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Top photos of the day: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Pope John Paul II grimaces moments after he was shot in Vatican Square on May 13, 1981. | AP Photo

A selection of some of the best photographs from around the world:

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle J. White (R) during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. White was awarded the honor for conspicuous gallantry for his actions in combat in Afghanistan in 2007 where he saved another soldier’s life and assisted in the evacuation of wounded comrades during an ambush. | Getty Images

Officers from the CORE police special forces patrol during an operation to search for fugitives in the Complexo do Alemao pacified community, or ‘favela’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Rio has seen an uptick in violence in its pacified slums. A total of around 1.6 million Rio residents live in shantytowns, many of which are controlled by drug traffickers. | Getty Images

Members of the United States Naval Academy freshman crawl under one another at the wet and sandy station during the annual Sea Trials training exercise at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. For 14 hours, the United States Naval Academy freshman class, also known as Plebes, worked as a team to complete many grueling physical and mental challenges that help prepare them for real-world experiences and reinforce leadership, bonds, trust, and teamwork. Of the challenges, they endured: a two-mile regimental run, ground fights, water tactics, aquatics challenges, and survival skills, amongst many others. | Getty Images

Igor Sijsling of Holland plays a backhand in is match against Marco Cecchinato of Italy during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis 2014 in Rome, Italy. | Getty Images

A Military Honor Guard participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Army Pvt. William Christman, as part of Arlington at 150 Celebration in Washington, DC. Pvt. Christman was the first military burial at Arlington 150 years ago today on May 13, 1864. | AP Photo

A pupil rides a donkey after a day of lessons at a Palestinian Bedouin of Jahaline tribe school in the area of E1, not far from the settlement of Maale Adumim in Wadi Abu Hindi, West Bank. The school, the largest for Beduins in the area of E1 teaches, 190 children from tribes around the area. Some of the A pupil are unable to walk to school because of the long distances involved and no road infrastructure, and are forced to use donkeys. | Getty Images

An American White Pelican displays the bump on the top of his bea at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Fla. The bump shows the bird wants to mate and will disappear after breeding season. | AP Photo