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January 12, 2013

Heavily damaged city of Aleppo, Syria
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Heavily damaged city of Aleppo, Syria
Syrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on January 12, 2013. Syrian rebels overran Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in a significant advance, as talks between the UN peace envoy and US and Russian officials failed to make headway on ending the conflict. (AFP)
Lord Jagannath Ji yatra at Shivaji Park
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Lord Jagannath Ji yatra at Shivaji Park
Devotees pray in front of a 32 feet high Lord Vithal statue istalled for the devotees to chant " Hare Rama Hare Krishna "and Vithal dindhi as a part of Lord Jagannath Ji yatra at shivaji Park in Dadar in Mumbai on Saturday. (BCCL)
A hazy winter day in Beijing
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A hazy winter day in Beijing
Vehicles drive on the Third Ring Road on a very hazy winter day in Beijing January 12, 2013. Microscopic pollutant particles in the air have killed some 8,600 people prematurely in 2012 and cost $1 billion in economic losses in four Chinese cities, according to a study by Beijing University and Greenpeace.

The study of pollutant levels of PM2.5, or particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xi'an called for PM2.5 levels to be cut to World Health Organisation guidelines, which would reduce deaths by over 80 percent, the China Daily newspaper reported. (REUTERS)
The Giza pyramid
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The Giza pyramid
A man and a boy ride a camel as they wait for tourists in front of a part of the Giza pyramid, near Cairo January 12, 2013. (REUTERS)
Karen New Year celebrations
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Karen New Year celebrations
An Ethnic Karen girl offers flowers at a pagoda during Karen New Year celebrations in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP)
Maha Kumbh festival
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Maha Kumbh festival
A holy man rides a horse during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, ahead of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation of a period of over a month on the banks of Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in January 2013, which falls every 12th year. (AP)
Kite Festival
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Kite Festival
Children purchase kites at Kite Festival on Beach Road in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. (BCCL)
Snowfall hits normal life in Srinagar
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Snowfall hits normal life in Srinagar
People walk along a road during snowfall in Srinagar on Saturday. (PTI)
Lohri Celeberations
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Lohri Celeberations
College girls performing 'Giddha' as they celebrate Lohri festival in Amritsar on Saturday. (PTI)
Foriegners excited to participate in  Kite festival ahead Makar Sankranti in Varanasi.
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Foriegners excited to participate in Kite festival ahead Makar Sankranti in Varanasi.
Foreign tourists walk with lots of kites for Kite festival ahead Makar Sankranti in Varanasi on Saturday. (PTI)
Massive fire engulfs Lome's Grand Marche
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Massive fire engulfs Lome's Grand Marche
Firefighters try to extinguish the Lome's Grand Marche (Lome Big Market), where cloth sellers and other vendors sell their goods, late on January 11, 2013 in Lome.

Crowds of people filled the streets surrounding the multi-storey structure, as a few vendors entered the burning building to save their goods. (AFP)
Pope Benedict XVI attends private audience
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Pope Benedict XVI attends private audience
This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office shows Vatican Chief of security Domenico Giani (R ) reading his speech to Pope Benedict XVI , on January 11, 2013, during a private audience with members of the Vatican gendarmerie. (AFP)
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Women, Michelle Bachelet (L) visits Nigeria
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UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Women, Michelle Bachelet (L) visits Nigeria
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of United Nations (UN) Women Michelle Bachelet (L) of Chile speaks with a woman at Ushafa pottery village during an official visit to Nigeria's capital Abuja. (REUTERS)
Shinto believers participate in annual winter event at Kanda Shrine in Tokyo
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Shinto believers participate in annual winter event at Kanda Shrine in Tokyo
Shinto believers pour cold water over themselves during annual winter event to purify their bodies and souls as part of the new year endurance show at Kanda Shrine, known as Kanda Myojin, in Tokyo on January 12, 2013. (AFP)
The Maha Kumbh festival
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The Maha Kumbh festival
People get ready and take holy dip amidst morning fog, at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, ahead of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation of a period of over a month on the banks of Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in January 2013, which falls every 12th year. (AP)
Forest fire on hill in the municipality of Cota
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Forest fire on hill in the municipality of Cota
A helicopter of the Colombian Air Force irrigates water to extinguish a forest fire on a hill in the municipality of Cota, on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia.

According to partial data from the Risk Management Office, in the early days of 2013 some 79 forest fires have affected 49 municipalities in12 departments of Colombia, caused by the dry season, which began in December 2012 and will last until next March. (AFP)
Karzai speaks at Georgetown University in Washington
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Karzai speaks at Georgetown University in Washington
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai waves after speaking at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall in Washington. US President Barack Obama said NATO troops would speed up a transfer of lead security responsibility to Afghan forces this spring, in a sign the pace of US troop withdrawals could quicken. (AFP)
FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup
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FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup
Gus Kenworthy of the USA is the subject of the photographers as he skis in the finals of the FIS Freestyle Ski Half Pipe World Cup at the US Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (AFP)
16th Shenyang International Ice and Snow Festival
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16th Shenyang International Ice and Snow Festival
Visitors view the ice sculptures during the 16th Shenyang International Ice and Snow Festival in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province. The festival will last for three months. (AP)
Pope Benedict XVI poses with members of Vatican gendarmerie
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Pope Benedict XVI poses with members of Vatican gendarmerie
Pope Benedict XVI poses with officials and members of the Vatican gendarmerie, during a private audience at the Vatican. (AP)
All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner
All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off for the company's first non-stop flight from San Jose to Tokyo at the San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. San Jose is the eighth US gateway for the Japanese airliner. (AP)
Demonstrators rally during the 'Idle no more' protest
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Demonstrators rally during the 'Idle no more' protest
Demonstrators rally during the 'Idle no more' protest at City Hall in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chiefs say a growing aboriginal protest known as 'Idle No More' is prepared to bring the economy to its knees unless the federal government tackles the poor living conditions and high jobless rates facing many of Canada's 1.2 million natives.(REUTERS)
Protesters block the O'Neil road during rioting
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Protesters block the O'Neil road during rioting
Protesters waving a Union flag block the O'Neil road during rioting in South Belfast. Violent protests continue in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. (REUTERS)

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