January 5, 2014

Published January 05, 2014

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People role playing as members of the royal entourage await the arrival of the Three Wise Men by helicopter, at San Lorenzo beach in Gijon. Children in Spain traditionally receive their Christmas presents on the morning of Jan. 6, delivered by the Three Wise Men.

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Students of a madrasa, or religious school, watch people entering a polling booth during parliamentary elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Voters cast ballots amid heavy security in parliamentary elections boycotted by the main opposition, marred by deadly violence and shunned by international observers as flawed.

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A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV D5) with an indigenous cryogenic engine carrying GSAT-14 communication satellite lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh state. 

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Participants show off their writing at a New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo, Japan. 

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African migrants sit on top of a Holocaust memorial installation in Rabin's square, demanding rights and better treatment from the Israeli government, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 10,000 migrants marched through Tel Aviv. Demonstrators said they were on a three-day strike to protest a crackdown on migrants that can lead to incarceration in a newly built detention facility.

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A woman fishes for trout through a hole in a frozen river in Hwacheon, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the demilitarized zone separating two Koreas, northeast of Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 4, 2014. 

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Daffodil bulbs are exposed as a wave crashes over the promenade in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, Britain.

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Turkish journalists hold placards with images of Bunyamin Aygun, a photographer working for Istanbul daily Milliyet, who was abducted in Syria in Nov. 2013 by armed Syrian opposition groups, during a protest in Istanbul. 

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Athletes ski during the men's 15-kilometer mass start at the biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany.

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Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. 

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Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke (C) reacts after drinking a beer, watched by members of the crowd dressed as cricket commentator Richie Benaud, during the second day of the fifth Ashes cricket test between England and Australia at the Sydney cricket ground, Jan. 4, 2014.

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A motorcycle is covered in volcanic ash from an eruption of Mount Sinabung in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Jan. 4, 2014.

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Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, USA, blanketed in snow on Dec. 2, 2014 (Photo taken by Dimitris Manis/VOA/Greek Service) 

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