Dancers parade during the Nice Carnival in southeastern France. The theme of this year’s carnival, running until March 4, is the ‘King of Gastronomy’.
Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags as they arrive for a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok today.
A Chinese tourist observes the Forbidden City as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing.
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Workers construct a Carnival float in the Grande Rio Samba School warehouse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival officially begins on February 28 but pre-festivities have already begun.
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Three people dressed in Carnival costumes pose at the Doge’s Palace on Tuesday in Venice. The 2014 Carnival of Venice runs until March 4 and will include a program of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events.
Members of India’s Dongria tribe watch an animal sacrifice during the two-day Niyamraja Festival atop the Niyamgiri hills near Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, Orissa state, India. Every year, members of this indigenous group celebrate this festival sacrificing animals and birds in worship of their deity.
Britain’s skip Eve Muirhead celebrates after beating Switzerland in the women’s curling bronze medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech on Tuesday during a rally in Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution
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A portrait of Stephen Fry grown from his own bacteria, commissioned by The Big Bang Fair. The ‘bacteriographs’ are made from the subject’s bacteria and have been grown by Zachary Copfer, an American microbiologist-cum-photographer. To make the Pop Art style images he exposes areas of a Petri dish to radiation in order to stimulate the bacteria’s growth
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Preparations for the Orchids Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London. The festival opens to the public on February 8
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Spectators watch as waves break over the harbour wall at Porthcawl, Wales, on Wednesday
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Skiing freeriders Nicolas and Loris Falquet collaborated with photographer Jeremy Bernard and Mammut to create unique images by colouring the snow at the local ski fields of Les Marécottes, near Martigny, in southwestern Switzerland
An Egyptian policeman walks through the site of a car bomb explosion that struck the Cairo police headquarters on Friday.
An Andy Warhol, Chairman Mao and a Red Gerhard Richter are unpacked in the Sotheby’s warehouse, West London.
Indian army personnel march during Army day in New Delhi, on Wednesday. The Indian army marked its foundation day by paying homage to martyred soldiers.
People ride on a horse-drawn carriage through floodwaters in Jakarta on Monday. Thousands of residents have been evacuated after floods hit the Indonesian capital following heavy rains.
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An employee of a glass recycling processing plant stands before a mountain of bottles stacked up in Gameren, Netherlands today, following the Christmas and new year celebrations
Indonesian police officers in riot gear take a break during a show of force ahead of Christmas celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Indian activists draw placards in front of a mural painted by protesters symbolising crimes against women, one year after the Delhi gang rape, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India. Events across the Indian capital will mark one year since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus, which provoked widespread outrage and led to stricter laws against sexual assault.
The boys of Winchester Cathedral Choir enjoy a misty morning skate on the cathedral’s ice rink today, which will be open until 5 January