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1 A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for autumn winter 2013 in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. 
2 Blue paint falls from the eyes of a vandalized statue, in Madrid, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. 
3 A decorated elephant stands at the Nandankanan Zoological park on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Wild life week is celebrated in India from October 2 to 8. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout) 
4 Afghan day laborer Zekrullah, 23, takes a break after preparing kilns to fire the bricks at a brick kiln factory on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov 7, 2013. In the last two years as US and NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, brick makers say business has dropped off by almost half. 
5 Pakistani boys, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, pose for a photograph, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. 
6 A Nepalese woman carries a dog, decorated with vermillion, in her bag after performing rituals during Tihar festival celebrations in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during Tihar festival, one of the most important Hindu festivals dedicated to the worship of the Goddess of wealth Laxmi. 
7 A military police pepper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities Monday for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the Confederations Cup and a papal visit. 
8 Serbian army soldiers take part in a ceremony marking Armistice Day at the French military cemetery in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Nov. 11 marks the signing of the truce that ended the fighting in World War I and for remembering the soldiers killed in the war. 
9 An Indian villager smokes tobacco as he joins other economically backward protesters during a rally demanding pension for elderly poor citizens in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. 
10 A young Nepalese girl dressed as a Kumari or living Goddess, smiles for camera as she waits for Kumari puja at Hanuman Dhoka, Basantapur Durbar Square in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013. More than hundred girls under the age of nine gathered for the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy. The ritual holds a strong religious significance in Newar community. It is a community affair held primarily to save small girls from diseases and bad luck in the years to come. 
11 In this late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 photo taken using long exposure, star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after it had a series of eruptions. 
12 North Korean women jump through hula hoops during the opening night of the "Arirang" mass games performance at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on Monday, July 22, 2013. This year's performance was timed to debut for the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. 
13 An Indian potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival which will be celebrated on Nov. 3. 
14 A member of the Italy team is thrown up in the air during a synchronized swimming training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 18, 2013. 
15 Nick Vujicic catches his breath while diving in an acrylic enclosure keeping him safe among sharks Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in Singapore. Vujicic, a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker, was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. 
16 Kabang, a 2-year-old injured mixed breed, chews on a toy after being released from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis, in Davis, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2013. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives and was heading back to the Philippines after treatment at a California hospital. 
17 Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Tashlich, which means 'to cast away' in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically 'throw away' their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.