January 20, 2012

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-4)
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1The shadow of Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, is cast against the South Carolina state flag as he waits to be introduced at a campaign rally in an airplane hanger in North Charleston, South Carolina. (AP)

Vatican-Pope

2A Swiss guard salutes as Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing upon leaving the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican at the end of a special audience for members of the Neocathecumenal Way movement. (AP)

Italy Cruise Ship

3The grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship is framed by rocks off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. (AP)

Nepal

4A medium performs a traditional mask dance during the Shikali festival in Lalitpur, Nepal. (Reuters)

Jordan-Syrians

5Protesters seen through the Syrian national flag chant slogans during an anti-regime protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan. (AP)

Australia-Tennis

6Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine prepares to hit a return to Bernard Tomic of Australia during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. (Reuters)

Space

7This NASA composite image of the Herschel in far-infrared and XMM-Newton's X-ray images shows how hot young stars are sculpting and interacting with surrounding ultra-cool gas and dust, which, at only a few degrees above absolute zero, is the critical material for star formation. (AFP)

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8Male giraffe calf Ng'ombe stands in front of his mother Nyiri at the zoo in Cologne, Germany. (AP)

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