Kashmiri Muslims bow in supplication as the head cleric displays the holy relic -- believed to be hair from the beard of the Prophet Muhammad -- during the Islamic festival celebrating Muhammad's birthday.
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Muslim pilgrims fill a boat headed to the Hazratbal shrine for the festival celebrating the Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
A medical student arrives with a less-than-lively passenger for a carnival marking Students Day in Stavropol.
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Matt Gone welcomes guests at Expotattoo Venezuela 2013.
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Jon Eigenheer sports a spiked mohawk during the men's snowboard superpipe competition at the Winter X Games.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Ontiveroz / Denver PostLink
Ice crystals form a frosty fuzz on a barbed-wire fence, to be melted away by the rising sun.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOCHEN LUEBKE / EPALink
Mist obscures ancient temples in the sunrise in central Myanmar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khin Maung Win / Associated PressLink
Protesters perform a street play to dramatize their demand for retribution for a massive fire at a garment factory in Savar on Nov. 24 that killed 112 workers.Some who escaped said they found exits locked and were told to go back to work when the fire alarm went off. Protesters want punishment for the factory's owners and compensation for the victims' families, dozens of which did not even have a body to bury because their loved ones' remains were burned beyond recognition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A.M. Ahad / Associated PressLink
A farmer carries a bundle of freshly harvested tobacco leaves through a field on a plantation in western Cuba.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrey Rudakov / BloombergLink
While Malian and French forces battle Islamist rebels who've taken over much of northern Mali, field hands harvest sugar cane in the early morning outside Niono, in the south.
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Britain's Andy Murray serves against Switzerland's Roger Federer in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Murray needed four hours and five sets to defeat Federer and will now face Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the final.
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Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo, preparing for Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, details the stage next to a 10-foot-tall Actor statue at the Shrine Auditorium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
Competitors in the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal dangle above the mountains.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS ROBAYO / AFPLink
Followers of the Shiite Houthi group attend a celebration marking the birth anniversary of the prophet Muhammad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YAHYA ARHAB / EPALink
Six former Bell city leaders -- George Mirabal, top, Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello -- attend the first day of their trial at Los Angeles County Superior Court.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
A resident walks past police patrolling a street in the Ilha do Governador neighborhood in the favela do Dende shantytown. Drug traffickers clashed with police early Thursday. Three people were killed and four were detained during the clashes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFPLink
A member of the National Air and Navy Service of Panama guards a 2,800-pound cocaine consignment seized on Tuesday in Cocoli. In two days the service seized nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine destined for the United States.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUAN JOSE RODRIGUEZ / AFPLink
Members of an Indian military band rehearse for the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina Hill, which houses India's most important ministries and the presidential palace. The ceremony is held annually on Jan. 29, marking the end of Republic Day celebrations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / Associated PressLink
Indonesian volunteers dunk their colleague in the flood waters after distributing relief goods to flood victims in Jakarta. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 30,000 people were displaced while 20 people died during the widespread flooding that hit Jakarta as the weather bureau forecast more rain in the coming days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROMEO GACAD / AFPLink
People use a catwalk in flooded San Mark's Square. Tides were reportedly 40 inches above average on Thursday, causing flooding in the lower parts of Venice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA MEROLA / ANSALink
A Japanese coast guard ship sprays water at a Taiwanese fishing boat transporting activists to the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China or Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in the East China Sea. Escorted by four Taiwan coast guard vessels, a fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists made an attempt to reach the Senkaku Islands.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAPAN COAST GUARD / HO / JAPAN COAST GUARD / HANDOUTLink
Egyptian protesters tear down a cement wall built to prevent them from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building near Tahrir Square. Egypt's black-clad riot police fired tear gas in fierce dawn clashes with dozens of protesters. The violence comes on eve of the second anniversary of Egypt's Jan. 25 uprising, which toppled longtime authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Tallal / Associated PressLink
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are seen behind a curtain during a traditional Jewish wedding.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated PressLink
Sloane Stephens of the U.S. hits a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated PressLink
Arctic sea-smoke rises from Portland Harbor where the Bahama-based oil tanker the Teesta Spirit unloads its fuel. A stubborn cold front continues to grip the region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert F. Bukaty / Associated PressLink
Visitors walk through the snowy landscape at Grosser Feldberg in Germany. Freezing rain, frost and snow has turned the Taunus mountain range into a winter wonderland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNE DEDERT / EPALink
A man and woman are bundled up against the cold on New York's 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The temperature at morning commute time was about 12 degrees, but with wind gusts of 15 to 20 mph, it felt more like 5 below.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated PressLink
A Chicago firefighter's helmet is covered with ice from single-digit temperatures during a five-alarm blaze in a warehouse on the city's South Side.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated PressLink
Huskies pull a sled in a forest course during practice for the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally in Scotland. Huskies and sledders are preparing for the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain's 30th anniversary race taking place this weekend near Aviemore.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty ImagesLink
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Clinton warned of the challenges posed by rising militancy after the Arab Spring as she appeared before U.S. lawmakers Wednesday to be asked about a deadly attack.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An Afghan laborer outside a traditional brick factory in Kholm. Afghanistan is having trouble keeping hard-earned development gains due to looming security challenges when NATO military forces withdraw in 2014, an internal World Bank audit reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: QAIS USYAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Children play on a toppled mosque minaret in Pidie in Indonesia's Aceh province following a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck off coast, killing an 8-year old girl and injuring seven others.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Thai beautician gives a face hair removal treatment to a customer at a roadside shop in Bangkok. The ancient Chinese traditional facial hair removal process, consisting of putting powder on the customer's face, then using a crisscrossed thread to pluck along the skin surface, costs about $3.30.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPALink
