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Our world in photos: February 9

February 9, 2021 Michaela Keil
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MYANMAR — Protest: Campaigners displayed placards at an intersection in Yangon on Tuesday. Protesters continued to gather, breaching Myanmar’s new military rulers’ ban of a public gathering of five or more, which was issued on Monday with the intention to crack down on peaceful public protests opposing their takeover.
Photo: AP


SPAIN — Waiting: Catalan Socialist Party candidate in the upcoming Catalan elections, Salvador Illa, looked at his phone during a photo session at the party headquarters in Barcelona on Monday. A former health minister of Spain, Illa hopes to become a quiet political disruptor in the country’s Catalonia region when voters go to the polls next weekend.
Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP


AUSTRALIA — Tennis Open: United States’ Coco Gauff made a forehand return to Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann during their first-round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Photo: Hamish Blair/AP


UTAH — Testimony: Paris Hilton wiped her eyes after speaking at a committee hearing at the Utah State Capitol on Monday in Salt Lake City. Hilton spoke out about the abuse she says she suffered at a boarding school in Utah in the 1990s, and she testified in front of state lawmakers weighing new regulations for the industry.
Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP


NETHERLANDS — Skating: A mother taught her daughter to skate on a rink in Doorn, on Tuesday.
Photo: Peter Dejong/AP


BOLIVIA — Carnival: A contestant dressed as the Carnival character Chuta showed off his dance moves during the election of the three main beloved Carnival characters: Chuta, Pepino, and Chola, all of whom represent gaiety, in La Paz on Monday. The winning trio of Carnival must be adept at spreading happiness and never tire of dancing, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their performances will be broadcast online.
Photo: Juan Karita/AP


GREECE — Waves: A young woman walked down the stairs as a wave hit a wave-lashed breakwater during a windy afternoon in the southern Athens coastal suburb of Flisvos, on Monday. Cold and strong winter weather hit Europe with temperatures far below zero.
Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP


CHINA — Discussion: On Tuesday, Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek of the World Health Organization team chatted with each other during a joint press conference at the end of their mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan.
Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP


COLOMBIA — Escobar’s hippos: A pink statue of a hippo greeted tourists at Hacienda Napoles Park in Puerto Triunfo on Thursday. Hacienda Napoles was once a private zoo with illegally imported animals that belonged to drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.
Photo: Fernando Vergara/AP

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