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Most stunning images of the month

Last updated on: April 30, 2010 18:39 IST

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Part of the April 10, 2010 video footage taken by Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto before he was shot in the chest. The seven minutes of film, some of the last video Muramoto ever took, illustrate how a protest turned deadly on a balmy Bangkok night.

Muramoto, 43, a father of two young children, died on Saturday from a gunshot wound to the chest, his killer unknown. His camera was returned to Reuters by the protesters. It is not known if this footage was his very last.


Photographs: Reuters
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A Tibetan monk stands besides hundreds of corpses at Gyegu Monastery in the earthquake-hit town of Gyegu in Yushu County, Qinghai province.

Nearly 2000 people were killed in the earthquake; Gyegu was one of the worst-affected towns. 


Photographs: Alfred Jin/Reuters
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A devotee hangs from a rope during the Chadak festival at Chandar village, nearly 225 km southeast of Kolkata.

Hundreds of devotees attend the ritual, held to worship Lord Shiva, on the last day of the Bengali calendar year.


Photographs: Parth Sanyal/Reuters
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Tourists cover their bodies with black mud from Jordan's side of the Dead Sea.

A growing number of medical patients and visitors are flocking to Jordan's Dead Sea for its black mud, which is thought to possess healing properties that can treat skin diseases.


Photographs: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters
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Villagers from Dadinga tribe fight for food after World Food Programme staffers distributed food supplies in the village of Lauro in Budy county in Eastern Equatoria State in south Sudan.

Photographs: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
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Menardo Penafrel, 32, a government employee who is playing the role of Jesus Christ, grimaces after being whipped by a resident playing the role of a Roman soldier during a Station of the Cross, as part of the observance of Good Friday, in Marinduque island, central Philippines.

Photographs: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
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Opposition Democratic Progressive Party legislators cover the mouth of Nationalist legislator Chao Li-yun during a parliament session inside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. 

The session was held as part of a bill ammendment on whether students from mainland China will be allowed to attend Taiwan universities.


Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko kisses the hand of Ewa, the granddaughter of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski as daughter Marta and brother Jaroslaw look on during the funeral ceremony for late Polish President Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Krakow.

Polish and foreign leaders attended a funeral mass for President Kaczynski and his wife Maria, but a volcanic ash cloud over Europe prevented some overseas guests from joining them.


Photographs: Wojiciech Olkusnik/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
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Pope Benedict XVI nods off during a mass at the Granaries in Floriana, Malta.

Photographs: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
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Locals try to extinguish a fire at Nepal Bank, the country's oldest and largest private sector financial institution, in Kathmandu .

No human casualties were reported in the fire that was was suspected to have flared up due to an electrical short circuit.


Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
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An aerial view of Morro do Bumba area after a landslide at Vicoso Jardim neighbourhood in Niteroi, 24 km away from downtown Rio de Janeiro.

A landslide swept away dozens of houses near Rio de Janeiro , worsening a disaster caused by heavy rains that has killed at least 161 people near Brazil's second-biggest city. 


Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters
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Smoke billows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland.

The huge ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano caused the worst air travel chaos since the September 11, 2002 attacks in New York.  


Photographs: Jon Gustafsson/Reuters
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