School desks are piled on top of each other at the shuttered H.S. Thompson Elementary School in Dallas. Thompson was one of 11 schools closed by the Dallas Independent School District in 2012.
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In Russia, winter swimming enthusiasts leave a polling station where they cast their presidential vote shortly after taking a bath in the icy waters of the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, on March 4, 2012.
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