January 9, 2014

    Published January 09, 2014


    Iraqi police commandos unit march during a ceremony marking Police Day at the police academy in Baghdad.


    Abdul Ghafar talks to her daughter known as Spozhmai in protective custody in Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province, south of Afghanistan. The father of the girl, who police say was part of a botched suicide bomb attack, said he's afraid the Taliban will kill him and his daughter if they return to their village.


    Volunteers use sticks to fend off the crowd trying to enter a food and supplies distribution point at a makeshift camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport, in Bangui, Central African Republic.


    A flower is surrounded by ash from Mt Sinabung near Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, January 9, 2014.


    Nepalese children feed pigeons in Durbar Square in Kathmandu.


    Children play around a man disguised as Batman at the Favela do Metro slum, area just near the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Families living in this shantytown within a stone's throw of Rio 's mythical Maracana stadium refuse to have their homes demolished as part of a project to renovate the district before the FIFA World Cup circus pitches camp in June.


    A commuter ferry navigates through the ice flow in the Hudson River between New Jersey and lower Manhattan in New York.


    The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario. The frigid air and "polar vortex" that affected about 240 million people in the United States and southern Canada will depart during the second half of this week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to AccuWeather.com.


    Devotees struggle to hold the Black Nazarene during a grand procession in Manila, Philippines. The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.


    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) watches a basketball game with former U.S. NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in this photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).


    An engineer crawls through a hole in a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) during the breakthrough of a tunnel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The world's first variable density TBM has completed the first section of the 9.5 km (5 miles) twin tunnels of the Klang Valley MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) line.


    Indian soldiers take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi.


    A man with a child walks toward the top of Vodno Mountain in Skopje, Macedonia.


    Mini driver Martin Kaczmarski of Poland and co-pilot Filipe Palmeiro of Portugal race during the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Jan. 8, 2014.

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