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Pictures Of The Day: 17th January 2013

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Michelle Obama dons new hair cut on her 49th Birthday whilst tweeting from her new account

@FLOTUS ‏'The First Lady just met with Inaugural citizen co-chair David Hall ahead of #MLKDay of Service: http://www.2013pic.org/service'

Happy Birthday Michelle Obama

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fort william mountain festival 2013

Spook Munro has a cold bath during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William. The Fort William Mountain Festival is one of the most popular events in Scotland's outdoor adventure calendar. The programme includes inspirational talks from top climbers, mountaineers and extreme sports men and women, entertaining adventure films and mountain skills workshops. It showcases the huge range of outdoor activity opportunities available to visitors to Fort William and Lochaber during the best winter walking and climbing conditions of the year

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    Mountain Guide Mike Pescod walks at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Spook Munro has a cold bath during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Mountain Guide Mike Pescod walks at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Mountain Guide Mike Pescod walks at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Mountain Guide Mike Pescod walks at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Spook Munro walks in the snow after having a cold bath during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Spook Munro walks in the snow after having a cold bath during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Snow boarder Finn Munro, performs a jump during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Spook Munro has a cold bath during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Spook Munro walks in the snow after having a cold bath during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    A mountain biker walks through deep snow during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Snow boarder Keir Coupland, takes a tumble during a photocall at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

  • Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

    Adventurers walk through the snow at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William during the launch of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2013, being staged from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February at Fort William.

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Louis Smith and Ola Jordan during a photocall for Strictly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

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    Louis Smith and Ola Jordan during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Dani Harmer and Pasha Kovalev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Dani Harmer and Pasha Kovalev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Louis Smith and Ola Jordan during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Michael Vaughan and NatalieLowe during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Dani Harmer and Pasha Kovalev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Michael Vaughan and NatalieLowe during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Fern Britton (right) during a photocall for Strictly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    (Left-Right) Fern Britton, Karen Hauer, Ola Jordan, Lisa Riley, Denise Van Outen, Dani Harmer and Natalie Lowe during a photocall for Strictly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    (Left-Right) Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Pasha Kovalev, Louis Smith, Robin Windsor, James Jordan and Artem Chigvintsev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    (Left-Right) Fern Britton, Karen Hauer, Ola Jordan, Lisa Riley, Denise Van Outen, Dani Harmer and Natalie Lowe during a photocall for Strictly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    (Left-Right) Fern Britton, Karen Hauer, Ola Jordan, Lisa Riley, Denise Van Outen, Dani Harmer and Natalie Lowe during a photocall for Strictly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    (Left-Right) Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell, Pasha Kovalev, Louis Smith, Robin Windsor, James Jordan and Artem Chigvintsev during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Phil Tufnell and Karen Hauer during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Phil Tufnell and Karen Hauer during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

  • Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013

    Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor during a photocall for Strickly Come Dancing-Live Tour at the NIA, Birmingham. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to Birmingham on Friday, January 18th for the first night of the 2013 UK tour.

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crested macaques

A group of Crested Macaques, more used to tropical rainforests in Indonesia, huddle for warmth in Dublin Zoo. The primates are endangered in their own land due to hunting and the clearing of their native habitat, sometimes even taken when very young as pets by the local population.

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gold nugget

This 177 troy ounce gold nugget (5,505 grams - 5.5kgs) was found by a prospector with a hand held metal detector near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia on January 16, 2013.

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boris croyden

boris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, talks with a member of the public, during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area...Read full story here

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson, talks with a member of the public, during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Chairman and Co-founder of the Westfield group Frank Lowy,speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where Mayor of London Boris Johnson announed a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (second left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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eugenie

Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.The royal sisters will travel to Germany for a two-day tour promoting the UK as part of the Great Campaign - a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK

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  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie drives a Mini as she attends the launch with her sister Princess Beatrice of the Great Britain Mini tour, which will showcase the very best of British from culture and technology to music and innovation, at the Brandenburg Gate in the centre of Berlin.

