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2015 Miss Universe – Final

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Miss Universe contestants Noyonita Lodh, left, of India, Mary Jean Lastimosa, second from left, of the Philippines, Keiko Tsuji, second from right, of Japan, and Paulina Vega of Colombia pose for photos during a break in rehearsals, Saturday, January 24, 2015, At Florida International University in Miami. (Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo)

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Deadly Snowstorm Hits USA

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Pedestrians have a snowball fight in Times Square following a mandatory shutdown of the streets at 11 p.m. on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/AFP Photo)

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The Storm Chaser

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These stunning images show the phwoar-some power of some of Americas most extreme weather. Camille Seaman’s wondrous work features huge super cells, crashing lightning and gale-force winds. The roaming photographer has chased storms across the US from Iowa to Wyoming and from Minnesota to Texas. Her favorite places to chase are Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota – notorious hotspots for spectacular storms. Here: this lovely monster over a farm, Lodgepole, Nebraska in 2012. (Photo by Camille Seaman/Caters News)

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Volkswagen Beetle Owners’ Meeting in Brazil

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A visitor looks down from a terrace at a Volkswagen Beetle owners’ meeting in Sao Bernardo do Campo January 25, 2015. Around 1000 Volkswagen Beetle cars took part in this event as part of celebrations marking Brazil’s annual National Volkswagen Beetle day, which falls on January 20. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

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Emoji Masks

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Beautiful and funny Emoji masks for your face.

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The 37th International Hot Air Balloon Week in Switzerland

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A pilot inflates his balloon before the 37th International Hot Air Balloon Week in Chateau-d’Oex, January 24, 2015. According to the organizers, over 80 balloons from 20 countries are participating in the ballooning event in the Swiss mountain resort. (Photo by Pierre Albouy/Reuters)

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The Alasitas Fair in Bolivia

The Alasitas fair is an annual month-long cultural event starting on January 24th in La Paz, Bolivia. It honours Ekeko, the Aymara god of abundance, and is noted for the giving of miniature items. The indigenous Aymara people observed an event called Chhalasita in the pre-Columbian era, when people prayed for good crops and exchanged basic goods. Over time, it evolved to accommodate elements of Catholicism and Western acquisitiveness. Its name is the Aymara word for “buy me”. The Alasitas festival is held annually for the Ekeko. It sprawls along many streets and parks in central La Paz and smaller events are held in many neighborhoods around the city. People attend the event from all over the city and even travel from other cities inside Bolivia to buy miniature versions of goods they would like to give to somebody else. These goods can be blessed by any one of the men and (less frequently) women acting as shaman. It is believed that if somebody gives a miniature version, the recipient will get the real object in the course of the following year. Examples of goods that can be bought are household items, food, computers, construction materials, cell phones, houses, cars, university diplomas and even figures of domestic workers (whom the recipient might hope to employ).

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A woman sells statues of the Ekeko, god of fortune, at the traditional “Alasitas” fair in La Paz January 24, 2015. During the fair, Bolivians buy miniature versions of goods like cars, money and houses they would like to own in real life during the year. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

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In Search of Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis Impersonator

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A participant shows off a belt buckle during the 20th annual Seattle Invitationals, an amateur Elvis impersonator competition, in Seattle, Washington January 23, 2015. The event drew hundreds of spectators for 20 contestants at the Crocodile, a venue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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Members of the Community Police of the FUSDEG in Mexico

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A member of the Community Police of the FUSDEG (United Front for the Security and Development of the State of Guerrero) poses with a weapon during events to mark the first anniversary of the force’s operations in Ocotito, January 23, 2015. Based on the traditional indigenous justice system, the Community Police is made up of volunteers from different communities of Guerrero, and was created in response to the spate of violence in several locations in the state. (Photo by Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

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The UK Cold Water Swimming Championship

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A competitor with a Dalek on his head takes part in the annual UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido on January 24, 2015 in London, England. Participants from around the world brave the cold water to compete in a selection of different swimming races. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Miss Universe Preliminary Show

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Gabriela Frankova, Miss Czech Republic 2014 competes on stage in her evening gown during the Miss Universe Preliminary Show in Miami, Florida in this January 21, 2015 handout photo. (Photo by Reuters/Miss Universe Organization)

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The Sedivackuv Long Dog Sled Race in Czech Republic

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Dogs rest during the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach January 23, 2015. Each year, racers from all over Europe arrive at the village of Destne in the Orlicke mountains in Czech Republic to take part in the race. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

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Miss Universe National Costume Show

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Paulina Vega, Miss Colombia 2014, debuts her national costume during the Miss Universe Preliminary Show in Miami, Florida in this January 21, 2015 handout photo. (Photo by Reuters/Miss Universe Organization)

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Roads

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A globe-trotting photographer has captured some of the worlds most beautiful roads. Andy Lee’s roads series features picturesque routes running through the likes of Iceland, Wales, England and Scotland. The photographer, 46, began taking pictures for this series in 2013. And since then Andy, from Stackpole, Pembrokeshire, has been travelling the world for the most stunning drives. In searching for the ideal road he often drives miles upon miles in order to find a suitable, remote area. Here: moon sky over Hvammstangi, Iceland. (Photo by Andy Lee/Caters News)

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Life in Havana

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Kids do their homework inside the courtyard of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba, Monday, January 19, 2015. Cuba has so far offered a guardedly positive reception to President Barack Obama’s loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba, saying it welcomes the full package of new economic ties on offer, but it insists it will maintain its one-party political system and centrally planned economy. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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