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November 1 – 8: Animals of the Week

1109 November 1 – 8: Animals of the Week
In this file photo dated Sunday, November 2, 2014, shepherds lead their sheep through the centre of Madrid, Spain. Shepherds have guided a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid streets in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists and city-dwellers were surprised to see the capital’s traffic cut to permit the ovine parade to bleat bells clanking its way past the city’s most emblematic locations. (Photo by Andres Kudacki/AP Photo)

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Photo of the Day: A Cat Behind a Glass Pane

1108 Photo of the Day: A Cat Behind a Glass Pane
A cat sits behind a glass pane in the front door waiting to be let in from the rain in Frankfurt am Main,Germany, November 3, 2014. (Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA)

Transgender Beauty Pageant in Pattaya

1107 Transgender Beauty Pageant in Pattaya
Contestant Piyada Inthavong of Laos prepares backstage before the final show of the Miss International Queen 2014 transgender/transsexual beauty pageant in Pattaya November 7, 2014. Some 22 contestants from 18 countries, all born male, competed in the week-long event for the crown of Miss International Queen. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

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Metal Hulk by Ban Hun Lek

1106 Metal Hulk by Ban Hun Lek

When you first see the art works created by a Thai metalworker Ban Hun Lek, you are completely stunned by the level of detail of the metal sculptures that he creates. One of his most prominent creations is a full sized sculpture of a Hulk.

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Leonhardi Procession in Bavaria

1105 Leonhardi Procession in Bavaria
Farmers dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes ride in a wooden carriage on the way to the chapel on the Kalvarienberg in Bad Toelz, during the Leonhard procession November 6, 2014. The Leonhardi Ritt procession is an annual event that started in the 17th century to pray to St. Leonhard, the patron saint of animals. (Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters)

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“Lichtgrenze” (Border of Light)

1104 “Lichtgrenze” (Border of Light)
People walk under stands with balloons placed along the former Berlin Wall location at Mauerpark, which will be used in the installation “Lichtgrenze” (Border of Light) in Berlin November 7, 2014. A part of the inner city of Berlin will be temporarily divided from November 7 to 9, with a light installation featuring 8000 luminous white balloons to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

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Protest Against New Government in Brussels

1103 Protest Against New Government in Brussels
Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures to be taken by the new Belgian government. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

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A Rare Look Inside North Korea

1101 A Rare Look Inside North Korea
North Korea has closed its borders in fear of the spread of the Ebola virus. But at a time when the secretive state was still welcoming tourists, former aid worker Andrew Macleod made the journey to the repressive nation. Andrew’s holiday snaps and camera footage provide a unique insight into the reclusive country, where he came across deserted motorways, metro stations plastered with propaganda and attractive border guards. Here: Andrew MacLeod in front of portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il in February 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo by Andrew Macleod/Barcroft Media)

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 4

1100 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 4
“Double head vulture”. On the day of windy days during raptors migration some people in my country start to catch these tired raptors, so in this day we go to photograph some raptors and we saw these tow tired vultures, so we start to drag them away from the hunters until they reach a good hidden place, to make them safe until they start a new journey. Photo location: Kuwait. (Photo and caption by Mohd Khorshed/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 3

199 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 3
“On the edge”. People walking on the edge of a dune in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Photo location: Namibia, Africa. (Photo and caption by Angiolo Manetti/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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World’s Worst Transport Systems for Women

160 Worlds Worst Transport Systems for Women
A woman squeezes between two public buses in downtown Lima, March 17, 2014. Bogota and two other Latin American capitals – Mexico City, and Lima in Peru – were named as the three capitals with the least safe transport systems for women in the Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of more than 6,550 women and gender and city planning experts. Women in Latin America say they face a wide range of daily threats on public transport, and not enough is done to ensure their safety. (Photo by Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

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Pieces of the Berlin Wall Around the World

148 Pieces of the Berlin Wall Around the World
A piece of the Berlin Wall, which has been on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum since 1990, is seen in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2014. On November 9, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark the event Reuters Photographers around the world captured images of segments of the wall, which are kept as monuments in many countries from Taiwan to South Africa and Costa Rica. The Berlin Wall, which divided West Berlin from the communist East after it was built in 1961, was the most potent symbol of the Cold War. At least 136 people were killed or died at the Wall, most of them while trying to escape. On November 9, 1989, following huge protests in East Berlin the wall was breached and thousands of people poured into West Berlin. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 2

140 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 2
“Shinagawa Station”. I was up at an ungodly hour to make it to the Tsukiji Fish Market, in Tokyo. With so many amazing things to see in the city, I had hardly slept, and managed to get off at the wrong station. Wave after wave of people kept coming through the station passageway. I spied a coffee shop with a vantage point and managed to snap a free shots, camera resting on the ledge. After the caffeine kicked in, i was ready to brave the river of people… Photo location: Tokyo, Japan. (Photo and caption by Peter Franc/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 1

138 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 9, Part 1
“A node glows in the dark…” In the last 10 years, mobile data, smart phones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam packed train, but the warm glow from her phone tells the strangers around her that she’s not really here. She manged to slip away from here, for a short moment, she’s a node flickering on the social web, roaming the earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here, we’re free to run away, and run we will. Photo location: Hong Kong. (Photo and caption by Brian Yen/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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The Virgin Galactic Crash Site

0 The Virgin Galactic Crash Site

“Virgin Galactic’s experimental spaceship broke apart in flight over California’s Mojave Desert after a device to slow the craft’s descent prematurely deployed, federal investigators said Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said that while no cause for Friday’s crash of SpaceShipTwo has been determined, investigators found the “feathering” system – which rotates the tail to create drag – was activated before the craft reached the appropriate speed. The system requires a two-step process to deploy. The co-pilot unlocked the system but Hart said the second step occurred “without being commanded”. “What we know is that after it was unlocked, the feathers moved into the deploy position and two seconds later we saw disintegration” Hart said. The investigation is months from being completed and pilot error, mechanical failure, the design and whether there was pressure to continue testing are among many things being looked at, Hart said. “We are not edging toward anything, we’re not ruling anything out”, Hart said. “We are looking at all these issues to determine the root cause of this accident”.

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