2014 – Images of DECEMBER - Dec 09- Dec 15

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2014 – Images of DECEMBER:

2014 – Images of DECEMBER Dec .9 – Dec. 15 December 18, 2014 1 2014 – Images of DECEMBER Dec. 09 – Dec. 15 PPS: chieuquetoi , vinhbinh2010 Click to continue

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Photographer Goran Tomasevic Location MANDERA, Kenya Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 A girl stands in line in front of a bus with other passengers travelling to Nairobi, as they wait to be searched for weapons by Kenyan police, in the town of Mandera at the Kenya-Somalia border, December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 3 Click to continue

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location XI'AN, China Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 A kindergarten is seen surrounded by rubble at a demolition site in Xi'An , Shaanxi province, December 8, 2014. According to local government, the kindergarten has been running without license and will be forced to shut down. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 4 Click to continue

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Photographer POOL New Location London, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron sits on the floor as he joins students for "An Hour of Coding" at Number 10 Downing Street in London December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 5 Click to continue

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 A protester pauses during a march against police violence in New York, December 7, 2014 . Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 6 Click to continue

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Photographer Jacky Naegelen Location DRANCY, France Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Detail view of a wood railway boxcar at the Drancy internment camp memorial in Drancy, near Paris December 8, 2014. France said it had agreed to put $60 million into a fund managed by the United States to compensate Holocaust victims deported by French state rail firm SNCF to Nazi death camps, a deal that protects it from future U.S. Litigation. About 76,000 Jews were arrested in France during World War Two and transported in...more Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 7 Click to continue

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Photographer Stringer . Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 An injured man lies at a field hospital with a prescription treatment paper placed on his stomach after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 8 Click to continue

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Photographer Cathal McNaughton Location BELFAST, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 A memorial for Brian McKinney is seen at the site where his body was discovered in 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen , November 4, 2014. McKinney disappeared on the May 25, 1978, aged 22. His body was located on June 29, 1999 at Colgagh bog, Inniskeen . Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 9 Click to continue

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Photographer Darren Staples Location BUXTON, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Footprints and cycle tracks are seen on a snowy road in Buxton, central England December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 10

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Photographer Gene Blevins Location LOS ANGELES, United States Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Los Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 11

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Photographer Tomas Bravo Location Veracruz, Mexico Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Chile's President Michelle Bachelet (L) and her Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend an event where people were honored with the "Mexico Prize of Science and Technology" and the closure of the forum "Rethinking Ibero America: Building a future" in Veracruz December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 12 Click to continue

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Photographer USA Today Sports Location Brooklyn, United States Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Dikembe Mutombo (left center) during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 13 Click to continue

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Photographer Jonathan Alcorn Location LOS ANGELES, United States Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 Firefighters stand on lanes of the 110 freeway near smoldering hot spots of a large fire that consumed an apartment building that was under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014. Dec. 8 , 2014 December 18, 2014 14 Click to continue

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Caua Aquino, 11, wearing a police uniform, stands among crosses placed by the NGO Rio de Paz during a protest on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Aquino is the son of a police officer who was also participating in the protest, honoring friends. A total of 152 black wooden crosses were planted on the sands of Copacabana beach in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro state between 2013 and 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 16

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President Barack Obama shakes hands in the crowd after speaking at the Senior Executive Service, composed of the senior leadership of the Federal workforce, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Washington. Obama is launching a leadership program for future government career executives with a goal of giving potential managers multi-agency experiences and breaking out of a tradition of promoting senior bureaucrats from within their own agencies. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci ) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 17

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Joint-Nobel Peace prize winners Malala Yousafzai , left, and Kailash Satyarthi attend a press conference in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to and shared between the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, 17-year-old Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 18

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A dancer walks before a performance at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita ) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 19

