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Pictures in the News | Feb. 10, 2011

We’re back in Cairo to begin Thursday’s Pictures in the News, where reports that embattled president Hosni Mubarak would step down proved false, provoking anger and deepening the crisis. Thousands more Egyptian demonstrators joined a mounting tide of protest against Mubarak’s regime despite stark threats of a government crackdown.

Bulgarian Orthodox faithfuls light candles with jars of honey during a holy mass for the “sanctification of honey” in the town of Blagoevgrad, where honey and beehives are sanctified by performing a ritual for health and rich harvest; prison department employees wear masks as they demonstrate with French lawyers and judges during in a nationwide slowdown protest in treating court cases in France; and Marion Rolland of France crashes during women’s practice run at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Germany.

In Zimbabwe,  solid rain levels are expected to yield good crops this year after many years of poor harvest; thousands of Chinese return to work after the Lunar New Year holidays in Wuhan; and preparations are underway for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in the southern Indian city of Chennai.