Children in an underwater observation dome are surrounded by clownfish at the Two Oceans Aquarium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIC BOTHMA / european pressphoto agencyLink
A young Buddhist monk attends a prayer session of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during the Kalachakra Initiation on the ninth day of the Kalachakra Festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Catholics prepare for a procession celebrating the feast of the Black Nazarene, a wooden statue of Christ believed to have miraculously survived a fire aboard the ship that brought it to the Philippines from Mexico 400 years ago. Police estimated that between 2 million and 3 million people took part in the observance.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAY DIRECTO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Performers known as Nuessler, men and boys wearing traditional costumes and masks derived from those worn by characters in the Venetian Commedia dell' Arte, parade through the streets of Brunnen, marking the opening of the carnival season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: URS FLUEELER / European pressphoto agencyLink
A swan swims on the Strelasund arm of the Baltic Sea near Stralsund and the island of Ruegen, as dark clouds hang on the horizon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN SAUER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Workers position a giant dragon sculpture made out more than 3,000 lanterns in Yongdingmen Square Park in preparation for the arrival of lunar new year and the year of the dragon on Jan. 23. The dragon is considered to be the most auspicious creature in the Chinese zodiac.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / European pressphoto agencyLink
A swimmer riding a broomstick jumps into frigid water during a winter swimming event on the ice-covered Songhua River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Artist Xin Ba sits in a cage as he presents a piece of performance art calling for the release of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who drew international attention to rights issues in rural areas and is currently under house arrest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIU JIN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is swarmed by the media after visiting a restaurant in Manchester, one day ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stephan Savoia / Associated PressLink
Syrians wave national flags outside the Holy Cross Church during a mass prayer held to honor the people killed in Syria since the eruption of violence. Syrian Christian and Muslim clergymen attended and scores of Syrians gathered outside the church waving the Syrian flag and photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria says more than 2,000 military and police officers have been killed in nine months of violence, while the U.N. estimates that more than 5,000 people have been killed in the clashes involving the army, protesters and army defectors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOUSSEF BADAWI / European pressphoto agencyLink
A man jumps over a bonfire set up on Ikorodu Road during a protest against soaring gasoline prices following the government's decision to abolish decades-old fuel subsidies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Swiss Guard stands watch as diplomats await the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for an address at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIER PAOLO CITO / AFP / Getty IMagesLink
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