Today in Pictures: Aug. 31, 2011

Amelita de Jesus, 56, cries after demolition crews leveled her home at an informal settler community in suburban Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, Aug. 31, 2011. Demolition crews forcibly evicted more hundreds of families allegedly to pave the way for the development of a mall. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

 

A reveler throws tomato pulp during the annual “Tomatina” tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Aug. 31, 2011. Bunol’s town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday and pelted each other with 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the yearly food fight now, in its 66th year. (Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

 

People stand on the beach at Coney Island at sunrise, Aug. 29, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the East Coast and slowly weakened into a tropical storm before making a third landfall at Coney Island. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

 

A Greenpeace activist helps a person dressed as a whale during a protest against oil exploration in Abrolhos, a large mating area for humpback whales, at the entrance of the headquarters of the Anglo-French oil and gas company Perenco in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 30, 2011. (Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

 

Former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus inspects the troops during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony for him, Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. Petraeus is leaving the Army after 37 years to serve as the new Director of the CIA. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Libyan rebels pray in the middle of a street close to their advanced military position near Al-Sadaadi, on the road between Misrata and Sirte, Aug. 31, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama gestures after a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Aug. 31, 2011, where he urged Congress to pass a federal highway bill. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

 

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