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The Week in Pictures: Jan. 26 - Feb. 2

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Chilly dip

People run into the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md., during the 16th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 28. The plunge is a charity function benefiting the Maryland State Special Olympics.


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Pancake ice

Sheets of ice float on the Oder River near Frankfurt an der Oder on the German-Polish border, Feb. 1. Influenced by a high-pressure system above Siberia, temperatures dipped to seven degrees Fahrenheit in the eastern German region.

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Image: Thousands Gather For Fallen Officer Sandy Rogers Funeral

Sad goodbye

Wade Johnson, the brother-in-law of slain Aiken Public Safety Officer Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers, salutes as Carolyn Neal wipes tears from Rogers' life partner, Francis Williams, during a burial service at Bethany Cemetery in Aiken, S.C., Feb. 1. At right is Rogers' sister, Jenny Johnson. The officer was shot and killed Jan. 28 during a check on a suspicious vehicle.

Zach Boyden-holmes / The Augusta Chronicle
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Image: People take refuge on top of a car from a bull during the annual Candlemas celebrations in Tlacotalpan

A load of bull

People take refuge on top of a car from a bull during the annual Candlemas festivities in Tlacotalpan, Mexico, Feb. 1. As part of the week-long religious celebration, several bulls are let loose to rampage through the streets for hours as crowds taunt them.

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Image: Daily life in Gaza Strip

Colorful canvas

Palestinian refugee children play in between makeshift tents in one of the poorest regions in the Al-Zaiton neighborhood, in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 29.

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Flour power

Francois Hollande, France's opposition Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential election, is doused with flour thrown by a woman, right, while he was signing a pact on the French housing crisis with representatives of the Abbé Pierre Foundation, Feb. 1, in Paris.


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Image: Winter X Games 2012 - Day 4

Flying to the finish

Christian Mithassel (yellow shirt ) of Norway leads the pack to win the semifinal heat ahead of Casey Puckett (black) of the USA, Dave Duncan (white) of Canada, Daniel Bohnacker (red) of Germany and Alex Fiva (green) of Switzerland during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on Jan. 29, in Aspen, Colo. Mithassel, Puckett and Duncan advanced to the final.

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Gapping the bridge

A cargo ship pauses after colliding with a bridge, Jan. 27, near Aurora, Ky. The ship was traveling upriver toward the Kentucky Lock and Dam when it hit the aging steel span, causing part of it to collapse. No one was injured. The bridge was built in the 1930s and handles about 2,800 vehicles a day.

Tina Carroll / AP
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Image: A migrant worker wearing a Russian cartoon hero 'Luntik' costume takes a break from his work of distributing advertising leaflets

Migrant work in Russia

A migrant worker wearing a Russian cartoon hero 'Luntik' costume takes a break from distributing advertising leaflets at metro station in Moscow, Nov. 23. Russia’s demographic situation is one of the many factors that contribute to uncertainty in understanding the future of the country. The chaos of the 1990s has also produced a hole in the demographic curve, meaning there are fewer young adults now than should be expected in a standard population.

The result is a large influx of migrant workers to fill this gap. These workers are mainly from former Soviet countries in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, places with their own economic problems. The migrants generally do low-skilled and heavy labor on building sites, in markets or on the streets. EDITOR's NOTE: Image received Feb. 1.

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Image: Railway tracks lead towards the main train station as the sun sets on a freezing cold afternoon in Frankfurt

Light rail

Railway tracks lead toward the main train station as the sun sets on a freezing afternoon in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 31.

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Little Gandhis

Underprivileged Indian children dressed in costumes to look like the late Mahatma Gandhi arrive on a bus in Kolkata, India, Jan. 29. The children, aged from 10 to 16, donned wigs, fake moustaches and copied the former leader’s trademark round spectacles as they set a Gandhi-lookalike world record. A total of 485 children took part in the event ahead of the anniversary of Gandhi's death on Jan. 30.


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Image: Gingrich Campaigns Across Florida One Day Before Primary

Newt in the house!

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich cheer as he arrives for a campaign rally at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, Jan. 30, in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Vying for Vegas voters

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks away from the stage after a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Feb. 1.

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