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View of the bridge leading to Mont-Saint-Michel designed by Austrian-born architect Dietmar Feichtinger , in Mont Saint Michel, western France, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The new bridge leading out from the coastline to the historic Mont Saint-Michel island commune allow the sea to flow across the estuary, transforming the Mont back into a real island for the first time in over a century. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena ) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 20

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A man wearing a mask to protect himself from pollutant is reflected on an advertising billboard poster installed at a bus stand in Beijing, China Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 21

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A bodybuilder flexes his muscles before participating in the 6th World Body Building and Physique Sports Competition in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014. (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool ) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 22

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Photographer Danish Siddiqui Location MUMBAI, India Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A competitor waits to get onstage during the 6th World Body Building and Physique Sports competition in Mumbai December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 23

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Birds fly past as a man rows his boat in River Yamuna in the morning in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Clogged with garbage, sewage and industrial runoff, the Yamuna, which is one of India’s major rivers, is also one of the most polluted. (AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue ) Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 24

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Photographer Kevin Lamarque Location NASHVILLE, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 President Barack Obama cleans up a drink which spilled as he was having his picture taken with the couple at the table during a stop at a Mexican Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 25

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Photographer Mohammad Ismail Location KABUL, Afghanistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Abbas Alizada , who calls himself the Afghan Bruce Lee, poses for the media in front of the destroyed Darul Aman Palace in Kabul December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 26

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Photographer Murad Sezer Location ISTANBUL, Turkey Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Galatasaray's Semih Kaya challenges Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo during their Champions League Group D soccer match at Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi in Istanbul December 9, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 27

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Photographer Carlos Barria Location SHANGHAI, China Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A woman punches during a boxing class at Princess Women's Boxing Club in Shanghai December 3, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 28

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Photographer KCNA KCNA Location PYONGYANG, North Korea Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses during a photo session with participants in the Second Meeting of KPA Exemplary Servicemen's Families. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 29

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Photographer Deanna Dent Location PHOENIX, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 The daughter of Rumain Brisbon begins crying as she kneels in prayer outside the Phoenix Police Department, the week after he was shot dead by police, in Phoenix, Arizona December 8, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 30

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Photographer Akhtar Soomro Location MEERAN PUR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A boy pushes a donkey cart loaded with bundles of cotton blooms that were collected by women cotton pickers in Meeran Pur village, north of Karachi September 25, 2014. Women make up the bulk of Pakistan's half a million cotton producers, but labor rights activists say they are often exploited by overseers, who often withhold their wages and may subject some of them to sexual harassment. Many women work in Pakistan's cotton fields...more Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 31

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Photographer Deanna Dent Location PHOENIX, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Protesters confront police outside the Phoenix Police Department the week after an unarmed man was shot dead by police, in Phoenix, Arizona December 8, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 32

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Photographer Erik de Castro Location DOLORES, Philippines Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 An aerial view of toppled coconut trees by a remote village following Typhoon Hagupit is seen in Dolores, Eastern Samar, central Philippines, December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 33

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Photographer Antara Photo Agency Location BANDA ACEH, Indonesia Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A visitor take pictures of the names of tsunami victims on the ceiling of the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh, December 9, 2014. The Aceh Tsunami Museum is a four-story structure designed by Indonesian architect Ridwan Kamil and is built to commemorate the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 34

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Photographer Amir Cohen Location MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A nano Bible is displayed at TowerJazz Semiconductor in Migdal Haemek in northern Israel October 29, 2014. The nano -sized New Testament, containing the original Greek version of the New Testament on a chip smaller than five by five millimeters, has been nominated for the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Smallest Bible, the Israeli company said. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 35

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Photographer Alessandro Bianchi Location Padua, Italy Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A prison baker prepares panettone cakes at Pasticceria Giotto in Padua's Due Palazzi prison December 2, 2014. White-coated bakers are chopping nuts, dipping pastry into liquid chocolate and hanging freshly baked panettone Christmas cake upside down to preserve its domed shape. But when one of the all-male team steps outside to smoke, he is in a barred enclosure attached to Padua prison. Sweet smells have wafted through this...more Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 36

