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Protests in Egypt, Argentina and Rome and more photos from around the world

Sept. 12, 2012. Dutch Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Mark Rutte enters a polling booth prior to casting his vote for parliamentary elections in The Hague, Netherlands.
Sept. 12, 2012. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech shortly after Germany’s constitutional court rejected calls to block the Europe’s permanent rescue fund.
Sept. 12, 2012. A woman looks for her missing family member at a morgue in Karachi. Pakistani officials say the death toll from devastating factory fires that broke out in two major cities has killed hundreds.
Sept. 12, 2012. An Egyptian protester carries a flag in front of United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed.
Sept. 11, 2012. People hold up green ballot cards for in favour of Catalonia’s independence during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain.
Sept. 11, 2012. The opening bell is rung on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Sept. 12, 2012. A Chinese man raises a sheet of paper written with messages and an illustration calling for the defeat of imperialist Japan outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing, China.
Sept. 11, 2012. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Annual Meeting of the New Champions’ in Tianjin, China. Wen has promised more tax cuts and measures to boost consumer spending as the government tries to reverse a worsening economic slowdown.

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