Actor Eddie Redmayne reacts as he takes the stage to accept the Oscar for best actor for his role in The Theory of Everything during the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California
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The Dean of Ripon Cathedral John Dobson takes part in the annual Pancake Races with children from Ripon Cathedral School outside Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire.
Boys bathe at roadside municipal taps in the early hours of the morning in the old quarters of Delhi, India
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A Nepalese Hindu sadhu (holy man) paints coloured paste on to his face during the Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindus mark the festival by offering prayers and fasting. Hundreds of sadhus have arrived in Pashupatinath to take part in the event
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Performers gather during preparations for the lunar new year celebrations in Hong Kong. The Chinese ‘year of the sheep’ begins on February 19
Revellers from the Grande Rio samba school participate in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro‘s Sambadrome
Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. At least two policemen were wounded in the attack, and five suicide attackers were killed by Afghan forces.
An Indian hand rickshaw puller transports children to school in Kolkata, India. Kolkata is the only city in India where hand-pulled rickshaws are still in operation.
A woman reacts as the residential block she lives in burns on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, as a result of shelling, according to locals
Toshisumi, a ‘Maiko,’ or apprentice geisha, performs a traditional dance during the opening ceremony of the ‘Kyo Aruki in Tokyo 2015′, a Kyoto sightseeing event. The 1,200-year-old city of Kyoto began a one-month programme of events in Tokyo to attract tourists
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A man walks home through flood waters in the village of Mifol near the city of Vlora. Floods caused by heavy rains over the past few days have hit southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers after rivers flooded hundreds of homes and many roads.
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan.
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Kukenan (L) and Roraima mounts as seen from a trekking camp, near Venezuela’s border with Brazil. Once impenetrable to all but the local Pemon indigenous people, now thousands of trekkers a year make the six-day hike across Venezuela’s savannah to reach the summit
Artist Katie Ashton puts the finishing touches to the wax figure of Yoda as part of a new Star Wars experience at Madame Tussauds in London. The collaboration with Disney UK & Ireland and Lucasfilm will feature 11 walk-in scenes that will bring iconic moments from Star Wars films to life and feature 16 heroes and villains.
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Two swans swim in a pond as snow falls on Duesseldorf, Germany.
Saudi commandos guard the front of Erga Palace in Riyadh as Barack Obama, the US president, arrives to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday
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A girl plays in a curtain of water at Madureira park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi talks during a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of a meeting at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy.
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Members of Swiss special police forces stand on the roof of the Kongress Hotel on the eve of the opening of the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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A Hindu holy man offers prayers after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the one-day Makar Sankranti festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making their annual trip to Sagar Island for the festival on Wednesday.