An Indonesian animal vendor binds a monkey before selling it to a buyer at the Sungai Sarik Market in Indonesia. Being one of the largest coconut producing areas in West Sumatra, the Padang Pariaman people use the monkeys to pick the coconuts from the trees. Female monkeys are valued at about $25, whereas male monkeys are valued at about $12.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZULKIFLI / EPALink
Tennis fans arrive ahead of the men's quarterfinal match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France during day 10 of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vince Caligiuri / Getty ImagesLink
A protester is injured by police after they opened fire with rubber bullets during the third day on of ongoing service delivery riots in South Africa. The poor residents of the township contend the ruling African National Congress government has not delivered basic services to them in the 16 years since the end of apartheid. Many people are living without running water or waste disposal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
Models wear creations by French fashion designer Alexandre Vauthier as part of the Paris' haute couture week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacques Brinon / Associated PressLink
Tunisia's Youssef M'sakni celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Algeria in an African Cup of Nations soccer match at the Royal Bafokeng stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Armando Franca / Associated PressLink
Firefighters battle a blaze raging through a historic former mansion that is now part of Galatasaray University's campus on the Bosporus in Istanbul. There were no reports of injuries.
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Students wait outside an entrance to Lone Star College after a shooting that wounded at least three people and sent students fleeing for safety. The campus was locked down for at least an hour before an evacuation began. One person was detained as a person of interest, and authorities were searching surrounding woods for someone else also described as a person of interest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patric Schneider / Associated PressLink
Twenty-eight vehicles collided in fog in Kleidi, about 500 kilometers north of Athens, on Tuesday. One woman died and 26 others where injured, four in serious condition. According to police, 20 vehicles were involved in a first pileup and eight were involved in a second collision near the first.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAKIS MITROLIDIS / AFPLink
Waves crash against Paseo Nuevo promenade. Authorities declared an alert in the region as the coast was buffeted by strong winds. Snow and cold weather also are affecting Spain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Etxezarreta / EPALink
A French soldier is posted near the city of Diabaly as fighting in Mali sends tens of thousands fleeing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFPLink
Two trains collided late Monday on the main railway line between Lisbon and the northern city of Oporto. Fifteen people were injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAULO NOVAIS / LUSALink
Freya, companion to British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, makes herself at home in a room in 10 Downing Street where a meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was shortly scheduled to take place.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AFPLink
Buddhist monks chant at Buddhamonthon in Nakorn Pathom province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFPLink
A woman dresses for the weather as temperatures in Toronto drop into single digits.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Young / The Canadian PressLink
A golf course is transformed by snow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Milligan / Associated PressLink
Recyclable plastic bags dry in the sun.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFPLink
People wave American flags as people gather near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall for the inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. President Obama is ceremonially sworn in for his second term Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesLink
People gather in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial before the inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty ImagesLink
About 150 firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department worked for several hours to bring the blaze under control that destroyed the cafeteria building at Mountain View High School in El Monte.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
People gather as Malian soldiers arrive in the city of Diabaly. French and Malian troops recaptured the Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from Islamist fighters, France's defense minister said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Malian soldier holds a French and Malian flag after arriving in the city of Diabaly. French and Malian troops entered Diabaly, which has been the theater of air strikes and fighting since being seized by Islamists a week ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFPLink
Riot police stand guard as a woman holds a portrait of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko signed with the words "Guiltless!" as she attends a protest rally in front of President Viktor Yanukovych's offices. Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka accused Tymoshenko of organizing the 1996 murder of a powerful lawmaker and warned that a guilty verdict could put her behind bars for life.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A giant model watch by watchmaker A. Lange & Soehne, part of luxury goods group Richemont, is displayed during the opening day of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), a professional fair in fine watchmaking in Geneva.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
People drop lines in holes drilled through ice on the Taedong River to fish.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jon Chol Jin / Associated PressLink
Icicles hang from a bicycle seat. Overnight snowfall and freezing temperatures have caused traffic problems in the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK RUMPENHORST / EPALink
Tim Coulson, huntmaster at the Lauderdale Hunt, exercises the hounds in the snow at Scarce Law in Lauder. Widespread snowfall is affecting most of the U.K. with school closures and transportation disruption.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty ImagesLink
A supporter of the Russian Communist Party uncovers a poster showing a portrait of the former Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin during a rally near the Lenin monument in downtown Moscow. The day marks the anniversary of Lenin's death in 1924.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPALink
Indonesian people wade through a flooded street to get free cooking gas in Jakarta. Companies and consumers have started to calculate damages and losses from the widespread floods that hit Jakarta last week, claiming at least 15 lives, displacing thousands from their homes and afflicting capital residents with water-borne illnesses.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEK BERRY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Andy Murray of Great Britain signs autographs after winning his fourth round match against Gilles Simon of France during day eight of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lucas Dawson / Getty ImagesLink
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