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Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours

Last updated on: January 3, 2012 08:55 IST

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Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 48 hours.

A firefighter extinguishes a burning car early this morning during the New Year's eve celebration in Lille, France.

Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

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Norway's Tom Hilde crashes during the final of the first event of the 60th four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 30, 2011.

Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer won the competition ahead of his compatriots Andreas Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern.

Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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A soldier carries ammunition on a naval ship during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.

Iran test-fired a new medium-range missile, designed to evade radars, on Sunday during the last days of its naval drill in the Gulf, the official IRNA news agency quoted a military official as saying.

Photograph: Reuters

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NATO troops from the United States-led International Security Assistance Force celebrate New Year's Eve in Kabul.

Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

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Devotees gather around a Living Goddess Kumari (C) as she observes the bathing rituals of Lord Seto Machindranath in Kathmandu.

The Kumari, a young pre-pubescent girl who is a manifestation of a Goddess, is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. The Kumari emerges from her temple about 12 times a year for religious occasions.

Nepalese people pray to Seto Machindranath for rainfall and good harvest.

Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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An Occupy protester lies next to a police car outside US Republican presidential candidate and Representative Michele Bachmann's office in Urbandale, Iowa.

Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

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A giant light installation of the flag of Switzerland, by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, illuminates the north face of the Jungfrau mountain, next to the Eiger (L) and Moench (C) mountains, in the Bernese Oberland.

The installation commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau railway, which first began operations in the year 1912. The light left of the installation is Europe's highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch station, at an altitude of 3,454 metres (11,332 feet).

Photograph: Markus Zimmermann/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.

Five men jumped into the muddy waters of the Tiber, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946.

Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves her party flag as she watches a charity music show, organized by National League for Democracy party, at Myanmar Convention Center in Yangon.

Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

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A man is hit by a bull during a traditional "Corraleja" or bullfight on New Year's Eve in Turbaco, Bolivar.

Photograph: Joaquin Sarmiento/Reuters

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A man holding an umbrella watches large waves on the Marina beach as a cargo ship passes after Cyclone Thane hit Tamil Nadu.

Rain and gale force winds lashed India's southeast coast on Friday, bringing down walls and power lines and killing at least six people as Cyclone Thane made landfall near the industrial city of Chennai.

Photograph: Babu/Reuters

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Timothy Ward kisses his sister Arym at the St. Leo Catholic Church in Detroit. St Leo Catholic Church, located in one of the most abandoned pockets of the nation's most depressed city, is operating on life support.

Built more than 120 years ago as Detroit was developing into a manufacturing powerhouse, St Leo is one of the many area churches to have succumbed to a same priest and parishioner shortage that has plagued the Catholic Church in America.

Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters




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