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News of the world, Jan 12

News of the world, Jan 12
A child follows his parents going to board a train at the Hefei Railway Station in Hefei of Anhui Province, China. Spring Festival travel season has started earlier in the country this year. The Ministry of Railways expects that the railway system will handle a record 188 million passengers nationwide, a figure which is up 8 percent from last year. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 12
The Ford display as seen from an upstairs lounge during the first press preview day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 12
Kuwaiti civil defense personnel remove debris in search for trapped victims in the rubble of a Shiite worship place in the oil-rich city of Al-Ahmadi, about 40km south of Kuwait City. A gas explosion in the kitchen of the small building, known as Husseiniya, caused a fire and injured up to seven people, security sources and witnesses said. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 12
The Capitol Dome is seen during a rehearsal for the Inauguration Ceremony. Thousands of participants involved in the swearing-in ceremony and parade, law enforcement, safety, and other participants practiced for the January 20th inaugurual for the 44th US President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 12
A worker builds scaffolding around a pier of a viaduct at the construction site of second phase of the Qinghai-Tibet railway from Xining to Golmud in Huangyuan County of Qinghai Province, China. The section measures 285.873 km (approximately 177.5 miles) with an investment of over 1.54 billion US dollars. The construction started in September 2007 and is scheduled to be finished in 2012. When competed, the Qinghai-Tibet railway can reach a freight transportation capacity of 50 million tons annually. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 12
Iraqi soldiers perform a drill during the 88th anniversary celebration for the Iraqi army on a military base north of the southern city of Basra. Iraqi and US military forces will ramp up security ahead of landmark provincial elections set for January 31 when up to 15 million Iraqis could go to the polls. The event commemorating the 1921 founding of Iraq's armed forces was delayed by five days from the official January 6 date to accommodate the Ashura religious celebrations. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 12
Police and security guard clash with student protesters as they attempt to enter the US Embassy in Manila to condemn the US for supporting the Israeli offensive in the Gaza strip. Demonstrators demanded an end to what they called an 'illegitimate war' and chanted anti-US and Israel slogans. (Getty Images)