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An Afghan man walks in the Karte Sakhi cemetery, during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow for several days.

Ali Hamed Haghdoust/AP

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A woman holds incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in downtown Shanghai. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.


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A Hindu holy man sits on a chair of nails placed on a metallic swing hung above fire at “Sangam,” the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend the Maha Kumbh festival, which is one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days and falls every 12 years.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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A child looks across the frozen Yenisei River in the taiga area some 52 km south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.


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A farmer walks in the middle of a rice crop in Gowa district, in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province. A new food law in Indonesia will require traders of food staples such as soybeans, sugar and rice to regularly report stock levels to the government or face sanctions for hoarding, an influential lawmaker said on Monday. Late last year, Indonesia's president signed a food law intended to speed up self-sufficiency targets but which critics say will lead to greater curbs on imports and exports of staples, hinder overseas investment and push up prices.


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People try to extinguish a blaze on a pile of teak logs those caught fire from a burning oil ship that sank in Hlaing river in Yangon, Myanmar.

Khin Maung Win/AP

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France's President Francois Hollande (C) waits for a guest in the hall of the Elysee Palace in Paris.


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A man removes snow from a rooftop in central Seoul.


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French daredevil Alain Robert scales the Habana Libre hotel without using ropes or a safety net, in Havana, Cuba. Once the city's Hilton, Robert was able to reach the top of the 27-story building in 30 minutes. Robert has scaled much taller buildings in his career. He says his main concern is that the hotel is in disrepair like other Havana landmarks.

Ramon Espinosa/AP

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A girl blows a bubble with her chewing gum while carrying her sister in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.


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