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Photos of the day, Aug. 16

Taken on a government guided tourthis picture shows Syrian soldiers raising their weapons while holding a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they leave the eastern city of Deir Zor following a 10-day military operation. Syria has repeatedly said it is battling 'armed gangs' - a claim denied by rights groups who say the regime's crackdown on anti-government protests has killed 1,827 civilians since mid-March, while 416 security forces have also died. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

World's best and worst cities to live in

Melbourne holds the top spot as the most livable city for the third year

in a row, according a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The

study, based on 30 factors such as quality of health care and threat of

military conflict, ranked 140 cities.