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A Pakistan Customs official releases a falcon in the Kirthar National Park, some 50 kilometers from Karachi. Tari Mahmood, Senior Preventive Officer of Pakistan Preventive Customs, said that the customs and the Sindh Wildlife department have released six falcons that were seized during a raid in Karachi two months earlier.


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Malaysian Muslims recite a prayer during Maulidur Rasul in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur. Muslims throughout Malaysia on Thursday commemorate Maulidur Rasul, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad.


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Egyptian protesters tear down a cement wall built to prevent them from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building near Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s black-clad riot police fired tear gas in fierce dawn clashes with dozens of protesters. The violence which was soothed hours later in central Cairo comes on eve of the second anniversary of Egypt’s Jan. 25 uprising, which toppled longtime authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on January 29.


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Protesters flee from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes after protesters removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street near Tahrir Square in Cairo. Egypt is due to mark the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power on Friday, but the deeply divided nation facing an economic crisis is bracing for more protests, this time against a freely elected leader.


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A lone Chicago firefighter clears ice from around a hose in freezing temperature after a fire reignited at a warehouse in Chicago.

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A flock of starlings fly over an agricultural field near the southern Israeli city of Netivot.


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A girl and her mother walk in a building in Tokyo.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are seen behind a curtain during a traditional Jewish wedding of the granddaughter of Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, Israel. The gauze curtain is used to separate men and women during the wedding.

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