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Sunday, May 27, 2012

These week pictures

Ring of fire

A thundershower rolls through as a solar eclipse appears in Gardnerville, Nev., on May 20. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun and leaves only a golden ring around its edges, was visible from Asia to the western United States
Eric Gay / AP

Roll me away

A cyclist rides his bike at a skateboard park, May 22, in Austin, Texas. Temperatures reached a high of near 90 degrees in the Austin area
Juan Manuel Serrano Arce / AP

Burning barricade

A miner stands next to a barricade in Montico, Spain, on May 24. Eight Spanish coal miners staged a protest underground as part of nationwide strike action by unions opposed to cuts in government subsidies to the sector. Spain is applying across-the-board cutbacks as part of an economy overhaul aimed at slashing its swollen deficit
Felipe Dana / AP

A home to call their own

Homes crowd the Rocinha shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 22. Local officials and human rights groups are working to give legal title to tens of thousands of residents in shantytowns like Rocinha, a process that increases their wealth and gives them greater access to credit, as well as peace of mind
Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

Shave and a haircut

A goat stands inside a barber shop on a road leading to the shrine of Sufi saint Muhammad Moin-ud-din Chisti on May 22 in Ajmer, India. Thousands of Sufi Muslim pilgrims from across India converge on the north Indian town of Ajmer to mark the Urs festival of 12th-century Sufi saint from Persia who is buried in Ajme
Stephan Savoia / AP

Graduation respite

John Fiorenzo, center, catches a brief nap during the address to the graduates at his Boston College Commencement ceremony at Alumni Stadium on the university's campus in Boston on May 21. Fiorenzo and his fellow graduates received their Bachelor of Science degrees from the university's Carrol School of Management
Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Don't fence me in

A sheepdog watches another dog in the auction ring at Skipton Auction Mart on May 18 in Skipton, England. Craven Cattle Marts in the Yorkshire Dales are world renowned for their sheepdog auctions, with buyers bidding for some of the country’s best-bred border collies

House ablaze

Firefighters fight a fire at a vacant house in Owensboro, Ky., May 23. The houses on either side also caught fire. The cause of the blaze was under investigation

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