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.
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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.
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Debris from the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia is washed up as the vessel lies off the coast of the island of Giglio.
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A cold snap covers an orange grove in icicles and frozen dew, a disaster for local farmers who lost their crops.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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An Israeli soldier fires tear gas toward protesters during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land.
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A butterfly rests on a flower petal in a park.
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An Italian police diver swims near the half-submerged Costa Concordia as recovery operations continue around the crippled cruise ship.
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A satellite view shows the Costa Concordia on its starboard side off Giglio island.
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U.S. soldiers inspect the site of a suicide attack near the gate of the Kandahar airport that killed at least seven people and wounded eight. Women and children were among the victims of the attack.
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Students chant slogans after starting a bonfire to protest a government decision to raise fuel prices nearly 11%.
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A rainbow glows above the northern Gaza Strip after a shower.
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An Orthodox Jewish man passes a large sculpture of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin on La Brea Avenue.
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A scavenger sniffs the content in a bottle as he sorts plastic at the Bordo Poniente garbage dump. Some 6,000 tons of garbage a day were deposited at the dump for about 25 years until it was closed by the government last month. The dump has been considered as one of the main sources of greenhouse gases in Mexico.
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A man stands wrapped in a blanket as a couple walks by on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi.
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Divers at a water park perform an underwater dragon dance to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, marking the beginning of the year of the dragon, on Jan. 23.
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Gael Monfils of France signs autographs for fans after winning his second-round match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the Australian Open tennis tournament.
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Groups of Ukrainians lock arms to shove and wrestle one another in a traditional form of Cossack amusement as they celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany.
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A man marking the Orthodox Epiphany plunges into ice-cold water, thought by some to have curative powers at this time of year.
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Sledders, skiers, snowboarders and pedestrians take over a snow-covered street in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle on Wednesday. By Thursday morning, the winter wonderland had turned into a frigid nightmare, with sheets of ice covering western Washington.
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Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States competes during the qualification at the women's snowboard cross World Cup race in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.
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Mountain rescuer Thomas Merkel and his rescue dog, Jessy, look for a potential avalanche victim in a snow cave near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, during a drill of the local Mountain Rescue Services. Heavy snowfall in the Alps region the last few days has increased the threat of avalanches.
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A rescuer is lowered onto the cruise liner Costa Concordia aground in front of the harbor of Giglio Island after hitting underwater rocks Jan. 13. Emergency workers fear that the ship could slip from its resting place on a rocky shelf and slip into deeper waters.
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Divers of the Italian paramilitary Carabinieri police work near the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Giglio Island. A magistrate in Italy has said she ordered the house arrest of the ship's captain because there is a risk he may repeat his "criminal conduct."
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A member of the Argentinian theater group Fuerza Bruta performs during a party for the opening of the fashion fair Bread & Butter at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin.
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An Occupy London supporter performs songs outside the High Court. The City of London Corporation has won its legal bid to have the Occupy movement removed from outside St. Paul's Cathedral.
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Police officers detain a man wearing a grim reaper costume who tried to take part in an unauthorized stage protest outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in Moscow. The sign on the protester's chest reads: Corruption.
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A woman shops for Chinese lanterns in Shanghai for the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Dragon. The Lunar New Year begins Jan. 23 and marks the start of the Spring Festival holiday.
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A devotee in Minsk, Belarus, plunges into the ice-cold water of a lake to celebrate Orthodox Epiphany.
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An Orthodox Christian monk holds a cross at Ure Kidane Mihret monastery at Lake Tana in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Ethiopian monks and priests are preparing for the annual festival of Timkat, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. The festival will begin Jan. 19.
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A stuntman performs on a "Wall of Death" at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the annual monthlong Hindu religious fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India.
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Large lanterns re-create the ancient painting "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" during a lantern show, one of the 60 large-scale lantern settings at the show.
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A woman with a red packet, which is used for holding money, poses for a souvenir photo with an employee dressed as a god of fortune outside a shopping mall. Chinese will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Monday.
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Rescue workers continue operations around and on the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia off Giglio Island. Rescuers resumed their search using explosives to blast debris and other obstacles out of their path, Italian coast guard spokesman Filippo Marini said. "We want to take advantage of the good weather to try to make as much progress as possible" in the search for survivors, Marini added.
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Scuba divers recover a body from the cruise ship Costa Concordia. Italian media say five bodies have been found aboard the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany, raising the official death toll to 11.
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Mohammad Saber Yaqoti Hussaini Khedri, second from right, the calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of the Koran, turns a page at a ceremony. Hussaini Khedri claims to have completed the writing of the world's biggest copy of Islam's holy book in five years along with his nine students.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Musadeq Sadeq / Associated PressLink
Protesting Tibetan activists are arrested outside Hyderabad House as visiting Chinese delegates meet their Indian counterparts to talk about border issues in New Delhi. The activists protested the lack of Tibetan representation in the ongoing border talks between India and China in New Delhi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
A supporter of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf attends the ceremony to mark her second presidential inauguration at the capital.
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Indian roosters engage in a mock fight by their owners before the start of rooster fights. Reports state that more than 2,000 roosters take part in the annual five-day rooster fights as part of the Pongal celebrations.
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Lleyton Hewitt of Australia serves during his first-round match against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany during day two of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
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Mourners pass by the flag-draped casket of former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow as his body lies in state at the Capitol rotunda. Janklow, 72, died Thursday after a months-long battle with brain cancer.
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An Egyptian protester with his his hands chained chants slogans as another holds hanging effigies representing ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and others from his regime outside the police academy on the outskirts of the city.
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A worker inspects a dragon decoration made with LED lights at the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom, about 30 miles southwest of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday. This year's Lunar New Year, the year of the dragon, falls on Jan. 23.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohd Rasfan / AFPLink
People gather at sunrise at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a ceremony to mark the legacy of the civil rights leader. The Washington Monument can be seen in the background.
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Kashmiri students have a snowball fight in Srinagar on Monday. A cold wave tightened its grip in Jammu and Kashmir, with most places in the state recording sub-zero temperatures. The icy temperatures have frozen many bodies of water as well as drinking water taps. An avalanche warning has also been issued in some snow-bound hilly areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Farooq Khan / EPALink
The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis sits at the edge of ice about 12 miles from Mawson's Hut in Antarctica. The area, named for the Australian explorer who landed there a century ago, hadn't been enterered in more than a year
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A bull runs through a crowd with a bullfighter during the bull-taming festival of Jallikattu in Palamedu village, roughly 300 miles south of Chennai, India. The bulls are freed one by one from a corner and the bullfighter has to catch the bull and run with it for a distance to claim a prize. Thousands of people attend the festival.
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Nicole Ruprecht of Austria performs with the hoop during a round to qualify in rhythmic gymnastics for the 2012 Olympics in London. The qualifier was part of the London Prepares series of test events at the North Greenwich Arena on Monday.
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Maintenance engineer Darren Unsworth polishes the parquet dance floor of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Monday. The famous dance floor consists of 30,602 blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut.
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Angler Jim Rielly casts during the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Tay in Kenmore. A procession including a pipe band helped mark opening day.
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The damaged Costa Concordia cruise ship can be seen at night near the shore of Giglio. Pier Luigi Foschi, head of the Costa Crociere line, said the company had commissioned several firms to look at the best way to salvage the vessel. The ship ran aground Friday night, creating a large gash in its hull. So far, six people have died in the accident.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFPLink
Lebanese rescue workers remove a body from a collapsed building in Beirut's Ashrafieh neighbouhood on Monday. At least 13 people were killed and 20 others were feared trapped in the rubble, Lebanese officials said.
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