Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier jumbo jet, flies above Jersey City, New Jersey, prior to landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 27 in New York City. Enterprise, which was flown from Washington, D.C., will eventually be put on permanent display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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Chinese embassy guards march towards the U.S. embassy compound in Beijing on April 27 amid unconfirmed reports that blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng was currently at the U.S. embassy. Guangcheng, one of China's best-known rights activists, made a daring escape from house arrest and recorded a video detailing the abuses he and his family have suffered.
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France's President and Union for a Popular Movement candidate Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech after the first round of the 2012 French presidential election on April 22 in Paris. French citizens will vote in the second round of the presidential election, when Sarkozy will vie for the presidency with left-wing candidate Francois Hollande, on May 6.
A Sudan People's Liberation Movement soldier looks out toward Talodi, in South Kordofan, a region of Sudan, on April 25. South Sudan attacked the oil-rich area of Helig, claimed by Sudan, earlier in the month, leading to retaliatory air strikes by Sudan on its southern neighbor, which seceeded from the North last year. South Sudan freed 14 Sudanese prisoners this week as a "goodwill gesture" despite the continuation of fierce fighting along their contested border.
A sticker of the Syrian flag is seen from within the damaged windshield of a minibus at the site of a blast in the central Midan district of Damascus on April 27. A deadly suicide bombing rocked the Syrian capital, killing at least 11 people and fuelling growing skepticism about hopes for the success of a U.N.-backed peace plan.
Mohamed Traore, one of Liberian ex-leader Charles Taylor's victims, outside the Special Court in Freetown, Liberia on April 26. Taylor's trial -- which took place in the Hague -- was broadcast inside. Liberian ex-leader Charles Taylor was convicted of arming rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war in return for blood diamonds in an historic verdict for international justice.
Members of the Mudgeeraba light horse troop take part in a dawn service on April 25 in Gold Coast, Australia. Veterans, dignitaries, and members of the public marked ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day, held annually on the day that World War I troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.
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Pakistani soldiers begin cleaning up in Hussain Abad after a Bhoja Air Boeing 737 plane crashed on the outskirts of Islamabad on April 21. All 127 people on board were killed, hospital and civil aviation officials said.
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Afghan men attend an organised ram fight in Kabul on April 27. Spring marks the start of the "fighting season" for combatants involved in Afghanistan's decade-long war, but for birds, dogs, camels -- even kites -- violent competition also reaches its peak. Ramfighting, as well as dog fighting and camel fighting, are part of Afghanistan's social traditions.
The Canary Wharf business district is seen from the bow of the newly refurbished Cutty Sark on April 24 in London. The restored ship, a 19th century tea clipper, is due to reopen to the public on April 26.
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An armored personnel carrier of the Bundeswehr German armed forces participates in military presentation at the military training ground on April 25 in Putlos, Germany. The Bundeswehr is hosting Military Contacts 2012, a five-day event during which it is presenting and demonstrating weapons systems and other capabilities at several military bases in Germany.
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Wendi Deng Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch leave the High Court after the latter gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on April 26 in London. The inquiry into the culture, practice, and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom is looking at the owners of various media groups. The inquiry, which may take a year or more to complete, comes in the wake of the phonehacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of The World newspaper in 2011.
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A modern, electricity-producing wind turbine spins near an old and defunct windmill next to a country road on April 23 near Wittingen, Germany. Germany is investing heavily in renewable energy sources and now has hundreds of wind farms across the country.
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Rapeseed blooms in a field close to the ancient monument of Stonehenge on April 24 near Amesbury, England. The vibrant yellow blossom of rapeseed, or oilseed rape, has become a familiar sight in rural areas of the United Kingdom and is now one of the most popular crops for farmers because of its versatility. Rapeseed oil, used in many products, can be chemically altered to produce bio-diesel, and according to the U.K. National Farmers Union, rapeseed bio-fuel could meet a significant part of the country's fuel needs if given further government backing and investment.
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