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Fishermen carry their nets on a bamboo pole to dry them out in the sun after fishing at the Bago River on March 20, 2012. (Staff/Reuters) #

Myanmar - The Big Picture - Boston.com

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A girl rests in a hammock at her home at Shwe Pyi Tar Industrial Zone in Yangon on March 13, 2012. (Staff/Reuters) #

A boy gets his head shaved by a Buddhist monk after being sent by his family to live the life of a monk for seven days as part of a ritual in Yangon on March 4, 2012. Boys between the ages of seven and 18 in Myanmar are traditionally sent by their family to experience the life of a monk for a short span of time. (Staff/Reuters) #

People carry baskets filled with sand at the bank of the Yangon River

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Buddhist nuns pray during a farewell ceremony for Ashin Pyinyar Thiha, the head of the Shwenyawar monastery, before he leaves the monastery in Yangon on February 19, 2012. Ashin Pyinyar Thiha was ordered out of his monastery by Buddhist elders who said he had given an inappropriate speech at an office of Aung San Suu Kyi's party. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A boy plays in the mud on the bank of the Bago river in Bago

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Aung San Suu Kyi addresses supporters during a campaign rally on the outskirts of Yangon on March 21, 2012. Myanmar has invited US, European and other observers for by-elections next month, allowing international scrutiny of polls seen as a major test of its reform credentials. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)#

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Japan tsunami pictures: before and after In this first of three Big Picture posts on the anniversary of the Japan earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, we have a series of paired "then and now" pictures, with the first image taken recently paired with a picture from the same vantage point taken during or in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. CLICK ON IMAGES 2 THROUGH 27 TO SEE THE SAME AREA ONE YEAR AGO

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