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Associated Press photographer Kevin Frayer has been spending time with the soldiers from the medevac helicopter unit from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off," Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment north of Forward Operating Base Edi, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan this month. Here is a selection from his powerful images. US Army flight medic SPC. Daniel Miller, right, stands guard as United States Marines place a colleague wounded in an IED strike into a waiting medevac helicopter from the US Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment at a "hot" landing zone in Sangin, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. A U.S. Navy combat critical care nurse cares for a wounded Afghan Army soldier who was suffering from stab wounds, on a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment north of Forward Operating Base Edi, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Sunday, May 15, 2011. US Army flight medic SGT Jaime Adame, right, listens as United States Marine LCPL Chris Propst of South Carolina, who was wounded in an insurgent attack, explains his injury onboard a medevac helicopter from the US Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment north of Sangin, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Sunday, May 15, 2011.

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It was a scene that perhaps wouldn't have made the final cut of King Kong. This lowland gorilla shares a moment of quiet reflection with a tiny mallard duckling, who seems fairly nonplussed about being in the presence of one of nature's most powerful beasts. The heart-warming image is among Nature's Best Photography Magazine's wildlife photograph winners for 2010. A stunning image of a frolicking bear in the woods and a dramatic scene of a hummingbird facing down a deadly viper were also among the winners of the competition, which received more than 25,000 entries. The awards began with simple yet dynamic goals: to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography, and to use it as a creative tool for encouraging greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation. The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards programme is among the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world. The Grand Prize was won by Tom Cairns for his shot of an Osprey grabbing a fish from a lake in southern Finland.

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The abandoned aircrew training center is located next to a former military airfield. The place that used to be in demand is semi-destructed now. It seems that nobody is going to use it and its equipment in future.

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Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day set aside to honor our men and women who died while in military service since the time of U.S. Civil War. In Afghanistan over 50 U.S. soldiers have been killed in just the past month, including 24-year old Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht, who became the 1,000th serviceman killed in Afghanistan since 2002. As the fighting season begins, Taliban militants have recently mounted several bold attacks and coalition efforts to "clear, hold and build" areas in the south have been slowed during the "hold" phase, as Afghan government capacity remains small. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. An Afghan boy scurries past a burning oil tanker carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces after it was allegedly attacked by Taliban on Jalalabad highway, east of Kabul. Monica McNeal cries as she hugs a U.S. Marine at the grave of her 19-year-old son Eric Ward, at Arlington National Cemetery, May 27, 2010. Lance Corporal Eric Ward, a fourth-generation U.S. Marine, was killed in Afghanistan on February 21, 2010. A U.S. soldier monitors the area after taking off with Canadian troops from Kandahar airfield.

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North Korea renewed its long-standing demand Wednesday that Washington abandon its "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang as the U.S. and South Korea held a fourth day of joint military drills. The exercises, led by the USS George Washington supercarrier and involving hundreds of South Korean and U.S. ships and aircraft, were staged as a response to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March. Forty-six sailors died in the sinking of the Cheonan off the Koreas' west coast. A five-nation team of investigators traced it back to a North Korean torpedo, and South Korea called it the worst attack on its military since the 1950-53 Korean War. This week's drills were intended to warn Pyongyang that Seoul and Washington will not tolerate further acts of aggression, military officials said. Pyongyang, which denies attacking the Cheonan, sees the naval maneuvers as proof that Washington is preparing to invade North Korea -- which the U.S. denies. South Koreans on a hilltop park look at the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington at the Busan port in Busan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 24, 2010. U.S. Navy and South Korean ships sail in a 13-ship formation led by the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tuscon (SSN 770) on July 26, 2010 in the East Sea off of the Korean peninsula. The United States and South Korea are conducting the combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise "Invincible Spirit" in the seas east of the Korean peninsula from July 25-28, 2010. This is the first in a series of joint military exercises that will occur over the coming months in the East and West Seas. North Korean soldiers look at a South Korean soldier during the 57th anniversary of signing the ceasefire agreement ceremony on July 27, 2010 in Panmunjom, South Korea. United States and South Korea are operating a joint military exercise while marking 57th anniversary of signing the ceasefire agreement of Korean War between 1950 to 1953.

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Members of the military unfurled a U.S. flag before the Philadelphia Phillies’ home opener baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia on Monday. A woman argued with a Brazilian United Nations peacekeeper during a food distribution at a camp for homeless earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Marta Kaczynski, center, with her husband Marcin Dubieniecki, on her left, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski attended a ceremony at the military airport in Warsaw, where the body of late first lady Maria Kaczynski arrived from Russia on Tuesday.

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Riots broke out in the North London borough of Tottenham this weekend after a man, Mark Duggan, was shot dead by armed police in an altercation. Protesters marched on the local police station to demand justice before throwing stones and petrol bombs at police and buildings. Last night the rioting spread to other boroughs in London in what the police call copy cat behaviour. We’ve added more images to this gallery. I think we can safely say this is not about the shooting of Mark Duggan anymore, but all about stealing TVs, shoes, clothing and anything else these criminals can get their hands on. Smoke from a fire rises above houses and police officers in Tottenham, north London August 7, 2011. Crowds attacked riot police and set two squad cars alight in north London on Saturday following a protest at the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers earlier in the week. A poster for a betting shop is surrounded by shattered glass after a night of rioting in Tottenham, north London, August 7, 2011. Rioters throwing petrol bombs battled police in a economically deprived district of London overnight, setting patrol cars, buildings and a double-decker bus on fire in some of the worst disorder seen in the capital for recent years. Police officers detain a man in Enfield, north London August 7, 2011. Police said they were called to Enfield, a few miles north of Tottenham, where youths had smashed two shop windows and damaged a police car.

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Munich in the German hop harvest began well known throughout the world as Oktoberfest. Exactly at noon the mayor Christian Ude, formally opened the first barrel of beer, and the first pint, according to tradition was prime minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer. Although the measure of the Oktoberfest beer costs more than 9 euros, from early morning to Munich Theresienwiese meadows pulled crowds of people in traditional Bavarian costumes. Oktoberfest will take 17 days. Waitresses riding on the cart greet the participants have fun. The girl dressed in a dirndl is resting on the meadow near the Theresienwiese. Participants of the Oktoberfest on the background of the carousel.

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