January 31, 2013

    Published January 31, 2013


    A museum guard displays a burnt ancient manuscript at the Ahmed Baba Institute, or Ahmed Baba Center for Documentation and Research, in Timbuktu, Mali. The majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts appear to be safe and undamaged, experts said, rejecting some media reports of their widespread destruction.


    The famous landmark fish market in the harbor of Hamburg, Germany, is seen flooded.


    Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi poses for the media after receiving the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2004 during an awarding ceremony in Gwangju, south of Seoul, South Korea.


    Destroyed buildings are seen on a deserted street in Homs, Syria, January 30, 2013.


    An Indian villager participates in a bullock cart race during a rural sports festival, also known as the 'Indian Rural Olympics' in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana, in the northern Indian state of Punjab.


    A cleaner sweeps the floor as she walks past an illuminated sign depicting people walking, at Spain's Santander headquarters in Boadilla del Monte outside Madrid.


    A passenger plane lands as workers dismantle an abandoned aircraft at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian aviation officials have begun trying to dismantle and remove the hulks of abandoned airplanes from airports around the country.


    The public takes photographs of 'Gabriel', the new and biggest bell, as it is hoisted from a trailer truck in front of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, France, after being transported with the seven other replacement bronze bells from Normandy.


    A Sotheby's employee laughs near 'Untitled' by Anish Kapoor from 2011 at Sotheby's in London. The artwork is expected to earn £450,000-650,000 (US$725,000-$1 million) when it goes on sale at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on Feburary 12, 2013.


    Members of a SWAT team prepare to enter the home of a suspected gunman who fired shots inside an office building during business hours, in Phoenix, Arizona, January 30, 2013. A gunman opened fire in the office building during a legal mediation meeting, shooting a lawyer and two other people before fleeing, officials said.

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