  • Members of the British royal family, Princess Beatrice of York, right, and Princess Eugenie of York, left, arrive for a promotion event for the Great Britain MINI Tour 2013 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. It was meant to be a Mini adventure that nearly became a major embarrassment.Two British royals on a mission to promote their country broke German road rules by running a red light near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. With photographers and police in tow, Princess Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice then took a swift right into the safety of the British embassy compound. At least the 22 and 24-year-old sisters didn't have to decide which side of the road to drive on. The entire 500-meter (550-yard) staged tour was along one-way streets. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • The members of the British royal family, Princess Beatrice of York, left, and Princess Eugenie of York, right, pose for the media during a promotion event for the Great Britain MINI Tour 2013 at the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • The members of the British royal family, Princess Beatrice of York, left, and Princess Eugenie of York, right, attend a press conference during a promotion event for the Great Britain MINI Tour 2013 in the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Members of the British royal family, Princess Beatrice of York, left, and Princess Eugenie of York, right, are protected by the police as they drive a car during a promotion event for the Great Britain MINI Tour 2013 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Thursday,Jan.17, 2013. It was meant to be a Mini adventure that nearly became a major embarrassment. Two British royals on a mission to promote their country broke German road rules by running a red light near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. With photographers and police in tow, Princess Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice then took a swift right into the safety of the British embassy compound. At least the 22 and 24-year-old sisters didn't have to decide which side of the road to drive on. The entire 500-meter (550-yard) staged tour was along one-way streets (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Members of the British royal family, Princess Beatrice of York, left, and Princess Eugenie of York, right, arrive for a promotion event for the Great Britain MINI Tour 2013 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. It was meant to be a Mini adventure that nearly became a major embarrassment. Two British royals on a mission to promote their country broke German road rules by running a red light near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. With photographers and police in tow, Princess Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice then took a swift right into the safety of the British embassy compound. At least the 22 and 24-year-old sisters didn't have to decide which side of the road to drive on. The entire 500-meter (550-yard) staged tour was along one-way streets. (AP Photo/dpa/ Marc Tirl)

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice shows off a drawing with her name written in Hieroglyphics as joins in a class when she visited the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Beatrice during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Eugenie.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie listens to a story as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital as she carries out her first joint overseas engagement with her sister, Princess Beatrice.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice shows off a drawing with her name written in Hieroglyphics as joins in a class when she visited the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice shows off a drawing with her name written in Hieroglyphics as joins in a class when she visited the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (right) as they visit the Berlin British School in the German capital during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • The members of the British royal family, Princess Beatrice of York, left, and Princess Eugenie of York, right, pose for the media during a promotion event for the Great Britain MINI Tour 2013 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. It was meant to be a Mini adventure that nearly became a major embarrassment. Two British royals on a mission to promote their country broke German road rules by running a red light near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. With photographers and police in tow, Princess Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice then took a swift right into the safety of the British embassy compound. At least the 22 and 24-year-old sisters didn't have to decide which side of the road to drive on. The entire 500-meter (550-yard) staged tour was along one-way streets (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice joins in a class as she talks to pupils as she visits the Berlin British School in the German capital with Princess Eugenie during their first joint overseas engagement.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, during the launch of the Great Britain Mini tour, which will showcase the very best of British from culture and technology to music and innovation, at the Brandenburg Gate in the centre of Berlin.

  • Royal visit to Berlin

    Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, during the launch of the Great Britain Mini tour, which will showcase the very best of British from culture and technology to music and innovation, at the Brandenburg Gate in the centre of Berlin.

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inflatable space station

inflatable space station

This artist's rendering provided by Bigelow Aerospace shows a Bigelow inflatable space station. NASA is partnering with this commercial space company to test an inflatable room that can be compressed into a 7-foot tube for delivery to the International Space Station. NASA is expected to install the module by 2015

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sperm whale washed up

The dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) lies on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died

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    A Maori elder (C) blesses dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale lies on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013 before it is cut up and removed. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Workers cut up and remove chunks from the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    The dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) lies on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People wearing high visibility clothing walk past the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (L) lies on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    Doc workers and local Iwi, a Maori organisation, cut up and remove chunks from the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    People gather behind a cordon to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    Doc workers and local Iwi, a Maori organisation, cut up and remove chunks from the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    A worker hauls away a chunk from the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013 as it is being cut up. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    People gather behind a cordon to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    People gather behind a cordon to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NZEALAND-ANIMAL-WHALE

    Workers cut up and remove chunks from the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A hazard sign is displayed as people gather to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (not pictured) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People gather behind a cordon to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People gather behind a cordon to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People gather behind a cordon to see the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale (C) on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Doc workers and local Iwi, a Maori organisation, cut up and remove chunks from the dead body of a 15 metre sperm whale on a Paraparaumu beach on the Kapiti Coast on January 16, 2013. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whale which was washed up on the beach overnight after it died. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

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An evocative new image from ESO shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming, along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery. The new picture was taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile and is the best image ever taken in visible light of this little-known object.

