Sorry for the delay, but I’ve got a bout of the flu. Still, could be worse, I could be a miner in South Africa, a protestor in Athens or Madrid or a laborer in China.

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A model displays a body art creation during the International contest of hairdressers, nail and body art designers in St. Petersburg. ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS

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The old portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is removed from Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Riot police patrol streets in front of vehicle mounted water canon after clashes in the village of Jidhafs. HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Romney speaks to cadets and supporters during a campaign stop at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS

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Jordi Salla Serra of Spain verifies his rods during the 14th Carpfishing World Championship in Corbu village. RADU SIGHETI/REUTERS

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Activists dressed as nuns stage a rally outside a church in support of legalization of abortion in Valparaiso city. Eliseo Fernandez/REUTERS

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Olive ridley turtle hatchlings crawl to the ocean after they were released in Salina Cruz in Oaxaca State. STRINGER/REUTERS

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People affected by the flood travel in a boat to seek refuge in the beach of Idah in Nigeria's central state of Kogi. AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS

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A passenger jet flies past the setting sun in Shanghai. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Devotees dance as they carry idol of Ganesh, deity of prosperity, during procession through streets before immersing it in the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS

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Activists of Islamist group Bangladesh Jamiyat-e-Hizbullah take part in a protest rally near the national mosque in Dhaka. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

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Pope Benedict's former butler Gabriele sits at the start of his trial at the Vatican. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS

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A model presents a creation by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show during Paris fashion week. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad patrol at Tal-al-Zrazir neighbourhood in Aleppo city. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Devotees hang by crane as they immerse an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh in waters of Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. AMIT DAVE/REUTERS

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Cargo ship BSLE Sunrise lies stranded close to the shore in Valencia after a heavy rainstorm. HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

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A man walks past a cement truck which fell into a pit after the road caved in, in Xi'an. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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Protestors shout slogans as they fill up Neptuno Square during a demonstration against government austerity measures in Madrid. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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People visit an echo-free chamber designed by architect Briffa during the Notte Bianca (White Night) celebrations in Valletta. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Ribbons bearing messages wishing for unification of two Koreas hang on barbed-wire fence at Imjingak pavilion. LEE JAE-WON/REUTERS

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A police officer uses his baton to hit an activist from the National Committee to protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports during a protest in Dhaka. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

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Bangladeshi Buddhist monks protest against attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in Dhaka. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

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Woman and her brother lights candles as they pray to Buddha during festival celebrating Lunar full moon of Tawtalin at Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon. Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERS

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A pro-Telangana supporter throws a stone towards the riot police personnel during a protest in Hyderabad. KRISHNENDU HALDER/REUTERS

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Venezuela's opposition presidential candidate Capriles greets supporters as he arrives at a regional closing campaign rally in Caracas. STRINGER/VENEZUELA/REUTERS

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A dog wipes out during the Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Tourist bus is seen on fire after crashing with a truck on the Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu Expressway in Tianjin. STRINGER/CHINA/REUTERS

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Leader of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition Bidzina Ivanishvili addresses the media near a polling station in Tbilisi. DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/REUTERS

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Leader of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition Ivanishvili and wife Khvedelidze attend religious service in Tbilisi. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Fireworks are seen over Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong celebrates 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

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Handout photo shows soldiers of the Kenyan Contingent serving with AMISOM standing at a mortar position in Saa'moja, approximately 7km (4.3 miles) outside the Somali port city of Kismayu. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A wheelchair-bound Palestinian freelance photographer is helped downstairs by his brother at his home in Gaza City. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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Rescuers search for survivors in a partially-submerged boat after two vessels collided in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

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A model presents a creation by French designer Hedi Slimane as part of his Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Saint Laurent Paris during Paris fashion week . GONZALO FUENTES/REUTERS

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The moon rises behind the skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Jersey City. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

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A woman dressed in indigenous attire participates in a ceremony outside the Museum of Mexican History in Monterrey. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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Activist stands in crater created after Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President al-Assad fired missiles, according to activists, at outskirts of Taftanaz village. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Chanel during Paris fashion week. BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS

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Elephants of the Swiss national circus Knie enter Lake Leman during an organised bathing session in Lausanne. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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School boy dressed as Mahatma Gandhi takes part in march to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Gandhi in Ahmedabad. AMIT DAVE/REUTERS

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Afghan woman with her hands decorated with henna sits while waiting to go back to Afghanistan from a U.N.-funded repatriation centre in Quetta. NASEER AHMED/REUTERS

