A woman poses near the King of Carnival's face during preparations for the Carnival parade in Nice, France. The 129th Carnival of Nice will start on February 15 and run to March 6, celebrating the "King of the five continents."
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A Chinese actor dressed as Qing Dynasty emperor, center, sits on a sedan chair during a rehearsal of an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing.
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An Egyptian holds a loaf of bread to protest against the high prices of goods in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt.
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A Tunisian bites the national flag while carrying the coffin of slain Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid during his funeral in Tunis, Tunisia.
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A girl (l.) smiles at the premises of Baglamukhi Temple as a devotee offers prayer in Lalitpur, Nepal.
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Traditional dancers wait to perform ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Suphan Buri province, about 65.2 miles (105 km) north of Bangkok.
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People walk at the al-Saleh mosque, built by Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen.
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The mythical jester figure who reigns over Carnival, this year's King Momo, is the crowned and costumed Milton Rodrigues Junior, arriving at the official ceremony kicking off the five-day bash, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Anna Grodzka, Poland's first transsexual lawmaker from Palikot's Movement, smiles as she walks down a corridor in Poland's parliamentary building in Warsaw. Polish lawmakers blocked her from becoming deputy speaker of parliament after the nomination caused discomfort among some sections of Poland's devoutly Catholic society.
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A gorilla holds her baby at the Moscow Zoo. The baby gorilla was born on Wednesday.
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A man lights a cigarette in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain.
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A Hindu holy man or Naga Sadhu laughs as he leaves a Langar or free kitchen at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India.
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An eight-week-old white tiger (Panthera tigris) cub growls after a medical examination by veterinary surgeons at Bratislava Zoo, Slovakia.
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A demonstrator performs during a protest as she travels on a bus in New Delhi. Dozens of demonstrators on Thursday night took a bus which the protesters said was the last bus from Shivaji Stadium bus terminal, to demand for the availability of safer public transport for women in the city during late night hours.
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Beefy, a Bulldog breed, sits next to his owner Patrick Clemens on the runway of the New Yorkie Runway Doggie Fashion Show in New York.