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Day in pictures

Farmers in Japan

Japanese farmers in Miyazaki prefecture tend to a field of vegetables, surrounded by flowers.

Iraqi woman washing clothes in stream

An Iraqi woman washes her husband's keffiyeh in a stream on the outskirts of the holy city of Najaf.

Children swim off India's Andaman and Nicobar islands

Children play in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, where scientists say last year's tsunami has altered the landscape.

Burning barricade in Tamil Tigers' territory, Sri Lanka

Tyres burn in a roadblock set up by Tamil Tiger rebels to deter voters on election day in Sri Lanka.

A Christmas tree is cut down in Norway to be shipped to London

A Christmas tree is cut down in Oslo to be shipped to London's Trafalgar Square - an annual present from Norway.

Riot police attack protesters in the Filipino capital, Manila

Student protesters calling for the Filipino government's resignation flee riot police in the capital, Manila.

Porters carry goods across the Kashmiri Line of Control

Porters carry luggage across the border of the divided Kashmir region, helping home travellers stranded by the earthquake.

The changing of the guard in Monaco

People watch the changing of the guard in Monaco as ceremonies begin for Prince Albert II's investiture as ruler.

Michael Vaughan with Pakistani police

Pakistani policemen and English cricket captain Michael Vaughan discuss security outside his hotel in Faisalabad.

Ariane rocket blasts off

Europe's most powerful rocket, the Ariane 5, blasts off from a launch pad in French Guiana.

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