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A woman speaks as she kneels down in fro...A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev on January 24, 2014. Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine's worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine's three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine‘s worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. Read more

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting "revolution" and "shame." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-EU activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky ceasefire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame”. Read more

Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district...Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district January 23, 2014. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday hoping to prevent an escalation in protests now in a third month.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month. Read more

United States Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Switzerland...United States Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Montreux January 22, 2014.  Syria's government and its enemies come face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers try to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.     REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Montreux. Syria’s government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers tried to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East. 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

A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag as he celebrates the news of passing of a contentious anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The "Lokpal," or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Hazare has been on a hunger strike for the last nine days to insist that both houses of Parliament adopt the bill. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag in New Delhi, India, as he celebrates the news of the passing of an anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats. The Lokpal, or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Ms Hazare has been on hunger strike for the last nine days in an attempt to make both houses of parliament adopt the bill.

An anti-government demonstrator points his finger at a policeman as they talk through the gate of the Government House in Bangkok on December 12, 2013.  Political turmoil has been rocking the Thai capital for weeks, with protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin.

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An anti-government demonstrator points his finger at a policeman as they talk through the gate of the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand

An anti-government protester (L) waves a...An anti-government protester (L) waves a Thai national flag next to an image of portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a demonstration in Bangkok on November 27, 2013. Thai political protests spread outside the capital on November 27 as opposition demonstrators predicted a victory within days in their bid to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis-hit government.  AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULPORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images

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An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag next to a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand Read more

Pro-government rally in Bangkok ...epa03956347 Red Shirt protesters shout slogans in support for the current government during a mass rally at Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 November 2013. Thousands of Red Shirt protesters to gather in Bangkok for two days to show support for Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government, while there are still thousands of anti-government protesters rally against a controversial amnesty bill, in downtown Bangkok. The legislation would pardon all politically related crimes, including corruption, committed between 2004 and 2013, but is widely seen as benefiting fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, elder brother of Prime Minister Yingluck. The Red Shirts are avid supporters of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, who has been living abroad since 2008 to avoid a two-year prison sentence for abuse of power.  EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

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Red Shirt protesters gather at a mass rally in a Bangkok stadium to show their support for Thailand‘s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government. Thousands of anti-government protesters, meanwhile, rallied against a controversial amnesty bill in central Bangkok. Read more

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, on October 23, 2013, after the weekly cabinet meeting.      AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

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French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting. Read more