Caleta Beach in Cadiz.

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The countryside between Barrow and Churchill.

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 Scanning electron micrograph of the anaerobic spirochaete bacteria Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis  in humans

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A member of street performance troupe Macnas participates in their 30th-anniversary  Halloween parade  in Galway, Ireland. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

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A comprehension piece on the recycling of mobile phones and their chemical composition was not well received by Junior Cert students. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

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This handout picture released on May 18th, 2016 by the Italian Carabinieri shows documents written by Christopher Columbus describing his trip to the Americas. Photograph: Carabinieri/AFP

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has done a miraculous job in getting his side to the top of the English Premier League table. Photograph: Reuters.

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New world: the first map of the world to show America, drawn in 1500 by Juan de la Cosa, Christopher Columbus’s pilot. Photograph: Universal/UIG via Getty

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