Chadian troops patrol the streets of Gao in northern Mali, days after Islamist extremists fled the city as French, Chadian and Nigerien troops moved in, ending 10 month of radical Islamic control of Gao.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated PressLink
A woman sits prayerfully while her head is shaved in a ritual of mourning ahead of the funeral of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012, at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
Phoenix police SWAT team members prepare to enter the home of a suspected gunman who hours earlier had opened fire at an office building, killing one person and wounding two others. The shooting set off a manhunt that led authorities to surround his house for several hours before discovering he wasn't there. Police continued to search for 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ross Franklin / Associated PressLink
Several rooms were heavily damaged and two people were critically burned in an explosion Wednesday in a San Diego motel room that was being used as a lab to extract hashish oil from marijuana, officials said. A 20-year-old woman and 21-year-old man were using butane as a heat source in the process when the man lit a cigarette, causing the explosion, officials said. Walls collapsed and windows were blown out of several rooms in the three-story Heritage Inn motel in the Ocean Beach area. A man staying in an adjacent room was injured by flying debris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles TimesLink
Travelers head for their trains at the Beijing Railway Station. The Chinese New Year travel season runs from Jan. 26 to March 6.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lintao Zhang / Getty ImagesLink
Airport operations continue as workers dismantle an abandoned aircraft at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Nigerian aviation officials have begun trying to remove the hulks of an estimated 65 abandoned airplanes from airports around the country, with at least 13 at Lagos' international airport.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jon Gambrell / Associated PressLink
The Clippers' Jamal Crawford is smacked in the nose by the ball as he falls out of bounds in front of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Crawford scored 17 points in the Clippers' 96-90 win.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Mone / APLink
Men of the Juna Akhara Hindu sect stand naked while participating in a ceremony during the Maha Kumbh festival in which they ritually rid themselves of worldly ties and dedicate themselves to being Naga, or naked holy men. The men had earlier bathed at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The significance of nakedness is that they are not connected to material belongings, even something as simple as clothes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks gather outside the International Monetary Fund headquarters to protest austerity measures imposed on Portugal by the European Union and the IMF.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFPLink
A man clears snow from the canopy roof above a shopping mall entrance after heavy snowfall hit Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFPLink
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