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Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis, waves from the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican on March 13, 2013. He became the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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Crowds jam St Peter's Square to see Pope Francis during his first Angelus prayer at the Vatican on March 17, 2013. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St.Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy in London, England on July 23, 2013. Broadcasters and photographers have been camped outside the hospital since July 2nd in anticipation of the new baby by Prince William and the former Kate Middleton. UPI/Hugo Philpott
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Pakistani security forces pat down travelers crossing the Afghanistan border at Chaman, Pakistani on September 2, 2013. Security remains tight in the border regions of the two countries as U.S. and coalition forces continue to withdraw from Afghanistan. The present 70,000 U.S. Troops will be cut to 34,000 by February 2014, but the NATO commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said on September 4, 2013, that there has been no discussions that the coalition would completely withdraw by the end of 2014. UPI/Matiullah
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The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is launched with Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 7, 2013. The Olympic torch was launched with the crew of Expedition 38 to the International Space Station. It will be passed from one module to the next and will go on its first spacewalk on November 9 with two Russian cosmonauts as part of its international relay. UPI/Carla Cioffi/NASA
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Iranian demonstrators burn American and Israel's flags in front of the former U.S embassy building in Tehran, Iran on November 4, 2013. Thousands of Iranians gathered in front of the former U.S. embassy to commemorate the November 4, 1979 takeover. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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Palestinians inspect the damage in a farm after it was targeted in an overnight Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza on November 20, 2013. Israel carried out four air strikes on the Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire against southern Israel, an army spokesman said. There were no immediate reports of casualties, Palestinian medics and witnesses said. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
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