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A diver works around the Costa Concordia before officials were forced to suspend search-and-rescue operations because the stricken luxury liner again became unstable.


A ''Tamborillero'' crosses a street during El Dia Grande, the main day of the San Sebastian feasts, in the Basque city of San Sebastian. Normally, companies of uniformed marchers would parade through the streets in honor of the city's namesake, but rain canceled much of this year's celebration, including a march by more than 4,000 drummers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alvaro Barrientos / Associated Press

Debris from the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia is washed up as the vessel lies off the coast of the island of Giglio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tullio M. Puglia / Getty Images

A cold snap covers an orange grove in icicles and frozen dew, a disaster for local farmers who lost their crops.


Women look on during a fast by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, part of a call for for harmony as the community nears the 10th anniversary of disastrous riots.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ajit Solanki / Associated Press

Zookeepers attend to a newborn polar bear at the Ocean Aquarium of Penglai. The cub is the daughter of 5-year-old Pengpeng and was born on Jan. 1.


Couples at St. Pancras Station break the record for the world's longest hug, which now stands at 24 hours, 44 minutes, beating the previous record by 11 minutes.


Ethiopian Orthodox Christians dance near the rock-hewn church Bete Giyorgis during the annual festival of Timkat, which celebrates Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.


A member of Christian rights group Release International wears makeup and a funeral veil as she takes part in a protest outside the North Korean Embassy calling for personal and religious freedom in that country.


A Cantonese Opera performer smiles backstage at West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre as cast members celebrated the Chinese New Year by performing a well-known play called "Prime Minister of Six States."


A combination of far-infrared and X-ray images shows hot young stars interacting with surrounding ultra-cool gas and dust, information that is crucial to understanding the life cycle of stars.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Null / AFP/Getty Images

Protesters chant slogans at a rally honoring those killed in clashes with security forces in Tahrir Square during the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated Press

An Israeli soldier fires tear gas toward protesters during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land.


A butterfly rests on a flower petal in a park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press

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We begin Friday’s Pictures in the News in the Basque region of Spain, where an annual holiday tradition was spoiled by rain. More than 4,000 uniformed marchers had been expected to parade through the streets of San Sebastian, playing drums and barrels in honor of the city’s namesake.

The search-and-rescue operation aboard the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia was suspended again, as the vessel shifted on the rocks on which it is resting and debris washed up along the coast of the Italian island of Giglio. See Gallery.

Elsewhere, zookeepers attended to a newborn polar bear at the Ocean Aquarium of Penglai in China; couples at St. Pancras Station in London broke the record for longest hug; and Egyptian protesters chanted slogans at a rally honoring those killed in clashes with security forces in Tahrir Square during the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

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