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    Legendary New York mayor Ed Koch's funeral

    Koch, the voluble three-term mayor who helped bring New York back from the brink of fiscal ruin in the 1970s and 1980s and came to embody the city with his wry, outspoken style, died of congestive heart failure on February 1 at the age of 88. 'No mayor, I think, has ever embodied the spirit of New York City like he did," current mayor Michael Bloomberg said to the mourners at Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue



    Current New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, former New York City Mayors Rudolph Giuliani, center, and David Dinkins put their hands over their hearts as the casket leaves the synagogue






    Koch's sister, Pat Koch Thaler (2nd R), and other family members watch as the is carried away following his funeral in New York














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    A pipe where negotiators communicated with Jimmy Lee Dykes who held a five-year old boy hostage in an underground bunker is shown in this handout photo released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on February 5. The nearly weeklong standoff ended with Dykes' death and the safe recovery of the kindergarten student.




    The final rush to bring Ethan to safety began suddenly on Monday afternoon. Neighbor Byron Martin heard a boom that “made me jump off the ground.” Local paper the Dothan Eagle reported two loud blasts after 3 p.m.

    It seems the bang was the first – and most audible – sign to people in the area that Ethan’s ordeal was close to an end. An FBI source confirmed to NBC News on Monday that the blast was a “diversionary device” – a flashbang explosive that gave them time to breach the bunker through a door at the top at 3:12 p.m. The boy emerged unharmed, according to officials, but the man who authorities say abducted him was dead at the scene.

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    Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the Super Bowl XLVII victory parade at M&T Bank Stadium on Feb. 5, in Baltimore.












    Thousands of Ravens fans fill M&T Bank Stadium to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory in Baltimore.

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    Ronnie Chambers Jr. looks at his mother Tahitah Myles (obscured) as she collapses during the funeral for his father Ronnie Chambers, 33, a victim of gun violence, in Chicago Feb.4. Shirley Chambers of Chicago had four children - three boys and a girl. Now they're all gone. Her son, Ronnie Chambers, was the last of the single mother's children - all victims of gun violence in Chicago over a period of 18 years.



    Shirley Chambers cries during the funeral for her son Ronnie Chambers, 33, a victim of gun violence, in Chicago on Feb. 4. Shirley Chambers of Chicago had four children - three boys and a girl. Now they're all gone. Her son, Ronnie Chambers, was the last of the single mother's children - all victims of gun violence in Chicago over a period of 18 years.





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    A policeman escorts suspected bank robber Nikolaos Romanos near the prosecutor's office in Kozani, northern Greece, left. A mug shot released by police, right, shows Romanos, 20, with significantly less bruising.

    Reuters reportsA Greek prosecutor ordered an investigation on Monday into whether four suspected bank robbers were beaten in custody, after police published mug shots that were altered to make their injuries appear less severe.

    Rights groups and critics have long accused Greek police of detaining immigrants and other prisoners in shocking conditions.

    Photos published in the Greek media of the men, who were aged between 20 and 25 and arrested on Friday, showed them bruised and bleeding while being escorted by police.

    But mug shots released by the police over the weekend had injuries missing. One had been altered to remove a purple bruise from beneath the suspect's left eye.

    In another, black bruises below the suspect's eyes and cheeks appear to have been erased.



    A policeman escorts suspected bank robber Andreas Bourzoukos in Kozani, left, and the mug shot of Bourzoukos distributed by Greek police, right.

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    The ashes of Cambodia's former king were scattered in the Mekong river on Tuesday, bringing to a close months of mourning for the revered monarch who died on October 15 last year. Reuters reports:
    Tens of thousands of Cambodians gathered on Monday to pay their last respects to former King Norodom Sihanouk, a quixotic and much-loved figure who reigned during the country's struggle for independence but was powerless to prevent decades of war.

    The current King Norodom Sihamoni and Sihanouk's widow, Queen Monineath, wept during the cremation as Cambodians poured into the capital to mourn the "king father," as Sihanouk is known.

