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    JAN. 2: Sebastien Loeb of France drives his Peugeot through the water during the Buenos Aires-Rosario prologue stage of Dakar Rally 2016 in Arrecifes, Argentina.

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    JAN. 3: Peter Prevc of Slovenia soars through the air during a trial jump at the 64th Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Innsbruck, Austria.

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    JAN. 3: A woman runs along an embankment at the Olympic park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

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    JAN. 4: Audience member Robin Roy, center, reacts as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets her at a campaign rally in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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    JAN. 4: A giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong is under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China. According to local villagers, several entrepreneurs spent nearly 3 million yuan ($460,000) to build the 120-foot-high statue covered in gold paint.

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    JAN. 4: The flood-swollen river Dee flows perilously close to Abergeldie Castle, which is near Queen's Elizabeth's Balmoral Estate in Scotland, after a chunk of land was washed away by the high waters.

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    JAN. 4: The Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric concept car is unveiled during a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    JAN. 4: A homeless woman sits bundled against the cold as she begs for handouts on East 42nd Street in Manhattan. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Sunday requiring local officials throughout the state to force the homeless into shelters when temperatures dip below freezing and vowed to defend the edict if challenged in court.

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    JAN. 4: An Israeli artillery gun fires a shell into Lebanon after a roadside bomb exploded next to an Israeli military border patrol near the Shebaa Farms area on Monday, near Kiryat Shmona, Israel. Hezbollah said it set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander.

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    JAN. 5: Indonesia's Mount Soputan volcano spews lava and ash during an eruption as seen from Silian 3 village in Minahasa Tenggara, Indonesia's Sulawesi island. in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Adwit B Pramono/Antara Foto ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2144T

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    JAN. 5: U.S. Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, left, stands with West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, right, and Command Sgt. Major Dawn Ripplemeyer as they arrive for a ceremony where Holland became the first female commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Holland's new command is the latest milestone for American women who now are allowed to serve in all military combat roles.

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    JAN. 5: Workers catch fish during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris. Authorities started a three-month cleanup of the canal in northeastern Paris in an attempt to refurbish its locks and remove rubbish.

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    JAN. 5: A migrant rests on cardboard at the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin, Germany.

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    JAN. 5: A man carries a mannequin dressed in a flamenco dress in central Madrid.

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    JAN. 5: Netanel herds his sheep in a field near his home in the unauthorized Jewish settler outpost of Havat Gilad, south of the West Bank city of Nablus. Steeped in messianic Jewish mysticism and rebelling against what they see as adulterated modern Zionism, the "Hilltop Youth," a new generation of ultra-religious settlers whose resentment of the secular Israeli state rivals their hostility toward Arabs, number in the hundreds, by most accounts. But they pose a deep-rooted challenge even for the nationalist government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as it struggles to stanch Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed in the absence of peace negotiations.

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    JAN. 6: Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia, Bulgaria. Orthodox priests throughout the country traditionally bless the waters by throwing a cross into it that worshippers try to catch, with the belief that catching the cross brings health and prosperity to the person who retrieves it.

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    JAN. 6: An Orthodox woman kisses a crucifix retrieved from the water by Russian Andreas Pyetakov, right, during Epiphany Day celebrations in the southern suburb of Faliro in Athens, Greece.

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    JAN. 6: The owner of the world's largest blue sapphire, which he says is worth more than $100 million, says he is deciding whether to auction the Sri Lankan gem or display it as an international attraction. Here, he holds it for photographs during an interview in Colombo.

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    JAN. 6: Presenter Jack Black spoofs virtual reality with actress Kate Hudson at the People's Choice Awards 2016 in Los Angeles.

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    JAN. 7: Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji, left, performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

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    JAN. 7: Kathleen O'Brien, of Portland, and Kathryn McBrady, of Scarborough, take in the view of a fiery winter sunset overlooking Back Cove. The former classmates at Catherine McAuley High School were home on college break. O'Brien is now studying in Italy while McBrady attends Providence College.

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    JAN. 8: Jacqueline Loelling, of Germany, starts her first run in the women's skeleton World Cup race on in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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    JAN. 8: A young girl looks out of a tram as it passes by a giant advertisement billboard, in Milan, Italy.

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