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Today in Pictures: September 1

A rocket launch backfires in Florida, bombs detonate in Syria and more images from around the world.


The moon moves to cover the sun for an annular solar eclipse behind the "Askari monument" in Dar es Salaam. Stargazers in south and central Africa were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse when the Moon wandered into view to make the Sun appear as a "ring of fire", astronomers say. The phenomenon, known as an annular solar eclipse, happens when there is a near-perfect alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun.

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Image: An explosion on the launch site of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is shown in this still image from video in Cape Canaveral

An explosion on the launch site of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is shown in this still image from video in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A boy watches smoke rising close to the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus. In an unprecedented operation, Turkey sent tanks into Syria to help Arab rebels clear the border area of ISIS jihadists and halt the westward advance of a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist group.

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Image: Central Italian earthquake aftermath

Rescue teams continue their operations in the rubble of the largely destroyed Lazio mountain village of Amatrice, Italy.

Image: Pidyon haben ceremony in Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather around a newborn baby in a silver bowl during the pidyon haben, or redemption of the first born son, ritual of the great-grandson of Lelov Hasidic dynasty in Jerusalem, Israel. Pidyon haben is an ancient Jewish custom in Judaism whereby a Jewish firstborn son is redeemed by use of silver coins from his birth-state of sanctity at the age of 30 days.

Image: *** BESTPIX *** OSCE Holds Potsdam Conference

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier crosses the Glienicker Bridge together with counterparts in the evening of a conference of OSCE members states in Potsdam, Germany. Foreign ministers from the 57 OSCE member states are gathering in Potsdam for an informal meeting to discuss the ongoing security situation in Ukraine, arms control and international terrorism, among other issues.

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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Opening Of Fishing Season In Turkey

Fishermen load their catch of horse mackerel on a fishing boat in the early hours of the morning in Istanbul, Turkey. September 1 marks the end of the seasonal fishing ban and the official opening of the fishing season across Turkey.

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Cadets of the Nakhimov naval academy attend a ceremony at the start of a new academic year known as the "Day of Knowledge" in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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A robot draws a portrait on the screen of a Samsung smartphone at the company's kiosk stand at the IFA 2016 tech fair in Berlin, Germany.

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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Infamous Reading Jail Prepares To Open To The Public For The First Time

A general view inside the former Reading prison building in England. The former Reading Prison has opened to the public for the first time, inviting artists and writers to take part in a new project by Artangel, with works by leading artists including Marlene Dumas, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Steve McQueen, and Ai Weiwei.

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