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Tommy the 12-year old German Shepherd goes to Mass every day. He always hope to meet his owner, Maria. But it’s impossible, Tommy's owner passed away two months ago - the funeral was held in the same church where Tommy attends mass.

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Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger Dani Best with the 4 metre saltwater crocodile that was pulled in from a trap in the West Arm area 4 Metre crocodile caught in Darwin Harbour, Australia, The crocodile was recovered from the boat at HMAS Coonawarra

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This general view shows the Hotel Indonesia (HI) roundabout inundated by floodwaters in Jakarta on January 17, 2013. Heavy rains have displaced almost 10,000 people in the Indonesian capital, a government official said Wednesday, with two people killed so far in the seasonal chaos.

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Actress Eva Longoria and hairstylist Ken Paves arrive at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globe party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. The use of deadly weapons in fashion is drawing increasing discussion.

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  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: Designer Philipp Plein acknowledges the applause of the audience after the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: Designer Philipp Plein acknowledges the applause of the audience after the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2013

    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: A model walks the runway during the Philipp Plein show during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013 on January 14, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Philipp Plein)

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers relaxes after riding their camels during a rehearsal for the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 17, 2013. India will celebrate its 64th Republic Day on January 26 with a large military parade.

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A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come.

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  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man smokes while another rides a horse near a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A woman rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse trough the smoke in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • Revelers ride horses while holding crosses near bonfires in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • Children sitting in a heap of wood, watch riders and horses pass trough bonfires in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man drinks wine near a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias", a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias' a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires, and protect them for the year to come. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Firearms instructors Logan Martin, left, and Andres Gonzalez, of Calgary, Alberta, look through the sights of Sig Sauer Swat Patrol AR rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show.

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  • Stuart Konicar of Scottsdale, Ariz., looks down the sight of a Remington Adaptive Combat Rifle on display at the Remington Defense exhibit during the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The rifle, not available for commercial sale, was on display for industry professionals at the trade show which is put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • EDS: THIS CORRECTS NAME SPELLING AND STORE OWNERSHIP--Will Michael of Homer, La., examines a Bushmaster M4 A3 Carbine 300 AAC Blackout rifle at the Bushmaster exhibit during the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. Michael, whose family owns a sporting goods store, said while his gun sales focus primarily on bolt action hunting rifles, he and his clients have taken an interest in assault rifles over the last five years because of an expanding wild hog problem in his region. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its 35th annual SHOT Show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • The Smith & Wesson .45 caliber M1911pistol is held at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • A convention attendee looks through a display of Sig Sauer semiautomatic rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • A convention attendee looks through a Sig Sauer display case of various guns including a P938 Nightmare 9mm semiautomatic pistol at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • EDS: THIS CORRECTS NAME AND STORE OWNERSHIP --Will Michael of Homer, La., examines a Bushmaster M4 A3 Carbine 300 AAC Blackout rifle at the Bushmaster exhibit during the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. Michael, whose family owns a sporting goods store, said while his gun sales focus primarily on bolt action hunting rifles, he and his clients have taken an interest in assault rifles over the last five years because of an expanding wild hog problem in his region. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its 35th annual SHOT Show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Firearms instructors Logan Martin, left, and Andres Gonzalez, of Calgary, Alberta, look through the sights of Sig Sauer Swat Patrol AR rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Several of Smith & Wesson new product pistols are displayed at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • A convention attendee handles a Sig Sauer P220 .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Remington rifle cartridges are displayed at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Sig Sauer representative Adam Painchaud explains one of the company's newest products, the MPX 9mm pistol caliber submachine gun at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. The gun is for military and law enforcement use and not available for sale to the public. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • A convention attendee looks through the sight of a Sig Sauer semiautomatic rifle at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • A box of 9mm bullets sits on display at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Will Michaels of Homer, La., examines a Bushmaster M4 A3 Carbine 300 AAC Blackout rifle at the Bushmaster exhibit during the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. Michaels, who owns a sporting goods store, said while his gun sales focus primarily on bolt action hunting rifles, he and his clients have taken an interest in assault rifles over the last five years because of an expanding wild hog problem in his region. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its 35th annual SHOT Show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Accessories manufacturer Kevin Kao, of Irvine, Calif., examines a military grade Remington Adaptive Combat Rifle at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its 35th annual SHOT Show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Accessories manufacturer Kevin Kao, of Irvine, Calif., examines a military grade Remington ACR Special Purpose Rifle at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its 35th annual SHOT Show on products and services new to what it calls a .1 billion industry, with a nod to a raging national debate over assault weapons. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., pauses while speaking about proposals to reduce gun violence in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington.

