People holding national flags perform the horo, a traditional folk dance, in the icy waters of the Tundzha River during celebration of Epiphany in Kalofer, Bulgaria. Epiphany is a Christian holding marking the arrival of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts for the infant Jesus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASSIL DONEV / EPALink
A Christian in Istanbul kisses the cross after it was retrieved from the waters of the Golden Horn during a traditional blessing ceremony celebrating the Epiphany.
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Children at St. John Church in Abovyan, Armenia, hold candles during services on the Armenian Orthodox Christmas Eve.
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Melissa Keller, left, and her partner, Joanne Stiger, celebrate as they apply for a marriage license in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where same-sex marriage is now legal after a court declared the state's ban on such marriages unconstitutional.
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A tugboat helps stabilize the Hoegh Osaka cargo ship, grounded on the submerged Bramble Bank at the entrance of the Southampton Waters between Southampton on the southern English coast and the Isle of Wight. Experts were assessing how to salvage the stricken ship, which was bound for Germany with 1,400 automobiles, and minimize environmental damage in the busy waters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Participants take part in the annual horn sledge race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Horn sledges were once used by alpine farmers to transport wood and hay down mountainsides in the winter.
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City lights illuminate fog floating above the city of Salgotarjan, northeast of Budapest, Hungary.
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Lluis Castello, 82, owner of Musical Emporium in Barcelona, Spain, stands in his shop on its last day in business before he shuts down and moves out because of rising rent. Castello's grandfather founded the Musical Emporium 1900 and Castello has run the business since 1956. Tens of thousands of shops are expected to close in the next few months because of a law change that allows landlords to increase rents without restrictions.
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Red Cross workers wearing protective suits carry the body of a person who died from Ebola as a woman weeps during a burial for victims of the virus in Monrovia, Liberia.
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Bangladeshi firefighters douse the smoldering remains of a car set on fire by opposition protesters in Dhaka. Bangladesh police arrested a high-ranking member of the country's main opposition party, alleging he incited violence, a senior official said.
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A family member mourns victims of the deadly stampede by new year's revelers a week after the tragedy on Shanghai's historic riverfront.
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An Indonesian officer observes as a Malaysian navy vessel conducts recovery operations for the lost AirAsia airliner in the Java Sea.
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An Indian monk dressed as Lord Shiva prays at a transit camp as pilgrims arrive for the upcoming Gangasagar Fair at Sagar Island, in Calcutta. The Gangasagar Fair is an annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims to take a dip in sacred waters of Ganges River before it flows into the Bay of Bengal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIYAL ADHIKARY / EPALink
Austria's Stefan Kraft soars through the air during a trial jump for the final stage of the Four Hills ski jumping competition in Bischofshofen, Austria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANGELIKA WARMUTH / EPALink
Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy, left, has a nose for the ball in action against Sassuolo's Davide Biondini during an Italian Serie A soccer match at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL DAL ZENNARO / EPALink
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