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Week in pictures: 28 Jan-3 Feb

The collapsed building

Poland held three days of national mourning following the collapse of a hall in Katowice which led to the deaths of 67 people.

Revellers dressed up as vikings in Shetland

Enthusiasts dress up for the annual Shetland Isles Viking Festival which celebrates the Scottish islands' Norse heritage.

An injured Israeli settler is carried away from the Amona outpost

Hardline Jewish settlers have clashed with troops in the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona as they tried to prevent the demolition of nine buildings.

Paddington Bear and Noddy at Buckingham Palace

Children's favourites Paddington Bear and Noddy visit Buckingham Palace, London. Queen Elizabeth II is to host a summer garden party for children for her 80th birthday.

Staff at Sotheby's with Deus Femmes by Paul Gaugin

Staff at Sotheby's auction house, London, display Deux Femmes, by French artist Paul Gaugin, expected to sell for up to 14m ($25m) at an auction.

Slum dwellers in Bangladesh

Slum dwellers in Bangladesh search for their belongings after a fire damaged 500 homes.

Geishas in Kyoto, Japan

Geishas throw packs of beans to crowds in Kyoto, Japan, to mark the Setsubun festival.

BNP leader Nick Griffin

The leader of the far-right British National Party, Nick Griffin, greets a supporter outside a court in Leeds, where he went on trial accused of inciting racial hatred.

Protesters in Lahore, Pakistan

Protests spread across the Muslim world over the publication in Europe of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Protesters burn an effigy of Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Multan, Pakistan

Effigies of the prime minister of Denmark - where the cartoons were first published - were burnt in Pakistan.

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