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Dakar rally director Etienne Lavigne, left, and a medic put a security cable on the car of Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque, both of France, not in picture, in an attempt to pull it out of a river during the 11th stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from La Rioja to Fiambala, Argentina.

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One of eleven Ice sculptures is pictured during the 15th International Sculpture Symposium "Snow Kingdom 2013" in Pustevny, Czech. Regularly the event is attended by more than thirty artists and around ten thousand visitors.

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A juvenile white-cheeked gibbon, center, sits on a tree limb between its parents at the Bronx Zoo's "JungleWorld" exhibit in New York. White-cheeked gibbons are native to the jungles of Vietnam, China and Laos.

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A dozen people attend a rally called by French NGO Amnesty International and the Russie-Libertes (Russia-Freedom) association, to support jailed members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, on January 16, 2013. A Russian court today turned down a request by a jailed member of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to defer serving her jail sentence until her five-year-old son is older. 'The court has ruled not to satisfy the petition,' the judge said at Berezniki city court in the Perm region of the Urals, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

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A man walks past a photograph by Tim Flach at the London Art Fair held in the Business Design Centre on January 16, 2013 in London, England. The London Art Fair brings together 131 galleries to showcase a huge, eclectic collection of works of art, the fair runs until January 20, 2013.

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Activists of the ruling Pakistani Peoples Party (PPP) burn tyres during a protest against the Supreme Court decision to arrest Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, at a rally in Karachi on January 16, 2013. Pakistan's top judge Tuesday ordered the arrest of the prime minister over graft allegations, threatening to worsen turmoil as thousands of protesters demanded parliament be dissolved.

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Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon arrive for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.

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  • Britain's Got Talent

    Simon Cowell gets out of a Rolls Royce as he arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    David Walliams arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Simon Cowell arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Alesha Dixon arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Amanda Holden arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Amanda Holden arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Amanda Holden arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Simon Cowell arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Amanda Holden arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent

    David Walliams poses with fans for photographs as he arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Alesha Dixon arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    David Walliams arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly arrive at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Stephen Mulhern arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly arrive at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent

    Anthony McPartlin signs autographs as he arrives at the Welsh auditions for the ITV programme Britain's Got Talent at the Millenniumm Centre, Cardiff.

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Simon Cowell arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Simon Cowell arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Declan Donnelly arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Simon Cowell arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Simon Cowell arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Amanda Holden arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Anthony McPartlin arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: David Walliams arrives for the first day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: A general view of the 1st day of the judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Declan Donnelly arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Got Talent: 1st Day Of Judges Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 16: Alesha Dixon arrives for the 1st day of judges auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' at Millenium Centre on January 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks to the media after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. Two people died and nine casualties have been confirmed with one in a critical condition.

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A helicopter has crashed into a crane in Central London by Vauxhall Cross. Dense black smoke was billowing from the area, close to the River Thames after the helicopter spiralled to the ground in what eyewitnesses told Sky News looked like "a massive ball of flame."

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  • Pete Barnes, the pilot who died after his helicopter crashed in Vauxhall, London was one of the country's most experienced pilots, having flown choppers in Hollywood movies and ferried politicians and celebrities around the UK. Pete Barnes, 50, worked fo

    Pete Barnes, the pilot who died after his helicopter crashed in Vauxhall, London was one of the country's most experienced pilots, having flown choppers in Hollywood movies and ferried politicians and celebrities around the UK. Pete Barnes, 50, worked for "boutique" helicopter company Rotormotion and died after trying to divert the aircraft due to bad weather.

