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News of the world, Jan 27

News of the world, Jan 27
Spectators watch as fireworks explode over Sydney's Darling Harbor during the Australia day celebrations in Sydney, Australia. Australia Day, also known as Foundation Day, is the national day of Australia, and commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 27
President Gloria Arroyo, right, accompanied by police Director Genear Jesus Versoza, far left, attend the 18th anniversary celebration of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame in Manila. In her address, Arroyo said the Philippine government is seeking foreign help from Brunei, Japan, Libya and Malaysia to try restarting stalled peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 27
Tractors block the national Athens-Thessaloniki highway in Nikea, near the city of Larisa, central Greece as they continue to occupy key junctions and other roads in northern Greece, effectively slicing the country in two. The farmers, who are demanding higher prices for cotton, corn and wheat than those set by the European Union, are in protest for the seventh day despite a $646 million package offered by the state last week. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 27
Pakistani paramilitary soldiers patrol on a street during a protest by supporters of the Hazara Democratic Party during a protest against the killing of their leader, Ghulam Hassan Yousufi, in Quetta. Gunmen riding on the back of a motorbike shot dead a Shiite Muslim politician in southwest Pakistan, police said, in an attack claimed by a banned Sunni extremist group. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 27
Surrounded by children and armed guards, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki prays during his election campaign for his party in the upcoming provincial elections, in the southern town of Hilla some 120 kilometres south of Baghdad. Maliki said he was determined that the country's armed forces could be rebuilt quickly enough to allow United States troops to be withdrawn earlier than agreed. Under an agreement signed between Washington and Baghdad in November, the US military is slated to withdraw its combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2011 and must have them out of cities by the end of this June. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Jan 27
Rescuers search for survivors in a van which was hit by a landslide on a highway between Salerno and Reggio de Calabre. Two people were killed and five injured in the accident. The seven people were traveling in a small van, the only vehicle hit as heavy storms churned up the mudslide, rescuers said. (Getty Images)