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from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A week in pictures 03 July 2011

A great news picture has to have the WOW factor and without a doubt the picture of the domb disposal expert being caught in a car bomb blast is amazing. What is even more amazing is that he lived.

A car bomb explodes as a member of a Thai bomb squad checks it in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok July 1, 2011. The bomb planted by suspected insurgents wounded the squad member, police said.  REUTERS/Stringer 

This combination photo shows a car bomb exploding as a member of a Thai bomb squad checks it in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok July 1, 2011. The bomb planted by suspected insurgents wounded the squad member, police said. REUTERS/Stringer 

Also in Thailand, opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra, a political newcomer, prepared to lead her country after a weekend election victory but huge challenges lie ahead, including how quickly to bring home her brother, exiled ex-premier Thaksin who was ousted by a coup. Thailand chief photographer Damir Sagolj and Pakistan Chief photographer Adrees Latif with Sukree Sukpkang and Chaiwat Suprasom chased the story through all its twists and turns.

from India Insight:

Pune blast – Witness accounts

A bomb ripped through a packed restaurant in Pune on Saturday, killing at least eight people. Here are two witness accounts.

from Changing China:

The Price of Coal

What drives a miner to work in one of China's notoriously dangerous pits, where 3,000 people were killed in 2008 alone?

"We all know mining is dangerous, but what can we do?" Li Liangcang, a farmer form eastern China, asked me in his tiny rented miner's house in the country's frozen north. "I'm not young any more - 37 or 38 - and it's too late to learn a skill. It's not a question of choice. you have a family that depends on you. If you don't do this job, what else can you do?"

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Indian engagement in Afghanistan, a blessing or a headache

U.S. General Stanley McChrystal in his assessment of the war in Afghanistan last month only briefly touched upon the growing role of India, but his words were blunt and unsettling for India. In the light of Thursday's attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul that left 17 people dead, McChrsytal's comments may yet turn out to be prescient.

“Indian political and economic influence is increasing in Afghanistan, including significant development efforts and financial investment. In addition, the current Afghan government is perceived by Islamabad to be pro-Indian. While Indian activities largely benefit the Afghan people, increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan is likely to exacerbate regional tensions and encourage Pakistani countermeasures in Afghanistan or India," he said, according to the leaked version of his report.

from From Reuters.com:

Graphic: Afghan blast

from Global News Journal:

Gangland violence in Israel. A mark of progress?

A beeper buzzed on the newsdesk of the Jerusalem bureau with a stark message in Hebrew: "Preliminary report - blast on bus on Namir Road in Tel Aviv".

The information came from the Zaka emergency services, whose ultra-Orthodox Jewish volunteers were usually the first on the scene of suicide bombings on Israeli commuter buses during a Palestinian uprising that began in 2000. Their job: to collect body parts for burial.

from Our Take on Your Take:

On the scene: In Jaipur

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By sending his newsworthy pictures from the Jaipur blasts in a timely fashion, Vinay Joashi saw his photos move on the Reuters Pictures wire service. The pictures were received shortly after the explosions, when there were only two pictures out on the wire from the scene. Vinay was contacted directly by the Reuters India photo staff to negotiate payment and terms of use.

Click here to view other You Witness images that have made it to the Reuters wire.

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