    "This is the most sorrowful moment," said Pal Ho, 58, a villager from the western province of Pursat, who carried with her six pictures of Sihanouk






    Fireworks are lit at the crematorium to mark the beginning of the cremation of Norodom Sihanouk, near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Febr. 4, 2013.






    Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni (2nd right) and Queen Monique (3rd right) pay their last respects inside the crematorium minutes before the late king's cremation on Feb. 4, 2013.


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    The face of England's King Richard III was revealed for the first time in more than 500 years on Tuesday following a reconstruction based on a skull unearthed from a parking lot in the city of Leicester.

    After carrying out a series of scientific investigations on bones exhumed from the site last year, the University of Leicester announced on Monday that the remains belonged to Richard III, who died in battle in 1485.


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    Daredevil French climber Alain Robert, known as the French Spiderman, climbs the Habana Libre hotel in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 4, 2013. Robert climbed the 22 floors of the hotel in 28 minutes.



    Alain Robert of France, who is known as "Spiderman," climbs up the Habana Libre hotel in Havana on February 4. Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, successfully climbed the hotel which is 413 feet high.











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    Rangoon, Burma: people carry an injured person after a fire and explosion on a tanker carrying diesel fuel on the Hlaing River



    Caracas, Venezuela: soldiers attend a military parade to commemorate the 21st anniversary of President Hugo Chávez's attempted coup d'état



    Jacmel, Haiti: participants wait for the start of a parade during carnival celebrations

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    Seville, Spain: a man rides past uncollected rubbish. Rubbish collectors have been on strike to protest against the austerity cuts imposed by the town hall



    Dhaka, Bangladesh: people are reflected in the broken window of a burnt bus after the activists from Jamaat-e-Islami set it on fire during a day-long strike in protest against the decision by the country's war crimes tribunal to deliver judgment in a case against their leader, Abdul Quader Mollah

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    Ice tots: children pour cold water on themselves under the guidance of a fitness coach at a kindergarten in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The programme, which is seen here during -23C conditions, is believed to bolster health


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    Flipping good time: trainee choristers from Salisbury Cathedral Choir flip pancakes in front of the cathedral. The trainee choristers had to celebrate and learn about Shrove Tuesday a week early this year as they will be on half-term holiday for pancake day next week



    Rebecca Adlington has announced her retirement from competitive swimmining. Adlington, won two gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008 and two bronze medals at London 2012 saidthat now was the right time to quit as she could no longer keep pace with a younger generation of swimmers.



    The snow is back! A dog walker makes his way across the fairway of Falkirk Tryst golf course this morning after light snowfall. Parts of Britain are braced for a return of snow and gale force winds and low temperatures



    Frozen lamb: A sheep looks out from its snow covered shed in Penistone, South Yorkshire



    Protesters from the collective called La Brigade Anti-terrorisme Financier (the finance anti-terrorism brigade), brandish saws and scissors as they symbolically try to cut in two the BNP Paribas headquarters, in Paris to urge French MPs to harden the proposed banking government's reform



    Members of a Palestinian family react after Israeli bulldozers demolished their family house in the Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Palestinian homes built without a construction permit are often demolished by order of the Jerusalem municipality



    One way to make the food shopping more exciting. A resident from Shuangmidi Village crosses the Nujiang River via a zip-line in Liuku County, China. The area is made up of mountains and valleys and zip-lines have been quite popular transportation method. As transport conditions improve, a growing number of traditional zip-lines along the Nujiang River Valley, have been dismantled or replaced by bridges



    A woman walks her dogs along a snow covered street in Penistone, South Yorkshire, UK



    Protesters in favour of UK sovereignty of the Falkland Islands gather on Whitehall in London, England. Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman who is currently in London said today that the Falklands Islands will be under Argentinian control within 20 years



    A small corner of Brazil, in Barnet! Members of the Brazilian national football team participate in a training session at The Hive, Barnet FC's training ground in Edgware, London. Brazil are set to play England in an international friendly at London's Wembley Stadium



    Herring worth billions in exports are seen floating dead in Kolgrafafjordur, a small fjord in west Iceland. Between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of herring died in December and more now, due to lack of oxygen in the fjord thought to have been caused by a landfill and bridge constructed nearby



