January 30, 3014

    Published January 30, 2014


    A lighting technician watches the rings form in a fountain at the base of the Olympic cauldron as preparations continue at the Olympic Park for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.


    Children are engulfed in dust as a convoy of escorted taxis carrying Muslims, fleeing the continuing sectarian violence, arrives at a temporary internally displaced person (IDP) camp at the airport of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic.


    Indian Bohra Muslims take part in a gathering to endorse their solidarity to their new spiritual leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Mumbai. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin now leads the community following the death of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who passed away in Mumbai on January 17 at the age of 102.


    A man shows the way to two Syrian women as they leave a building following an alleged air strike by government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.


    Tents of anti-government protesters are seen at Independence Square with the air temperatures around -19°C (- 2°F) in central Kyiv, Ukraine. Lawmakers loyal to President Viktor Yanukovych offered an amnesty to people detained in the wave of anti-government protests but only on condition that activists vacate occupied buildings in Kyiv and other parts of the country.


    Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


    A man pulls ribbons from his mouth as he performs a feat of his strength during the opening of the temple fair for Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, China.


    People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple in Singapore.


    Nepalese Hindu devotees wait to fill pots with water from the Bagmati River at the Pashupatinath Temple during the month-long Swasthani festival in Kathmandu. Scores of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation are marking the month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness.


    Emergency service personnel rescue local residents from the village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels, near Langport in south west England. Surrounded by flood water, Muchelney has only been accessible by boat for several weeks.


    Pop singer Justin Bieber arrives at a police station in Toronto, Canada, Jan. 29, 2014. Bieber was mobbed by screaming fans and journalists as he entered a Toronto police station on Wednesday following reports he will be charged with assault over an incident in the city in December.


    Antennae are covered in ice after firefighters battled a five alarm fire on South Broad Street near Summer Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. The fire destroyed six businesses. No serious injuries were reported.

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