November 18, 2013

    Published November 18, 2013


    Smoke rises from the chimney stalk of a gas-fired power station after sunset on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.


    Chilean presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet waves to her supporters during a campaign event in Santiago. Bachelet was the clear winner in the presidential election, although she will have to wait until a second round runoff next month to seal her victory.


    Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army fire a heavy machine gun during fighting against government forces  in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.


    A man covered in dust works at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village in Mubende district, about 150 km (90 miles) southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala, Nov. 17, 2013.


    A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia.


    A full Moon rises behind the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, Florida. MAVEN began it's 10-day journey on Nov. 18, 2013, and will take critical measurements of the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change over the Red Planet's history.


    A cleaner pulls a cart as another shovels ice during heavy snow on a street in Jilin, Jilin province, China.


    A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, USA, Nov. 17, 2013. A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington as it tore across the Midwest, officials said.


    A visitor walks between electric barbed-wired fences at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and former concentration camp, Poland.


    The circular balcony, closed since the 1920s, and a new spiral staircase, are seen at Tate Britain in central London.


    Buddhist monks prepare to release lanterns after a blessing ceremony during the Loy Krathong Festival at a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov. 17, 2013.


    A woman washes finished toy animals made from pieces of discarded flip-flops at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company collects used flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that are thrown away mostly from slums and major towns in the country and turns them into colorful handmade giraffes,elephants and other toy animals.


    In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Nov. 17, 2013. The airliner crashed while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said.


    Sri Lankan Tamil farmers transport coconut husk in Jaffna, 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital Colombo.


    A fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) fungus grows in the western city of Thorigne-Fouillard, France. One of the most iconic and distinctive of fungi with its red cap and white spots, is renowned for its toxicity and hallucinogenic properties.


    A view of atmosphere at The Grove's 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular presented By Citi at The Grove in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 17, 2013.

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