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Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers including the Elbe. In Halle, an appeal has gone out to residents to help reinforce flood defences while Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised 100m euros (Ł78m; $130m) in emergency aid for flood-hit areas. Water levels were hitting the highest level in more than 500 years. A street is flooded in the city of Stadtroda, Germany, 31 May 2013. Most of the eastern German state of Thuringia remains under a severe weather alert. The town hall of Grimma in eastern Germany's Saxony region is isolated 3 June 2013 from neighbouring old town centre buildings by floodwater after the River Mulde burst its banks following days of torrential rain in the area.

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Several hundred participants from all over Europe re-enact 'Operation Amherst'. Operation Amherst was a special mission during World War II to liberate Drenthe (a province of the Netherlands). Authentic blank firing guns where used during the re-enactment.

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Relatives of the Catholic demonstrators shot to death by British troops on Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday cried tears of joy Tuesday as an epic fact-finding probe ruled that their loved ones were innocent and the soldiers entirely to blame for the 1972 slaughter. The investigation took 12 years and nearly 200 million pounds ($290 million), but the victims’ families and the British, Irish and U.S. governments welcomed the findings as priceless to heal one of the gaping wounds left from Northern Ireland’s four-decade conflict that left 3,700 dead. Thousands of residents of Londonderry – a predominantly Catholic city long synonymous with Britain’s major mass killing from the Northern Ireland conflict – gathered outside the city hall to watch the verdict come in, followed by a lengthy apology from Prime Minister David Cameron in London that moved many locals long distrustful of British leaders. The probe found that soldiers opened fire without justification at unarmed, fleeing civilians and lied about it for decades, refuting an initial British investigation that branded the demonstrators as Irish Republican Army bombers and gunmen. Cameron, who was just 5 years old when the attack occurred, said it was “both unjustified and unjustifiable.” A young child, resting on a man's shoulders, holds a hanging effigy of a British soldier during a march in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, Feb. 1972. The rally follows the deadly shooting of 14 demonstrators by British paratroopers during the civil rights march. A young mother and son from the Bogside area in Londonderry, stop infront of a mural, Thursday, Jan 30, 1997, depicting a scene from Bloody Sunday. The event occured 25 years ago, when British Troops opened fire during a civil rights march and 14 marchers were killed.

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Every month in the Big Picture, we revisit Afghanistan, to see the people, to see our troops and troops from other nations, to get a sense of the country. President Hamid Karzai said recently his security forces will soon take charge of securing seven areas around Afghanistan, the first step toward his goal of having the Afghan police and soldiers protecting the entire nation by the end of 2014. Our troops are due to begin coming home this July. There is still work to be done. Many of the photos featured in this post show the celebration of the Afghan New Year. The festival to celebrate new year's starts on March 21 and is celebrated in Turkey, Central Asian republics, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, as well as war-torn Afghanistan and it coincides with the astronomical vernal equinox. One of the most popular places to bring in the new year, Mazar-i Sharif, attracts hundreds of thousands of Afghans. Afghan children play as they eat ice lollies in Kabul on March 21, the Afghan New Year. Marine Lance Corporal Shawnee Redbear plays with an Afghan toddler during a patrol in Basabad, Helmand province, on March 9. Redbear is part of a program to increase interactions with Afghan civilians, specifically women and children. Afghans carry balloons to sell, as they walk toward the Sakhi Shrine for new year's ceremonies in Kabul.

