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  • 1. Female cast members of "Modern Family" (L-R) Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara pose backstage at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 15, 2012. Click to continue
  • 2. A vendor selling donkeys waits for customers in his shop at the Souq al-Milh marketplace in the Old Sanaa city January 3, 2012.
  • 3. Protesters chant slogans as they march through Ikorodu road during a protest against a fuel subsidy removal in Lagos January 9, 2012. Thousands of Nigerians took to the streets across Africa's top oil producing nation on Monday, launching an indefinite nationwide strike to protest against the axing of fuel subsidies.
  • 4. A Sudanese girl from the war-torn Blue Nile state collects water from a muddy pond, in order to avoid a 12-hour wait at a water pump, in South Sudan's Doro refugee camp January 10, 2012. More than 80,000 Sudanese have sought refuge in South Sudan from clashes between government forces and insurgents on the northern side of the poorly-marked and tense border, according to the United Nations.
  • 5. A girl awaits the release of her relative, a political prisoner in Pa-an prison, in front of the prison in Pa-an January 13, 2012. Myanmar freed at least 200 political prisoners in an amnesty that could embolden the opposition and put pressure on the West to lift sanctions as one of the world's most reclusive states opens up after half a century of authoritarian rule.
  • 6. An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing January 13, 2012. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company will then offer the best trainee a chance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel.
  • 7. William Mulhall poses for a photograph in his old curiosity shop in the small seaside village of Ardglass in Co.Down January 15, 2012. Despite the tiny population the shop stays open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, to cater for the fishermen who work round the clock. Mulhall, who is an acclaimed local artist, paints in his shop which doubles as his studio.
  • 8. Police stand near a motorcycle helmet containing a human head and topped with a foam hat with the writing "Happy 2012" placed outside a house in a residential area in Morelos January 16, 2012. More than 46,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Mexico's President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led crackdown on drug cartels after taking office five years ago.
  • 9. A spotted deer drinks water from a puddle on a foggy day in the Golan Heights, near Israel's border with Syria January 17, 2012.
  • 10. The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia is shown run aground off the coast of Giglio in this January 17, 2012
  • 11. Child models wait backstage before a show at India Kids Fashion Week in Mumbai January 18, 2012. Around 500 children between 4 and 14 of age will take to the stage during the the three day staging of 24 shows, with eight designers displaying their collections each day, according to the organizers
  • 12. An elderly man hugs a boy in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain, January 18, 2012.
  • 13. Students hold on to the side steel bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak regency, Indonesia's Banten village January 19, 2012.
  • 14. A woman wipes her tears with her partner's scarf as they part at Beijing west railway station, January 19, 2012. Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the biggest of two "Golden Week" holidays, giving migrant workers their only chance of the year to return to their home provinces with gifts for their families.
  • 15. A Carabinieri scuba diver inspects the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island January 19, 2012.
  • 16. An aerial view shows the snow covered church of the village of Jenisberg near the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 23, 2012.
  • 17. A Syrian boy stands in front of a damaged armored vehicle belonging to the Syrian army in a street in Homs January 23, 2012.
  • 18. The Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island lies on its side, half-submerged and threatening to slide into deeper waters January 23, 2012.
  • 19. A wounded boy and his father lie for treatment at a hospital after bomb attacks occurred in Sadr city in northeastern Baghdad January 24, 2012. Two car bombs killed 10 people and wounded 38 others in Baghdad's northeastern Shi'ite district of Sadr City, police and hospital sources said.
  • 20. A general view of the aurora borealis near the city of Tromsoe in northern Norway January 25, 2012
  • 21. Demonstrators pray at Tahrir square during a protest marking the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising in Cairo January 25, 2012.
  • 22. A frozen house is seen on a track of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012. Each year, racers from all over Europe arrive to the village of Destne in Orlicke mountains in Czech Republic to take part in this race series.
  • 23. A destroyed kitchen is seen in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro January 27, 2012.
  • 24. A competitor exits the water during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England, January 29, 2012. The annual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors in a cross country run followed by an assault course consisting of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels.
  • 25. Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi arrive on a bus to take part in a peace march in Kolkata January 29, 2012. Four hundred and eighty-five children from the Training Resource and Care for Kids (T.R.A.C.K.S), a charity for single mothers and children living without support at railway stations, took part in a peace march on Sunday in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for being the largest gathering of people dressed as Mahatma Gandhi.
  • 26. A competitor takes a picture of herself with a mobile phone backstage before the Miss Brazil Plus-Size beauty contest in Sao Paulo January 29, 2012
  • 27. A demonstrator takes part in a protest demanding the army hand power to civilians, in front of the state television building in Cairo January 30, 2012
  • 28. A boy loads bricks onto a wheelbarrow to transport them to a construction site in Kathmandu January 30, 2012
  • 29. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2012.
  • 30. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2012
  • 31. A man is trampled on by a bull during the Santa Teresa festival in Carazo, some 25 km (15 miles) south from Managua January 31, 2012
  • 32. Members of the Mashco-Piro tribe observe an expedition of the Spanish Geographical Society from across the Alto Madre de Dios river in the Amazon basin of southeastern Peru, as photographed through a telescope by Spanish explorer Diego Cortijo on November 16, 2011, and distributed by Survival International on January 31, 2012.
  • 33. Molly the dog walks around dead herring on a beach at Kvennes in Nordreisa, northern Norway December 31, 2011.
  • 34. Al Ahli Soccer players try to leave the stadium as chaos erupts at a soccer stadium in Port Said city, in Egypt, February 1, 2012. Seventy-three people were killed and at least 1,000 injured on Wednesday after a soccer pitch invasion in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
  • 35. Cups, containing coffee latte, are on display, with cinnamon powder illustrations of presidential candidates Vladimir Putin (C top), Gennady Zyuganov (R top), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (L bottom), Sergei Mironov (R bottom) and Mikhail Prokhorov seen on the milk skin, at the Kofein cafe in Moscow February 1, 2012. The coffee chain offered its visitors to take part in a symbolic presidential election by ordering a cup of coffee displaying their favourite candidates, while showing the results of votes on a screen nearby. The Russian presidential elections are scheduled for March 4.
  • 36. A man takes a picture of a frost covered Wendelstein church on the 1838 metres (6030 feet) high Wendelstein mountain near Bayrischzell February 1, 2012. Snow and temperatures close to -14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) have hit parts of southern Germany in the last few days.
  • 37. Riot police detain a student during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, February 2, 2012. Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is the profiteering in the state education system.
  • 38. Vultures battle for a cow carcass as they feed at a vulture restaurant in Nawalparasi, southwest of Kathmandu February 2, 2012. The restaurant, established in 2006 to provide a place where vultures can feed healthily, aims to boost the population of wild vultures which are considered an endangered species in Nepal.
  • 39. COPYRIGHTS TO ALL PHOTOS AND MUSIC BELONG TO THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS . You Can Keep Listening To The Music Or Press ‘Esc’ To Exit Coming down the mountain Winter X Games on Sunday, Jan. 29 in Aspen, Colo.