The San Francisco 49ers pose for a team photo during media day for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerald Herbert / Associated PressLink
Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara catches a wave off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. McNamara reportedly broke his own world record for the largest wave ever surfed at Nazare on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAULO CUNHA / LUSALink
Firefighters struggle to contain a fire at the Wemmers Hoek Dam. Runaway fires have ravaged South Africa's scenic winelands stoked by "perfect conditions" of strong winds and hot weather.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Iranian Zoroastrian girls celebrate during the midwinter Sadeh festival, which is observed 50 days before Iranian New Year. Observance of Sadeh includes starting a large bonfire, meant to drive away the cold and darkness of the season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPALink
A street dog joins a cordon set up by riot police outside the Iranian Embassy in Ankara while a group of Turkish Kurds, unseen, protest the conviction in Iran of two young Kurdish brothers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Burhan Ozbilici / Associated PressLink
Bodyguards carry mob boss Zlatomir Ivanov away after he was shot and wounded in front of Sofia's central courthouse, Unknown gunman opened fire on Ivanov, probably from a nearby building, as he was about to enter the courthouse, police said. Ivanov was reportedly undergoing surgery after suffering four gunshots.
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A Malian soldier tries to disperse looters in the streets of Timbuktu after Malian and French troops drove rebels from the city. Looters said they were justified because the shops belonged to "Arabs" and "terrorists" linked to the radical Islamists who occupied the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for 10 months.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC FEFERBERG / AFPLink
Steel workers take part in a protest near regional government headquarters in Namur in response to an announcement last week that 1,300 steel jobs would be eliminated in the city of Liege.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVIER HOSLET / EPALink
A man hangs on to the railing at North Curl Curl ocean pool to keep from being swept away after the remains of Cyclone Oswald passed over Sydney, bringing record rainfall, high winds and monster waves.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty ImagesLink
Hundreds of Hindu holy men receive donated food at a ceremony during the Maha Kumbh festival. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend the festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings, which falls every 12 years and lasts 55 days. As part of the celebration, pilgrims bathe in the Ganges River to ritually wash away their sins.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Scavengers wait for a scooper to turn over rubbish so they can search for items of value at a garbage dump in Jakarta. Indonesia's National Development Planning Board reported that the nation's poverty rate had fallen at 11.66% in September 2012 from 12.36% a year earlier.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAY ISMOYO / AFPLink
A couple wearing protective masks poses for a self-portrait amid a thick smoggy haze on Tiananmen Square. Extremely high pollution levels shrouded eastern China for the second time in about two weeks Tuesday, forcing airlines in Beijing and elsewhere to cancel flights because of poor visibility and prompting government warnings for residents to stay indoors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ng Han Guan / Associated PressLink
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand at a train station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated PressLink
Pedestrians walk under ice sculptures on display near St.Basil's Cathedral just outside the Kremlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFPLink
Raisina Hill, which houses India's most important ministries and presidential palace, forms a brightly illuminated backdrop after the annual Beating Retreat ceremony, marking the end of Republic Day celebrations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / Associated PressLink
Egyptian protesters watch and take pictures after setting a police armored vehicle on fire during clashes near Tahrir Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mostafa El Shemy / Associated PressLink
A baby pygmy elephant refuses to leave the side of a fallen adult, one of 10 pygmy elephants found dead this month in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve on the Malaysian island of Borneo. Conservation officials believe the elephants may have been poisoned and have formed a task force together with police and the World Wildlife Federation to investigate the deaths.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images / Sabah Wildlife DepartmentLink
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