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REWIND: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours

Last updated on: January 17, 2011 15:57 IST

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We bring you some of the best photos from around the world in the last 48 hours.

A man rides his horse through flames during the Luminarias annual religious celebration on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day in the village of San Bartolome de los Pinares, about 100 km northwest of Madrid. According to tradition, people from the area ride their horses through the fire to purify the animals. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of animals.

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Photographs: Andrea Comas/Reuters
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School children sit around a fire to warm themselves up during their recess break inside a school on a cold day in Jammu. According to the meteorological department, cold days will continue over the week as snow and rains expected in Jammu and Kashmir. On Sunday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 9 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees above normal. From Monday, it is expected to go down to 7 degrees Celsius.

Photographs: Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
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A villager tries to control a bull during a bull-taming festival on the outskirts of Madurai town, about 500 km from Chennai on Sunday. The annual bull-taming festival is celebrated as part of south India's harvest festival of Pongal.

Photographs: Babu/Reuters
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A member of a military band sleeps at the opening plenary session of the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress in Shanghai.

Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters
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The mud-covered friends of Andrew Taylor (second from right), pose around a destroyed piano, as they help his family clean their house after flood waters receded in the Brisbane suburb of Westend. Australia's third-largest city began cleaning up stinking mud and debris in flood-hit areas on Friday, but whole suburbs remained submerged, smaller towns braced for more inundations and forecasters pointed to a threat of cyclones.

Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters
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Mushers and their dogs climb the Mont-Cenis road during the eighth stage of La Grande Odysee sled dog race in Lanslebourg. The race crosses the Alps in France and Switzerland covering over 1000 km over 11 days.

Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters
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Mary Kool pays her respect to United States District Judge John Roll outside the St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, in Tuscon, Arizona where his funeral was held. Roll was killed in the January 8 shooting that left six dead and wounded US Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Photographs: Eric Thayer/Reuters
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United States President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former President Bill Clinton at a funeral service for US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Holbrooke, US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, died on December 13 at the age of 69 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn aorta.

Photographs: Jim Young/Reuters
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German-based football club Schalke 04's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer throws away his gloves during the German Bundesliga soccer match against Hamburg SV in Gelsenkirchen. Hamburg won the match 1-0.


Photographs: Ina Fassbender/Reuters
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A sadhu prays after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata. Hindu monks and pilgrims make an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of Makar Sankranti celebrated across the country on January 14.

Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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Policemen stand guard near the bicycles which will be awarded to the winners of the bull-taming festival on the outskirts of Madurai town, about 500 km from Chennai. The annual bull-taming festival is celebrated as part of south India's harvest festival of Pongal.

Photographs: Babu/Reuters
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Austria's Manuel Fettner soars through the air during a practice session before the individual large hill event at the World Cup Ski Jumping competition in Sapporo, northern Japan.

Photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
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