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African Elephants dwarfed by acacias in Kenya - photo from 2009 Sony World Photography Awards

Federico Veronesi/Sony World Photography Awards – African elephants dwarfed by acacias in Kenya

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Federico Veronesi, Kenya: African Elephants are dwarfed by acacias in Amboseli, Kenya.

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Photos courtesy of Federico Veronesi/Sony World Photography Awards

Original Source: Times Online

Sea gypsies: the Samah who live in the Sulawesi Sea off Malaysia's state of Sabah

sea gypsies: two kids on a boat near home

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(Above) Two boys from a community commonly known as sea gypsies paddle their boat close to their home.

Samah live in sea-based lifestyle off Malaysia's state of Sabah

The Samah are an indigenous ethnic group from Malaysia and the Philippines who live a sea-based lifestyle in the Sulawesi Sea off Malaysia's state of Sabah.

sabah is one of a number of groups collectively known as sea gypsies

The Sabah are one of a number of groups collectively known as Bajau, or sea gypsies.

sea gypsies also revere gods of the sea and make offerings when a big catch is brought in

Although sea gypsies are Muslims, they also revere the gods of the sea and make offerings when a large catch is brought in.

sea gypsies build houses on stilts in coastal shallows

Originally the sea gypsies lived a nomadic lifestyle in boats. Nowadays most live in small communities, building houses on stilts in the coastal shallows without fresh water or electricity.

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Mar 11 '09 photo, Brazilian Amazon: woman holding naked child while being pushed away from her home by riot police

woman holding her naked child while being pushed away from her home by a line of riot police

Eviction
An woman holds her naked child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen who were expelling the woman and some 200 other members of the Landless Movement from a privately-owned tract of land on the outskirts of Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon March 11, 2008. The landless peasants tried in vain to resist the eviction with bows and arrows against police using tear gas and trained dogs.

Winner in General News Singles category, 2008 World Press Photo of the Year.

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Photos courtesy of Reuters/Luiz Vasconcelos-A Critica/AE (BRAZIL)

Original Source: Reuters

Photos: ox born ahead of Valentine's Day with heart-shaped birthmark, faithful geese couple, baby zebra & mother

Andean geese couple, George and Mildred, lovingly nuzzle each other in snow

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A pair of Andean geese, George and Mildred, smooching like young Valentines despite being together for eight years and rearing 40 goslings.

ox in Yokohama, Japan, with heart-shaped marking on forehead

The ox 'Heart', having a heart-shaped marking on his forehead, relaxes at Yamakun Farm in Yokohama, Japan. Born in the year of the ox and ahead of Valentine's Day, the ox has drawn attention from around the country.

Peru’s fourth Zebra ever born in captivity as part of a preservation program, seen here with his mother

The baby Grant's zebra was born on Jan. 26 and is Peru's fourth ever born in captivity as part of a preservation program. The foal's name will be chosen in a special competition

Roxy the penguin at London Zoo, popular on MySpace and most adopted animal in the zoo  read more »

Feb 8 '09 photo: family without a home. Sayed Abdul Karim, 80, sits with 9-yr-old granddaughter, Camina, in a camp

Sayed Abdul Karim, 80, sits with his 9-year-old granddaughter, Camina, left, in a camp for displaced Afghans 3 hours from their village

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Family without a home
Sayed Abdul Karim, 80, sits with his 9-year-old granddaughter, Camina, left, on Feb. 8 in a camp for displaced Afghans three hours from their village in Galochi district, bombed in a recent U.S. military raid on militants in Laghman, Afghanistan. The military operation destroyed 270 homes, driving hundreds of families out of their villages.

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Photos courtesy of Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Original Source: MSNBC

World's newest republic maintains a unique century-old culture - Nepalese girl, 3, begins life as "living goddess"

a 3-year-old girl who was appointed a living goddess in Nepal - Matani Shakya received approval from the priests and President Ram Baran Yadav

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Nepal became the world's newest republic in 2006, and in May 2008 ended the country's 240-year monarchy. However, the centuries-old Hindu-Buddhist tradition of worshipping a young virgin as the living embodiment of a powerful goddess has survived, and the Nepalese president now receives blessings from the girl - “living goddess”.

people watch as the guard of honor for Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav stands at attention during the Indrajatra festival in Kathmandu September 14, 2008

The three-year-old daughter of a Nepalese watch repairer became a "living goddess" after being approved by the country's new atheist government. Despite Nepal being a Maoist republic after the monarchy was unseated in May, the centuries-old tradition of worshipping a young virgin as the living embodiment of a powerful Hindu goddess has survived.  read more »

Feb 1964, Beatles 1st tour in US; Jan 30 2009 on London rooftop, Beatles final public concert 40 yrs ago recreated

The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

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Live rooftop concert shuts down part of Dundas Street
Re-enactment of The Beatles famous last concert together

Downtown London got back to 1969 over the noon hour as hundreds of fans cheered a band playing a re-creation of the Beatles' final public performance 40 years ago to the day. Led by London musician and Beatles expert Yuri Pool, the group played the songs in the same order, starting and finishing with versions of Get Back, the Beatles played in their legendary concert on the roof of Apple Records in London, England on Jan. 30, 1979. Hundreds of fans, standing in the cold, lined up 10 or 12 deep along a block of Dundas Street in downtown London.

The Beatles

How The Beatles Conquered America: the story of how the Beatles first became successful in America is a fascinating tale - filled with astonishing coincidences.

Friday January 10th 1964  read more »

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