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The stalls of food and beer vendors glow at dusk at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World show in Heilongjiang province.


Cast members of "Totem," Cirque du Soleil's new production, perform at the famous Royal Albert Hall in the South Kensington neighborhood.


A cross on the Alexander Nevsky cathedral is silhouetted against a darkened sky during a partial eclipse of the sun.


Cyril Despres of France rides his KTM through rock formations during the third stage of the South American Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy in Argentina.


Polar bears play at the city's zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petr David Josek / Associated Press

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Thomas Schoorel of the Netherlands during their first-round match at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. Federer won, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: European Pressphoto Agency

The skyline of Doha, which is hosting the Qatar Open tennis tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christof Koepsel / Getty Images

Sean Kang, dressed like pop singer Michael Jackson, stands in front of the Criminal Courts building where the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray was being held. Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of the singer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

California Governor Jerry Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown walk from their loft to the Capital building with Sutter, Brown's sister Kathleen Brown's dog, for his second day in office.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A seagull is silhouetted against the sun at dawn during a partial solar eclipse on Guadalmar beach in Malaga. The partial eclipse will be visible near sunrise over most of Europe and northeastern Asia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jon Nazca / Reuters

Shirtless officers of the South Korean Special Warfare Forces hurl snow during a winter exercise in Pyeongchang.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

A girl with cat makeup holds her 3-month-old Canadian Hairless during a cat exhibition dedicated to the new year holiday in Rostov-on-Don.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vladimir Konstantinov / Reuters

Mammal keeper Kate Sanders with black-capped squirrel monkeys during the ZSL London Zoo's annual inventory count. Zookeepers are conducting an annual headcount on over 16,000 different creatures including over 10,000 invertebrates, 4,700 fish and 100 reptiles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

A performer dressed as Spider-Man meets children during a live show in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta. The Spider-Man live performance is part of a promotional event organized by the Disney XD TV channel and will also be presented in the cities of Ahemedabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad for the first time ever.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Piyal Adhikary / EPA

Workmen hang from a crane as they put the finishing touches to an ice sculpture for the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World display in the northern city of Harbin. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Gray / Reuters

Malaga's new soccer player Julio Baptista of Brazil heads a ball during his official presentation at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergio Torres / Associated Press

Members of Christian organizations and supporters of Binayak Sen take part in a candle-lit protest at India Gate in New Delhi. Protestors gathered to demonstrate against the life sentence handed out to doctor and social activist Binayak Sen on charges of sedition in Chhattisgarh state. Amnesty International has described Sen as a "prisoner of conscience," but the court insisted that the doctor helped outlawed Maoist guerrillas in the insurgency-riven state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manan Vatsyayana / AFP / Getty Images

A supporter of the main ruling Pakistan People's Party reacts after the killing of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer in Islamabad. Taseer was shot dead near his Islamabad home on Jan. 4 in a political assassination that threatens to sink the nuclear-armed country ever deeper into chaos.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Farooq Naeem / AFP / Getty Images

An aerial view showing mango trees surrounded by the rising floodwaters of the Fitzroy River west of Rockhampton.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Janie Barrett / EPA

A traditionally dressed man dances during a rally in Juba.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

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Pictures in the News | Jan. 4, 2011

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Pictures in the News | Jan. 4, 2011

The stalls of food vendors at the 12th Harbin Ice and Snow World in China glow warmly at dusk, a day ahead of the official opening of the festival; a new production of Cirque du Soleil opens at London’s storied Royal Albert Hall; and in Argentina, a motorcyclist in the South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 rides through the rock formations of a barren landscape.

There was a partial solar eclipse Tuesday, visible over most of Europe and northeastern Asia. We have images of the celestial event from Spain and Bulgaria.

In London, zookeepers conduct an annual head count of more than 16,000 creatures, including more than 10,000 invertebrates, 4,700 fish and 100 reptiles, while polar bears play in their enclosure at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic.

Protesters in India demonstrate against the life sentence handed out to a doctor and social activist on charges of sedition; a Pakistani governor was shot dead near his Islamabad home in a political assassination that threatens to sink the country ever deeper into chaos; and the Fitzroy River in Australia continues to rise and flood major portions of Queensland.

In sports, Brazilian soccer player Julio Baptista shows off his skills during his official presentation at the Rosaleda stadium in Spain, and in Qatar, Switzerland’s Roger Federer beats the Netherlands’ Thomas Schoorel during their first-round match at the Qatar Open tennis tournament.

Images from South Korea, Russia, China and Sudan complete today’s Pictures in the News.

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