In Pics: What happened across the world on January 9

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Bangalore, Jan 9: Thousands of protesters took part in the rally aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Thailand. Protest leaders have set January 13 as the date to bring Bangkok to a halt. Meanwhile the protesters have called for political reforms and replacement of the current government.

The demonstrations have been going on for over two months now heavily denting the country's tourism industry.

Meanwhile former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an accountability court on Thursday to defend National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) references on corruption charges.

OneIndia news brings to you news from across the world in pictures.

In Bangkok

Anti-government protesters make their way across Buddhayodfah bridge during a warm-up rally to paralyze the capital Thursday.

In Islamabad

Former Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, waves as he leaves a court in Islamabad .

In China

Giant ice sculptures are lit at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China .

In Los Angeles

Justin Timberlake, winner of the Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite R&B Artist awards poses in the press room at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A.

Explosion in Japan

Local media members gather at an entrance to Mitsubishi Materials Corp's chemical factory following an explosion in Yokkaichi, central Japan, Thursday, January 9, 2014.

First Hispanic speaker of New City Council

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito raises her hand as Council members are sworn in. The 51-member body voted unanimously for Mark-Viverito, who becomes the first Hispanic person to hold the speaker's job.

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