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It's a wedding party that got out of control: Two hundred years ago, Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his royal nuptials with a big public bash that was such a hit it became an annual event -- and came to be known worldwide as "The Oktoberfest." His bride, Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghusen, gave her name to the Theresienwiese festival grounds upon which the event welcomes more than 6 million people a year for towering mugs of beer, oompah music and bright traditional costumes. The "Wiesn" -- as Oktoberfest is locally known -- was put on hold for various reasons during its 200-year history, including the two World Wars, the Franco-Prussian war, and cholera epidemics. That makes this year the 177th edition. Young women laugh with beer steins in their hands after the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. Bavarian mountain riflemen stand during the opening ceremony of the "Historical Wiesn' in Munich, southern Germany. Overview of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich.

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Weather forecasters have warned of a fresh onslaught of downpours across southern China, which has already been battered by floods and landslides that have killed more than 200 people. The disaster, which has hit 10 provinces or regions, has caused an estimated 43 billion yuan (more than four billion pounds) of economic losses and displaced 2.4 million people. Thousands of soldiers have been dispatched to flood-hit areas to help in rescue and evacuation work. Troops have been seen struggling up soaked hills with food supplies to help residents stuck in their villages and carrying rowing boats to areas submerged in brown, muddy water. Alternating floods and droughts have plagued China's people for millennia. The current floods are among the worst in south China since 1998, when over 3,600 people were killed and more than 20 million displaced. Large flood-hit areas of southern and southwestern China, particularly Guizhou, Guangxi and Chongqing, had only just recently emerged from a crippling drought that in some regions was the worst in a century.

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The annual International Air Show ILA takes place this week in Schoenefeld near Berlin. According to the organisers, 1,203 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the aerospace trade show running until May 25, 2014. Fabrice Bregier (L), president and chief executive officer of aircraft manufacturer Airbus, hands over the mockup of a Airbus A350 plane to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the opening. A Turkish Lockheed Martin F-16 performs at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2014 in Selchow. A stand builder cleans a blade wheel of a turbine as preparation for the International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition ILA at the airport area of the future capital airport in Selchow, Germany.

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An Afghan father and his son try to stay warm outside the mud hut where he and his wife live with their 11 children, as snow falls at the Charahi Qambar refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the past month, a time of unseasonably fierce cold and snowstorms, at least 22 Afghan children under the age of 5 have frozen to death at refugee camps in Kabul, prompting deep concerns among aid workers. Most of the refugees here are from Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan, and many are from the Sangin district there, which was and still is one of the most violence-prone areas in Afghanistan. Some have been in the camp as long as seven years. Children gather around a fire at the Nasaji Bagrami refugee camp, where 14 Afghan infants have frozen to death in the past month, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 29, 2012. In the past month, a time of unseasonably fierce cold and snowstorms, at least 22 Afghan children under the age of 5 have frozen to death at refugee camps in Kabul, prompting deep concerns among aid workers. Elders and family members prepare to bury the body of three-month old Khan Mohammad at the Nasaji Bagrami refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2012. Just a day earlier Afghan government officials had cast doubt on whether more than 20 children who died in camps recently had perished from unseasonably fierce cold and snowstorms.

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Grant Gunderson is a Mt. Baker Washington-based ski photographer. His work continues to appear in magazines like Powder, Skiing, and Backcountry, and he is the photo editor of The Ski Journal. KC Deane skis through the trees in Whitewater, British Columbia. Grant decided to play it safe and shoot in the trees while there were avalanches in every other direction. Zack Giffin skiing through Termas de Chillan where natural hot springs exist at the bottom of every run. Skier Pep Fujas in Portillo Chile.

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Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts returned safely to Earth on Tuesday after making a rare flyover of America's heartland to wrap up their 15-day, 6 million mile journey to the International Space Station. The touchdown was delayed by rain and fog that dissipated as the sun rose, allowing Mission Control to take advantage of the morning's second landing opportunity. NASA had promised a spectacular show, weather permitting, for early risers in Helena, Mont., and all the way along Discovery's flight path through the Midwest and Southeast. With the space shuttle program winding down, there weren't expected to be any more continental flyovers. This was, in fact, Discovery's next-to-last flight. Only one more mission remains for NASA's oldest surviving shuttle. As soon as it's removed from the runway, it will be prepped for the final shuttle flight, scheduled for September. During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson (out of frame) moved a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments.

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A wildfire spurred by high winds is raging across Southern California, scorching more than 8,000 acres of land and sending thousands of resident fleeing from their homes as new evacuations are ordered. More than 2,000 homes in the Camarillo, Calif., area have been threatened, while 15 have sustained damage. About 10 percent of the fire has been contained as more than 900 first responders are on the scene battling the flames. There have been no reports of injuries.

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Europride is an annual parade of LGBT people (from English Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders - an acronym referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people), organized on the occasion of Christopher Street Day (CSD). Ma ona upamietniac zamieszki na tle dyskryminacji mniejszosci seksualnych, które wybuchly w 1969 roku w Nowym Jorku. It is to commemorate the riots of discrimination against sexual minorities, which erupted in 1969 in New York. Od 1991 oku European Pride Organizer's Association przyznaje jednemu z miast tytul “Europride”. Since 1991, eye of the European Pride Organizer's Association confers the title of one of the cities' Europride. Demonstracja w tym miescie jest odpowiednio wieksza, co w zamysle organizatorów ma nadac wydarzeniu wiekszy rozmach, a tym samym przyciagnac uwage opinii publicznej na sprawy LGBT. The demonstration in this city is more appropriate as the intention of the event is to give greater momentum, and thus attract the attention of public opinion on LGBT issues.

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