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A convoy of vehicles and fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Iraq's Anbar Province. With al-Qaeda-linked fighters and allied tribal gunmen camped on the outskirts, a tentative calm took hold over Fallujah on January 10 and residents started to return to the besieged city west of Baghdad.
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position in a damaged house in the Aghyol area of Aleppo on January 11.
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Palestinians dance after hearing the death of Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister, as they celebrate in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon on January 11. Sharon was loathed by many Palestinians as a bitter enemy who did his utmost to sabotage their independence hopes.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a basketball game between former US NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team with Dennis Rodman at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium. The photo was released on January 9.
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A Coast Guard helicopter flies along New York's Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, on January 9. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused large ice floes to form in the Hudson, delaying ferry traffic.
Firefighters fortify a wooden building while a fire ravages the ancient town of Dukezong in Shangri-la county, in southwestern China's Yunnan province. The 10-hour inferno has razed the ancient Tibetan town in the province that's popular with tourists.
African migrants hold placards during a protest opposite the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on January 8. More than 10,000 migrants gathered on Wednesday for a fourth day of protests against Israel's detention policy towards migrants it sees as illegal job-seekers.
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Military personnel with canine units patrol the Olympic Park in the Coastal Cluster on January 10 in Adler, Russia. The region will host the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which start on February 6.