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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Dancers rehearsed at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow Monday. Around 100 foreigners from all over the world are enrolled at the academy, which will see its first American graduate this year. (Denis Sinyakov/Reuters)

PRAWNS AT A PORT
PRAWNS AT A PORT: A boy sorted prawns with his mother at a sea port on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Athar Hussain/Reuters)

SAINT REMEMBERED
SAINT REMEMBERED: Muslims gathered at the shrine of St. Mian Mir to celebrate his life in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SAND FOR SALE
SAND FOR SALE: A man carried a bucket of sand from a river in Franceville, Gabon, Tuesday. The sand will be sold for use as building materials, according to the men. (Louafi Larbi/Reuters)

CHAOTIC SCENE
CHAOTIC SCENE: A police officer wielded a baton at Samajwadi Party activists during an election rally that was attended by party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in Allahabad, India, Tuesday. Uttar Pradesh state, where Allahabad is located, will choose Assembly members next week. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

BRIGHT SPOTS
BRIGHT SPOTS: Thousands of fish floated near the surface of the water at the Divor Dam in Arraiolos, Portugal, Tuesday. The water level is low due to a lack of rain. (Nuno Veiga/European Pressphoto Agency)

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diversity is everywhere in India, from its religions and languages to its economy, and climates. The second-most populous nation in the world, India is home to more than 1.2 billion people. Most are Hindu, but seven other religions -- including Islam, Christianity and Sikhism -- make up nearly 20 percent of the population. January 26 will be India's 62nd Republic Day, marking the date in 1950 when the country's constitution came into force. Collected here are recent photos from across the vast nation, offering only a small glimpse of the people and diversity of India. [41 photos]

Indian soldiers from the Border Security Forces atop camels stand at attention in front of the Presidential Palace during a ceremony in preparation for the annual Beating Retreat in New Delhi, India, on January 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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