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South Korean singer Psy performs during his concert in central Seoul. LEE JAE-WON/REUTERS

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Buddha sculpture stands among wreckage after Muslims attacked and set fire in Buddhist temples in Cox's Bazar. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

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Dancers of the opera ballet perform during the rehearsal of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker at the state opera in Vienna. LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS

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Grape pickers cut a bunch of grapes above Lake Leman during the first days of the harvest in the Lavaux region in Chexbres. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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An Islamic Jihad militant rides on a pick-up truck during a parade in Rafah. AHMED ZAKOT/REUTERS

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Rahmet Gul is silhouetted against the setting sun as he waits to sell green tea to customers along Karachi's Clifton beach. ATHAR HUSSAIN/REUTERS

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French police escort teacher Jeremy Forrest as they arrive at the courthouse in Bordeaux. STRINGER/FRANCE/REUTERS

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Sticker of opposition candidate Capriles is seen over a poster of Venezuela's President Chavez in downtown Caracas. TOMAS BRAVO/REUTERS

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A girl looks at Rex, a crocodile, which weighs 700kg (1543.2 pounds), swimming across his tank at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS

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Models present creations by US designer Marc Jacobs as part of his Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Louis Vuitton during Paris fashion week. BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS

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Participants fight during an opposition rally in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. VLADIMIR PIROGOV/REUTERS

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Men walk on a road amid wreckage, after blasts ripped through Aleppo's main Saadallah al-Jabari Square. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Bavarian farmers transport their cows on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee at dusk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

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Hot air balloon is checked by its pilot before it takes flight near Eilat. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A police officer cries as the coffin of Greater Manchester Police constable Nicola Hughes is carried into Manchester Cathedral for her funeral service in Manchester. PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

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A Bangladeshi Buddhist woman prays in front of a burnt Buddha sculpture after Muslims attacked and set fire to the temple in Cox's Bazar. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

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French climber Robert also known as Spiderman climbs on the Abbey during a recce climb in St-Maurice. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Russia's PM Medvedev takes part in testing small arms at the training ground of the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building in Klimovsk. RIA Novosti/REUTERS

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A protester who was injured by a tear gas shell fired by the police is carried away by compatriots during a protest against anti-Islam film in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. STRINGER/INDIA/REUTERS

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Venezuela's President and presidential candidate Hugo Chavez waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Maracay. JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

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President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Romney share a laugh at the end of the first presidential debate in Denver. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

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Federal Liberal Party leadership candidate Trudeau kisses his mother Margaret during a rally in Richmond. ANDY CLARK/REUTERS

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A Kashmiri Muslim woman blocks a road during a protest against the arrest of Haris Rashid, a Kashmiri youth, in Srinagar. DANISH ISMAIL/REUTERS

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Spires of Familienkirche are silhouetted against sky during sunrise in Vienna. HEINZ-PETER BADER/REUTERS

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A riot policeman kicks protesters trying to escape arrest during a demonstration in the courtyard of the Defence Ministery in Athens. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Broker checks his screens during a bond auction at a broker's office in Madrid. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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An interior view shows a steel mill Interpipe Steel in Dnipropetrovsk. ANATOLII STEPANOV/REUTERS

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An Indian army soldier keeps guard on a mountainous road before the foundation stone laying ceremony for a tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh highway in Zojila. FAYAZ KABLI/REUTERS

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A plastinated goat is seen during an exhibition preview at the Walter Zoo in Gossau. MIRO KUZMANOVIC/REUTERS

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A Belarussian interior ministry officer jumps over an obstacle with his guard dog as they take part in a show of skills competition ahead of the ministry's 60th anniversary, at their base near the village of Gorany. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Residents return to their apartments to retrieve belongings as firefighters finish responding to a fire at the Turnkey Apartments in Washington. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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Trees lit by coloured lights are reflected in Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood, in Pitlochry. RUSSELL CHEYNE/REUTERS

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Romney and vice-presidential nominee U.S. Congressman Ryan wave to the crowd at a campaign rally in Fishersville. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS

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Indonesia's Airborne 328 soldier help one another apply camouflage paint on their faces before a ceremony in Jakarta. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

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Israeli policemen look at a Palestinian boy walking towards the entrance of the compound which houses al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

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A sailing boat is pictured on the Lake Leman during a warm autumn day in Chexbres. VALENTIN FLAURAUD/REUTERS

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Sir Roger Moore holds a mask of Bond actor Daniel Craig during the 50 Years of James Bond Auction at Christies in London. NEIL HALL/REUTERS