A handout picture taken and released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support team on February 28, 2013 shows an elder from the town of Buur-Hakba gesturing during a meeting with Brigadier General Michael Ondoga (unseen), Contingent Commander for Ugandan troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and commanders of the Somali National Army (SNA) following the town's capture the day before from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab by the Somali National Army (SNA), supported by AMISOM forces. The strategically important town linking the capital Mogadishu and the hinterlands of central Somalia was liberated without a shot being fired, marking a significant loss for the group. Under the Shabaab's repressive and violent rule, social and leisure past-times such as football were banned in every form including watching and playing. The town, located 64kms east of Baidoa, Somalia's second city, was a stronghold of the Shabaab where they extorted high levies of illegal taxation on the local civilian populations and used it as a base from where they planned and launched attacks against government forces and installations, AMISOM and the Somali population. Buur-Hakba is the latest in a string of notable territorial losses for the extremist group to SNA and AMISOM forces over the last 18 months, which has seen their area of influence and control over towns and areas across Somalia steadily and rapidly decrease. AFP PHOTO / AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE
Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attends the Tolerant & Democratic Islam vs Fanaticism & Extremism Dinner In Paris on July 3, 2015 in Paris, France.
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A worker is perched on a Petrobras oil platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean near Guanabara Bay on July 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The state-owned oil company is embroiled in a massive corruption scandal and Federal Police arrested another former executive yesterday.
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People pay tribute at Adelaide Crows headquarters on July 4, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh was found dead in his home Friday after allegedly being stabbed by his 26-year-old son.
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Sailors from Belgium depart after training in the polluted Guanabara Bay ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on July 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bay will host the sailing events for the games but suffers from sewage and industrial pollution.
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Three year old Louisa Hill runs across the stage as Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots organizing event in College Park at Dartmouth College July 3, 2015 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Clinton is spending two days over the fourth of July in the first in the nation primary state.
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Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for a meeting with members of the Renewal of the Holy Spirit, who have come to Rome for their 38th annual Convocation on July 3, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis emphasized the ecumenical dimension of the charismatic movement, rooting it in our common Baptism.