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A reveler lays in tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday and pelted each other with 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the 'Tomatina' now in its 66th year. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
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Rough surf caused by Hurricane Irene off the coast of Long Beach Island, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Irene was just the third hurricane to come ashore in New Jersey in the past 200 years. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: People stand on the beach at Coney Island at sunrise on August 29, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the East Coast and slowly weakened into a tropical storm before making a third landfall at Coney Island.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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WALLINGTON, NJ - AUGUST 31: An American flag is shown submerged on a flooded street on August 31, 2011 in Wallington, New Jersey. New Jersey was especially hard hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Approximately 100 young people locked lips in Santiago de Chile's Plaza de Armas on Thursday, in a gathering they called a “kissing protest.” They were calling for free, quality, public education, a demand students have been asking for during the last three months. Read more and watch the video.

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In this Wednesday Aug. 31, 2011 photo, spectators flee as waves created by a tidal bore crash over a barrier on the Qiantang river at Haining, in east China's Zhejiang province. About 20 people were injured when they were caught too close to the river while viewing the annual tidal bore, which occurs when sea water from an unusually high tide funnels into the river, creating high waves. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Amber Houghton, aged eight, tries out the new glass Skywalk at the top of the refurbished Blackpool Tower on September 1, 2011 in Blackpool, England. After a GBP £20 million refurbishment, the iconic seaside Blackpool Tower opened today to the general public. The observation deck at the top of the tower becomes the Blackpool Tower Eye and features a skywalk made of glass overlooking the sea and the promenade. The opening is part of Blackpool's GBP £250 million GBP regeneration project. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Fireworks are seen in the sky over St. Basil Cathedral, left, and Spasskaya tower,right, at the International Military Music Festival Spasskaya Tower at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Festival was opening on Wednesday in Moscow for five days. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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A newly discovered 2000 year-old Mayan place changes our understanding of the civilizations that flourished in the Lancandonian forest of Mexico and Guatemala. Read about the discovery.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Four year-old Mutiara Sarwono and her family, Muslims from Indonesia, gather with fellow Muslims for a special Eid ul-Fitr morning prayer at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The three-day holiday, Eid ul-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Ankara

