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February 3, 2015

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A Hindu devotee gets showered as part of a cleaning ritual before his pilgrimage during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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A Hindu devotee gets showered as part of a cleaning ritual before his pilgrimage during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

People try to catch lucky beans scattered by celebrities during "Mame-maki," a bean throwing ceremony, at Zojyoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan.
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People try to catch lucky beans scattered by celebrities during "Mame-maki," a bean throwing ceremony, at Zojyoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan.

French President Francois Hollande pays his respect to the flag-draped coffins of the nine French Air Force personnel in the Invalides courtyard during a ceremony in Paris. The air force personnel died in an accident at a base used for NATO training where a Greek F-16 fighter plane crashed after taking off from Albacete, Spain, about 250 kilometers southeast of Madrid on Jan. 26, 2015.
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French President Francois Hollande pays his respect to the flag-draped coffins of the nine French Air Force personnel in the Invalides courtyard during a ceremony in Paris. The air force personnel died in an accident at a base used for NATO training where a Greek F-16 fighter plane crashed after taking off from Albacete, Spain, about 250 kilometers southeast of Madrid on Jan. 26, 2015.

A farm is covered in snow on the Fellhorn mountain near Oberstdorf, southern Germany.
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A farm is covered in snow on the Fellhorn mountain near Oberstdorf, southern Germany.

Italy's new President Sergio Mattarella (R) and Prime Mnister Matteo Renzi are escorted by Presidential Guards, after visiting the Unknown Soldier's monument in central Rome.
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Italy's new President Sergio Mattarella (R) and Prime Mnister Matteo Renzi are escorted by Presidential Guards, after visiting the Unknown Soldier's monument in central Rome.

Lauren Cachbaux grimaces as she poses with a rattlesnake at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, Feb. 2, 2015.
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Lauren Cachbaux grimaces as she poses with a rattlesnake at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, Feb. 2, 2015.

Supporters welcome Muhammadu Buhari (in vehicle), presidential candidate from the All Progressives Congress party, as he visits Gombe Emir Abubakar Shehu-Abubakarn at the emir's palace during an election rally in Gombe, Nigeria.
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Supporters welcome Muhammadu Buhari (in vehicle), presidential candidate from the All Progressives Congress party, as he visits Gombe Emir Abubakar Shehu-Abubakarn at the emir's palace during an election rally in Gombe, Nigeria.

An artificially triggered avalanche thunders down a mountain side at the Vallee de la Sionne in Anzere near Sion, Switzerland. The full-scale avalanche dynamics test site is providing scientists and engineers of the Swiss Institute of Research of Snow and Avalanches with essential data to understand and model avalanche motion, according to the Institute website.
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An artificially triggered avalanche thunders down a mountain side at the Vallee de la Sionne in Anzere near Sion, Switzerland. The full-scale avalanche dynamics test site is providing scientists and engineers of the Swiss Institute of Research of Snow and Avalanches with essential data to understand and model avalanche motion, according to the Institute website.

Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the ground during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival at Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the ground during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival at Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal.

Employees adjust an transparent electronic screen, which shows social advertising on the front of a building, as it snows in central Moscow, Russia.
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Employees adjust an transparent electronic screen, which shows social advertising on the front of a building, as it snows in central Moscow, Russia.

Spectators take pictures as hot air balloons are gathered on the frozen Upper Lake during International Balloon Week in the Swiss alpine resort of Arosa.
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Spectators take pictures as hot air balloons are gathered on the frozen Upper Lake during International Balloon Week in the Swiss alpine resort of Arosa.

A man looks at an installation made of sock textiles on display at a demonstration hall of the local sock-making industry in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, China, Feb. 2, 2015.  
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A man looks at an installation made of sock textiles on display at a demonstration hall of the local sock-making industry in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, China, Feb. 2, 2015.
 

Indian Hindu devotees gather on the banks of the river Ganges to take a 'holy dip' on the occasion of Maghi Purnima during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad.
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Indian Hindu devotees gather on the banks of the river Ganges to take a 'holy dip' on the occasion of Maghi Purnima during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad.

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