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Workers sit on a truck as they are evacuated from their offices to higher grounds at the business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Heavy monsoon rains triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, with many government offices and businesses forced to closed because staff could not get to work. Weather officials warned the rains could get worse over the next few days and media reports said that thousands of people in Jakarta and its satellite cities had been forced to leave their homes because of the torrential downpours this week
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A supporter of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran Muhammad Tahirul Qadri holds up a sign during Qadri's meeting with members of Pakistan's coalition government on the fourth day of protests in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. The Muslim cleric calling for the Pakistani government to resign said on Thursday he had reached an agreement with the administration and would call halt to the street protests in Islamabad that triggered a political crisis four days ago. Buy Photo
LUNAE PARRACHO | REUTERS
Farmer Maria Silva, 48, leans on her gate as she talks about the drought in the town of Canudos, Brazil, in the part of Bahia State declared to be in a drought emergency, on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2013. Silva said she is living off government aid as most of her animals have died. Brazil's northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country's emerging agricultural frontiers. Lack of rain has hurt corn and cotton crops, left cattle and goats to starve to death in dry pastures and wiped some 30 percent off sugar cane production in the region responsible for 10 percent of Brazil's cane output.
AMIR COHEN | REUTERS
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands beneath campaign posters depicting Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. A fixture in successive governments, Shas, the ultra-Orthodox party draws its support from the fast-growing community of religious Jews of Middle Eastern origin whose spiritual leader is the 92-year-old, Iraqi-born rabbi Ovadia Yosef. According to opinion polls, it will maintain its 11 seats in parliament.
JITENDRA PRAKASH | REUTERS
Hindu priests hold oil lamps as they perform evening prayers on the banks of river Ganges during the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. During the festival, hundreds of thousands of Hindus take part in a religious gathering at the banks of the Ganges. Kumbh Mela will return to Allahabad in 12 years.