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Fog rises from the valley and the church...Fog rises from the valley and the church of Marktoberdorf, southern Germany, as in background can be seen an Alps panorama on January 19, 2014.       AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUTKARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images

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Fog rises from the valley around the church of Marktoberdorf, southern Germany.

A polar bear named Nanuq is seen through the glass wall of the basin of his enclosure diving for an ice cake made of frozen fish, meat and fruit in the zoo in Hanover, Germany.

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A polar bear named Nanuq dives for an ice cake of frozen fish, meat and fruit in the zoo at Hanover, Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  uses  crutches as she attends the annual reception for Carolers at the chancellery in Berlin,  Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel  suffered a  pelvis  injury during ski holidays  in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the annual reception for carolers at the chancellery in Berlin on Tuesday on crutches. Ms Merkel suffered a pelvis injury while skiing in the Swiss Alps and has been advised to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks

An aircraft approaches the airport while the clouds are turned red by the rising sun in Frankfurt Main, Germany, on January 3, 2014.

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An airplane approaches the airport while the clouds are turned red by the rising sun in Frankfurt, Germany

Fisherman Schaber, one of the oldest Chiemsee fishermen, and fisherman Boess haul in their nets with whitefish at lake Chiemsee near Prien

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Fisherman Horst Schaber, 79 (right) and Philipp Boess (left) haul in their nets with whitefish at lake Chiemsee near Prien, southern Germany. Mr Schaber is one of the oldest fishermen on the lake

A base jumper glides through the hangar in a parachute at Tropical Islands in Brand, Germany, on November 29, 2013. From 29 November until 01 December, the best base jumpers are meeting at Tropical Islands for the Second Indoor Base World Cup with 60 jumpers from 16 countries.

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A base jumper glides through a hangar in a parachute at Tropical Islands in Brand, Germany, venue for the second Indoor Base World Cup. Sixty of the world’s best jumpers, from 16 countries, will be competing from November 29 to December 1.

From left, German Social Democratic Party (SPD), chairman  Sigmar Gabriel, Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel and the chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Horst Seehofer are reflected as they brief the media at a news conference after they signed  a coalition agreement in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. On Wednesday night Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main center-left party reached a deal to form a new government, more than two months after the country's elections. Negotiators from Merkel's Union bloc and the Social Democrats concluded their agreement to form a "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties after a final all-night round of talks.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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From left, Sigmar Gabriel, German Social Democratic Party chair, Angela Merkel, chancellor and chair of the Christian Democratic Union, and Horst Seehofer, chair of the Christian Social Union, are reflected as they brief the media at a news conference after signing a coalition agreement in Berlin, Germany Read more

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin.

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A protester holds a placard outside the Bundestag in Berlin calling for Germany to give political asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor

The Hoppeditz, a symbol for carnival, greets hundreds of fools in the streets of downtown Duesseldorf, Germany  after the symbolic awakening from inside a mustard pot on Monday Nov.11, 2013.  November 11,  11:11 o'clock is  the traditional start of the carnival season in Germany  with the  highlight, the street carnival parades on Rose Monday.

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The Hoppeditz, the carnival figurehead that is woken from his slumber at 11.11am on November 11, greets hundreds of fools in the streets of Duesseldorf, Germany. This is the traditional start of the carnival season in Germany with the highlight being the street carnival parades on Rose Monday

Mosquitoes hang in a cobweb covered with morning dew near Muecke, Germany.

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Mosquitoes hang in a spider web covered with morning dew near Muecke, Germany.