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Fifa World Cup 2014: Brazilian Batman Crusades for Justice in Rio Protests

A familiar shadowy figure has been sighted at Rio de Janeiro’s many anti-World Cup protests – Batman. The Dark Knight has been making regular appearances at demonstrations since mass protests broke out around the time the city hosted the Confederations Cup in 2013.

Batman joins a protest near the former site of the Indian Museum outside Maracana stadium on 17 December 2013, as firefighters attempt to remove an indigenous man who spent more than 26 hours in a tree to protest against the demolition of the site ahead of the World Cup. (Reuters)

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Cliffhanger Mansion Set Ablaze

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas June 13, 2014. Building crews set fire to the luxury lake house left dangling about 75 feet (23 meters) on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath the structure. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

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Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival

For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space.


A man looks at a wooden sculpture that was set on fire during Israel’s first Midburn festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man festival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in the desert near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker, June 7, 2014. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning giant wooden sculptures by night. (Photo: AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Pregnant Women Practice Yoga as they Attempt to Break the Guinness World Record

Pregnant women practice yoga as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest prenatal yoga class, in Changsha, Hunan province June 8, 2014. A total of 505 pregnant women participated in a yoga class together for 37 minutes and 28 seconds on Sunday, exceeding the current Guinness World Record set in Shenzhen in 2013 with 423 women, local media reported. Picture taken June 8, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/China Daily)

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Jack W. Schlegel – The Veteran

World War II veteran Jack W. Schlegel, 91 years-old, from Mount Tremper, New York, of the 508th Parachute Infantry Division of the 82nd Airborne who parachuted near Sainte-Mere-Eglise on June 6,1944, poses with American and French flags as he visits the American War cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the Normandy coast June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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Celebrating the Dark Side

A reveler poses for pictures at the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig June 6, 2014. The annual festival, known in Germany as Wave-Gotik Treffen (WGT), features over 150 bands and artist in venues all over the city playing Gothic rock and other styles of the dark wave music subculture. The event, one of the biggest of its kind, attracts a regular audience of up to 20,000, the organizers said. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

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Massive Landslide Buries Remote Afghan Village

Last Friday, in Afghanistan’s mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan, an enormous landslide took place, burying much of a small village, and killing hundreds. Officials say that at least 300 residents of Abi Barik village were killed, but are uncertain about exact numbers, cautioning that the final number could be 500 or more. Rescue teams gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors, focusing energy on helping the hundreds suddenly made homeless. Many of the surviving families have struggled to get aid. Some have gone to nearby villages to stay with relatives or friends, while others have slept in tents provided by aid groups.

An aerial view shows the site of Friday’s landslide that buried Abi Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, on May 5, 2014. Afghan officials said they plan to build new houses for hundreds of families made homeless by a landslide that entombed a northeastern village and killed at least 300 people, perhaps as many as 2,700. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

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Osama Bin Laden Lookalike Big Hit in Sao Paulo Bar

Osama bin Laden lookalike Ceara Francisco Helder Braga Fernandes laughs while chatting on the phone in his “Bar do Bin Laden” on April 29, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Braga says he was known as the “Beard Man” before 9/11 but became known as a Bin Laden lookalike following the 9/11 attacks. He says he is Christian and continues to play the role to support his business. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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The Tallest Brazilian Teen to Marry

Brazil’s tallest teen is set marry her beau – despite him being over a foot smaller than her. Elisany da Cruz Silva (18) is a staggering 6ft 8ins (206 cm) tall while her compact fiancee Francinaldo da Silva Carvalho is only 5ft 4ins (162 cm). Despite a massive 1ft 4ins between them, Francinaldo had no problem increasing the distance by dropping to one knee after a romantic stroll along the beach.

This fairytale is actually quite a tall story… (Photo by Barcroft Media)

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Selfie After Climbing 1,350ft Dubai Tower

A Russian daredevil has captured a vertigo-inducing selfie – while standing on top of a Dubai skyscraper. Nineteen-year-old Alexander Remnev scaled the Princess Tower – the worlds tallest residential building at 1,350ft – before getting his camera out to take these stomach-churning pictures. Alexander, from Moscow, who was on holiday in Dubai with friends, says they climbed a number of the city’s towering skyline during the course of their stay. He’s part of a group known as “skywalkers” who scale the tallest buildings in the world – rarely using safety gear – and post the pictures and videos online.

He leans on the very top of the tower as he takes this vertigo-inducing picture. (Photo by Alexander Remnev/Caters News)

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World’s Weirdest Museums You Cannot Imagine

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Traditionally, International Museum Day is organized around May 18. Here we highlight the most unusual museums around the world – from displays of toilets to the worst waxwork replicas.

This picture taken on Oct 3, 2012 shows sculptures put at the seabed off the coast of the West Indies and Mexico by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor casts life-size statues from materials used to encourage reef growth and sinks them to the ocean floor.

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Tough Training at Beijing Bodyguard Camp

Four female future bodyguards walk to attend a shooting class under the guidance of an instructor in Beijing, March 14, 2014. A total of 65 trainees, 7 of whom are women, take part in the bodyguard training session in Beijing’s suburban Shunyi district. All trainees, aged from 18 to 30, mostly special troops and retired athletes, undergo training to develop sufficient skills to become bodyguards. The courses include martial arts, FBI mind reading, anti-terrorist training and international business etiquette. The graduation rate is low – only a few of them will become private bodyguards after a series of grilling tests. (Photo: CFP)

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“Las Mayas” Celebrations In Spain

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 11, 2014, a “Maya” girl sits on an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on a street, in central Madrid, Spain. The festivity of the Maya comes from pagan rites and dates from the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents, it takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the beginning off the spring. A girl between 7 and 11years is chosen as “Maya” and should sit still, serious, and quiet for a couple of hours in an altar on the street decorated with flowers and plants, afterwards they walk to the church with their family where they attend a ceremony. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)

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Spring Storms in US

Brian Pryor takes a shower of snow as he clears the tree limbs in front of his home on University Hill in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, May 9, 2014. A spring storm that has brought over a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest was slowing down travelers and left some without power Monday morning. (Photo by Paul Aiken/AP Photo/The Boulder Daily Camera)

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Cycling Fan “El Diablo”

German bicycle designer Didi Senft, also known as “El Diablo”, poses with his trident after presenting his new bicycle creation to commemorate the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in the town of Storkow, southeast of Berlin April 18, 2014. Senft, who has had an entry in the Guiness Book of Records for the world’s largest bicycle, worked some 100 hours on this bicycle, he said. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

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