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Revellers gather for the Jember Fashion Carnival 2014

The 13th Jember Fashion Carnival (JFC) 2014 in Indonesia theme is ‘Triangle, Dynamic in Harmony’ and consists of ten parades which include Mahabharata, Tambora, Phoenix, Pine Forest, Apache, Borobudur, Flying Kite, Wild Deers, Stalagmite, and Chemistry. This street carnival is claimed to be one of the biggest in the world and comprises more than 850 performers parading along 3.6 km road used as the catwalk. (Getty)

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Photos of the day - August 19, 2014

A Palestinian boy fleeing with his family from their house in the Shejaia neighborhood, looks out of a car window in the east of Gaza City, a view of the renovated banquet hall of Moritzburg Castle in Moritzburg, Germany, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPAReuters)

When lightning strikes

In an electrical storm, the storm clouds are charged like giant capacitors in the sky. The upper portion of the cloud is positive and the lower portion is negative. How the cloud acquires this charge is still not agreed upon within the scientific community, but the following description provides one plausible explanation.

See some dramatic images of these occurences. (Reuters)

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Pope Francis trip to South Korea

Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans —from the North and the South — to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. (AP)

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Fatal shooting of teenager sparks protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a black Missouri teenager.

In a statement, Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to the St. Louis suburb that has been filled almost nightly with angry, defiant crowds since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed Aug. 9. (AP)

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Coal mining In the Punjab

Workers at this mine in Choa Saidan Shah dig coal with crude pick axes, break it up and load it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface. Employed by private contractors, a team of four workers can dig about a ton of coal a day, for which they earn around $10 to be split between them.

The coalmine is in the heart of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous and richest province, but the laborers mostly come from the poorer neighboring region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (Reuters)

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The first surviving panda triplets

A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world’s first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a “miracle” given the animal’s famously low reproductive rate.

The mother panda, named Juxiao, meaning “chrysanthemum smile”, delivered the triplets at Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park in the early hours of July 29, but was too exhausted to take care of them afterwards. (AFP)

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The plight of the poor amid Philippines’ growing population

The Philippines has one of the fastest growing populations in Southeast Asia with around 100 million people. At least 12 million people live in the capital city of Manila alone, making it one of the most densely populated and largest cities in the world. Lack of space and economic opportunities has pushed around four million people to live informally along waterways, bridges and even cemeteries further straining the already weak infrastructure and straining the resources of the city.

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Brutus the giant crocodile attacks shark in Australia

Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head — a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws.

Andrew Paice was on an hour-long wildlife cruise on the Adelaide River with his partner and seven-year-old daughter on Tuesday when they spotted something unusual on the riverbank. (AFP)

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