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A newly-commissioned official painting of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The oil on canvas by Glasgow-born artist Paul Emsley was done in two sittings.


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A member of the crowd bowls a tennis ball on the pitch as Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera looks on during the one-day international cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


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Puppies sit in kennel at a frontier guards' cynology centre near the town of Smorgon, some 140 km northwest of Minsk. The centre prepares instructors with trained dogs for guarding Belarus' border and also sells puppies and dogs, which are not fit for service at the border, to civilians in the country.


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Members of a local winter swimming club warm up on a bank of the Yenisei River ahead of their weekly bathing session, while air temperatures stand at minus 17 degrees Celsius, in the town of Divnogorsk, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.


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South Africa's Riaan Van Niekerk rides his KTM during the 5th stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile


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An employee wearing a panda costume slides down from an ice sculpture during the Harbin International Ice and Snow World festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.


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Rescuers search for survivors after a landslide hit Zhenxiong county, Yunnan province. The death toll from a landslide that hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Friday has risen to 42, after more bodies were retrieved, Xinhua News Agency reported.


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Members of the Free Syrian Army pose with their weapons and a snowman at the Jouret al Shayah area in Homs.


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A cloud formation tinged with red dust travels across the Indian Ocean near Onslow on the Western Australia coast.

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