War College students march during the Victory Day celebrations in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Turkey's President Abdullah Gul replaced the country's top general, Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, in accepting greetings from scores of officers after a parade marking the Turkish war of independence, the latest sign that the Islamic-rooted government is imposing greater civilian control over the country's armed forces. (AP Photo)
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PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 1: A smoke ring appears in the sky after a cannon was fired to celebrate a touchdown by Rutgers Scarlet Knights against North Carolina Central during a college football game on September 1, 2011 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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A young James' flamingo is followed by a full grown flamingo in its enclosure at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. The young bird is one of three flamingos that were born between July and August 2011 at the Berlin zoo. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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WESTON-SUPER-MARE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: A small dog watches from its owner's lap as rain clouds gather above the seafront on August 30, 2011 in Weston-Super-Mare, England. According to weather experts the UK's summer has been one of the coldest for many years. Figures from the Met Office show that average temperatures so far have been less than 14C (57F), the lowest since the summer of 1998 and in the central England region (between London, Bristol and Manchester) the average of 15C (59F) is the lowest since 1993. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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LAMPANG, THAILAND - AUGUST 29: A mahout removes the prosthetic from Motala, age 50, at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve August 29, 2011 Lampang,Thailand. Motala lost a foot many years back after stepping on a land mine and now is on her third prosthetic, as they need to be changed according to the weight of the elephant. The world's first elephant hospital assists in medical care and helps to promote a better understanding of the elephant's physiology, important in treating them for illness. For generations elephants have been a part of the Thai culture, although today the Thai elephant mostly is domesticated animal, since Thailand now has few working elephants. Many are used in the tourism sector at special elephant parks or zoos, where they perform in shows. In some cases Thailand is still deals with roaming elephants on the city streets, usually after the mahout, an elephant driver, becomes unemployed, which often causes the elephant serious stress. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, vies for ball against Arsenal's Johan Djourou during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 30: A model poses backstage ahead of the Hailwood show as part of New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 at Viaduct Events Centre on August 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
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An old woman and her husband wait for distribution of food from Oxfam in central Turkana district, Kenya.Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. The U.N. says tens of thousands of people already have died in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti due to famine and has warned that the famine hasn't peaked. More than 12 million people in the region need food aid, according to the U.N. (AP Photo/Tobin Jones)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN - AUGUST 30: In this satellite Images from NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Tropical Storm Katia (R) is seen during daybreak August 30, 2011 in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Hurricane Center, Katia will likely become a hurricane and has a potential to become a major hurricane. (Photo by NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Image)
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 30: A model showcases designs by Twenty Seven Names in a photograph as part of New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 at a Newton Gallery on August 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 30: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image provided by Red Bull, Gengis "Lil Ceng" Ademoski (L) and Khaled "KC" Chaabi (R) of the four time world champion Berlin dance troupe "Flying Steps" play around outside the Tivoli Gardens in build up to the Red Bull Flying Bach European Tour, a show that features the cultural clash of break dancing with the classical music of Johann Sebastian Bach, on August 30, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Dean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images)
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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 29: The emperor penguin named "Happy Feet" stands in his container aboard NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa, at Burnham Wharf on August 29, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. The penguin was found at Peka Peka beach on the Kapiti Coast in June with concerns for his health. Wellington Zoo intervened and nursed the penguin back to good health. He will be released into the Southern Ocean, complete with GPS tracking device, from NIWA's research vessel four days into a month-long trip to the Campbell Islands, 700km south of New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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PATTANI,THAILAND - AUGUST 30: A girl stands near her mother as Thai muslim women pray during the special Eid ul-Fitr morning prayer at the Central mosque of Pattani August 30, 2011 in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand. The three-day holiday, Eid ul-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and begins after the sighting of a new crescent moon. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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People take photos of an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh, imitating anti-corruption activist Anna HAzare on hunger strike, on the first day of the 10-day Ganesh Festival in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Idols of Ganesh will be immersed into oceans and rivers at the end of the Ganesh Chaturti festival. Placards in background, left to right, read "Remove Inflation," "Remove Terrorism," "Remove Corruption" and "First Day of Fast." (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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BLED, SLOVENIA - AUGUST 31: A view of the start of the Women's Eight repacharge race during day four of the FISA Rowing World Championships at Lake Bled on August 31, 2011 in Bled, Slovenia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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A belly dancer performers during the annual Israeli belly dance competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Twenty Five women from age 8 to 42 participated in the competition. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 30: Jennifer Oeser of Germany competes in the long jump in the women's heptathlon during day four of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 30, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Two cheetah cubs peek through wild flowers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. The five cubs in the litter are 13-weeks-old. When they mature the cubs will become part of a national breeding program for the endangered species. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 29: The art instalation is seen during the MAC opening ceremony party for New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 at Viaduct Events Centre on August 29, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
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DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: Will Claye of the USA competes in the men's triple jump qualification during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick is seen through the viewfinder of a television camera as he listens to a question during a news conference about his new contract with the NFL football team, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 30: A model showcases designs by Twenty Seven Names in a photograph as part of New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 at a Newton Gallery on August 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: U.S. President Barack Obama departs the White House aboard Marine One on August 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks at the American Legion Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center later today. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WINDHAM, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: A statue with a sign stands in front of a restaurant after flooding caused by Hurricane Irene damaged the village on September 1, 2011 in Windham, NY. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the Catskill Mountain region a disaster area after rivers rose to record high levels, destroying buildings, roads and bridges.! (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)
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HAINING, CHINA - AUGUST 31: (CHINA OUT) Spectators are swept by huge waves while watching tides of Qiantang River at a dike on August 31, 2011 in Haining, Zhejiang Province of China. More than 20 spectators were injured by strong tides as the typhoon Nanmadol approached on Wednesday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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POCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 01: An AH64 Apachi helicopter hovers during the United States and South Korean Joint live fire Exercise at Rodriguez Range on September 1, 2011 in Pocheon, South Korea. The U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division demonstrated the digital and tactical capabilities of its new vehicle fleet at the newly renovated Rodriguez Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex. United States army conducted a joint live fire operation with South Korean army to prepare for possible aggression by North Korea, which the South has remained technically at war with since the end of the Korean War in 1953. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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COEPNHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 30: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image provided by Red Bull, Niranh Chanthabouasy (R) and Benny Kimoto (L) of the four time world champion Berlin dance troupe "Flying Steps" play around outside the Tivoli Gardens in build up to the Red Bull Flying Bach European Tour, a show that features the cultural clash of break dancing with the classical music of Johann Sebastian Bach, on August 30, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Dean Treml/HO/Getty Images)
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TRIPOLI, LIBYA - SEPTEMBER 01: A migrants from Nigeria takes shelter at a dockyard makeshift camp in Sidi Bilal on the Mediterranean sea on September 01, 2011 near Tripoli, Libya. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is increasingly concerned over the fate of many vulnerable migrants in the city of Tripoli who cannot get out. Approximately 1,000 refugees are hiding in the camp for fear of being accused of having fought alongside the troops of ex-leader Muammer Gaddafi as paid mercenaries. In addition to not having food, water, shelter and medical care, the migrants have reportedly expressed significant fear of harassment and targeting. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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LARGS, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 30: A general view of Kelburn Castle on August 30, 2011 in Largs, Scotland. The Earl of Glasgow has asked Historic Scotland if the graffiti can remain as a permanent feature of the Castle. The local council allowed the mural to be painted on the wall by Brazilian artists in 2007, with a three year limit put on the graffiti pending the start of rendering work at the castle. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Irene_Floods