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    Debris and a burned out car are pictured at the scene of a helicopter crash in central London, on January 16, 2013. Two people were killed when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London and plunged to the ground on Wednesday, police said. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Debris (R) is pictured beside a fire fighting vehicle at the scene of a helicopter crash in central London, on January 16, 2013. Two people were killed when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London and plunged to the ground on Wednesday, police said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-AVIATION-ACCIDENT

    Debris and a burntout car are pictured at the scene of a helicopter crash in central London, on January 16, 2013. Two people were killed when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London and plunged to the ground on Wednesday, police said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Thames River police patrol after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. Two people died and nine casualties have been confirmed with one in a critical condition. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-AVIATION-ACCIDENT

    Debris and a burned out car are pictured at the scene of a helicopter crash in central London, on January 16, 2013. Two people were killed when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London and plunged to the ground on Wednesday, police said. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-AVIATION-ACCIDENT

    Members of the emergency services prepare a stretcher as they attend to the scene of a helicopter crash in London, on January 16, 2013. Two people were killed when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London and plunged to the ground on Wednesday, police said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter crash in London

    The scene after a helicopter crashed into a construction crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall south London.

  • BRITAIN-AVIATION-ACCIDENT

    Debris and a burned out car are pictured at the scene of a helicopter in central London, on January 16, 2013. Two people were killed when a helicopter hit a crane at a building site in central London and plunged to the ground on Wednesday, police said. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter crash in London

    The scene after a helicopter crashed into a construction crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    Police close off the junction of Parry Street and Wandsworth Road, after a helicopter crashed into the Crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in heavy freezing mist in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

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  • Helicopter crash in London

    A general view of the scene shortly after a helicopter crashed in the Vauxhall area of central London, after hitting a crane on top of a tower block by the River Thames, according to eye witness reports, Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo / Toby Scott, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

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  • LondonFire London Fire Brigade 12m Pic from the scene of the #helicopter crash in #vauxhall. We were called at 8am and we put the fire out within 20mins.

    LondonFire London Fire Brigade 12m Pic from the scene of the #helicopter crash in #vauxhall. We were called at 8am and we put the fire out within 20mins.

  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

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  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

  • At the scene of the crash on Corner of miles st and Wandsworth road #vauxhall #helicoptercrash

    Jessica Elgot @jessicaelgot At the scene of the crash on Corner of miles st and Wandsworth road #vauxhall #helicoptercrash pic.twitter.com/6d1nCCJe

  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

  • Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

    Helicopter Crashes in Central London Credit Victor Jimenez

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A group of firefighters examine the scene from an extendable ladder high above Wandsworth Road, after a helicopter crashed into the crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A section of the Crane lays in Nine Elms Lane, after crashing to the ground close to St George's Wharf tower building, where a Helicopter crashed into this morning, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A section of the Crane lays in Nine Elms Lane, after crashing to the ground close to St George's Wharf tower building, where a Helicopter crashed into this morning, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    Emergency services at the scene of a helicopter crash in central London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A section of the crane lays in Nine Elms Lane, after crashing to the ground close to St George's Wharf tower building, where a helicopter crashed into this morning, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    Police close off the junction of Parry Street and Wandsworth Road, after a helicopter crashed into the Crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in heavy freezing mist in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: Fog surrounds a damaged crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower after a helicopter reportedly collided with it, in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A general view of the damaged crane on top of St Georges Tower close to the scene where a helicopter crashed in central London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A general view of the damaged crane on top of St Georges Tower close to the scene where a helicopter crashed in central London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A general view of the damaged crane on top of St Georges Tower close to the scene where a helicopter crashed in central London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    Emergency services at the scene of a helicopter crash in central London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    Police close off the Vauxhall Cross intersection, after a Helicopter crashed into a construction Crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    Police close off the Vauxhall Cross intersection, after a Helicopter crashed into a construction Crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A small part of the emergency services on the scene at Vauxhall Cross intersection, after a Helicopter crashed into a construction Crane on top of St George's Wharf tower building, in Vauxhall south London.

  • Helicopter Crashes in Vauxhall, South London

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 16: A police officer stands outside a residential bliock near to the scene where a helicopter crashed in Vauxhall, on January 16, 2013 in London, England. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. Two people died and nine casualties have been confirmed with one in a critical condition. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Helicopter crash in London

    A section of the crane (top left) lays in Nine Elms Lane, after crashing to the ground close to St George's Wharf tower building, where a Helicopter crashed into this morning, in Vauxhall south London.

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