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DOING THEIR DUTY
DOING THEIR DUTY: Voters waited in line to cast ballots at a polling station near the India-Pakistan border Monday. Millions of Indians are voting in Assembly elections. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

HOLY HAIR
HOLY HAIR: A Hindu holy man whipped his head back as he took a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Magh Mela fair in Allahabad, India, Monday. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

RIPPED
RIPPED: Serbian Novak Djokovic celebrated his Australian Open win over Spain’s Rafael Nadal in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Djokovic won in a record five hours and 53 minutes. The win was the second straight Australian Open title for Mr. Djokovic and his third straight victory at a Grand Slam tournament. (Ryan Pierse/European Pressphoto Agency)

VERIFIED
VERIFIED: Voter Hardans Kaur held up her identity card as she waited in line at a polling station in Amritsar, India, Monday. (Narinder Nanu/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MITT THROWS
MITT THROWS: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tossed chips to members of the media on his campaign plane in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday. The state’s primary is Tuesday. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

HEAVE-HO
HEAVE-HO: Police prepared to dump neutralizers at the contaminated Longjiang River in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang, China, Monday. Police are dumping activated carbon, quick lime and aluminum chloride. (Huang Xiaobang/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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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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EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY
EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY: A man used a freezer door as a tray while he ate and drank in dirty floodwater in Bangkok Thursday. No major outbreaks have been reported since monsoon rains triggered deadly flooding in July, but skin diseases and fungal infections are common. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

PRESSING ISSUE
PRESSING ISSUE: Journalists took a nap in the media center during the Group of 20 summit Thursday in Cannes, France, where Greece’s bailout crisis topped the agenda for the world’s economic leaders. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

TRUCKS STOPPED
TRUCKS STOPPED: Truck Driver Singh Mann videotaped Occupy Oakland protesters blocking traffic from entering the Port of Oakland in California Wednesday. Thousands of demonstrators temporarily shut down one of the nation’s busiest shipping ports, which reopened Thursday. (Kent Porter/Santa Rosa Press Democrat/Associated Press)

PROTRACTED EXAM
PROTRACTED EXAM: A young man received a physical examination for conscription in the People’s Liberation Army in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Thursday. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

TRAIN TROUBLE
TRAIN TROUBLE: More than 20 cars derailed, two of which carried hazardous materials, on a freight train in Bartlett, Ill., Thursday. Three of the cars carrying fiberboard and scrap metal caught fire. No one was injured, authorities said. (M. Spencer Green/Associated Press)

WALL OF BLUE
WALL OF BLUE: Riot police officers blocked more than 1,000 protesters—including small-business owners and veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan—as the demonstrators rallied against austerity measures in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev Thursday. (Genya Savilov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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FEET FIRST
FEET FIRST: Soldiers helped a Buddhist monk descend the side of a cliff in Sikkim, India, Tuesday. A Himalayan earthquake killed 81 people and shook parts of India, Nepal and China Sunday. Sikkim has experienced at least five aftershocks. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

TENT CITY
TENT CITY: People left homeless by four earthquakes that struck Guatemala in less than two hours Monday afternoon relaxed under a makeshift tent in Cuilapa, Guatemala, Tuesday. At least one person was killed. (Johan Ordonez/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

NEW FLAG
NEW FLAG: From left, Libyan National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and U.N. Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe watched as the Libyan flag was positioned before they addressed the media at the U.N. General Assembly in New York Tuesday. (Allan Tannenbaum/European Pressphoto Agency)

TICK TOCK
TICK TOCK: A man looked at the main hall of the Warsaw Stock Exchange in Poland Tuesday. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

DO NOT CROSS
DO NOT CROSS: Police and a resident stood at the scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot to death in Minneapolis Monday. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press)

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