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The day in pictures
Pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Muslim women walk in the rain in Mecca ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage.
Rajputhana Rifles march
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Soldiers from the Indian army's Rajputhana Rifles regiment march during a rehearsal for Republic Day celebrations.
Thai chemical sprayer at chicken farm
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A Thai official sprays chemicals at a chicken farm in Supanburi Province as the government attempts to halt the spread of bird flu.
Chef Nancy Lam
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A chef cooks the world's biggest stir fry in London.
Jakarta tournament
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Chess players compete in a tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia
Chinese acrobat
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An acrobat performs in Beijing on the second day of Chinese New Year.
Marat Safin
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Russia's Marat Safin holds his racket in his mouth during his match against Todd Martin at the Australian Open.
Formula One driver Jenson Button
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Formula One driver Jenson Button performs a test session at the Mont Melo racetrack, near Barcelona.
School crossing-guard Bette Wibracht
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School crossing-guard Bette Wibracht tries to keep warm during cold weather in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Kofi Annan
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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.






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