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Top PHOTOS: The world in the week gone by

Last updated on: October 25, 2010 08:14 IST

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We bring you a collection of the best Reuters photos taken  around the world last week.

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Image: A conscript embraces an acquaintance, before he leaves to serve in the Russian army at a recruiting station in Stavropol in southern Russia on October 20




Photographs: Eduard Kornienko/Reuters
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A man works at the site of a rare earth metals mine at Nancheng county, Jiangxi province on October 20, 2010. China denied a report that the government plans to slash export quotas of rare earth metals next year, seeking to ease international jitters about China's stranglehold on supplies.



Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Policemen hold shields as they stand in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta on October 20. A rally was held to protest against Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's performance a year after he took office for his second term.


Photographs: Beawiharta/Reuters
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A man brushes his teeth against the backdrop of the Howrah Bridge on the banks of river Ganges during early morning in Kolkata October 20.



Photographs: Reinhard Krause/Reuters
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The roof flies off a house as super typhoon Megi, known locally as Juan, hits Ilagan City, Isabela province, northern Philippines October 18. The Philippines declared a state of calamity in the northern Isbaela province after super typhoon Megi hit, cutting off power and communications, forcing flight cancellations and putting the region's rice crop at risk.


Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Private and public sector workers demonstrate over pension reforms in Marseille October 19. France continues to face nationwide strikes and protests as trade unions sought to force French government to back down on an unpopular pension reform raising the retirement age.



Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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A Cessna aircraft turned upside down is seen in this aerial view after super typhoon Megi hit the coastal town of Maconacon, Isabela province, north of Manila on October 20




Photographs: Albert Garcia/Pool/Reuters
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Beverly Adora, 20, dries her photographs after their house were ruined by Typhoon Megi in Ilagan town, Isabela province, north of Manila, Philippines, October 21.



Photographs: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
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A photographer takes pictures in the solar plant at 'Solucar' solar park in Sanlucar la Mayor, near Seville on October 20. The solar thermal power plant uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays onto towers where they produce steam to drive a turbine, producing electricity.



Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
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Afghan National Police exercise at a makeshift gym at a combat outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on October 22



Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
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A model is seen backstage before the start of the Sevilla Fashion Show in the Andalusian capital of Seville on October 18



Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
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A man slaughters a water buffalo as sacrifice during the Dasain festival in Kathmandu on October 16. Hindus in Nepal sacrifice animals during the festival as part of celebrations held throughout the country, worshiping Goddess Durga and celebrating the victory over evil. 



Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
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Lightning flashes over Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19


Photographs: Steve Marcus/Reuters
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Graciela Gonzalez sleeps while holding onto a cigar in Havana. Gonzalez, 86, is a licensed street entertainer and earns a living posing for tourists, charging them one CUC (Cuban convertible Peso) ($1.05) for them to take her picture.



Photographs: Desmond Boylan/Reuters
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Men perform traditional Baraa dance during a mass wedding ceremony for 3,200 brides and grooms in Sanaa, Yemen, on October 21. The wedding was financed by Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul-Aziz. 



Photographs: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
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A couple relaxes in an infinity pool overlooking the haze-covered skyline in Singapore on October 22. Singapore, blanketed under a smoky haze for days, beseeched neighboring Indonesia to douse fires lit for illegal clearing of forests that are causing the worst air pollution in the region since 2006. Malaysia has also blamed poor air quality in some of its southern towns on fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island.




Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters
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