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A ski jumper launches onto the ramp during a training round for the 60th Four Hills Tournament at the Bergisel ski jump in Innsbruck, Austria.


Keeper Adrian Walls tries to count penguins at the London Zoo, where the annual animal count was in progress.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

Zookeeper Tom Lowry makes close contact with a camel during the annual count at London Zoo.


Australia matches up against the United States at the Water Polo by the Sea event in Sydney at Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

Buddhist monks pray with their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during the fourth day of the Kalachakra Festival in Bodhgaya, India. The festival of teachings and meditations spans 10 days in the northern Indian state of Bihar.


Holiday travel ramps up at a train station in Beijing. The days-long Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, is built around the Jan. 23 event. It spurs the world's biggest annual migration of people as more than 200 million board trains and buses to celebrate with their families.


An Egyptian Christian shows an ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Qaliubia as Egyptians headed to the polls again in the final round of a phased election to choose the first parliament since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.


A Palestinian woman joins hundreds of people celebrating in the central city of Ramallah to mark the 47th anniversary of Palestinian revolution and the establishing of Fatah movement.


Businesspeople pray at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo on the first day of business in 2012. Japanese stocks rose in the first day of trading, with the Topix Index posting its biggest gain in 10 weeks, after reports from the U.S. and Germany added to signs that the global economy is so far weathering Europe's debt crisis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg

Temperatures in central Florida dipped into the 20s overnight. Icicles form a pattern on a fence outside a strawberry field in Dover. Farmers spray a protective coating of water over their plants to help keep them from freeze damage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Dagmar Havlova, widow of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, holds the urn with Havel's ashes before placing it in the family tomb at the Vinohrady Cemetery in Prague. Havel died Dec. 18 at age 75.


In in Allahabad, India, a worker sweeps a corridor at the Allahabad University campus on a cold and foggy morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

Thousands of Indonesians have donated flip-flops and other old sandals in a show of support for a 15-year-old boy who is being prosecuted for lifting an old pair of sandals. Those shown here are lined up at a collection point in Palu. The boy could face up to five years in prison if found guilty, the same sentence given to many terrorists, drug pushers and rapists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

In Harbin, China, visitors traverse stairs made from blocks of ice as part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The festival officially opens on Thursday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated Press

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We take flight to begin Wednesday’s Pictures in the News with a ski jumper launching onto a ramp at the Bergisel ski jump in Innsbruck.

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In Bodhgaya, India, Buddhist monks pray with their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during the fourth day of the Kalachakra Festival; in Ramallah, Palestinians mark the 47th anniversary of Palestinian revolution and the establishing of Fatah movement; and in Tokyo, Japanese businessmen pray on the first day of business in 2012. 

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