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  • In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2009 from the air, a figure known as "the spider" is seen, centre left in the zone known as the Nazca lines in the coastal Nazca Desert where, centuries ago, indigenous groups etched mysterious figures in the sand that today are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A small plane carrying tourists crashed Thursday Feb. 25, 2010 near the famed ancient geoglyphs killing all seven people on board.

    Squatters have started raising pigs on the site of Peru's Nazca lines - the giant designs best seen from an airplane that were mysteriously etched into the desert more than 1,500 years ago.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT
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  • In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, arrives at the Supreme Court in London. On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced in Quito that Assange is seeking asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London, and that Ecuador's government is studying the request.

    Assange's recognition as a political refugee by Ecuador's left-wing government was a big symbolic victory for the embattled ex-hacker, but it did little to answer the question: 'How will he ever leave the embassy?'

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT
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  • For Maxim Molokoedov, it's a taste of temporary freedom after almost three years in prison — and a renewed shot at a professional soccer career that seemed to have been cut short.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT
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  • Buses fill the area in front of Constitution Station as subway workers enter their 10th straight day of strike in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. A million commuters are caught in the middle of a power struggle between President Cristina Fernandez and Buenos Aires' Mayor Mauricio Macri. The strike began Aug. 3 with workers demanding a 28 percent pay increase to match inflation.

    Subways began rolling again Tuesday in Argentina's capital after union leaders suspended a 10-day strike, but their tentative deal depends on an unresolved power struggle between the mayor and the president.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 4:10 AM EDT
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