwalk, Conn., told ABC News. “So many people loved it that I decided to do a whole wedding”. The photos of Yeaton’s backyard affair for her pups, rescue dogs Lucy and Teddy, were so well received that she is now fielding even more requests for festive canine photography in addition to her usual wedding beat. “My main goal is that I just hope it makes people smile”, she said.

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Sydney’s Doll Hospital

1201 Sydneys Doll Hospital
A young customer looks over the counter as a family member brings in a doll for repair at Sydney’s Doll Hospital May 20, 2014. Opened in 1913, Sydney’s Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys. Behind a toy shop on a busy suburban street in Sydney’s south, “doll surgeons” transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets in dolls who were the victim of a childhood tantrum or sibling rivalry, sometimes decades ago. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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Color Madness: Jember Fashion Carnival in Indonesia

1200 Color Madness: Jember Fashion Carnival in Indonesia
Models showcase a design on the catwalk during the eighth Jember Fashion Carnival on August 2, 2009 in Jember, East Java, Indonesia. World Unity was the theme for this year’s carnival, which featured more than 400 models parading along Jember’s longest street. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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Stingray City, Grand Cayman

1198 Stingray City, Grand Cayman

Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. It is a tourist attraction, where southern stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals.

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Alter Egos: World War I Re-Enactors

1196 Alter Egos: World War I Re Enactors
Custom silicone technician Corin Watts, portraying a Lance Corporal in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, part of the Rifles Living History Society, participates in a rifle drill whilst recreating life as a First World War soldier at the Colchester Military Tournament in Colchester, eastern England July 6, 2014. Corin became interested in World War One when, as a child, he would pass the statue of “The Driver” on the Royal Artillery Monument by Charles Sargeant Jagger. Because of its size and imposing nature it scared him, but also provoked him to ask questions about the Great War. Of his fellow re-enactors he says “I like the people, its an odd community re-enactment, they are the most bizarre but at the same time most grounded and down to earth people you’d ever meet”. United by a fascination with military history and a fondness for dressing up, groups such as the Rifles Living History Society and the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group get together to recreate aspects of life during the First World War. Reuters photographer Luke MacGregor photographed members of the groups, both as they took part in living history events and at their day jobs. (Photo by Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

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A Homemade Lamborghini

1194 A Homemade Lamborghini
Wang Yu drives a handmade replica of Lamborghini Diablo on a highway during a test drive in Beijing, August 21, 2014. Chinese race car enthusiasts Wang Yu and Li Lintao, both in their 30s, have finished designing and making two replicas of the Lamborghini Diablo, which can reach the top speed of 310km/h, and are currently working on a replica of the T-Rex motorcycle. They spent approximately 5 million yuan (around USD 811,899) to buy parts and hire workers, and about 6 years to assemble them with the knowledge they gained from studying mechanology for nearly a decade abroad. Wang and Li went popular after showing their first handmade replica of Lamborghini Diablo at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition in 2012, and sold their second Lamborghini replica to Alibaba as a collection. (Photo by Petar Kujundzic/Reuters)

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Press Photographers Behind The Global Conflicts

1192 Press Photographers Behind The Global Conflicts
Photographers cower as protesters throw stones towards riot police along Sheikh Rihan street near Tahrir Square in Cairo January 25, 2013. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

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Supercharged 24 Cylinder Engine

1191 Supercharged 24 Cylinder Engine

This thing has 24 cylinders, 1,704 cubic inches, 12 GMC superchargers (blowers), 8 nitrous bottles and it runs! Why build such a beast? “Because I can,” Harrah says. There’s no other reason to take a 24V71 and build an intake manifold that weighs 1,000 pounds and mount eight 6-71 superchargers on top of four others. This is a V24 Detroit Diesel (normally used to power ships) which is two V12 Detroits joined together nose to nose with splined cranks.

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Some Iconic Pictures of Global Unrest from the Last Years

1189 Some Iconic Pictures of Global Unrest from the Last Years
Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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Robot Restaurant in Eastern China

Located in Kunshan, eastern China, the restaurant relies on over a dozen machines for tasks such as greeting customers, waiting on tables and cooking basic meals. The eatery becomes the third café in the world to rely on the use of robot employees, potentially giving a glimpse into how future businesses could operate. Speaking to a local newspaper, owner Song Jugang explained that the robots cost around £4000 (≈6600 USD) – the same as the yearly pay for a human employee. There are drawbacks to using the robots which is why Mr Jugang still relies on humans, hiring a handful to work in the kitchen and cook dishes too complex for their mechanical countrparts. The futuristic machines have a limited vocabulary and take two hours to charge enough to complete a five hour shift but give an insight into how far robot technology has come.

1185 Robot Restaurant in Eastern China
This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot carrying food to customers in a restaurant in Kunshan. It’s more teatime than Terminator – a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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Cats Attack Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin

1184 Cats Attack Kim Jong un and Vladimir Putin

The claws are out for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin – as cats now able to use a model of him as a scratching post. And moggies can also maul at Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose face also features on the new cat toys which are 1.5ft tall and cost £4,500. They are made from hessian rope, and 3D-printed faces are then attached to the posts, before they are handpainted. The toys took a team of artists 200 hours to finish.

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Photo of the Day: The Love for Yoghurt

1183 Photo of the Day: The Love for Yoghurt

This hedgehog got it’s nose stuck in a yoghurt pot. Returning to the police station after a night dealing with burglaries, car crashes and a punch up in a betting shop, the last thing two German police officers expected was this prickly customer in the headlights of their patrol car. The hedgehog had apparently raided the dustbin of a nearby house and had got it’s nose stuck in a tasty yoghurt pot as it attempted to scoop the remains out from the bottom. Unable to see or smell, it had wandered around blindly and ended up in the middle of the road just as the police patrol car turned up at the road in the city of Offenburg in south-western Germany’s Baden-Wuerttemberg state.

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Japan’s Pachinko Parlours

Pachinko is a mechanical game originating in Japan and is used as both a form of recreational arcade game and much more frequently as a gambling device, filling a Japanese gambling niche comparable to that of the slot machine in Western gaming. A pachinko machine resembles a vertical pinball machine, but has no flippers and uses a large number of small balls. The player fires balls into the machine, which then cascade down through a dense forest of pins. If the balls go into certain locations, they may be captured and sequences of events may be triggered that result in more balls being released. The object of the game is to capture as many balls as possible. These balls can then be exchanged for prizes.

Pachinko machines were originally strictly mechanical, but modern ones have incorporated extensive electronics, becoming similar to video slot machines. Pachinko parlors are widespread in Japan, and they usually also feature a number of slot machines (called pachislo or pachislots); hence, these venues operate and look similar to casinos. Modern pachinko machines are highly customizable, keeping enthusiasts continuously entertained. Gambling for cash is illegal in Japan. Balls won cannot be exchanged directly for money in the parlor. The balls are exchanged for tokens or prizes, which are then taken outside and exchanged for cash at a place nominally separate from the parlor.

1181 Japans Pachinko Parlours
Visitors play at Dynam’s pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. Japan’s once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national obsession, with about 12,000 parlours nation-wide and one in thirteen people playing the game. But that figure is declining as the population shrinks and younger people prefer games on their mobile phones. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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