A worker sprays paint onto lantern parts in the shape of human hands and heads for a lantern festival to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, at a workshop in Suining, Sichuan province, January 1, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the year of dragon.
Afghan women practise inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011. Female boxing is still relatively unusual in most countries, but especially in Afghanistan, where many girls and women still face a struggle to secure an education or work, and activists say violence and abuse at home is common. Many in this conservative society still consider fighting taboo for women, and the country’s first team of female boxers deal with serious threats.
Buddhist monks carrying kettles run towards the complex to serve tea to the devotees attending a teaching session being addressed by the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on the second day of the Kalachakra festival in the eastern Indian city of Bodhgaya January 2, 2012. The Kalachakra is a 10-day festival comprising Buddha teachings and meditations taking place at Bodhgaya, where Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment.
Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus hits a return to Ryan Harrison of the U.S. during their match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament January 2, 2012.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a gurney bed while leaving the courtroom at the police academy, where he is on trial, in Cairo January 2, 2012.
An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman’s shore near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 2, 2012.
Molly the dog walks around dead herring on a beach at Kvennes in Nordreisa, northern Norway January 2, 2012.
Fulham’s Stephen Kelly (L) challenges Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London January 2, 2012.
Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas (5) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown pass against the Wisconsin Badgers with teammate Kenjon Barner (24) during the 98th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California, January 2, 2012.
Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24-years-old, who is a person of interest in the killing of Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson on January 1, 2012, is seen in this undated handout photograph supplied by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Anderson, a 34-year-old mother of two young children, was killed after she stopped the gunman’s vehicle at a roadblock shortly after another ranger tried to stop the same car about a mile away, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said in a statement. Authorities have closed the park on the west side of the snow-capped Cascade mountain range as police search for the gunman. Colton was found dead in Mount Rainier National Park on January 2.
A disabled anti-Mubarak woman (L) shouts while sitting in front of riot police at the police academy where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on trial in Cairo January 2, 2012.
Firefighters try to put out an apartment fire that started from one of the 12 new carport fires set by an arsonist early Monday morning, in West Hollywood, California January 2, 2012. The fires damaged carports in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and West Hollywood areas. Los Angeles police released video on Sunday of a man they would like to question as they investigate an unusual spate of arson attacks that torched dozens of cars in the days leading up to the new year. A suspect is now in custody.
Policemen try to keep order as residents gather near a railway station during a protest in Anyang, Henan province January 1, 2012. Thousands of protesters converged on a train station in central China, angered over collapsing illegal investment schemes that residents said the government had failed to staunch, according to news reports and a government notice on Monday.
A supporter looks behind the curtain to check on U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul and his wife Carol during his introduction from backstage at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, January 2, 2012.
Houston’s quarterback Case Keenum (7) holds the trophy with teammates after their 30-14 win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl football game in Dallas, Texas January 2, 2012.
A man holds up a sign during a protest in central Budapest January 2, 2012. The demonstrators are protesting against the government and new Basic Law which replaced the country’s Constitution on January 1, in a show of angst at what they say is the ruling Fidesz party’s heavy-handed policies.
The hand of a dead man is partially covered by a table cloth at a crime scene in Mazatlan January 2, 2012. Two men were killed after several gunmen arrived in a car and started shooting repeatedly, according to local media.
A vendor pushes a cart to sell plastic containers and accessories on a street in Lahore January 2, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters in Marion, Iowa January 2, 2012.
Slovakia’s Martin Daloga © is squeezed by team mates Marko Dano (L) and Peter Ceresnak as they celebrate Dalgoa’s goal against Finland during the third period at the 2012 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Calgary, Alberta, January 2, 2012.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (front 2nd R) meets Emily Inbar, 8, who has a malignant tumour and hopes to be a prime minister one day, before attending a Likud party meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem January 2, 2012.
Five year old Jason Ward holds a candle alongside other children during a candle lit vigil at the site where Indian student Anuj Bidve was murdered in Salford, northern England, January 2, 2012. Bidve, who was studying at Lancaster University, was shot in the head at close range early on Boxing Day.
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James ® reacts after dunking the ball as Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia looks on in the first quarter during their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida, January 2, 2012.
One-year-old Adalynn Nelson watches through a window as Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives in his camapign bus (reflected in the window) for a rally in Marion, Iowa January 2, 2012.
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