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Last Saturday, July 6, Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Incheon, South Korea to San Francisco, crashed during a landing attempt at San Francisco International Airport. The flight was carrying 307 people, and most were able to evacuate safely, 182 were injured, and two Chinese students aboard were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is at work, trying to determine the exact cause, but what is known so far shows that the aircraft was low and underspeed during its approach, and the tail section appears to have clipped the seawall at the end of the runway, as the Boeing 777 struck the tarmac hard. This collection of images contains many photographs from passenger Eugene Anthony Rah, who was documenting the scene as he fled the aircraft. In this photo taken by Asiana Airlines flight 214 passenger Eugene Anthony Rah, passengers walk away from the Boeing 777 aircraft after a crash-landing at San Francisco International Airport, on July 6, 2013. Some can be seen carrying luggage and other carry-on items, spurring widespread criticism. Kim Yoon-ju, a flight attendant who was working aboard Asiana Airlines flight 214 when it crash-landed at San Francisco airport, cries as she is greeted by Park Sam-koo, Chairman of the Kumho-Asiana group, upon her arrival at Incheon Airport in Incheon, South Korea. This photo provided by Dawn Siadatan shows Asiana Airlines flight 214 just moments after crashing at San Francisco International Airport

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When Cuba legalizes buying and selling real estate by the end of the year – as the government promised again this week – many expect a cascade of changes: higher prices, mass relocation, property taxes and a flood of money from Cubans in the United States and around the world. Private property is the nucleus of capitalism, of course, so the plan to legitimize it here in a country of slogans like “socialism or death” strikes many Cubans as jaw-dropping. Indeed, most people expect onerous regulations and, already, the plan outlined by the state media would suppress the market by limiting Cubans to one home or apartment and requiring full-time residency. Yet even with some state control, experts say, property sales could transform Cuba more than any of the economic reforms announced by President Raul Castro’s government. An old house that has been subdivided and is in use by several families in the Old Vedado neighborhood of Havana, July 27, 2011. Private property is such a central tenet of capitalism that the plan to legitimize it here strikes many Cubans as jaw-dropping. A man gets a haircut in Central Havana, July 26, 2011. The area is one of the most heavily populated of the Cuban capital since many of these old buildings have been subdivided to house multiple families. A worn staircase in an old house that has been subdivided and is in use by several families, known as a "solar," in Old Havana, July 28, 2011. Experts say that even with some state controls, property sales, announced recently by the government that some would be permitted, could transform Cuba more than any other economic reform announced by President Raul Castro's government.

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June 21 marked both the summer and winter solstice, the longest or shortest day of the year for sunlight depending on which hemisphere you reside. Here are some glimpses of the power, beauty, and transforming presence of the sun, taken since the beginning of June. In this handout photo released by Nasa Earth Observatory on June 7, 2011 and taken from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory, sunspot complex 1226-1227, shows the Sun unleashing an M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare, an S1-class radiation storm and a coronal mass ejection resulting in a large cloud of particles mushrooming up and falling back down giving the impression of covering an area of almost half the solar surface. An unusual solar flare observed by a NASA space observatory on June 7 could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth over the next day or so, officials said. The potent blast from the Sun unleashed a firestorm of radiation on a level not witnessed since 2006, and will likely lead to moderate geomagnetic storm activity by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Worshippers raise their hands to the Sun during the celebration of the Aymara New Year in Samaipata, 120 km west of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on June 21.

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Would you like to participate in an expedition aimed at examination of the Astrakhan region? Visual choice of an attractive spot carried out with the help of Google maps is followed by a car journey. The Big Brother Barkan is the highest in the Astrakhan region, up to 20m. How do you like the gallows? The Arabian toad-headed agama.

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Several wildfires are burning across Colorado amid record heat and high winds. The Big Meadows fire is burning on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Royal Gorge fire is burning in Royal Gorge Park while the Black Forest fire is burning in El Paso County. Aerial photo of the Black Forest Fire outside Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 12, 2013. A structure off of Herring Road burns out of control in the midst of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, CO on June 11, 2013. Many homes have already been lost to the raging fire that continues to burn out of control. A DC-10 slurry bomber fights the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, CO.

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It’s not a commonplace thing to visit a sanctum sanctorum – McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. Almost every one of us visits it at least a few times a months, and some of us even more often; but have they ever thought of how all these burgers are made? Want to find out? You are welcomed inside. Near the staff entrance we were met by the director of a restaurant on Baumanskaya station, Aleksander Ostroukhov, and he lead us to his room (a tiny one, to tell you the truth) right away. Then we were asked to put on boot covers and special caps (they look almost like shower caps.) Feels strange, but you can make an effort. Now Alexander is going to reveal a secret of how to cook a sandwich from McDonald’s. Let it be Royal De Luxe.

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Rodeo is today a sport that dates back to the roots of working with cattle - mainly in America but also in Spain and Australia. Rodeo bazuje na umiejetnosciach wymaganych od zatrudnianych do pracy kowboi. Rodeo is based on the skills required of employees working cowboys. Dzisiaj jest to sportowe wydarzenie, skladajace sie z konkurencji zwiazanych glównie z konmi, a takze z bydlem, majace sprawdzic umiejetnosci i szybkosc startujacych zawodników. Today it is a sporting event, comprising mainly related to competition horses and the cattle, to check the skill and speed of competing players. Rodeo jest bardzo scisle powiazane z western riding, czyli stylem jazdy, w którym sa szkolone konie biorace udzial w rodeo. Rodeo is very closely linked to western riding, or riding style in which they are trained horses participating in the rodeo. Od kilku dni fani rodeo moga podziwiac umiejetnosci kowbojów startujacych na nowojorkim Times Square. For several days the fans can enjoy the skills of rodeo cowboys competing in nowojorkim Times Square.

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The Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix was another fine race. The weather once again threw things up in the air with plenty of lead position changes, overtaking and mistakes. At the end of the 70 laps McLaren’s Jensen Button took the flag followed by Vettel and Alonso. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) is followed by McLaren Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton (L) and Jenson Button of Britain (R) during the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, July 31, 2011. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany makes a pit stop during the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix. McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain celebrates with team members his victory.

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