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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    A performer spits fire during a carnival celebration in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 9, 2013. Carnival, which takes place across Spain just before Lent, is believed to owe its origins to pagan festivals.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI, center, leaves after attending a meeting of Vatican cardinals where he read a document in Latin in which he announced his resignation, at the Vatican, Feb. 11, 2013. Benedict XVI announced that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    A man denounces the police as the cause of the stampede at the main railway station serving the giant Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad, India, Feb. 10, 2013. At least 10 people died in the stampede and dozens more were injured in the crush. Local officials said that the railings on a bridge at Allahabad station had given way under the pressure of the mass of people.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    Steve Hull digs out his car after it was covered by drifting snow in Portland, Maine, Feb. 9, 2013. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    Revelers participate in the traditional Bloco da Lama (Mud block) carnival in Parati, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2013. The event, which was begun by two men in a playful manner in 1986, has now become a traditional carnival in which participants disguised as primitives with rags, lianas or skulls and bones, dive in the mud.
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    A dancer from the Aguia de Ouro samba school performs on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2013.
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    Participants compete during the Nordic Transjurassienne skiing race, Feb. 10, 2013 in Lamoura, eastern France.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    A man collects cartridge cases at a damaged police station one day after Islamist gunmen battled French and Malian troops following two straight days of suicide bombings, Feb. 11, 2013 in Gao, Mali.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees walk across a pontoon bridge at Sangam, before bathing at the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Maha Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Feb. 9, 2013.
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  • Today in Pictures: Feb. 11, 2013

    A performer passes a snake through his nose and mouth during a show at a fair as part of lunar new year festivities at the Temple of Earth park in Beijing, China, Feb. 11, 2013. A billion-plus Asians are ushering in the lunar Year of the Snake with a week of festivities.
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    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball during her match against Mervena Jugic-Salkic of Bosnia on the first day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar, Feb. 11, 2013.
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