With the Russian presidential election set for next month, the heavily favored candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, visited the election center last week as it prepared for the polls. Yana Lapikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks to the press at the presidential palace in Sanaa on Jan. 22. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Flares were thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The knighthood of Fred Goodwin (shown here in 2007), former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has been "canceled and annulled," the British government announced Tuesday. Under Goodwin's leadership, the bank nearly collapsed in 2008, leading to $70 billion bailout by British taxpayers and outrage over his large pension. Danny Lawson/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Communist Party activists in Moscow campaign on Dec. 2 for the party's candidates in parliamentary elections. The Russian Communist Party is hoping to capitalize on a wave of dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 1948 London Olympics were held when the city, recovering from World War II, was dotted with rubble from Nazi bombardment. AP hide caption

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