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6 images from around the world: pictures of the day

From cat-loving imams to the Swiss snow in Davos, here’s what’s happening around the world today in pictures.

Mustafa Efe plays with one of his cat guests in the mosque
Mustafa Efe plays with one of his cat guests in the mosque Image by Mustafa Efe/Facebook

An Istanbul imam has opened the doors of his mosque to stray cats seeking refuge and has become a bit of a social media darling.  Mustafa Efe is the imam of Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in the Istanbul’s Uskudar district, and he decided to allow stray cats into the mosque. Footage of a cat bringing her newborn kittens into the mosque melted people’s hearts, and the imam has said he is committed to continuing to provide shelter for the cats.

Tamborilleros wearing their uniforms raise their drums during opening midnight cermemony
Tamborilleros wearing their uniforms raise their drums during opening midnight cermemony Image by PA

“Tamborilleros” wearing their uniforms play their drums at midnight at the start of the main day of San Sebastian feasts in the Basque city of San Sebastian, northern Spain on Wednesday 20 January.

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From midnight to midnight companies of perfectly uniformed marchers parade through the streets of San Sebastian playing drums and barrels in honor of their patron saint.

The demolition of Pablo Escobar's house begins
The demolition of Pablo Escobar’s house begins Image by PA

An excavator demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar on  Tuesday, in Miami Beach, Florida. Chicken Kitchen owner Christian de Berdouare, who purchased the property in 2014, wants to build a more modern home on the site. Before demolishing the fire-damaged mansion that sat abandoned for years, de Berdouare hired professional treasure hunters to comb through the structure for traces from Escobar’s days.

A WWF photographer misses two rhinos getting amorous
A WWF photographer misses two rhinos getting amorous Image by @HuffPostUk/Instagram

The Huffington Post put up an image on Instagram of a WWF photographer who was on a job in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya, attempting to photograph lions. The Huffington Post posted the photo saying “WWF photographer completely misses a pair of rhinos getting amorous behind him as he attempted to photograph a lion.”

Christine Lagarde addresses a snowy Davos
Christine Lagarde addresses a snowy Davos Image by PA

Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Christine Lagarde speaks during a panel session on the first day of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland today 20 January.