***BESTPIX*** Indonesians Celebrate National Independence Day
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Aug. 17, 2013. An Indonesian man looks up at the prizes hung from greased bamboo poles prepared for a game called "panjat pinang" in which people try to climb a greased bamboo pole to get prizes hung from the top such as bicycles and kitchen appliances in Jakarta, Indonesia.Ed Wray—Getty Images
***BESTPIX*** Indonesians Celebrate National Independence Day
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Granieri of France competes during the Crankworx Red Bull Joyride in Whistler
68TH INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN SURABAYA, INDONESIA
Abdi Sheikh, who has been sentenced to death for the murder of journalist Absuge, stands tied to a pole before he is executed by shooting at close range in Mogadishu
A participant falls into muddy water after getting over a muddy mound during the Warrior Dash obstacle race in Crawfordsville
Alphorn players blow their instruments to break the world record for the largest ensemble of people playing the alphorn, on the Gornergrat in front of the Matterhorn mountain near Zermatt
Pyrotechnics and 'devils' take the streets for Sant Roc Festival
Cloud partially covers Rock of the British territory of Gibraltar at sunrise before Spanish fishermen take part in a protest in Algeciras bay
Mayflies are pictured above a river at dusk in Heihe
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Steve Westnedge plays his saxophone for a Leopard Seal known as "Casey" as part of a study on the animal's reactions to different sounds at Sydney's Taronga Zoo
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A pelican is seen in its enclosure at Planckendael's zoo near Mechelen
Camden Battles Crime And Poverty In Effort To Re-Vitalize Community
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Bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region are seen in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus
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A young Hindu priest arranges sacred thread during the Janai Purnima, or Sacred Thread, Festival at the premises of Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu
A man looks at a giant inukshuk as the moon rises above it in Rankin Inlet
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A worker cooks soybeans at a tofu factory in Jakarta
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Living goddess Kumari is kept outside her house during the parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur
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Aug. 17, 2013. An Indonesian man looks up at the prizes hung from greased bamboo poles prepared for a game called "panjat pinang" in which people try to climb a greased bamboo pole
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