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The Financial Times picture desk showcases the best images from around the world

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  • 05/29/13--04:30: New home for Inuka
  • Schoolchildren watch as "Inuka",

    Roslan Rahman/Getty Images

    Schoolchildren watch as “Inuka”, a male polar bear, swims in its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on Wednesday. The 22-year-old polar bear, the first one born in the tropics, moved into his new frozen tundra home on May 29 in a 2,700 sq m exhibit featuring climate controlled resting areas and an expanded pool Read more


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  • 05/30/13--07:30: Through the limo glass
  • Britain's Prince Charles (L) looks from his limo as he visits the residence of the Armenian Apostolic Church leader, Catholicos Garegin II, in Etchmiadzin, outside Yerevan, on May 30, 2013. Prince Charles is on a private visit to Armenia, the Armenian media reported.

    Karen Minasyankaren/AFP

    UK‘s Prince Charles looks from his limo as he visits the residence of the Armenian Apostolic Church leader, Catholicos Garegin II, in Etchmiadzin, outside Yerevan, on Thursday. Prince Charles is on a private visit to Armenia, the Armenian media reported. Read more


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    Models Blanche Scofield (left) using a bejewelled compact circa 1945 and Anna Swan (right) using a bejewelled necessaire by Faraone, circa 1940, on show as part of the ‘Ultra Vanities - Bejewelled make-up boxes from the Age of Glamour' exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall, central London. More than 300 pieces, dating from the 1920s through to the 1970s, will be on display including examples by leading jewellery houses such as Cartier, Boucheron,Van Cleef & Arpels and Chaumet. The summer exhibition celebrates a private collection and provides a window on a glamorous world of luxury - evocative of the Great Gatsby.

    Nick Ansell/PA Wire

    Models Blanche Scofield (left) using a bejewelled compact circa 1945 and Anna Swan (right) using a nécessaire by Faraone, circa 1940, on show as part of the “Ultra Vanities – Bejewelled make-up boxes from the Age of Glamour” exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall, central LondonRead more


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    People relax in chairs around a fountain as they take in the sun in the Tuileries Garden in central Paris as summer temperatures arrive in France, June 6, 2013.

    Charles Platiau/Reuters

    People relax in chairs around a fountain as they take in the sun in the Tuileries Garden, central Paris as summer temperatures arrive in FranceRead more


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  • 06/07/13--09:30: Gay pride in Tel Aviv
  • Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv...epa03735009 A participant dances during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, 07 June 2013. Thousands of Israeli and foreign gay and lesbian people joined the parade which concluded in a massive beach party.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN

    Abir Sultan/EPA

    A participant dances during the annual Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. Thousands of Israeli and foreign gay and lesbian people joined in the festivities, which concluded with a huge beach party Read more


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    Participants compete in a dragon boat race to mark the Dragon Boat Festival in Taipei

    Pichi Chuang/Reuters

    Participants compete in a dragon boat race in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday. Read more


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  • 06/20/13--10:00: Racegoers bound for Ascot
  • Travelling In Style For Ladies Day...LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20:  Racegoers travel by train from Waterloo station to Ascot racecourse to attend Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in London, England. The 'Royal Ascot' horse race meeting runs from June 18, 2013 until June 22, 2013 and has taken place since 1711. The racecourse is expected to welcome around 280,000 racegoers over the five days, including Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Oli Scarff/Getty

    Racegoers travel by train from London Waterloo station to Ascot racecourse to attend the Royal Ascot in Berkshire, England. The Royal Ascot horse race meeting runs from June 18 until June 22, 2013. Read more


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  • 06/20/13--12:00: Yamuna displaces child
  • A child displaced by the rising waters of the river Yamuna sits on a cycle cart parked outside makeshift tents at a roadside camp in New Delhi June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

    Ahmad Masood/Reuters

    A child displaced by the rising waters of the river Yamuna sits on a cycle cart parked outside makeshift tents at a roadside camp in New Delhi, India on Thursday. Read more


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    Chinese astronaut Wang waves after she gets out from re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region...Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping waves after she gets out from the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, June 26, 2013. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down in north China's Inner Mongolia after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with a manned space laboratory.

