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A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai January 29, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31.


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Mayor Rob Ford straightens his tie at the Toronto City Council meeting on Jan. 29, 2014.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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A priest and a nun walk by a large drawing of Pope Francis depicting him as a superhero on a wall near the Vatican January 29, 2014. The Argentinian Pope is shown taking off into air with his right fist clenched in a classic Superman style.


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An Amazon Indian sits on the street in front of the headquarters of Brazil's Indian affairs bureau FUNAI after police expelled by court order a group of Indians who were occupying the building, in Manaus January 29, 2014. Some 50 Indians have been occupying FUNAI's building since last November as they pressure the institution to change its current director, Eduardo Desiderio Chaves, who they complained for being a non-Indian and is accused of ignoring their needs, according to the group.


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In this photo taken with a fisheye lens over the city's perimeter highway known as "Spaghetti Junction," the ice-covered interstate system shows the remnants of a winter snow storm that slammed the city with over 2 inches of snow that turned highways into parking lots when motorists abandoned their vehicles creating massive traffic jams lasting through, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Atlanta. While such amounts of accumulation barely quality as a storm in the north, it was enough to paralyze the Deep South.

David Tulis/AP

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Deputies of the pro-presidential Party of the Regions (bottom) react during a session in Parliament in Kiev January 29, 2014. Lawmakers loyal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Wednesday offered an amnesty to people detained in the wave of anti-government protests - but only on condition that activists vacate occupied buildings in Kiev and other parts of Ukraine.


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(L-R) Second year engineering students Zack Eberwein, Terence Quek and Alvin Leung react to their car stalling on the track during the annual 'Robotic Car' competition by second year UBC engineering students in Vancouver, British Columbia on January 29, 2014.

Ben Nelms/for The Globe & Mail

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees during a visit to a local Costco in Lanham, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The president was promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement no action from Congress necessary.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

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Anti-government protesters rest at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 29, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his government on Wednesday to honour its agreements to lend Ukraine $15 billion to Ukraine and cut the price of gas it sells to its crisis-hit neighbour.

Konstantin Chernichkin/REUTERS

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John Abney feeds birds on Pier 7 in San Francisco, California January 29, 2014. Abney said he has been feeding the birds three times a day, five days a week for the past eight years.


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Revelers take photos of themselves during Chinese New Year celebrations ahead of the new year at Marina Bay in Singapore January 29, 2014. The Lunar New Year which falls on January 31 marks the year of the horse.


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A girl cries near a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in Aleppo's Dahret Awwad neighbourhood January 29, 2014.


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People walk on rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was barrel bombs dropped by government forces in Aleppo's Dahret Awwad neighborhood January 29, 2014.


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John Fitzgerald, a lineman for Dominion Power, uses cross-country skis on Hanbury Road in Chesapeake, Va. to get to work on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The National Weather Service says the Norfolk area averages fewer than three days of snow each winter that result in at least an inch of accumulation. Wednesday marks the fourth day in less than two weeks that at least an inch of snow has fallen.

Steve Earley/AP

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Atletico Madrid players celebrate a goal during their Spanish King's Cup match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium in Bilbao January 29, 2014.


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