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Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Super spellers

Spellers in the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee range in age from nine to 15 and are the cream of more than 11 million hopefuls who took part in local contests.

FIFA under fire

A corruption scandal engulfs the beautiful game's governing body.

Investing in China

Inside the brokerages and stock exchanges across China, the world's second-largest economy.

Insurgency in Egypt

Egypt is battling insurgents who have pledged allegiance to Islamic State in the Sinai region.

Dismantling the Late Show

Workers take down the Late Show marquee after David Letterman's final show.

China's acrobats in training

Inside an acrobatic school in China, where students from 4 to 40 years old practice for 10 hours a day.

Most valuable brands

Apple overtakes Google as the most valuable brand in the world.

Unusual last rites

Strange sendoffs for the recently departed.

Russia on the border

Russian tanks, howitzers and trucks are seen during military training near the Ukrainian border.

China's smokers

China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent in a move to deter smokers in the world's biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gay rodeo in Little Rock

Contestants at the International Gay Rodeo in Arkansas, a Bible Belt state with a same-sex marriage ban on its books, compete in events from barrel racing to bull riding.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Birth amid the ruins

This little girl had plans of her own, arriving in a makeshift shelter at Bhaktapur hospital on the day of a second earthquake in Nepal.  Full Coverage 


Fruits of wrath

Fruit pickers in Baja California rail against the grind of picking strawberries, raspberries and blackberries for what they say is as little as $1 an hour.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Life beyond the protests

The realities of daily life in Burundi, as the country grapples with its worst crisis since the end of a conflict a decade ago.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Ghost factories of Greece

A trip from Athens to northeastern Greece and back via the Peloponnese region in the south shows the remnants of a once-flourishing Greek industry.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The legacy of Agent Orange

As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.  Full Coverage