    Reuters

    Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping waves after she gets out from the re-entry capsule of China’s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in Inner Mongolia, north China. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with a manned space laboratory. Read more


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    Fiesta De San Fermin Running Of The Bulls

    Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

    A reveller eludes a bull’s horn at Calle Estafeta during the fourth day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival, on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. The annual fiesta, which featured in The Sun also Rises, the 1926 novel by Ernest Hemingway, involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona. Read more


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  • 07/11/13--05:30: Bosnians remember Srebrenica
  • A Bosnian woman cries on the coffin of a relative

    Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    A Bosnian woman cries on the coffin of a relative, containing one of the 409 recently identified victims from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Potocari Memorial Center, near Srebrenica, on Thurday. The burials on July 11 mark the 18th anniversary of the massacre in which Bosnian Serb forces, commanded by Ratko Mladic, killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves Read more


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    Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey

    Laurent Cipriani/AP

    Christopher Froome of the UK, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, and Spain’s Alberto Contador, right, speed down the Manse pass on the final stretch of the 168km sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race which started in Vaison-la-Romaine and finished in Gap, France, on Tuesday. Read more


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  • 07/12/13--03:30: Bull fights back in Pamplona
  • An El Pilar fighting bull gores a runner during the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona

    Susana Vera/Reuters

    An El Pilar fighting bull gores a runner on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Friday. Four runners were gored in a run that lasted five minutes, according to local media. Read more


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    A Nepalese Muslim boy offers Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu July 12, 2013.

    Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

    A Nepalese boy offers Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Kathmandu Read more


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  • 07/12/13--05:00: Cigar makers in Indonesia
  •  A worker selects the finest tobacco leaves at Rizona Baru cigar factory on July 12, 2013 in Temanggung, central Java,  Indonesia. Rizona Baru cigar factory was builth on 1910 by Oo Tjong Han a chinese immigrant who live in Temanggung. Everyday the factory could produce 3000 cigars which are manually crafted by the skilled hands of the workers, who are mostly women.

    Putu Sayoga/Getty Images

    A worker selects the finest tobacco leaves at the Rizona Baru cigar factory on Friday in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia. The factory, which was built in 1910 by a Chinese immigrant Oo Tjong Han, produces 3,000 cigars a month, handmade by the mostly women employees. Read more


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  • 07/12/13--05:30: Blues fans in Bangkok
  • Chelsea supporters hold posters of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the team arrives at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport July 12, 2013. The team arrives in Bangkok a week ahead of their friendly match with the Singha All-Stars on July 17.

    Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

    Chelsea supporters hold posters of Blues manager José Mourinho as the team arrives at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday, a week ahead of their friendly match with the Singha All-Stars on July 17 Read more


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  • 07/15/13--05:00: Camouflage kids of Taichung
  • Kids in camouflage clothes attend a physical training session in a kindergarten in Taichung, central Taiwan, July 15, 2013. A kindergarten in Taiwan provides physical training sessions, a series of exercises that combines marine drills and gymnastics for pre-school and school aged kids. The training helps children grow well in both mind and body, according to the principal.

    Pichi Chuang/Reuters

    Children in camouflage clothing attend a physical training session at a kindergarten in Taichung, central Taiwan. All kindergartens in the country provide physical training sessions that combine marine-style drills and gymnastics for pre-school and school-aged youngsters. The training helps children grow well in both mind and body, according to the principal. Read more


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  • 07/15/13--06:00: Learning the Koran in Kabul
  • Boys read the Koran in a madrasa, or religious school, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kabul July 15, 2013.

    Omar Sobhani/Reuters

    Boys read the Koran in a madrasa, or religious school, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Kabul on Monday Read more


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    Annual Census Of The Swan Population Takes Place On The Thames...SUNBURY, ENGLAND - JULY 15:  Swans and cygnets are caught, measured, assessed and tagged on the River Thames during the annual Swan Upping ceremony on July 15, 2013 in London, England. Swan Upping is the annual census of the River Thames' swan population is led by David Barber, The Queens Swan Marker, it begins on July 15, 2013 in Sunbury and ends at Abingdon, Oxfordshire on July 19, 2013. The Queen's Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers of the Vintners' and Dyers' Livery Companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream to ensure that the swan population is maintained.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Oli Scarff/Getty

    Swans and cygnets are caught, measured, assessed and tagged on the River Thames during Swan Upping on Monday in London. Swan Upping, the annual census of the River Thames’ swan population, is led by David Barber, The Queens Swan Marker. It begins on July 15 in Sunbury and ends at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on July 19. The Queen’s Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers of the Vintners’ and Dyers’ Livery Companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream to ensure that the swan population is maintained. Read more


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    Supporters cheer as Sam Rainsy, president of the National Rescue Party, greets them in Phnom Penh July 19, 2013. Opposition leader Rainsy, a main challenger to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, returned to Cambodia from self-imposed exile in France on Friday after Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned him last week. Rainsy will campaign in a general election at the end of the month. Rainsy was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2010 on charges of spreading disinformation and falsifying maps to contest a new border agreed by Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Samrang Pring/Reuters

    Supporters cheer as Sam Rainsy, president of the National Rescue party, greets them in Phnom Penh. Mr Rainsy, a main challenger to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, returned to Cambodia from self-imposed exile in France on Friday after Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned him last week. Mr Rainsy will campaign in a general election at the end of the month. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2010 on charges of spreading disinformation and falsifying maps to contest a new border agreed by Cambodia and Vietnam. Read more


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