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AGARTALA, INDIA

Gruesome reminders

School students wear death masks Friday during an AIDS awareness rally marking World Aids Day. Indian health authorities are trying to curb the spread of HIV in India, where nearly 5.2-million people are infected, giving it the world's highest number of HIV and AIDS cases, said Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

LUEBECK, GERMANY

My, what cold teeth you have

Martyn Ryerse, of the Netherlands, turns an ice block into a crocodile Friday for the Ice World festival, running Friday through Jan. 28. Twenty-five international carvers will sculpt 660,000 pounds of ice and snow for the theme "Ice Age 2 - It's Thawing Now."

BAGHDAD

Family is everything

Lt. Col. Steven Miska smiles as he shares a picture of his two children with an Iraqi woman Friday in the Hurriyah neighborhood. Hurriyah has been hit by violent incidents in recent weeks, including alleged sectarian mosque burnings and the killing of an U.S. Army colonel by a roadside bomb.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

Now, how does he do that?

Frenchman Olivier Garcia and horse enter in a giant bubble Friday during opening ceremonies of the 2006 Stockholm International Horse Show in Stockholm's Globe Arena. With about 73,000 spectators, it is the biggest indoor equestrian event in the world in terms of spectators per day, according to Sweden's official tourism Web site.

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