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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.
A crashed car sits at the side of a road after heavy snowfall near the village of Carndonagh in Ireland on Tuesday
Students at Ghausia Madrassa, an Islamic school in Peshawar, Pakistan, held prayers for the Islamist militants who conducted attacks in Paris last week. Seventeen victims, including journalists and police, died in three days of violence that began with an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Exam markers inspect students’ exam papers for the national college entrance examination to the higher academy of fine arts at the paper inspection site in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China.
French municipal Police officers react as they attend a national tribute for the three officers killed during last week’s terrorist attacks, in front of Paris Prefecture on Tuesday. The three police officers were killed in terror attacks at the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and in the streets of Montrouge, outside the French capital
Placards which read “I am Charlie” are placed on the desks of members of the European Parliament ahead of a debate on the Italian presidency of the EU for the last six months, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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.
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.
Donald Boa from Scottish Canals grits the surrounding paths by The Kelpies, at the Forth and Clyde Canal during the cold weather.
A woman walks past houses that were heavily damaged by flash floods two months earlier, in the coastal Moroccan village of Aglou, north of Sidi Ifni. The floods, that were described by the residents as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades, killed at least 32 people and left others homeless.
Residents of the garbage dumpsite Payatas, eat a “pagpag” or recycled meal to celebrate Pope Francis’s planned visit on Thursday to Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis is embarking on a five-day visit to the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia between January 15 and 19 and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the Filipino faithful.
A swimmer practices in the waters off Copacabana beach as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the economy in Nottingham, central England.
A Syrian man carries wood for a fire in the rebel-held city of Douma.
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.
A worker installs electricity transmission components on an electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province. China’s annual economic growth is forecast to have slowed to 7.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policy makers to head off a sharper slowdown this year.