A pug name Sake sits inside his owner's backpack during a

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'Mitt is Mean!'

A pug name Sake sits inside his owner's backpack on Feb. 14 during a "Dogs Against Romney" protest outside the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City.

 

The group is incensed that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney once confessed to placing his dog in a crate on top of the family car while driving to a vacation home.

 

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A villager washes himself under an open water pipe after days of scavenging coal from an open-cast mine in the village of Jina Gora, near Jharia, India on Feb. 11.
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Illegal coal mining

A villager washes himself under an open water pipe on Feb. 11 after days of scavenging coal from an open-cast mine in the village of Jina Gora, near Jharia, India.

 

Villagers in India's eastern state of Jharkhand make a few dollars a day by scavenging coal illegally from the dangerous open-cast coal mines. The area has become a hazard because of underground mine fires that have been burning for decades, prompting the government to relocate more than 2,300 families.

 

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A young couple take pictures inside an interactive art installation called
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Valentine's Day art

A young couple gets their photo taken on Valentine's Day inside an interactive art installation called "You and Me" at the 798 Art Zone in Beijing.

 

The 798 Art Zone, also known as the Dashanzi Art District, is a thriving artists' community located in a 50-year-old decommissioned factory building.

 

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Co-owner and handler David Fitzpatrick holds Pekingese Malachy after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kenel Club Dog Show in New York City on Feb. 14.
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Malachy the Pekingese wins Best in Show

Co-owner and handler David Fitzpatrick holds Pekingese Malachy on Feb. 14 after winning Best in Show at the Westminster dog show.

 

The first Westminster Kennel Club dog show was held in 1877, and it is now the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S. — second only to the Kentucky Derby.

 

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Northern Lights stray south

The Aurora Borealis steals the scene as it wisps above the Midwest United States in this nighttime photograph taken on Jan. 25 from the International Space Station.

 

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Jensen, a 2-year-old False Map turtle from the Mississippi River, sits in the palm of a keeper at the Blackpool Seaf Life Centre in Blackpool, England on Feb. 13.
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False map turtles

Jensen, a 2-year-old false map turtle from the Mississippi River, sits in the palm of a keeper on Feb. 13 at the Blackpool Seaf Life Centre in Blackpool, England.

 

Jensen is one of 50 turtles confiscated by customs after the animals were illegally imported into Britain. The false map turtles, a common pet species, have since been placed in homes and are now adjusting to their new habitats.

 

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Young children and their parents shake hands and exchange Valentine's flowers with Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge while on a visit to the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, England on Feb. 14.
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Duchess of Cambridge on Valentine's Day

Young children and their parents shake hands and exchange Valentine's flowers with Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge while she was visiting the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, England.

 

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Simon Bilcock comes in from surfing at Coldingham Bay, an inlet in the North Sea, on Feb. 15 in Coldingham, Scotland.
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Winter surfing

Simon Bilcock comes in from surfing at Coldingham Bay, an inlet in the North Sea, on Feb. 15 in Coldingham, Scotland. Advanced wetsuit material and technology has made surfing a year-round activity in chilly places like Dunbar and Thurso, allowing many dedicated surfers to take advantage of the better waves and less-crowded waters.

 

Surfing, which is one of the fastest-growing sports in Britain, is now a multi-million pound industry that employs thousands of people in the U.K. Although most people assume surfing in the U.K. began in the 1960s, it was in fact already starting to become a popular summer activity on British beaches by the end of World War I.

 

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Visitors to the Barbican Art Gallery walk around and observe
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'Waste Not'

Valentine's Day visitors to the Barbican Art Gallery observe "Waste Not," an installation by artist Song Dong, in London.

 

"Waste Not," Song Dong's first major solo exhibition, is comprised of more than 10,000 objects collected by Song Dong's mother over five decades.

 

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Couples kiss during a group wedding ceremony held on the green at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Feb. 14.
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The tying of 30 knots

Couples kiss during a group wedding ceremony on Feb. 14 on the green at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The group wedding ceremony, where 30 couples tied the knot, was put on by the Palm Beach Country Clerk & Comptroller's office.

 

From left, Jonah Klemm-Toole kisses his new wife, Elena Pizano; Kenny Dornhoefer kisses his new wife, Jaya Ganaishalm; and Manuel Fuentes kisses his new wife, Monika Juarbe, after tying the knot.

 

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The Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes glide below clouds during the opening day of the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore on Feb. 14.
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Singapore Airshow

The Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes glide below clouds on Feb. 14 during the opening day of the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

 

The Singapore Airshow hosts more than 900 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. It's a showcase for more than 65 aircrafts.

 

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