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Spectacular PHOTOS of the Month: January

Last updated on: January 31, 2012 08:59 IST

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A general view of the aurora borealis near the city of Tromsoe in northern Norway January 25, 2012.

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Photographs: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/Reuters

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An aerial view shows the snow covered church of the village of Jenisberg near the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 23, 2012.

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Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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A young surfer sails his board off a wave as large swells hit the California coastline at dusk in Cardiff , California January 5, 2012. 

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Photographs: Mike Blake/Reuters

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Tibetan exiles shout slogans after being detained by police during a protest outside the venue of a meeting between Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo and India's National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon in New Delhi January 17, 2012. Dai was in India on a two-day visit for the 15th round of boundary talks.

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Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters

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The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia is shown run aground off the coast of Giglio in this January 17, 2012 DigitalGlobe handout satellite photo obtained by Reuters January 18, 2012. Eleven people are confirmed dead and at least 23 are still missing from more than 4,200 passengers and crew after the Concordia ran aground two hours into a week-long cruise of the western Mediterranean.

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Photographs: DigitalGlobe/Handout/Reuters

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Riot policemen use a water cannon on student protesters during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education in Santiago, January 19, 2012. Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is the profiteering in the state education system.

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Photographs: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

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China's Shi Xiaoxuan skates in the women's 1500m speed skating event at the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck January 16, 2012.

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Photographs: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
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Overcrowded trains prepare to leave for the city after the final prayer ceremony of Bishwa Ijtema in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka January 15, 2012. Thousands of Muslims joined the Akheri Munajat, the final supplication as the first phase of the Muslims congregation concluded by seeking forgiveness and blessings for mankind on Sunday, according to local media. 

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing January 13, 2012. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company will then offer the best trainee a chance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel. 

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack, New York, January 21, 2012. The first major winter storm of 2012 to hit the northeast US was expected to drop up to eight inches of snow on the region.

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Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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A member of Occupy London poses for media outside the high court in London January 18, 2012.  A court ruled on Wednesday that a protest camp denouncing economic inequality should be removed from its site outside St Paul's Cathedral in London. Dozens of protesters from the Occupy London movement have been camping outside St Paul's, one of London's top tourist attractions, since October. Their original target was the nearby London Stock Exchange but police did not let them camp there.

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Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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Fireworks explode from The Big Ben clock tower near the London Eye (R) during New Year celebrations in London January 1, 2012.

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Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
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A girl walks her dog on a windy day along the bank of the river Swale near Helperby in northern England January 3, 2012.

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Photographs: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

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Members of the crowd cheer as cowboy Marco Eguche jumps off the bull Complete Debacle during the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Madison Square Garden Invitational in New York  January 6, 2012.

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Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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An African Crowned Crane found wandering the streets of Encinitas, California is shown safe at the County Department of Animal Services January 9, 2012. The bird, normally found on the savannas of Africa, was coaxed into a woman's garage after she found it honking at her on her home driveway.

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Photographs: Mike Blake/Reuters

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A zookeeper poses with a Jungle Nymph stick insect during a media event for the annual stocktake at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire January 10, 2012.

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Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters

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A night view is seen of the city of Belem, northeastern part of Brazil, January 11, 2012. The city of Belem, located at the mouth of the Amazon River, has a population of more than 2.3 million in the greater metropolitan area and its 39 islands, according to the latest census. The city will celebrate its 396th birthday on January 12.

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Photographs: Paulo Santos/Reuters

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A Syrian soldier who defected to join the Free Syrian Army poses as he stands guard at their base outside the town of Qusair on January 11, 2012. Picture taken January 11, 2012.

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Photographs: Reuters

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Pernelle Carron and Lloyd Jones of France perform during their ice dance, free dance routine at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, northern England January 27, 2012. The championships run from January 23 to 29.

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Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters

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Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2012. Five men jumped into the muddy waters of the Tiber, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946.

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Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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A frozen house is seen on a track of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012. Each year, racers from all over Europe arrive to the village of Destne in Orlicke mountains in Czech Republic to take part in this race series. 

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Photographs: Petr Josek/Reuters

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A rainbow appears over the Greek parliament in Athens's Syntagma square January 25, 2012.

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Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

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