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A comb and a bowl of vermillion powder lie on a shelf as a Hindu holy man is reflected in a mirror kept for the use of devotees after bathing, near Sangam, confluence of Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India. Pilgrims believe bathing in the holy Ganges River can wash away their sins.

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A man walks past posters for Pashtu movies at the entrance of Arshad cinema in Peshawar, Pakistan.


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Newlywed couples kiss each other inside a public pool during a mass wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima, Peru. About 200 couples married in a ceremony organized by a local municipality to commemorate Saint Valentine's Day.


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Male Shetland pony, Silver, left, and female, Zorka, are seen dressed up as a groom and bride at the Royev Ruchey Zoo, on the suburbs of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Employees of the zoo arranged a wedding between the ponies to mark Valentine's day.


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Members of the Coogee Cougars running group chat inside a sea pool at sunrise on Sydney, Australia’s Coogee beach. The group is training for the Sydney Skinny nude ocean swim, scheduled for February 17, which will involve an estimated 200 naked people swimming a distance of 900 meters.


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Olive Ridley turtles return to the Bay of Bengal sea after laying eggs at the Rushikulya river mouth beach in Ganjam district, south of Bhubaneswar, India.

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Indian Hindu devotees dry their cloths after a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Maha Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India.

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Hindu holy men of the Shree Niranjani Akhara seek alms after initiation as "Naga" or naked holy men, at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India.

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An Iraqi resident shops for a gift on Valentine's Day in Baghdad.


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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was taken into custody after a 30-year-old woman, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead at his home.


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Israeli soldiers clean the barrel of a mobile artillery unit after an exercise in the Golan Heights, near Israel's border with Syria. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally.


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Children take part in a protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa calling for equal education for First Nations.


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