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Russian tennis-player Maria Sharapova drives at Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in Hong Kong

Russian tennis-player Maria Sharapova drives at Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki at the JB Group Classic 2008 in Hong Kong.

An Italian soldier surveys militant weapons collected in Herat, Afghanistan

An Italian soldier surveys weapons handed over by militants disarming in Herat, Afghanistan, under a UN programme.

A man smokes at an outside restaurant table in Paris, protected from the weather by a plastic sheet

A man smokes at an outside restaurant table in Paris, protected from the weather by a plastic sheet, on the second day of France's new smoking curbs.

A snowy park in Sofia, Bulgaria

A man walks with his son through a snowy park in Sofia as cold weather affects Bulgarian sea and air traffic.

A giant tea-pot-shaped fountain outside a tea shop in Beijing

A giant tea-pot-shaped fountain outside a tea shop turns heads in Beijing.

A Thai man mourns the late Princess Galyani Vadhana

Thais have been mourning the elder sister of the country's much-loved monarch, Princess Galyani Vadhana, who has died of cancer at the age of 84.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his first general audience of 2008 in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI holds his first general audience of the year in the Vatican amid much pomp and circumstance.

The sun rises above the river Elbe near Bad Schandau, eastern Germany

The sun rises above the river Elbe near Bad Schandau, eastern Germany, as temperatures plummet to -5C (23F).

A balloon seller from India's southern state Andhra Pradesh and his family prepare breakfast outside their temporary shelter on a cold morning in Srinagar, India

A fierce cold wave sweeping northern India has killed dozens of people over the last few days after weeks of unusually chilly weather.

A set of poker cards shaped in the form of Fuwa, the mascot of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games,

A set of poker cards shaped in the form of Fuwa, the mascot of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, goes on display.





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