Friday, May 15, 2009

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A romantic gesture is written in the sand of Blackpool's beach in Blackpool, England. A Papilio Romanzovia butterfly perches on flowers in the aviary of Galleria Borghese in Rome. The gardens are hosting a springtime educational event entitled 'Tea with the butterflies' running from April 9 to May 23, which allows visitors to sip tea in an atrium filled with the colourful insects. An artist from the French performance company Ilotopie drives a car on water on a canal in London's Canary Wharf in preparation for their show Fous de Bassin (Waterfools), which will be seen as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. An Indian farmer and his son walk over their parched paddy field on the outskirts of Agartala. A prolonged dry spell in northeast India, which has not had rain for several months, in conjunction with poor irrigation systems means many crop fields have dried up throughout the region. Pope Benedict (C) celebrates mass in the Church of the Annunciation in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth. The Church, built over the remains of Byzantine and Crusader churches in the town where Jesus grew up, contains a grotto in which, tradition says, the Virgin Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to the Son of God. Members of a specialized boarding team from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, Detachment 409, capture suspected pirates in the Combined Maritime Forces area of responsibility in the Gulf of Aden. Bicyclists ride their bikes on California Street during Bike to Work Day in San Francisco, California. Over 150,000 bicyclists are expected to participate in the 15th annual Bike to Work Day event that promotes exercise and helps reduce pollution. A woman and a child sit on a beach as a heavy sandstorm engulfs Kuwait City. Astronaut John Grunsfeld (L) makes a repair during the first space walk to repair the Hubble space telescope. The two astronauts from the US space shuttle Atlantis Thursday began the first of five ambitious spacewalks to overhaul the Hubble and extend its working life. Sri Lankan boys play cricket  in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A displaced girl is seen outside one of tents installed for internally displaced personnel at her relief camp in Islamabad, Pakistan. A figure of actor Humphrey Bogart sits inside a vintage automobile in the Art Deco District in South Beach, Miami, Florida. It has been 30 years since the Miami Beach Architectural District, also known as Miami Beach Art Deco District was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places making it the nation's first 20th century Historic District.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Actors Barbara Mori and Hrithik Roshan arrive for the screening of Bright Star at Cannes. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Singer Avril Lavigne arrives at the 16th annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles. Dan Steinberg/AP

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