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Today, April 30th, marks the 35th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon, when communist North Vietnamese forces drove tanks through the former U.S.-backed capital of South Vietnam, smashing through the Presidential Palace gates. The fall of Saigon marked the official end of the Vietnam War and the decadelong U.S. campaign against communism in Southeast Asia. The conflict claimed some 58,000 American lives and an estimated 3 million Vietnamese. The war left divisions that would take years to heal as many former South Vietnamese soldiers were sent to Communist re-education camps and hundreds of thousands of their relatives fled the country. In Vietnam, today is called Liberation Day and the government staged a parade down the former Reunification Boulevard that featured tank replicas and goose-stepping soldiers in white uniforms. Some 50,000 party cadres, army veterans and laborers gathered for the spectacle, many carrying red and gold Vietnamese flags and portraits of Ho Chi Minh, the father of Vietnam’s revolution. In a reminder of how the Communist Party retains a strong grip on the flow of information despite the opening of the economy, foreign journalists were forbidden from conducting interviews along the parade route. The area was sealed off from ordinary citizens, apparently due to security concerns. The photos below offer a look back at the Vietnam War from the escalation of U.S. involvement in the early 1960's to the Fall of Saigon in 1975.

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The dive is on. Ker-plash. We descend through bubbles into an undersea domain wearing air tanks, regulators and fins. Listening to the pneumatic hiss-whoosh of my own breathing, the various species of this marine world begin to appear. Sharks prowl sandy shoals. Bat rays with 4-foot wing spans soar overhead. Schools of fish whirl like glittering tornadoes. A Queensland grouper large enough to swallow me whole cruises past. Scuba sends people around the world. On this dive, however, I’m in the 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on assignment for the Los Angeles Times to chronicle, with underwater cameras, the daily experiences of the facility’s volunteer divers. These men and women help the aquarium by feeding animals, observing their behaviors and cleaning artificial rock and coral displays with equipment ranging from toothbrushes to power washers. Qualifications include that the divers be “rescue certified,” at least 18 years old and able to pass an American Academy of Underwater Sciences physical. In this dive, my first with members of the group, a swarm of giggling children gather in front of the massive tank designed to replicate a coral reef in the tropical dive Mecca of Palau, a group of islands west of the Philippines.

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On January 28, 1986, at 11:38 a.m., EST, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The entire crew of seven was lost in the explosion 73 seconds into the launch. Today, on the 25th anniversary of this national tragedy, we honor in memory the brave crew who gave their lives for the exploration of space. Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire social studies teacher, was NASA's choice for the first teacher in space. Because McAuliffe was our local astronaut, she is featured heavily in this post, but we honor all seven on the anniversary of a nation's great loss. The space shuttle Challenger lifts off Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 11:38 a.m., EST, on January 28, 1986. This photograph of the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding 73 seconds after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center launch pad became the iconic image of a national tragedy. The crew of the space shuttle Challenger. From left: Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair and Judith Resnik.

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Victory Day is a holiday celebrated in Russia and some former Soviet republics on May 9 to mark the end of World War II (in Soviet terminology, known as the Great Patriotic War). Z tego powodu zorganizowane zostaly uroczyste defilady, z których najwieksza odbyla sie w Moskwie. For this reason, were organized ceremonial parade, the largest of which took place in Moscow. Parade odebral prezydent Rosji Dmitrij Miedwiediew w towarzystwie premiera Putina oraz zaproszonych gosci. Parade took Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, accompanied by Prime Minister Putin and invited guests. Wzielo w niej udzial 10 500 zolnierzy z Rosji i prawie 1000 z 13 innych krajów, w tym z Polski. It was attended by 10 500 soldiers from Russia and nearly 1,000 from 13 other countries, including Polish. Zolnierze Batalionu Reprezentacyjnego Wojska Polskiego maszerowali za Rosjanami, a przed Amerykanami, Brytyjczykami i Francuzami. Soldiers of the Representative of the Polish Army Battalion marched for the Russians and the Americans, British and French. Byl to pierwszy po 65 latach przemarsz naszych zolnierzy (oraz wojsk NATO) w Moskwie. This was the first after 65 years, the march of our soldiers (and Allied) in Moscow. World War II veteran watching the parade on Victory Day with flowers in her hands. A Russian Su-27 and MiGs-29 after activating flares over the Orthodox St. Basil's Cathedral. Ukrainian and Russian sailors in replicas of uniforms from World War II parade in Sevastopol.

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