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News of the world, Jan 20

News of the world, Jan 20
Parade participants entertain on Martin Luther King Day in Miami, Florida on Jan. 19. King's message of equality has taken on a special meaning this year as celebrations come just a day ahead of the swearing-in of the nation's first African-American president. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 20
Police use water cannons on a building engulfed in flames in Seoul, South Korea. The blaze started after a standoff between police and residents, who were protesting against the demolition of the five-storey building, and demanding better compensation. Reports have stated the fire was started by protesters throwing molotov cocktails. The fire has caused the death of five people. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 20
US president-elect Barack Obama greets a volunteer at a National Service Day project where volunteers wrote letters for troops, at Coolidge Senior High School in Washington. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 20
Turkish people attended the commemoration ceremony of slain journalist, Hrant Dink, in front of the offices of Armenian newspaper Agos in Istanbul. Dink, who was one of the most prominent voices of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community, was killed by a gunman. The 52-year-old campaigned for reconciliation between Armenians and Turks, but was hated by Turkish nationalists for calling the World War I massacres of Armenians a genocide. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 20
Michelle, wife of US president-elect Barack Obama, arrived on stage to deliver a speech at the 'We Are The Future' concert, honouring military families. It is just one of the events organised as part of Obama's inauguration celebrations in Washington. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 20
Hamas interior ministry spokesman, Taher Al Nunu, gave a press conference in front of the destroyed government ministries complex in Gaza City, which was hit by an Israeli strike. The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip called on Arab leaders meeting in Kuwait to provide aid to rebuild Gaza after Israel’s 22 day military offensive. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 20
Acrobats performed the acrobatic drama 'Magic Nine Songs' in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. The drama is adapted from the poem 'Jiu Ge', written by the politician and poet Qu Yuan. The performers play out sacrifices to various gods and spirits in the ancient state of Chu - showing off acrobatic skills such as contortion, dish spinning, silk rope hanging and vaulting. (Getty Images)