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An Indian child dressed as Hindu god Shiva to seek alms reacts to camera at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India.

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A worker walks among chairs as he and others prepare the Moses Mabhida Stadium ahead of Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Angola, Durban, South Africa.

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A fisherman throws his net in the water of the Straits of Malacca near Port Dickson 100 km south of Kuala Lumpur.


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Indian Hindu devotees perform rituals in the morning fog at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India. 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. During the festival pilgrims bathe in the holy Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins.

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A fighter from the Sadik unit of Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade fires his Draganov sniper rifle from inside a house during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus.


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A railway worker looks at the wreckage of two trains that crashed in a night-time collision in Granja do Ulmeiro, around 200 km north from Lisbon. The crash occurred on Monday night when a train, heading from Lisbon to Oporto with 77 passengers, hit the rear of a second train operating a regional service from Entroncamento to Coimbra. Seventeen were injured and the northern route was closed down, local media reported.


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, on election day. Israelis headed to polling stations Tuesday to cast votes in a parliamentary election expected to return Netanyahu to office despite years of stalled peacemaking with the Palestinians and mounting economic troubles.

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A woman shields herself from the rain under an umbrella as she enters the underground in Madrid.


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A skier passes snow covered trees in the Thuringian Forest near Oberhof, central Germany. The winter weather with temperatures around far below the freezing point will continue next days, according to forecasts.

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A performer dressed as a devil holds a stick spewing fireworks, during the traditional "Correfoc" (fire run) to mark the end of local festivities in Palma de Mallorca on the island of Mallorca. Correfoc takes place during traditional fiestas in eastern Spain with people dancing in devil costumes lighting fireworks among crowds of spectators.


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Malian women sift wheat in a field near Segou, central Mali, some 240kms from Bamako. French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Diabaly on Monday, winning praise from residents of this besieged town after Malian forces retook control of it with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded. The Islamists also have deserted the town of Douentza, which they had held since September, according to a local official who said French and Malian forces arrived there on Monday as well.

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