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Day in pictures

Al-Askari shrine in Samarra, Iraq

Angry Iraqis hold a golden fragment retrieved from inside the bombed holy shrine of al-Askari in Samarra, north of Baghdad.

A vet vaccinates an eagle owl in Belgium

A vet vaccinates an eagle owl against the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus. The main nature reserves of Belgium have decided to vaccinate all their birds.

Chinese artist Song Dong with his work, Eating the City, at London store Selfridges

Chinese artist Song Dong sits with his creation, a "city" made from 72,000 biscuits, before shoppers at UK store Selfridges are invited to eat it.

Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen

Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen smiles after Pope Benedict XVI named him as a new cardinal.

Soldiers in the Philippines searching for landslide victims

Soldiers in the Philippines take a break from their search for victims of a massive landslide on the island of Leyte on Friday.

Bangladeshi cricket fans celebrate

Bangladeshi cricket fans celebrate after their team defeated Sri Lanka in the second one-day international cricket match in the capital, Dhaka.

A boy cries next to a British soldier in Kabul, Afghanistan

A boy cries on the streets of Kabul in Afghanistan as a British soldier patrols the market area of the city.

A man shows his float with a bull's head in Rio de Janeiro

A Brazilian man shows his giant float with a bull's head that are used during Rio de Janeiro's world-famous annual carnival.

A girl in Chad reads the Qur'an

A girl tries to learn by heart the verses of Islam's holy book, the Koran, written on wood in Chad's capital, Ndjamena.

The ice-hockey match between Sweden (in yellow) and Switzerland (in red) in Turin

Sweden and Switzerland clash in the day's first ice-hockey match of the knockout stage at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin.

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