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Day in pictures

A man dressed in indigenous clothing looks at a video camera in Belem, Brazil

A man takes part in - and films - a march by indigenous people in Belem, Brazil, to raise attention about saving the Amazon forest, as the annual World Social Forum gets under way there.

Fireworks light up Victoria Harbour in celebration of the year of the ox in Hong Kong, 27 Jan

Fireworks light up Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour in celebration of the Year of the Ox, marking the second day of Lunar New Year.

Lightning illuminates snow falling in the grounds of the White House, 27 Jan

Meanwhile in the US capital, Washington, lightning illuminates snow falling in the grounds of the White House.

Iraqi women walk past campaign posters for the upcoming provincial elections in the city of Najaf

Campaign posters for forthcoming Iraqi provincial elections are evident in the Shia city of Najaf.

People dressed up as vikings part in the Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles, 27 Jan

In the Shetland Isles, people get in touch with their Viking side for the Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick.

In St Petersburg, a Russian soldier helps mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad

A Russian soldier stands by an eternal flame as the 65th anniversary of the lifting of the 900-day wartime siege of Leningrad is marked.

Sri Lankan soldiers shelter under an umbrella in Mullaitivu

Sri Lankan soldiers shelter under an umbrella in the former Tamil Tiger rebel stronghold, Mullaitivu, captured two days ago.

A young girl jumps over a puddle in Harare, Zimbabwe

A young girl jumps over a puddle after being turned away from school in Harare, Zimbabwe, where teachers cannot afford to get to work.



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