News in pictures from across the world on Jan 31

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Bangalore, Jan 31: Oneindia News brings to you interesting news in pictures from across the world. 

In a photograph from Geneva, United Nations headquarters, Fatima Khan, mother of Dr Abbas Khan, 32, who died while being held in custody in Syria, is seen reacting to a pro Syrian government journalist, right, who challenged her. 

In Cambridge, actress Helen Mirren is seen having a light moment with actor Sam Clark who plays an Al Pacino character during her roast as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

In a photo from Russia, torch bearers are seen posing with horsemen dressed in folk costumes during a welcome ceremony of the Olympic torch relay in the Caucasus city of Vladikavkaz, the regional capital of North-Ossetia, southern Russia. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on October 7 is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space.

In a colourful photograph from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, Nepalese female Hindu devotees are seen offering prayers before a holy bath in the Bagmati river on the bank of Pashupatinath Temple during Madhav Narayan Festival. Nepalese Hindu women observe a fast and pray to Goddess Swasthani and God Madhavnarayan for longevity of their husbands and family prosperity during the month-long festival.

In Manama, Bahraini anti-government protesters are seen hurling petrol bombs as riot police firing tear gas during a clash in the western suburb. Since February 2011, Bahraini Shiite Muslims have started anti-government protest demanding reforms and a bigger share of power from ruling Sunni royal family.

In Cambodia, dragon dance is performed at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Chinese traditional lion and dragon dances have been staged in Cambodia to celebrate the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, which arrives on Friday.

In the name of Pashupatinath

Nepalese female Hindu devotees offer prayers before a holy bath in the Bagmati river on the bank of Pashupatinath Temple during Madhav Narayan Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Manama fuming

Bahraini anti-government protesters throw petrol bombs as riot police firing tear gas during a clash in the western suburb of Manama, capital of Bahrain

Dragon welcomes the spring

Dragon dance is performed at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 30, 2014. Chinese traditional lion and dragon dances have been staged in Cambodia to celebrate the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, which arrives on Friday.

Mom seeks justice

Fatima Khan, center, mother of Dr Abbas Khan, 32, who died while being held in custody in Syria, reacts as she is challenged by a pro Syrian government journalist, right, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

Torch reaches Russia

Torch bearers pose with horsemen dressed in folk costumes during a welcome ceremony of the Olympic torch relay in the Caucasus city of Vladikavkaz, the regional capital of North-Ossetia, southern Russia

Fire !!!

Actress Helen Mirren fires a toy gun next to actor Sam Clark who plays an Al Pacino character during her roast as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in Cambridge

Coastal Olympic Village at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games, second from right, joins Yelena Isinbayeva, mayor of the Olympic Village, center, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 Olympics President and CEO, second from left, in a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the coastal Olympic Village at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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