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The taps were flowing and the oom-pah bands were oom-pahing again in Germany. It’s Oktoberfest time, and the world’s largest festival celebrating beer reportedly attracted some 6 million visitors this time around before the taps ran dry earlier this week. The origin of the event dates back to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese and the people of Munich were invited to attend the festivities. Only beer brewed within the city limits of Munich can be served at the festival. Revelers attend the last and sunny day of Oktoberfest beer festival on Oct. 2 in Munich, Germany. A Bavarian rifleman in traditional costume stands in front of the 'Bavaria' statue in Munich. Participants of the traditional costume and riflemen's procession during day 2 of the 2011 Oktoberfest.

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Ezra Shaw, a Getty Images photographer, shoots divers at the 14th FINA World Championships: “Like any event, I am always trying to get something a little different each day. We had just got a 800mm lens shipped in from London and I decided to take it over to the diving pool and see what I could get. I set up down on the pool deck for the men’s 3-meter springboard prelims. After the first diver went, I realized it was going to be much more difficult to capture the type of images I wanted because the divers were jumping so fast, and the 800mm lens was so tight. However, I started to get the hang of it, and by the end of the session, I got a handful of pictures that I really liked showing the different faces of the divers.”

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Last month, some 7,500 athletes from 185 countries gathered in Athens, Greece, to compete in 22 sports in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. These athletes, individuals with intellectual disabilities, vied for medals in events ranging from judo and powerlifting to badminton and bocce. The Special Olympics organization coordinates the games, inviting competitors to participate and be celebrated for their accomplishments. From the organization's website: "It's often the first time that our athletes have truly taken center stage and been recognized as individuals." This year's event started with a lavish opening ceremony on June 25 and wrapped up on July 4. Collected here are some glimpses from the events of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Swimmer Antonio Ramirez of Spain holds his bronze medal aloft during a medal ceremony at the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games. Russell Gerber of Canada celebrates during the powerlifting competition of the 2011 Special Olympics. Rita Chavez Quedada Quesada kisses her daughter Lagos Ethel of Costa Rica after she won the 5 kilometer time trial competition of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Athens, on June 29, 2011.

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With dozens of spacecraft currently orbiting, roving or otherwise and traveling through our solar system, I thought it would be interesting to get a general snapshot in time, using images from NASA and ESA spacecraft near Mercury, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Saturn and a few in-transit to further destinations. Collected here are recent images gathered from around our solar system, at scales ranging from mere centimeters to millions of kilometers. Aurora Australis seen above the Earth in this image taken by a member of the ISS Expedition 23 crew on May 29, 2010. Photo taken by astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock aboard the International Space Station on August 22nd, 2010. "The beauty of Italy, on a clear summer night, stretching out into the Mediterranean Sea. You can see many of the beautiful islands lit up and adorning the coastline including Capri, Sicily, and Malta. The city of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius stand out along the coast." On Sept. 8, 2010, a C3-class solar flare erupts from the Sun. Just as a sunspot was turning away from Earth on Sept. 8, the active region erupted, producing a solar flare and a fantastic prominence. The eruption also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection into space.

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The nation's largest fireworks show lit up the sky in a burst of red, white and blue over the Hudson River straddling New York and New Jersey on Sunday, a scene that was repeated in hundreds of communities in a sizzling end to a scorching day for much of the U.S. Budget cuts forced some communities to pull the plug on the pyrotechnics, but the gigantic Macy's fireworks show went on as planned on Manhattan's West Side, where it moved in 2009 after eight years on the East River. In Washington, vendors with stocked coolers hawked "cold," ''ice cold," and even "super cold" bottles of water along Constitution Avenue. There was a long line for watermelon -- $3 for a huge wedge -- and near the Washington Monument, firefighters and U.S. Park Police officers sprayed hoses into the crowd. Fireworks explode over Washington as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday, Sunday, July 4, 2010. Seen from left is the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Rain begins to fall, as the city of Flagler Beach starts their fireworks display, in Flagler Beach, Fl., Saturday, July 3, 2010. Fireworks explode in the night sky over the Anadarko tower Sunday, July 4, 2010 in The Woodlands, Texas as residents gathered along The Woodlands Waterway to celebrate the Independence Day.

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In late October of 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed that all U.S. forces will leave Iraq by the end of the year. Already in early November convoys of American military equipment headed to Kuwait. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said that the Americans had already left the 485 military bases, and transfer to Iraqi authorities left them still only 20 bases. In Iraq, there is still about 40 thousand. American soldiers. Since the invasion of 2003 killed them there more than 4.4 thousand. To this statement I chose a few dozen photographs from the years 2003-2011, illustrating the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. Deliberately omitted from these photographs, which are regarded as the flagship (mistreatment of prisoners, detention of Saddam Hussein, etc..), Focusing on lesser-known photographs, but this does not diminish their value. I do not exclude that in the future I will return to this theme yet to 990px.

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Vladimir Putin, the 58-year-old former president and current prime minister of Russia, has cultivated a distinct public image over the past several years. The politician has piloted firefighting planes, darted whales, driven race cars, and even taken a submersible 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) below the surface of Lake Baikal. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin swims the butterfly during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse in Karatash area near the town of Abakan while on a working trip to Khakassia, Russia 25 February 2010. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during test driving a Renault F 1 race car on a track outside St. Petersburg, Russia, 07 November 2010.

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In Poland (as well as in other Slavic countries as the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine) Children's Day is celebrated on 1 June 1952. Its initiator is an organization called the International Union for Protection of Childhood, whose aim was to ensure the safety of children from around the world Many of the presented images has a background that can not be described in a few words. Therefore, if you do not know the conditions under which coal is mined in the Jaintia Hills, or what is the Lord's Resistance Army, then spare a moment to find this information.

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