Holocaust survivor Eva Szirtes looks for the names of her relatives on a memorial wall holding the engraved names of tens of thousands of Hungarian Holocaust victims at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Szirtes was taking part in United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps 67 years ago.
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A man smells a flower during a memorial service on United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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Israelis look at an exhibit of Nazi swastikas in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, part of activities marking United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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An man sits by candlelight in his home because a number of villages have been without power for more than a year after the electrical transformer serving the area was stolen.
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A winter morning in the Tatra Mountains.
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American Thomas Biesemeyer practices for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill competition.
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The wares are lined up at the Birqash camel market, one of the biggest in the Middle East.
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A Tibetan boy looks on as Chinese police patrol a street in Sichuan province, a Tibetan-inhabited region recently rocked by deadly clashes.
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A performer dressed as the Chinese god of wealth smiles outside a shopping mall during Lunar New Year celebrations.
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Ah Leng, left, and Ah Li chew on ice at Houhai Lake during the Lunar New Year holiday, the start of the Year of the Dragon.
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Hoping to bring their businesses prosperity and good fortune, traders set off fireworks outside the Silk Market on the fifth day of Lunar New Year celebrations marking the start of the Year of the Dragon.
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A penguin dives in a pool at the city's zoo.
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A "blue marble" image of the Earth, a composite of a number of shots, was taken from the recently launched NASA satellite Suomi NPP.
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A young man trudges through a snowstorm in Bucharest, where, along with the rest of southern Romania, deep snow and continued blizzard conditions have paralyzed traffic.
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A musher competes in the Sedivackuv Long sled dog race.
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Paul Cook, left, and Al Anderson, members of a local men's casual ice hockey group, try to stabilize a sinking shanty their group uses on Lake Mendota. The shanty began sinking during a recent thaw and then froze in place.
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Aboriginal dancer Uncle Max of the Yuin nation is seen at the Woggan-ma-gule (meeting of the waters) ceremony as part of Australia Day festivities at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Rescuers and divers work near the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia lying aground where it tipped over after hitting underwater rocks. Hopes of finding any more survivors in the wreck has all but faded away.
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Against a giant tee-box backdrop portraying a desert caravan, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland follows the flight of his ball on the 15th hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC golf championship.
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A visitor takes a picture of a lifelike sculpture of a newborn baby and frogs by Australian artist Sam Jinks at the India Art Fair.
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One of the more 1,000 prison detainees in Krygyzstan who sewed their lips together this week to protest prison living conditions. Authorities said the acts were organized by rival crime groups vying for control in prisons.
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Indian girls in traditional clothing dance for dignitaries during the main Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
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A costumed Beijing Opera performer enlivens a temple fair celebrating the Chinese New Year.
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Firefighters battle an early morning blaze at Selwyn College Preparatory School. The main building on the 90-acre campus, used for kindergarten through third-grade classes and for offices, was destroyed.
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A topless model painted with a butcher's diagram parades in the street in central London as a stunt by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to mark World Week for the Abolition of Meat.
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Lion tamer Vladislav Goncharov performs with a lion during the official Award Gala Evening of the 36th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo.
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A boy runs away from a roaring dinosaur as replicas of the extinct animals are exhibited in the snow-covered Pionirska Dolina park. The exhibition, called "The World of Dinosaurs," opened Wednesday. The reconstruction of the dinosaurs was supervised by the Natural History Museum in Hanover, Germany.
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An old MK II model Jaguar car is on display, hanging from the outer wall of a parking lot building, as part of its decoration.
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Luke Donald plays a ball out of the sand at Liwa Desert, two days ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
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A model presents a creation by On Aura Tout Vu during the Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection show.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a shot against David Ferrer of Spain during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championship.
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A young Chinese man holds joss sticks to pray for prosperity and well being at the start of the Year of the Dragon at the Tibetan Lama 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.
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A rainbow is seen over Lycabettus Hill after heavy rainfall.
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South Korean Buddhist monks collect the ashes of high priest Ji-Kwan from around his funeral pyre during a cremation ceremony at the Heain-sa temple in Hapcheon. The Buddhist cremation ceremony, called Dabisik, was held for Ji-Kwan, a former head of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
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A Chinese performer portraying the emperor is followed by an imperial entourage dressed in brilliant clothing during a re-creation of the Sacrifice to Heaven ritual on the second day of the lunar new year, or Spring Festival, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The elaborate ritual was performed 682 times by 23 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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A handmade Indian national flag, more that 150 feet long, hangs in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai. The giant flag, prepared to celebrate women's empowerment, was made by 17 members of the Labour Education and Research Network (LEARN) and funded by enterprise application software maker SAP. It was created for the upcoming 63rd Republic Day of India, on Thursday.
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Nepalese student activists participate in a torch rally as they chant slogans to protest petroleum price hikes. Students were blocking roads in Nepal's capital to protest increases for gasoline, diesel and cooking fuel.
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A woman looks out from a bus as anti-government protesters march. Thousands, from all over Romania, joined protests in the Romanian capital asking for the resignation of the country's president and early elections.
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Prison guards carry an injured colleague to safety during riots at the main prison in Colombo. Guards opened fire on rioting inmates at Sri Lanka's main prison in the capital, leaving 25 inmates and four guards wounded, officials said. The inmates, who were protesting poor food quality and overcrowding, also set fire to a kitchen and an administrative building.
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A spider sculpture titled "Maman," by French American artist Louise Bourgeois, stands in front of the Kunsthalle museum in Hamburg. The artwork is nearly 30 feet tall and is made of bronze, steel and marble. It's part of the exhibition "Louise Bourgeois. Passage Dangereux," which will open Feb. 10.
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A supporter of the Senegalese national football team watches his team train in Bata on the eve of Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations match against Equatorial Guinea.
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An archaeologist unearths the bones of a woman as archeologists and villagers searched in a cemetery in the southwestern Spanish town of Gerena for a mass grave thought to contain the remains of 17 women who where shot by Gen. Francisco Franco's forces in 1937. The search for the remains comes a day before a trial begins for Spain's crusading judge Baltasar Garzon, charged with abuse of power for having opened an investigation into the disappearance of 114,000 people during Spain's 1936-39 civil war and Franco's subsequent dictatorship.
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Activists hold candles during a vigil for missing cartoonist and journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda in Colombo. Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared on Jan. 24, 2010, just hours before the presidential election. Rights groups have repeatedly accused the government of stifling media freedoms, a charge denied by the authorities.
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Carnival princes and princesses wait to be greeted by the German chancellor at a reception for carnival performers from around Germany.
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A farmer returns home from work at sunset.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tourists walk in front of the Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra cathedral after a night of heavy snowfall in the Ukrainian capital.
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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.
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Participants listen during a candlelight vigil for former Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno in State College. Paterno died Sunday at age 85.
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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.
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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.
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