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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