Photo: Women in masks at the Venice Carnival in 2009

A Venice café provides sustenance for participants in the city's famed Carnival.

Photograph by Mariusz Smiejek, Your Shot

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    Some good may yet come of Italy's Costa Concordia wreck. At least since Titanic, cruise accidents have sparked new safety standards.

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