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Set up The Loop with query parameters. This will override the current WordPress Loop and shouldn’t be used more than once. This must not be used within the WordPress Loop.

 * Signature
 * query_posts( $query )
 * @param $query (string)
 * @return (array) List of posts


function &query_posts( $query ) {
    unset( $GLOBALS['wp_query'] );
    $GLOBALS['wp_query'] = new WP_Query();
    return $GLOBALS['wp_query']->query( $query );

ref: query_posts()