News of the world, Feb 19

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Iraqi police inspect the damaged bus that slammed into the back of a British Army armoured vehicle, west of the city of Basra. Four Iraqi pilgrims were killed when the bus ran into the back of the British armoured vehicle during a sandstorm officials said. The bus was carrying pilgrims returning from the holy city of Karbala where several million pilgrims had made the trek for the Arbaeen ceremony earlier this week which marks 40 days after the Ashura anniversary of the killing of Imam Hussein in AD680. (Getty Images)
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The Queen Victoria ocean liner from the Cunard Line docks at Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge (top), after an early morning arrival. The Queen Victoria on her second world voyage after being launched in December 2007, is 20-storeys high making it the second largest Cunarder ever built and has brought around 2,000 passengers into Sydney. (Getty Images)
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Road construction crews contracted by Parsons Brinckerhoff work on a widening project run by the Florida Department of Transportation in Florida City, Florida. The project is one of many that the state of Florida will use some of the money coming from the $787 billion stimulus bill that was signed by President Barack Obama for infrastructure projects and to help the economy recover. (Getty Images)
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A forklift sets a car body in its place in a giant hangar at Berk car salvage in Berlin, Germany. The German government has created a new car purchase incentive by offering EUR2,500 for cars older than nine years for people willing to scrap their old car to buy a new one. The German car industry, which dominates Germany's economy, has been heavily hit by the global economic slowdown. (Getty Images)
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Egyptian former presidential candidate and party leader Ayman Nur is received by wellwishers and journalists outside his central Cairo apartment following his release from prison. Egyptian authorities freed the country's best-known political dissident on health grounds after more than three years behind bars. The 44-year-old lawyer and chief of Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) party mounted an unprecedented challenge against veteran incumbent Hosni Mubarak in the 2005 presidential election before being jailed on forgery charges many saw as trumped up. (Getty Images)
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Fighters of a local self-defence force go through training in Bangadi, north eastern Congo. Villages have formed local self-defence forces to protect themselves from attack by Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Many villages have been attacked by LRA rebels in this remote corner of Congo. Congo and Uganda are undertaking a joint operation to track down members of the rebel group. (Getty Images)
Thu 19 Feb 2009 09:02 AM GST