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On June 16-17, Egyptians voted in a divisive run-off presidential
election, choosing between two candidates, Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed
Shafiq. Above, an Egyptian women shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Cairo.
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Bangladesh closed its borders to Muslim refugees, members of the Rohingya ethnic group, who were fleeing from violence in Myanmar. Above, a member of the Border Guard of Bangladesh inspects a boat carrying Rohingya refugees trying to get into Bangladesh.
Yemen's army reportedly recaptured the last al-Qaeda stronghold in Abyan province on Friday. The southern towns of Zinjibar and Jaar had been under al-Qaeda control for about a year, but chaos in Yemen had prevented its national army from taking effective action until recently.
On June 16, China launched its Tiangong 1 space module, regarded as the country's most ambitious space mission to date. The three astronauts include Liu Yang, the first Chinese women to enter outer space.
Greeks went to the polls on Sunday in an election that could decide whether or not their heavily indebted country remains in the eurozone. Analysts say the outcome may unleash shocks that could break up the single currency.
On June 11, Rafael Nadal became the first person to win seven French Open titles, breaking Bojorn Borg's six title record.
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China's one-child policy has come under scrutiny after reports circulated online of a woman in the northern province of Shaanxi forced to undergo an abortion in the seventh month of her pregnancy.
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On June 15, aerialist Nik Wallenda took an unconventional route from the US to Canada: He walked across Niagara Falls on a two-inch-wide wire, the first person in history to do so.
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United Nations observers monitoring the turmoil in Syria suspended
operations in response to escalating violence, which threatens to kill
off a tattered peace plan brokered by international mediator Kofi Annan. Above, a damaged United Nations vehicle is seen near a hotel in Damascus.
The Euro 2012 football tournament was marred by violence on June 12, when Polish and Russian football fans fought one another four days ahead of a match between the two countries.