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Day in pictures

Snow sculpture at the snow festival in Harbin, north-eastern China, 5 January 2008

In China’s north-eastern Heilongjiang province, a sculpture takes shape at the Harbin ice and snow festival.

Tourists jump in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 5 January 2008

Several European countries have also seen snow. Here, two tourists jump as they take a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Berlin Holocaust memorial, 5 January 2008

And in Berlin, a visitor wandered among snow-covered monuments at the German capital's Holocaust memorial.

Acrobat emerging from smoke and lights at Sydney Opera House, 5 January 2008

At the Sydney Opera House in Australia, a member of the acrobatic troupe Le Grand Cirque emerges from smoke and lights during a performance.

People at a bonfire in Nov Dojran, south-eastern Macedonia

People gather round a bonfire in Nov Dojran, Macedonia, as part of celebrations ahead of the Orthodox Christian Christmas Day.

Construction at the White House in Washington DC

Construction workers in Washington DC install bullet-proof glass in the stand which US President Elect Barack Obama will use during his inauguration on 20 January.

Cuban dancers in Havana

Cuban dancers wait to perform at the unveiling of a statue of former Panamanian president Gen Omar Torrijos in Havana.

Calligraphy contest in Tokyo, Japan, 5 January 2008

In Tokyo, a young participant at the annual new year's calligraphy contest starts an inscription with brush and ink.

Stray dog and pet monkey in Gurgaon, India.

And in Gurgaon, India, a pet monkey clutches the leg of his owner as she plays with a stray dog.



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