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Fire destroys Brazil's National Museum

People watch as a fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. A massive fire raced through the 200-year-old museum on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia.
  
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People watch as a fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. A massive fire raced through the 200-year-old museum on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to...more

People watch as a fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. A massive fire raced through the 200-year-old museum on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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A fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Staff react outside the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Staff react outside the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Staff react outside the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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A worker carries a piece of a rock of the National Museum of Brazil. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A worker carries a piece of a rock of the National Museum of Brazil. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A worker carries a piece of a rock of the National Museum of Brazil. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Rescue workers and museum staff carry a picture at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Rescue workers and museum staff carry a picture at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Rescue workers and museum staff carry a picture at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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People protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. The sign reads 'Heritage, mourning.'

REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

People protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. The sign reads 'Heritage, mourning.' REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

People protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. The sign reads 'Heritage, mourning.' REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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A piece of a meteorite is seen inside of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A piece of a meteorite is seen inside of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A piece of a meteorite is seen inside of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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A firefighter walks among debris inside the National Museum of Brazil after a fire in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A firefighter walks among debris inside the National Museum of Brazil after a fire in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A firefighter walks among debris inside the National Museum of Brazil after a fire in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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Demonstrators react during a protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Demonstrators react during a protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Demonstrators react during a protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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A staff reacts outside the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A staff reacts outside the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

A staff reacts outside the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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People protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

People protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

People protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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