    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to people as he arrives in front of the Al-Hussein mosque, named after Prophet Mohammed's grandson Hussein ibn Ali, in old Cairo. Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded when he began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution



    Gay rights campaigner Paul Bennett, 44, of London stands outside The Houses of Parliament in London, England. Later Parliament will hold a vote on whether to allow homosexual couples to marry



    A vehicle, part of a convoy of U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly, is stuck on the side of a road after the soil collapsed, next to an archaeological site in Tyre



    Necropolis cleanup: A employee carries a mummified body to a mass grave after its exhumation at the municipal cemetery in Guatemala City. Municipal employees exhume bodies from niches because of unpaid cemetery fees. The bodies, tagged with identification, are then placed at a mass grave should relatives come back to claim them



    A line of Boeing 787 jets are parked at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Federal regulators say they are evaluating a Boeing request to conduct test flights of its 787 Dreamliners, which were grounded nearly three weeks ago after a battery fire in one plane and smoke in another.



    Hundreds of Waka Ama crew perform the haka on the beach to celebrate Waitangi Day in Waitangi, New Zealand. The Waitangi Day national holiday celebrates the signing of the treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840 by Maori chiefs and the British Crown, that granted the Maori people the rights of British Citizens and ownership of their lands and other properties

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    Newly recruited female marines march with fellow soldiers during drills inside the marine headquarters in the town of Ternate, Philippines



    Well they do say potassium is good for endurance training... There are an estimated 350 women combatants in the 10,000-member Philippine marines who go through the same rigid physical and mental training as their men counterparts

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    Gale-force winds from the north make spectacular pictures as they battered the seafront at Seahman harbour, south of Sunderland.



    People reach out for fruit and vegetables distributed for free by farmers outside the agriculture ministry in Athens, Greece



    Lawmaker "Long hair" Leung Kwok-hung is being forced down on the floor by plain-clothed police officer as he tries to protest against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during his visit to the Lunar New Year fair at Hong Kong's Victory Park, February 4, 2013

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    A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flees from tear gas fired by riot police during the funeral of activists Mohamed al-Gendy and Amr Saad in Cairo



    France's President Francois Hollande and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wave goodbye after a working lunch and joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, February 4, 2013



    Demonstrators from the Antigone Civil Disobedience group carry Santa Agueda staffs as they gather in front of the Basque regional parliament to protest government corruption in Vitoria, Spain, February 4, 2013. The staffs are traditionally hit against the ground as a symbolic awakening of the earth before spring

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    Robert De Niro is the latest Hollywood star to have his hands and feet cast in cement in LA

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    New Antarctic station



    The British new research station, Halley V1, becomes fully operational this month



    It replaces the 20 year old station, Halley V


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    World's longest cat Stewie dies at eight in Reno, Nevada



    The world's longest domestic cat, a 48.5in (1.23m) Maine Coon named Stewie, has died at the age of eight.

    Stewie's owner, Robin Hendrickson, said record-holding cat died on Monday evening after battling cancer.

    The pet, of Reno, Nevada, was awarded the record, measured from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail, by the Guinness Book of Records in 2010.

    The cat was a certified therapy animal that frequently visited a local senior centre near his home.

    "Stewie was always very social and loved meeting new people," Ms Hendrickson said. "He has touched many lives, and for that I am grateful."

    He was also the record-holder for world's longest cat tail.

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    Tunisian politician Chokri Belaid shot dead in Tunis



    Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid has been shot dead outside his home in the capital, Tunis.

    Relatives say Mr Belaid was shot in the neck and head on his way to work.

    He was a prominent secular opponent of the moderate Islamist-led government and his assassination has sparked protests in towns around the country.

    President Moncef Marzouki has cut short a visit to France and cancelled a scheduled appearance at a summit in Egypt to return home.
    This murder robs Tunisia of one of its most courageous and free voices” - Francois Hollande French President

    Tunisia is gripped by a political crisis as talks on a long-awaited cabinet reshuffle to include a wider range of parties in a coalition led by the Ennahda party have broken down.

    Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said his murder was an "act of terrorism" and a blow to the country's Arab Spring revolution, which took place in January 2011.

    "This is a criminal act, an act of terrorism not only against Belaid but against the whole of Tunisia," Mr Jebali told Tunisia's privately owned FM Radio Mosaique, promising to pursue all efforts to "immediately" arrest the murderer.

    Correspondents say political assassinations are rare in Tunisia.



    Chokri Belaid was a prominent secular opponent of Tunisia's moderate Islamist-led government

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    Tunisia auctions off Ben Ali's treasures





















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    A sign reading "No crossing, P.G.J.E."(Attorney General of the State) hangs from a string to cordon off a crime scene at a beach hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco, Mexico, February 5, 2013. The women were raped in the early hours of Monday, when the hooded gunmen forced their way into a beach house they had rented and roughed up their seven male companions



    Supporters of the banned Islamic party Jamat Dawa take part in a rally to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day in Islamabad, February 5, 2013.



    French farmers stand between their parked tractors during a protest action against European regulations in Arras, northern France, January 15, 2013



    Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is airlifted after crashing during the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria, February 5, 2013.



    A member of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) swings a baton at an activist of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami, after he was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a car during a day-long strike in protest against the decision by the country's war crimes tribunal to deliver judgement in a case against their top leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka, February 5, 2013.



    Girl walks next to destroyed building in Mostar, January 30, 2013. Paralysed by politicking, the Bosnian town of Mostar has entered 2013 without a budget to run soup-kitchens or kindergartens, to pay fire-fighters or heat schools. The cash is running out, and tensions are rising. It's a situation that observers say cannot go on, but somehow does, and in many ways is a microcosm of Bosnia in its dysfunction and stunted development. With neighbouring Croatia set to join the European Union on July 1, Mostar stands as a grim example of how far the country has fallen behind



    A defendant stands behind bars as he listens during a sentencing hearing at the state security appeal court in Sanaa, Yemen, February 5, 2013. The court sentenced defendants charged with belonging to a cell linked to al-Qaeda to prison between three to six years

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    Guatemala City, Guatemala: A mummified body leans on niches after it was exhumed at the municipal cemetery



    Allahabad, Inida: Hindu devotees walk through a dust storm at the Sangam after taking a holy dip

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    Malian supporters watch on Feb. 6, on a television in the center of the northern Malian city of Douentza a 2013 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Mali and Nigeria in Durban, South Africa.




    The match always had the potential for goals, but few would have predicted such a lopsided result. With four goals in a 35-minute span starting mid-first half, Nigeria qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations final in 13 years, eliminating Mali 4-1.

    In some ways the result was just as impressive as Sunday’s quarterfinal defeat of tournament favorites Cote d’Ivoire. While the Malians are not held in the same regard as Les Elephants, the Super Eagles put on a more impressive show, leaving little doubt the project initiated by Stephen Keshi — one that left many of the team’s highest profile, most-capped players out — has come good.


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    People reach out for a bag of oranges during a free distribution of fruit and vegetables by Greek farmers outside the Agriculture Ministry in Athens, part of a farmers' protest against high production costs on Feb. 6, 2013.



    Reuters reports — Hundreds of Greeks scuffled for free vegetables handed out by farmers on Wednesday, leaving one man trampled and injured, and prompting an outcry over the growing desperation created by economic crisis.

    Startling images of Greeks struggling to seize bags of tomatoes and leeks thrown from a truck dominated Greek television, triggering a bout of soul-searching over the new depths of poverty in the debt-laden country.

    "These images make me angry. Angry for a proud people who have no food to eat, who can't afford to keep warm, who can't make ends meet," said Kostas Barkas, a lawmaker from the leftist Syriza party.

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    Agence France-Presse reports — A replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture David that was erected suddenly last summer is unnerving residents of a Japanese town, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underwear.

    The 16 foot tall marble statue was donated by a businessman who hails from the area around Okuizumo.

    "It is the first time we have had anything like this in our town. Perhaps people were perplexed," town official Yoji Morinaga said.

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