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REWIND: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours

Last updated on: January 30, 2014 10:43 IST

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Presenting some of the best photographs from around the world in the last 48 hours.

Opening photograph: A female member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units mourns over the grave of her fellow fighter, who was killed during clashes with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in Ras al-Ain, Syria, on Tuesday.

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Photographs: Rodi Said/Reuters

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal poses before the start of an interview with Reuters at his residence on the outskirts of New Delhi.

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Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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The skyline of Chicago is seen with the steam fog coming off Lake Michigan.

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Photographs: Jeff Haynes/Reuters

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A medic of the anti-government protest camp (L) poses for a portrait with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, back-tracked and overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago.

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Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters

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People wait for their trains at Hongqiao train station in Shanghai, ahead of Chinese New Year, on Tuesday.

About 3.62 billion trips will be made during the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush which started from January 16, an official told Xinhua News Agency.

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Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

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A mother holds her child while attempting to take cover as repeated gun shots are heard close to Miskine district during continuing sectarian violence in Central African Republic capital Bangui.

At least 13 people were killed in Central African Republic on Monday as the top United Nations human rights official warned of escalating reprisals against Muslims and urged foreign governments to do more to stop the country being torn apart.

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Photographs: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

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A Palestinian couple waits before a mass wedding ceremony in the West Bank city of Jericho on Tuesday.

A spokesman working together with the Palestinian Presidential Office said some 300 Palestinian couples, 80 of them from the Gaza Strip, wedded on Tuesday in the mass ceremony funded by the Presidential Office and attended by President Mahmoud Abbas.

Each couple would also be given $4,000, the spokesman said.

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Photographs: Ammar Awad/Reuters

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Huge waves crash on the San Esteban de Pravia seafront in the northern Spanish region of Asturias on Tuesday.

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Photographs: Eloy Alonso/Reuters

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gets a haircut at the Solon Correo in Old Havana, Cuba.

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Photographs: Reuters

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A broken glass of a niche where the reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II was located is seen next to a painting of the late Pope in the small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L'Aquila, Italy on Tuesday.

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole the reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.

Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana called "a sacrilegious theft that was probably commissioned by someone".

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Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters

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People search for casualties under rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by government forces in Aleppo's al-Jazmati district in war-torn Syria on Tuesday.

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Photographs: Hosam Katan/Reuters

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Health officers in full protective gear wait to cross a road near a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Hong Kong began culling 20,000 chickens and suspended imports of fresh poultry from mainland China for 21 days on Tuesday after the discovery of the H7N9 bird flu virus in a batch of live chicken from the southern province of Guangdong.

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Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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Ponies run during their daily training at a horse club owned by Yu Qian, a famous Chinese crosstalk performer, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Beijing.

The coming Chinese Year of the Horse may bring conflicts and disasters related to fire but strong gains in stocks linked to wood, the year's two dominant elements, say Hong Kong's practitioners of the ancient art of feng shui.

Believers in the Chinese form of geomancy see the universe as made up of five elements -- earth, water, fire, wood and metal -- that define the mood and direction of the world. The Chinese zodiac has 12 animals that interact with the elements.

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Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters

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A man, wearing a mask and rubber gloves, takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta, Spain, on Tuesday.

Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors.

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Photographs: Vincent West/Reuters

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Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leaves the Army Club after meeting the Election Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Thailand's prime minister has confirmed a general election will be held on February 2, a source from her party said on Tuesday after a meeting at which the election authority had proposed a delay because of unrest in the capital.


Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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