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CROWNING AROUND
CROWNING AROUND: Swimmers took part in a New Year swim in the Vltava River on Friday in Prague. Prague Castle is seen in the background. (Matej Divazna/AFP/Getty Images)

DIRTY WATER
DIRTY WATER: A Pakistani boy waded through a dirty water channel on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. An estimated 250,000 children die annually in Pakistan from water-borne diseases, local media APP reported on Wednesday. (Umar Qayyum/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

SLIPPERY SLOPE
SLIPPERY SLOPE: Britain’s Kristan Bromley competed in the men’s skeleton race during the FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup competition in Altenberg, Germany, on Friday. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

HAILSTONES
HAILSTONES: An Indian girl picked up hail after a hail storm and heavy rain outside the Sikh Shrine Golden temple in Amritsar on Friday. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

EPIPHANY
EPIPHANY: A worshiper kissed a pillar in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

NEW BISHOPS
NEW BISHOPS: Marek Solczynski of Poland and Charles John Brown of the U.S. lay on the ground before being appointed bishops by Pope Benedict XVI during the Eucharist for the Solemnity of Epiphany on Friday at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

IN THE DRINK
IN THE DRINK: A man dragged packages of potable water in a flooded street in the Tres Vendas neighborhood in Campos, Brazil, Friday. A dike burst in the flood-hit northern Rio de Janeiro state Thursday, forcing the evacuation of their nearly 4,000 residents, authorities said. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

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SHOWDOWN
SHOWDOWN: A Yemeni youth held his gun as authorities removed a roadblock in San’a. Labor strikes spread through Yemen Wednesday as workers demanded reforms and dismissals over alleged corruption linked to the country’s outgoing president. (Mohammed Huwais/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Elvis the crocodile attacked a lawnmower at the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford, north of Sydney, Wednesday. (Australian Reptile Park via Reuters)

WINTER SALE
WINTER SALE: Emilio Filipe stood by the window of his clothing shop in Lisbon Wednesday. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)

COLD CRASH
COLD CRASH: A Soviet-built jet operated by a Kyrgyz carrier broke its wing, overturned and caught fire Wednesday as it tried to land in deep fog in southern Kyrgyzstan. Thirty-one people were injured, officials said. (AKI Press via Associated Press)

FOOD WAR
FOOD WAR: Revelers took part in the battle of ‘Enfarinats’ in the town of Ibi, Spain, Wednesday. For 200 years, Ibi’s citizens have celebrated the day with a battle of flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city town hall. (Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images)

CLEANING DAY
CLEANING DAY: A Greek Orthodox monk cleaned the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Christianity’s holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks battled each other with brooms until police intervened. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

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TRADITIONAL BRIDE
TRADITIONAL BRIDE: Muslim bride Fatme Kichukova had her makeup applied in Ribnovo, Bulgaria, Sunday. The remote village has kept the tradition alive, despite decades of Communist persecution. Pomaks, Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule, resurrected the practice. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

BACKED BY RELIGION
BACKED BY RELIGION: A pilgrim headed to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe during annual celebrations in Mexico City Monday. (Ronaldo Schemidt/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

GOING UP
GOING UP: Pedestrians walked toward St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Monday. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

STREET SCENE
STREET SCENE: A boy ran down a Baghdad street Monday. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

CLEANING FOR CHRISTMAS
CLEANING FOR CHRISTMAS: Men cleaned the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Monday. Christians are starting to journey to the holy church ahead of Christmas. (Abed al-Hashlamoun/European Pressphoto Agency)

CLOUD CONTROVERSY
CLOUD CONTROVERSY: A rendering, made available Monday, from Dutch architectural firm MVRDV shows a design for two Seoul skyscrapers that some people say resemble the World Trade Center towers exploding on Sept. 11, 2001. MVRDV says the design is meant to resemble a cloud wrapped around two buildings. (MVRDV/Associated Press)

REMAINING CALM
REMAINING CALM: Schoolboys stood near fuel trucks that were set ablaze in Balochistan Province, Pakistan, Monday. Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on the trucks, killing at least one driver, police and witnesses said. (Amir Hussain/Reuters)

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