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Australia close out Ashes in style, armed clashes in Mexico and other news in pictures

It’s 4-0 to Australia
Australia romped to an innings and 123-run victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth Test on Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph. Australia only failed to win in Melbourne, where the Test ended in a high-scoring draw. Australia had already retained the Ashes after the third Test in Perth.

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Republic Day rehearsal

Indo Tibetan Border Police contingent carry out a rehearsal parade ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

In his Mann Ki Baat on December 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “India looks forward to welcoming ASEAN leaders for Republic Day 2018 celebrations. This is the first time so many leaders will grace the celebrations as the chief guests.”
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Tamil Nadu Assembly session begins

Governor Banwarilal Purohit arrives at the State Secretariat to begin the Tamil Nadu Assembly session.   | Photo Credit: V. Ganesan

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly session commenced with the customary Governor’s address at Fort St. George.
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Black dress protest

This image released by NBC shows Nicole Kidman accepting the award for best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for TV for her role in “Big Little Lies,” at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

The highly anticipated wear-black protest at the Golden Globes took off Sunday as soon as the red carpet opened, including A-listers Meryl Streep in a deep V-cut gown and Michelle Williams in an embellished off-the-shoulder look with “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke at her side. Streep, accompanied by domestic violence advocate Ai-jen Poo, said she chose black to stand in solidarity with others trying to right the power imbalance that leads to sexual abuse.

Allison Janney arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California.   | Photo Credit: AP

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Dakar Rally

Driver Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, both of Spain, race their Peugeot followed by teammates Cyril Despres, and co-driver David Castera, both of France, during the second stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru.   | Photo Credit: AP

Frenchman Cyril Despres of Peugeot won the second round of the Dakar Rally on Sunday and took the overall lead of the race. The third-place finisher in last year’s race finished in 2 hours, 56 minutes and 51 seconds for the 195 miles (267 kilometres) around Pisco, in Peru. He finished ahead of two French teammates, with a 48-second lead on Stephane Peterhansel and 3:08 in front of Sebastien Loeb. Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, who won the first round, ended nearly 15 minutes behind the leader in fifth. 
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11 dead in Mexico clashes

Relatives stand near where an exchange of gunfire took place between residents and members of a local, self-appointed community police force which according to local media, left 11 dead in La Concepcion, Guerrero, Mexico.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Violent clashes involving gunmen, a community police force and state police killed 11 people in the troubled southern state of Guerrero on Sunday, while a separate series of shootouts the previous night left seven dead in the northern Mexico beach resort of San Jose del Cabo. Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said eight people were initially killed when gunmen ambushed community police before dawn in the town of La Concepcion, near the resort city of Acapulco. Two of the dead were from the community force.
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Deep freeze on the East Coast

Fishing trawlers sit at a dock surrounded by sheets of ice on Lake Montauk, in Montauk, New York. The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia.   | Photo Credit: AP

The blast of Arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast has broken cold temperature records in several cities. The National Weather Service said the temperature in Worcester, Massachusetts, fell to minus 9 on Sunday, breaking a record of minus 5 set in 1942. In Providence, Rhode Island, temperatures fell to minus 3, breaking a record low of minus 1 set in 1912. And in Hartford, Connecticut, the temperature dropped to minus 9, smashing the previous record of 1, also set in 1912. Boston tied a low-temperature record set more than a century ago of minus 2 in 1896. The good news is the bone-chilling air is set to push out of the region. 
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