School desks are piled on top of each other at the shuttered H.S. Thompson Elementary School in Dallas. Thompson was one of 11 schools closed by the Dallas Independent School District in 2012.
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In Russia, winter swimming enthusiasts leave a polling station where they cast their presidential vote shortly after taking a bath in the icy waters of the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, on March 4, 2012.
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Lower Manhattan goes dark during Sandy, on Monday, as seen from Brooklyn. New York City's power company Consolidated Edison Inc., has shut down power to a large part of Lower Manhattan.
Alf Kumalo, a celebrated South African photographer, died Sunday of prostate cancer in Soweto. He was 82. Here, he is seen in April outside the Magistrate Court in Johannesburg, while pursuing a hate speech case against a white man he accused of attacking him with a racial slur.