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Children pour cold water on themselves under the watchful eye of fitness coach Margarita Filimonova (R) at local kindergarten number 317, with the air temperature at about minus 23 degrees Celsius, in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The program, which also involves sports training and sauna usage improves health and keeps children fit.


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Malian soldiers patrol the streets of Gao, northern Mali. Troops from France and Chad moved into Kidal in an effort to secure the strategic north Malian city, a French official said Tuesday, as the international force put further pressure on the Islamic extremists to push them out of their last major bastion of control in the north.

Jerome Delay/AP

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Herring worth billions in exports are seen floating dead in Kolgrafafjordur, a small fjord on the northern part of Snaefellsnes peninsula, west Iceland, for the second time in two months. Between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of herring died in December and more now, due to lack of oxygen in the fjord thought to have been caused by a landfill and a bridge constructed across the fjord in December 2004.

Brynjar Gauti/AP

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Coal delivery man Henry Schulz fills baskets with coal to carry them into the basement of a customer in Berlin. Schulz who is now 53 has been working as a coal delivery man for more than 30 years and says the business has been in steady decline and will die out by the time he goes into retirement. An estimated 30,000 Berlin households have coal heating.


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Lindsey Vonn of the United States is airlifted after crashing during the women's super G at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria. Her right knee was seriously injured in the fall and she is finished for the season.

Luca Bruno/AP

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Workers check an electricity pylon situated amid farmlands in Chuzhou, Anhui province, China.


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Members of a carnival organisation work near a papier-mache figure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel made for the Rose Monday carnival procession in Cologne, Germany.


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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves after visiting Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt's leading Sunni Muslim scholar at the historic al-Azhar mosque and university, in Cairo. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution.


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A Palestinian child cries after his family’s house wad demolished by the municipality in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. The municipality says the building was constructed without proper permits and that its structure was not sound. The 33-member family says it was waiting to receive permits.

Bernat Armangue/AP

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A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is displayed at a news conference in central London. The reconstruction is based on a CT scan of human remains found in a council car park in Leicester which are believed to belong to the last of the Plantagenet monarchs of Britain who was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485.


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Campaigners call for a "yes" vote to allow gay marriage, as they demonstrate outside Parliament in London.


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