Circus artists perform in front of Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican

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Circus artists perform in front of Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

India's BSF soldiers ride camels as they rehearse for "Beating Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi

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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the “Beating Retreat” ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations.

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland reacts after defeating Gael Monfils of France in their men's singles second round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne

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Jerzy Janowicz of Poland drops his racquet after defeating Gael Monfils of France in the men’s singles second round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne

Sharapova of Russia serves to compatriot Panova during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne

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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to compatriot Alexandra Panova during the women’s singles second-round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday. Sharapova defeated Panova to win the match.

Religious figures along with Hezbollah members and supporters mourn over the coffin of Lebanon's Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, during funeral in Arab-Salim

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Religious figures along with Hezbollah members and supporters mourn over the coffin of Lebanon’s Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, during his funeral in Arab-Salim, south Lebanon on Tuesday.

A suspect in a hostage taking situation is detained by members of special French RAID forces outside the post offices in Colombes outside Paris

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A suspect in a hostage taking situation raises his arms in the air as he is detained by members of special French RAID forces outside the post offices in Colombes outside Paris.

People look on as a car balances on the edge of a caved-in area on a street in Guangzhou

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A car balances on a section of road that caved in in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China. The hole, which measures approximately 25 square metres, appeared on Wednesday morning.

Activist kicks the shields of the military police officers during a demonstration in the military zone of the 27th infantry battalion in Iguala, Guerrero

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An activist kicks at military police during a demonstration in Iguala, Mexico. Activists and relatives of 43 missing trainee teachers broke into a military zone, less than a mile from where the students went missing. The remains of only one of the students has been identified so far.

A swimmer practices in the waters of Copacabana beach as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro

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A swimmer practices in the waters off Copacabana beach as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Girls carry their school bags as they walk along a road while heading to their school after it reopened in Peshawar

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Girls carry their school bags as they walk along a road while heading to their school after it reopened in Peshawar on Monday. Children streamed back to school across Pakistan on Monday in an anxious start to a new term following last month’s massacre of 134 students at an army-run school in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar.

People walk out of the cool waters of the Black Sea, as winter swimming fans gather on a beach on the Orthodox Christmas day in the Crimean

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People walk out of the cool waters of the Black Sea, as winter swimmers gather on a beach on the Orthodox Christmas day in the Crimean port of Yevpatoriya on Wednesday

A girl looks on among Afghan women lining up to receive winter relief assistance donated by the UNHCR in Kabul

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A girl stands among Afghan women lining up to receive winter relief assistance donated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kabul, on Wednesday

Visually impaired students of a school for the blind fight for the ball during a soccer match inside their school in New Delhi

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Visually impaired students at a school for the blind take part in a football match in New Delhi, India, on Monday.

Nihangs or Sikh warriors perform "Gatkha", a traditional form of martial arts, during a religious procession ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 5, 2015. Guru Gobind Singh was the last and the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Nihangs, or Sikh warriors, perform a traditional form of martial arts called Gatkha, during a religious procession ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Chandigarh, north India, on Monday.

Foreign flagged fishing boats registered in Papua New Guinea are destroyed by the Indonesian Navy after they were seized earlier for supposedly illegal fishing off the coast of Ambon

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Two foreign flagged fishing boats registered in Papua New Guinea are destroyed by the Indonesian Navy after they were seized earlier for supposedly illegal fishing off the coast of Ambon, Maluku.

A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province

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A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province.

Central Bank of the Russian Federation

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Russian currency dropped to 100 roubles to the euro on Tuesday, after Russia’s central bank made a surprise move on Monday night to raise interest rates to 17%

A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi

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A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, on Tuesday. According to Georgia’s Defence Ministry, a joint company from the IV mechanized brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces is departing to Afghanistan to take over from another Georgian unit, as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO military operation.

Labourers work at the construction site of a bridge being built over the river Yamuna for metro rail in New Delhi

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Labourers work on a bridge being built over the river Yamuna for metro rail in New Delhi on Friday. With growth struggling at 5.3% in the July-September quarter, it is likely to be some time before India recaptures the 8% growth levels needed for an expanding workforce

An Afghan man heads home walking through a dust cloud as the sun sets in Kabul

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An Afghan man heads home, walking through a dust cloud as the sun sets in Kabul on Monday.