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Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi...Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2014. India will celebrate its Republic Day on Sunday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ANNIVERSARY)

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Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. India will celebrate its Republic Day on Sunday Read more

REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 1359 GMT ON JANUARY 21, 2014    PGB02RRR  Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures while speaking to reporters following following the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok.  REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha      REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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Thailand‘s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra puts her hands together while speaking to reporters after the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok

Bangkok Shutdown mass rally...epa04033755 Thai anti-government protests leader Suthep Thaugsuban (L) is greeted by supporters as he leads a mass march as part of the Bangkok Shutdown rally at a major business district in Bangkok, Thailand, 21 January 2014. The uptick in violence of grenade attacks did not stop anti-government protesters from marching to drum up support for the movement, aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to resign.

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Thai anti-government protests leader Suthep Thaugsuban is greeted by supporters as he leads a mass march as part of the Bangkok Shutdown rally at a big business district in Bangkok, Thailand. The uptick in violence of grenade attacks did not stop anti-government protesters from marching to drum up support for the movement, aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to resign. Read more

Guests pose with a bronze statue of "Yoda" a charactor from "Star Wars" after it was unveiled at the opening ceremony of the "Sandcrawler" building, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Singapore. The "Sandcrawler" building, aptly named due to its resemblance to a large vehicle featured in the original "Star Wars" film, is home to the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific.

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A bronze statue of the Star Wars character Yoda is unveiled on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Sandcrawler building in Singapore. Yoda, is the grand master of the Jedi Order in George Lucas’s films. George Lucas, director of the Star Wars movies, is to base the regional headquarters for his company Lucasfilm at the Sandcrawler building, which resembles the huge mobile fortresses featured in films Read more

Workers clean windows of a high rise bui...Workers clean windows of a high rise building in Hong Kong on January 15, 2014.  Hong Kong's leader announced plans to tackle rising poverty in a policy speech delivered amid growing public discontent and his own low popularity rating.

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Workers clean a building in Hong Kong.

An anti-government protester waves a national flag as thousands of anti-government protesters gather for a rally at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Thailand's capital Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok's central business district as part of a months-long campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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An anti-government protester stands on Victory Monument as thousands of demonstrators gather for a rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters took over key intersections in the capital on Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok’s central business district as part of a campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the prime minister. Read more

A Nepalese man climbs the Boudhanath stupa, a world heritage site, as he works to renovate it in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The Boudhanath Stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A man climbs the Boudhanath Stupa, a world heritage site in Katmandu, Nepal, as he works to renovate it. The Boudhanath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Read more

Nisha Maji, who lives and works with family at brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu...Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu January 2, 2014.  A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation called "Gothalo Nepal" has taken initiative to provide basic education to the children belonging to the underprivileged family once a week in this brick factory. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory in Kathmandu, Nepal, helps family members carry bricks. A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation Gothalo Nepal is providing basic education to the factory children once a week. Read more

A school boy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur...A school boy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur January 2, 2014. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014 on January 2. REUTERS/Samsul Said

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A schoolboy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014. Read more

Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River in on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

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Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India Read more