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Opening ceremony of the traditional Vienna Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Schalk / Getty Images

Maria Fernandez draws a picture on the ice at the Ice Arena in the Planten un Blomen Park. Several artists attend the action taking place under the motto 'Hamburg on Ice'.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MALTE CHRISTIANS / EPA

A model prepares backstage before the Fyodor Golan show during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 at Somerset House.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

A Filipino fan signs a message wall with the portrait of the late singer Whitney Houston at a mall. Houston, a Grammy Award-winning singer, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide, was found dead in her hotel room in Beverly Hills. Her funeral will be Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENNIS M. SABANGAN / EPA

The sun is shining over a snow-covered tree in Obermaiselstein near Oberstdorf.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREAS GEBERT / EPA

A nearly 200-foot-long yacht is adrift and taking on water between the islands of Skyros and Psarra in the central Aegean Sea. All the passengers and crew, eight French nationals, were airlifted from the distressed yacht and are safe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

Sri Lankan opposition protesters are pushed over by a police water cannon during a demonstration against higher fuel prices. A wave of protests has swept across Sri Lanka since the government increased fuel prices a week ago because of rising world oil prices. A liter of gasoline rose 10 cents to $1.25 (about $5 per gallon) and diesel went up 26 cents.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eranga Jayawardena / Associated Press

A Japanese sumo wrestler fights with Thai children during the sumo practice session as part of The Grand Thailand Sumo Tournament. The traditional Japanese sport of sumo, which has been an essential part of Japan's cultural heritage for eight centuries and is rarely seen outside the country, is held to celebrate Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 84th birthday and promote cultural exchanges to strengthen the two countries' relationship.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPA

Falloujah residents wave Syrian revolutionary flags and Iraqi flags, chanting slogans against Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration. According to local sources, thousands of residents of Fallouja, in Anbar province, demonstrated in support of the Syrian people with the participation of tribal sheikhs, religious leaders and mass organizations to show their solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED JALIL / EPA

Internally displaced Somali children at their camp in the war-torn capital. At least 2.34 million people, or about a third of the country, still need support across Somalia, while hunger will grow in the lean period before the next harvest in the conflict-ridden Horn of Africa nation. A third of Somalia's population needs emergency aid and the mortality rates remain among the highest in the world, the U.N. warns.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFP / Getty Images

British actor Robert Pattinson poses for fans as he arrives for the photo call for the film "Bel Ami" at the Berlinale film festival. The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicked off with 23 productions screening in the main showcase.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

Fairview and McKean firefighters extinguish a fire that engulfed a tractor-trailer and the nine cars that it was hauling in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Erie. State police say a tractor-trailer caught fire and was destroyed, along with nine cars it was carrying. The driver escaped the truck unharmed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Hanrahan / Associated Press

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In the Mediterranean, a nearly 200-foot-long yacht was running adrift after taking on water between the islands of Skyros and Psarra in the central Aegean Sea. All the passengers and crew, eight French nationals, were airlifted from the distressed yacht and are all safe.

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