Saturday 31 January 2015

The world in pictures

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A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in the Chalandri suburb north of Athens
Chris Harris, 13, carries an AR-15 rifle at a pro-gun activist rally as part of the National Day of Resistance, at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah
A Chinese blacksmith throws molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks, during the Lantern Festival which traditionally marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations, in Nuanquan, Hebei province
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, left, attends the opening session of the National Assembly of the People's Power beside his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro and First Vice President Ramon Machado Ventura, right, in Havana
Philippine soldiers participate in the re-enactment of events leading to the fall of the dictatorship of then president Ferdinand Marcos during the 27th anniversary of the People Power revolution in Manila
Kristen Stewart hobbles down the red carpet at the Oscars on crutches
Daniel Day Lewis, Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress and Christoph Walz, Best Supporting Actor pose with their Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy dressed as a soldier for Purim stands next to a group of adults in Bnei Brak
Models walk the runway during a presentation as part of Fashion Weekend Plus Size Autumn/Winter 2013 collection show in Sao Paulo
Pope Benedict XVI leads his last Angelus prayer before stepping down, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
Italy's Andrea Masi fights for the ball during their Six Nations rugby match against Wales at the Olympic stadium in Rome
A competitor in the Nordic Combined Team Gundersen Competition uses a lift to reach the start area of the jump at the Nordic Ski World Championships in the northern mountain resort of Predazzo in Val di Fiemme, Italy
People sunbathe during a sunny winter day in Oberstdorf in the Bavarian Alps
Workers from Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica, with bags over their heads, protest against job cuts at the entrance of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The sign reads, ‘Stop dismissals’
Zebras run through the snow in an open-air enclosure at the Royev Ruchey zoo on the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Mitch Winehouse wears a tribute to his late daughter, Amy Winehouse, with mother Janis Winehouse at the Brit Awards in the 02 Arena in London
Stephen Roche holds the Giro d'Italia trophy at the Titanic building in Belfast as organisers confirmed cycling's prestigious Giro d'Italia will begin in Ireland next year.
A one week old baby Asian elephant walks next to its mother in the Budapest zoo
The first hole remains covered in snow and ice as weather continues to delay the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona
British Prime Minister David Cameron is shown around the Golden Temple at Amritsar in Punjab, India, during the last day of a three day visit to the country
A baby chimp shows a variety of expressions as it sits in its mother's arms at Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana. One hundred and eleven chimpanzees will be coming from a south Louisiana laboratory to Chimp Haven, the US national sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from federal research
‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings in Pretoria Magistrates court where he stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Dancing on Ice judge and ex Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts is painted to look like she's wearing a Nanosuit like Phophet, the hero of the Crysis franchise, to help promote the launch of new video game Crysis 3, out from February 22 on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli border policemen during clashes at a protest outside Israel's Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah
Women, who are part of the Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo, Syria
Male panda Yang Guang looks into the enclosure of female panda Tian Tian ahead of breeding season at Edinburgh Zoo. Experts at Edinburgh Zoo have announced they expect the giant panda breeding season may be earlier this year, as both Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) have already started to show important changes in their behaviour that suggest they may soon be ready to mate
A protester holding Molotov cocktails leads a procession during a visit to the grave of a 16-year-old youth killed by Bahraini security forces in clashes on February 14, in Sanabis village, west of Manama
Firefighters work to remove a body found inside a water tank on the rooftop of Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, California. Police were trying to determine if the body was that of a 21-year-old Canadian woman who went missing while staying there more than two weeks ago. Elisa Lam, a student from Vancouver, British Columbia who was visiting Southern California on her own, was last seen at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on January 31 and authorities had characterized her disappearance as suspicious
Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, right, challenges Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen during the Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium in London
A swimmer dives into the icy water of the Houhai Lake in central Beijing
Thousands of newlyweds attend a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong
A worker cleans debris from the Fun Town Pier that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy as the clean-up continues in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Visitors lounge at the South Sea beach at the Tropical Islands indoor resort in Krausnick, Germany. Located on the site of a former Soviet military air base, the resort occupies a hangar built originally to house airships designed to haul long-distance cargo. Tropical Islands opened to the public in 2004 and offers visitors a getaway complete with exotic flora and fauna, a beach, lagoon, restaurants, water slide, evening shows, sauna, adventure park and overnights stays ranging from rudimentary to luxury. The hangar, which is 360 metres long, 210 metres wide and 107 metres high, is tall enough to enclose the Statue of Liberty.

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