An Occupy WEF protester builds an igloo to protest against the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss Alpine resort. Some 1,600 economic and political leaders, including 40 heads of states and governments, will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system that has been described as "outdated and crumbling" as they converge in Davos for the 42nd edition of the five-day World Economic Forum.
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An Indian soldier looks down the barrel of an 84 millimeter rocket launcher during an army mela (fair) and exhibition. The army mela (fair), organized by the Flaming Arrows Brigade, displayed weapons and military equipment to civilian visitors of the event.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARINDER NANU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Malaysian Chinese ethnic woman prays during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple. Chinese around the world celebrate the Year of the Dragon on Monday.
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Members of the Chinese community participate in a lion dance during Chinese New Year celebrations. Dragon dance and Lion dance, iconic festivities that mark the first day of the new year, according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, are common during the new year.
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A Chinese woman lights joss sticks to pray for prosperity and well being on the first day of the "Year of the Dragon," at the Dongyue Temple. China is welcoming the Year of the Dragon, a symbol considered to be particularly auspicious because it is the only mythical creature among the dozen animals that represent each year in the Chinese cosmic cycle.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARK RALSTON / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Franco-Turkish demonstrators wave French and Turkish flags as they protest against a Senate vote on a bill making it illegal to deny that the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was a genocide, near the French Senate in Paris. The French government appealed for restraint following fresh threats from Turkey of reprisals if the Senate in Paris passes the bill making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered "genocide" at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN LANGSDON / EPALink
An Egyptian woman chants slogans in front of riot police outside parliament as the body meets for its first session since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak in Cairo last year. Egypt's first free parliamentary elections, which were held in phases between November and early January, saw Islamists clinch nearly three-quarters of the seats.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tourists walk in front of the Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra cathedral after a night of heavy snowfall in the Ukrainian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An American flag, hat, scarf and sweat shirt are among the items left in remembrance on a statue of Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno, outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus. Paterno died Sunday morning.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alex Brandon / Associated PressLink
Participants listen during a candlelight vigil for former Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno in State College. Paterno died Sunday at age 85.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Beale / Associated PressLink
Residents walk through the debris of their neighborhood after a tornado ripped through the area. Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said the storm produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Center Point, Clay and Trussville.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated PressLink
A Hindu devotee offers prayers to the Sun god on Mauni Amavasya, or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair of Magh Mela. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, some hoping to wash away sins and others to secure a fine spouse, during the monthlong festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
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