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Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves to the crowd in a public gathering Tuesday during his visit to the city of Qom, 78 miles south of the capital Tehran. His trip is widely seen as an attempt to shore up his own status and legitimacy after last year's contentious presidential elections, in which he supported President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Friends and relatives mourn as they carry the coffin of Iraqi journalist Riyadh al-Sarai during his funeral procession in Baghdad last month. Unknown gunmen intercepted Sarai's car and killed him with silenced pistols. A British newspaper recently reported that magnetic bombs had killed more than 700 people this year, with another 600 shot and killed by silenced guns in a growing wave of targeted violence.
Since January, polar explorer Eric Larsen, shown on April 15, has gone to the North and South Poles and summited Mount Everest. He's the first person to get to all three in a single year.
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Neodymium is displayed at the Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth Hi-Tech Co. factory in Baotou, China. China has cornered the market on neodymium and other rare earths, with far-reaching implications for global trade.
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Journalist and historian Garry Wills is a professor emeritus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He says he's currently reading John Spike's Young Michelangelo and Garry Trudeau's 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective.
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Georgia LaBelle reaches for a bottle of wine as she shops at a Costco warehouse store in Seattle. Costco is putting financial muscle behind a Washington ballot initiative to do away with state-run liquor stores.
Ben Quayle is running for Congress in Arizona. But his campaign has suffered, in part, from the prominent ranking of Internet search results that detailed his contributions to an adult website.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a meeting of the youth organization of her Christian Democratic Party in Potsdam, Germany, on Saturday. Merkel's declaration that Germany's attempts to build a multicultural society has failed is feeding a growing debate over how to deal with the millions of foreigners who call Germany home.
President Obama, shown last week arriving at a town hall meeting sponsored by MTV and BET, has renewed his call for $50 billion to improve roadways and airports. But with nervous lawmakers worried about their jobs, that may be a tough sell.
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Construction worker Jimmy Martinez works at a site funded by federal stimulus money in Lakewood, Colo. Economic historian Niall Ferguson cautions that another stimulus would carry tremendous risk.
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Paris' Cafe de Flore is known for its history of serving intellectual clientele, including existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, journalist and writer Albert Camus and Cubism co-founder Pablo Picasso.