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The Australian Open draw, Californian wildfires, and other news in pictures

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New Zealand crush Pakistan
Pakistan crashed to 74 against New Zealand in the third ODI in Dunedin, chasing 258. It could have been worse, though, as they were in danger of beating their own record of 43, made in 1993 against West Indies. At 16 for 6, it was a possibility. Trent Boult was the main destroyer, taking 5-15. 

 
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Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

 
Visitors are silhouetted against lighted ice sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2014. The festival kicks off on Sunday.

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Australian Open draw

 
Switzerland’s Roger Federer high fives an actor dressed as Spider-Man during the Kids Day ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2018. World No.1 Rafael Nadal opens against Victor Estrella Burgos, while defending champion and second seed Roger Federer plays Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in the first round.

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Cold wave in North India

 
 A boy looks down the tracks as he waits at the train station in Lucknow during a cold and foggy morning. Severe cold conditions are prevailing in parts of Moradabad, Gorakhpur, and Lucknow. With the mercury dipping in parts of North India, the lives of the poor and the homeless have fallen into disarray.

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Protests mar Pope’s Latin America tour

Women’s rights activists shout the slogan “I decide what goes in or out of my vagina”, in a protest against the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Chile outside the Santiago Cathedral. The Catholic Church has historically railed against abortion.   | Photo Credit: AP

 
 Women’s rights activists shout the slogan “I decide what goes in or out of my vagina”, in a protest against the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Chile outside the Santiago Cathedral. The Catholic Church has historically railed against abortion. 

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Californian wildfires

 
 In this file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames from a back firing operation underway rise behind a home off Ladera Lane near Bella Vista Drive in Santa Barbara, California. The largest wildfire on record in California, the Thomas fire, was declared contained on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, days after mud on the coastal mountain slopes it scorched crashed down on homes during a storm, killing at least 18 people.
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Chennai flight operations disrupted

Chennai witnessed heavy smog on Saturday on account of Bogi festival celebrations. A scene on the Palavakkam beach road, near East Coast Road.   | Photo Credit: M. Karunakaran

 
Flight services in and out of Chennai suffered on Saturday following a thick cover of smoke due to “Bhogi” festival celebrations, airport officials said. Between 4-8 a.m., both the incoming and the outgoing air traffic suffered, they said, adding the services were expected to resume after 9 a.m. As many as 18 arriving flights were diverted to Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports.

 
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