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The stunning white sand beaches and beautiful mountains of Moorea amaze even the most seasoned traveller. A small tropical island in French Polynesia, Moorea is neighbor to the island of Tahiti, and the island of Bora Bora is also nearby. Romantic Moorea is a popular honeymoon destination, known for its exquisite scenery, excellent snorkeling and diving, and enchanting rain forests. Visitors can get to Moorea via a ferry that departs daily from Papeete, Tahiti. The island of Tahiti is home to Faa’a International Airport, the gateway to this region.

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Osama bin Laden is dead. He was 54. The leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network had eluded capture for a decade since the attacks on September 11, 2001. U.S. forces and CIA operatives killed him in a firefight in his hideout compound in the city of Abbotabad, Pakistan. He was buried at sea. A large, jubilant crowd reacts to the news of Osama bin Laden's death at the corner of Church and Vesey Streets, adjacent to ground zero, during the early morning hours of May 2, in New York City. People read newspapers that carry headlines "Osama bin Laden killed" at a newsstand in Hyderabad, Pakistan on May 2. Revelers wrap themselves in U.S. flags near the White House after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. authorities have recovered the dead body of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in the early morning hours in Washington, May 2.

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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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Thousands of thrill-seekers dashed ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on Thursday in a fast first running of the bulls in this year's San Fermin festival. No one was gored, but four people were taken to Navarre Hospital with injuries -- one with fractured ribs -- sustained during a sprint where the six guiding steers stole the show from the charging bulls from the Torrestrella ranch, which is famed for producing dangerous bulls. Revelers take part in the "Chupinazo," the official opening of the 2011 San Fermin festival, Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers hold up traditional red neckties as tens of thousands of people pack Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "Chupinazo" rocket. Revelers are surprised by an angry leading ox, used to drive the fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival on Thursday, July 7, 2011.

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In the southwestern part of Utah in the United States lies a wondrous work of erosion – Bryce Canyon. Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is an eroded natural amphitheater rather than a canyon. The most notable features of Bryce Canyon are its “hoodoos”, or geological structures formed by harsh weather erosion caused by wind, ice and water. One of the hoodoos is called Thor’s Hammer because its shape resembles that of a hammer. Visitors to Bryce Canyon can enjoy a scenic drive to 13 viewpoints overlooking the canyon. Tourists can also enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Bryce Canyon is close to both Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, as well as the town of Kanab, Utah, where many visitors to the area choose to find accommodation. Lodging can also be found in Bryce Canyon National Park’s two campgrounds or its lodge.

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Indonesia was rocked by two separate disasters earlier this week - a 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami on Monday that swept onto the Mentawai Island chain in western Indonesia, and less than 24 hours later and a few hundred miles away, Mount Merapi erupted multiple times, unleashing searing pyroclastic flows that destroyed villages and blanketed the countryside in ash. Rescue personnel are only now reaching some of the more remote areas, but as of this writing, it is estimated that nearly 300 people were killed by the tsunami, and at least 30 died near Mount Merapi. Collected here are early photos from the dual disasters, and the rescue and recovery efforts just underway. A government volcanologist monitors Mount Merapi activity from Volcano Monitoring Centre in Yogyakarta on October 25, 2010. Indonesia ordered thousands of people to evacuate from around Mount Merapi as it raised the alert for its most active volcano to red, warning of a possible imminent eruption. Mount Merapi, which lies around 25 kilometers north of the town of Yogyakarta in the center of Java, last erupted in June 2006. Sukadi (right) prays at the burial of his brother, a victim of the Mount Merapi eruption, at Umbulhardjo village in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, October 27, 2010. Indonesian search and rescue teams explore the area after Mount Merapi volcano erupted the night before in the village of Pakem in Sleman, Yogyakarta province on October 27, 2010.

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At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year. In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year. To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed up with National Geographic to create a series of heart-breaking photos depicting girls as young as five years old being married off to middle-aged men in countries like India, Yemen and Ethiopia. Child mothers: Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her two-year-old daughter plays. Disturbing: Faiz, 40 (left), and Ghulam (right), 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghanistan on September 11, 2005. Rock bottom: A young prostitute named China sits stunned after being beat up by a man visiting Kabele Five in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

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A half moon over Malaysia's landmark Seri Wawasan Bridge in a clear sunset sky above Putrajaya on June 28, 2004. Putrajaya skies were clear on Monday after a week of smoke from forest fires in Indonesia. Weather forecasters said the problem may last until heavy rains come in October. Stephen Quinto, 17, dressed as 'Night Crawler' joins thousands of comic book fans from around the world at the annual four-day Comic Con convention in San Diego, July 19, 2003. Thousands of fans from around the world gather to peruse a collection of comic books and industry related sci-fi, video and motion picture fantasy products. Australian gymnast Monique Blount practices her floor routine during a training session in Sydney May 17, 2004 for the Australian Gymnastics Championships. The championships that start on Tuesday are one of two Olympic trials to determine who will represent Australian at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

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