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Pictures of the day: 17 February 2012

A general view of the state opera during the traditional Opera Ball (Opernball) in Vienna

A woman bowing to statues of the Buddha. Shot in Namgyal Monastery, The Dalai Lama's residence. Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India.

ca. 1900 India, Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh India. Islamic textile is an offering from the tomb of Saint Salar Mas'ud, a nephew of Mahmud of Ghazni who was slain in battle in 1033 or 1034. By 1325, a cult had evolved around his tomb. Cotton; plain weave, appliquéd and embroidered.

Pictures of the day: 30 August 2012

The world’s shortest woman, 18-year-old Jyoti Amge (62.8 cm), stands with the world’s shortest man, 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi (54.6 cm) for the first time for the upcoming Guinness World Records 2013 book out on the 13th of September Picture: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records