Pro-Russia rebels sit next to a flag with the face of Jesus Christ as a convoy of 2S1 Gvozdikas (122-mm self-propelled howitzers) takes a break near the eastern Ukrainian city of Starobeshevo in Donetsk region
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Afghan refugee women, clad in a burqa, climb on a truck to be repatriated to Afghanistan, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office on the outskirts of Peshawar
Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on into a second day
Construction cranes are reflected in mirrors at a company compound in Tokyo
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A Vincent Van Gogh-shaped hot air balloon being inflated during the International Hot Air Balloon Festival at an air force hanger in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga province, Philippines
A worker makes red lanterns as orders hike ahead of the Spring Festival, at a workshop in Wenxian county
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A man takes a nap on a street in Beijing
An aeroplane flies past the rising moon in its waning gibbous stage as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey. The statue known as Civic Fame, bottom left, which stands on the Manhattan Municipal Building in New York, is also visible.
Indian villager looks from hole in the wall of a building allegedly damaged by shelling from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border, at Arnia village, about 45 KM from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India. According to local sources in a major ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers three civilians were wounded on the Indian side of the disputed India-Pakistan Kashmir border when Pakistani troops allegedly fired mortar shells at border posts and villages.
Employee Dmitry Kudryavtsev selects a film to work on at the “Krasnoyarsky Kinograph” (Krasnoyarsk Cinemagraph) state regional cinema fund in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The fund stores feature, documentary, newsreel films and other footage taken since the beginning of the 20th century, which were examined, reconditioned and sorted by employees. Many collections, including the ones featuring periods of history of Russia and Siberia, are of great value, according to the representatives of the fund.
The statue of Britain’s former Prime Minister Winston Churchill is reflected onto the rain covered pavement in front of the Houses of Parliament in London
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A Palestinian draped in a Palestinian flag stands next to burning tyres during a protest against the decision by the main U.N. aid agency to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to their homes damaged in last summer’s war, outside the headquarters of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Gaza City
Iranian mourners at a funeral procession in Tehran for Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a commander in the Islamic republic’s Revolutionary Guards, who was killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria.
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Filipino Catholics gather for Pope Francis’s arrival in Manila, Philippines.
Workers climb an electric pylon in Kuala Lumpur to install a high-voltage electric power transmission line. Currently 16% of electricity generation in Malaysia is hydroelectric, the remaining 84% being thermal.
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People walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo.
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Parisians wait outside a newspaper kiosk to buy the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France. The magazine publisher has increased its print run of the satirical weekly after newsagents across France sold out of the issue within minutes.
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man takes a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning during the Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by Hindus across the country and marks the start of the harvest season.
Devotees with replica statues of the Black Nazarene participate in a procession in Manila. Millions of devotees are expected to attend the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on Friday. The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.
Russian Cossacks in traditional uniform guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral, where an Orthodox Christmas service is held under a heavy snowfall in Stavropol, southern Russia