PRATTSVILLE, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: A house sits askew and off its foundation after it was damaged by flood waters caused by Hurricane Irene on September 1, 2011 in Prattsville, NY. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the Catskill Mountain region a disaster area after rivers rose to record high levels, destroying buildings, roads and bridges.! (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)
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NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body border rides a high wave at The Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusually high surf to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Summer_In_Parts

WESTON-SUPER-MARE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: A child runs on the near deserted beach on August 30, 2011 in Weston-Super-Mare, England. According to weather experts the UK's summer has been one of the coldest for many years. Figures from the Met Office show that average temperatures so far have been less than 14C (57F), the lowest since the summer of 1998 and in the central England region (between London, Bristol and Manchester) the average of 15C (59F) is the lowest since 1993. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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GRAFORD, TX - SEPTEMBER 01: A tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire on September 1, 2011 in Graford, Texas. More than 6,500 acres and more than 45 homes in the area have burned since Tuesday as wildfires sweep through parts of Texas and Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Holidaymakers walk along the beach next to the shadow of the refurbished Blackpool Tower on September 1, 2011 in Blackpool, England. After a 20million GBP refurbishment the iconic seaside Blackpool Tower opened today to the general public. The observation deck at the top of the tower becomes the Blackpool Tower Eye and features a skywalk made of glass overlooking the sea and the promenade. The opening is part of Blackpool's 250million GBP regeneration project. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Ramadan Bofez, 9, jumps to the sea in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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FUZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 31: (CHINA OUT) A mother pulls her child away from the flood waters as the typhoon Nanmadol arrives in Fujian on August 31, 2011 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Nanmadol, the 11th and strongest typhoon to hit China this year, struck the coast of east China's Fujian Province on Wednesday affecting more than 560,000 residents in the province with no casualties so far. The cost of the damage is estimated to be more than 44 million RMB (6.9 million USD), according to local authorities. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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SHINWAR, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 30: A U.S. Army soldier from the 3-4 Cavalry Regiment stocks his vehicle with ice to chill bottled water before departing Forward Operating Base Shinwar early on August 30, 2011 in Shinwar, Afghanistan. The army troops visited local Afghan leaders and discussed a new Afghan government initiative to provide amnesty for some Taliban insurgents to turn in their arms and give up the fight. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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BASILDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Traveller boy Pa Button (L) holds a puppy in a mobile home at Dale Farm on August 30, 2011 in Basildon, England. Dale Farm is the largest Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller site in the United Kingdom. Part of the site is due for demolition after the local authorities deemed that it was built without planning permission. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Best Pix of the Week

Storm and surge,  gigantic smoke rings, and a 2000-year-old Mayan palace.  

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