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The best PHOTOS of the month: February

Last updated on: March 1, 2013 10:11 IST

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We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by.

A miner takes a short break inside an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas. Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Facing death on a daily basis has become a fact of life for these men as they struggle to scrape out a living in an environment bereft of rules and regulations, lacking even the most basic equipment.

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Revellers dance during the annual block party known as the "Suvaco do Cristo" (Armpit of Christ), one of the many pre-carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro.

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A girls smiles as she sits on the ground in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.   

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Workers look at 'Rex', a two metre tall artificial human, at the Science Museum in central London. The British roboticist designers claim it is the world's first complete bionic man, featuring artificial organs as well as fully functioning limbs.

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Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs Group, is helped by technicians after speaking with the media after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and other CEOs at the White House in Washington.

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A defendant stands behind bars as he listens during a sentencing hearing at the state security appeal court in Sanaa. 

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Girl walks next to destroyed building in Mostar. Paralysed by politicking, the Bosnian town of Mostar entered 2013 without a budget to run soup-kitchens or kindergartens, to pay fire-fighters or heat schools. The cash is running out, and tensions are rising. It's a situation that observers say cannot go on, but somehow does, and in many ways is a microcosm of Bosnia in its dysfunction and stunted development.

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Photographs: Dado Ruvic/Reuters
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A street vendor pulls his cart by a sleeping man as cars pass by in Bangkok's Chinatown.

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Demonstrators try to climb over a police barricade during a protest against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi outside a college in New Delhi. Protesters clashed with police on Wednesday outside the University of Delhi, where Modi, a popular but divisive contender to run for prime minister within a year, was making a speech to cheering students.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pauses as she bids farewell on her last day in office at the State Department in Washington.

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A woman and two girls play on swings on the outskirts of Lahore.

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A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda offers flowers as a tribute to Yemanja, goddess of the sea, in Rio Vermelho Beach in Salvador da Bahia.

Devotees offer flowers to Yemanja, also known as the Queen of the Sea, before entering the water.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a rifle through a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base, just before he was shot in the head by a sniper, during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus.  

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Berlin policemen detain an activist from the women's rights organisation Femen before the screening of the movie Yi Dai Zong Shi, "The Grandmaster" at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin.

The 2013 Berlin film festival kicks off on Thursday with "The Grandmaster", a martial arts epic from Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai who is also presiding over this year's jury.       

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A man walks along the street at Khokana in Lalitpur, Nepal.

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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigbourhood of Damascus.

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Demonstrators hold a poster of Mohammad Afzal Guru as they take cover from coloured smoke released by fellow demonstrators during celebrations in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

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Drum Queen Camila Silva of the Mocidade Independente samba school dances on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.   

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A TV reporter touches up her make-up next to a painting of Pope Benedict XVI after the head of Spain's Catholic Church and President of the Bishops' Conference Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela addressed the media during a news conference in Madrid.

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French CRS riot police are covered with paint during clashes with demonstrators in front of tyre maker Goodyear Dunlop France headquarters in Rueil Malmaison, near Paris.

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A devotee exercises before taking a holy dip on the banks of the Ganges during the ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

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Japanese college students watch cheerleaders perform at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo. About 1,500 students from vocational schools attended the rally to boost their morale ahead of their job hunt.

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U.S. President Barack Obama uses a magnifying glass to play a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur.

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Sona Nakarmi, 7, writes on a wall at the Saraswati temple during the Shreepanchami festival in Kathmandu.

Children are given their first writing and reading lessons at the temple during this festival in the belief that the goddess of education Saraswati will help them excel in education.

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A Malian soldier fires an AK-47 during fighting with Islamists in Gao.

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A Palestinian protester uses a makeshift launcher to shoot fire crackers as another protester takes cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers and border policemen in the West Bank city of Hebron.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy dressed in a special costume as a soldier for Purim stands next to a group of adults in Bnei Brak.

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A woman stuck in her car is rescued from flood waters by a resident during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens. 

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Indian Air Force's MI-17 V5 helicopter is illuminated by search lights from a MI-17 chopper during the Indian Air Force (IAF) fire power demonstration exercise "Iron Fist 2013" in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

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A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York as a man watches in a park along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey.


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