ARCHEOLOGY by Joris Fioriti Afghan workers wait to get paid at the end of their work day while standing near a archeological dig in Mes Ainak on October 2, 2012, an ancient Buddhist site where a religious community was set up more than 17 centuries ago to exploit the copper deposits underground. Around 50 archaeologists and 550 workers are working on the dig, with striking results, uncovering small villages all over the four-square-kilometre site. Now as the country seeks to build a prosperous and peaceful future after more than 30 years of war, it is increasingly facing a dilemma between exploiting the resources that can make it rich and preserving its archaeological heritage. The Mes Ainak mine will earn $320 to 350 million dollars a year for the Afghan government, according to the ministry of mines, employ thousands of workers and indirectly benefit tens of thousands. AFP PHOTO/Roberto Schmidt
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Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) greets supporters after speaking at a campaign stop at an Embassy Suites hotel on June 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul made stops in four cities in Nevada on Monday as he campaigns for the battleground state against 12 other Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential race.
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Danielle Gross casts his fishing line into the Potomac River as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency 'unreasonably' failed to consider the cost of the regulations.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers questions from employees of Nephron Pharmaceutical Company June 29, 2015 in West Columbia, South Carolina. Before talking with the employees of the Orlando, Florida based company Bush took a tour of the facility in West Columbia, South Carolina.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff (2-R) visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, with National Park Service National Mall Superintendent Karen Laura Cucurullo (2-L), June 29, 2015 in Washington DC. Rousseff visits Washington DC for the first time since she became president in 2011.
Demonstrators during a rally in Athens, Greece, 29 June 2015. Greek voters will decide in a referendum next Sunday on whether their government should accept an economic reform package put forth by Greece's creditor. Greece has imposed capital controls with the banks being closed untill the referendum.
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King Felipe VI of Spain gives a speech during a state dinner given by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife First Lady Angelica Rivera at National Palace on June 29, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. The Spanish Monarchs are in their second state visit since the proclamation of Felipe VI as Spanish King last June 19th of 2014.