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Photographer Sergio Moraes Location RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A police officer walks among crosses planted by the NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) on Copacabana beach, in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 37

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Photographer Hamad I Mohammed Location MANAMA, Bahrain Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 The reflection of a man is seen on a shattered car windscreen after a bomb blast in the village of Karzakan , southwest of the capital Manama, December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 38

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A policeman has been killed near Bahrain's capital, Manama, in a bomb attack the authorities have blamed on Lebanon-based Shia Hezbollah militants. The bomb had exploded on Monday night in Damistan as the officer had been "doing his duty", the interior ministry said, describing it as a "terrorist attack". Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 39

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A 13-month-old chimp named Fumo carries a Christmas present of food treats in wrapping paper under his arm during a Christmas-themed feeding time at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 40

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Snow-covered trees are seen in the morning mist by the bank of Songhua river in Jilin, in north-east China. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 41

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A worker walks through the partially completed Crossrail tunnel at Bond Street station in London. A total of 26 miles (42km) of train tunnels are being built beneath the streets of the capital by eight tunnelling machines . Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 42

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Photographer Kai Pfaffenbach Location COLOGNE, Germany Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is congratulated by Hesse's state Premier Volker Bouffier on her re-election as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Cologne December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 43

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The sister of Anni Dewani , Ami Denborg (left), weeps as she makes a statement to the press following the decision to throw out the case against British businessman Shrien Dewani who had been charged with the murder of his wife. The 34-year-old had always denied plotting to arrange the shooting of his bride in the back of their taxi while on honeymoon in November 2010. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 44

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A large fire at an apartment building under construction lights up the sky near near Los Angeles City Hall. More than 250 firefighters responded to the fire. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 45

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The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for most of the UK for later on Tuesday, plus Wednesday and early on Thursday. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 46

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Photographer Gary Cameron Location WASHINGTON, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters on the upcoming budget battle on Capitol Hill in Washington December 9, 2014. Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill that aims to avoid a government shutdown and punts an immigration showdown between Republicans and President Obama until February. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 47

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Photographer Stringer . Location MONROVIA, Liberia Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A sick man is carried away to be tested for Ebola after collapsing on a street in Monrovia December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 48

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Photographer Athit Perawongmetha Location HONG KONG, China Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 David Wong, a 41-year-old cellist, performs on a vehicle bridge filled with tents set up by pro-democracy protesters at the financial Central district in Hong Kong December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 49

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Photographer Erik de Castro Location DOLORES, Philippines Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Typhoon victims wait for relief supplies on a beach in a remote village in Dolores, Eastern Samar, central Philippines December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 50

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Photographer Pichi Chuang Location TAOYUAN, Taiwan Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 A protester scuffles with police officers while Chen Deming, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), arrives for an an eight-day visit, at Taoyuan International Airport, northern Taiwan, December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 51

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Photographer David Mdzinarishvili Location TBILISI, Georgia Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Servicemen from the 23rd battalion of the II infantry brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces stand during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi December 9, 2014. According to Georgia's Defence Ministry, one company of the battalion departs to shift change another Georgian unit as a part of the EUFOR-RCA European Union military operation in the Central African Republic. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 52

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Photographer POOL New Location Baghdad, Iraq Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wears body armor as he steps off a helicopter in Baghdad December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 53

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Photographer Mike Segar Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, place flowers at the edge of the South pool of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York, December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 54

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Photographer Susana Vera Location MADRID, Spain Reuters / Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale gets hit in the face by the elbow of Ludogorets ' Georgi Terziev during their Champions League Group B soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid December 9, 2014. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 55

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A man who cut the stone blocks from the United States to take Part in the International Ice Festival in Harbin in Harbin, Heilongjiang province in the northeast of China, on December 9, 2014. This annual Festival began on January 5, 2015 and last for a month. Dec. 9 , 2014 December 18, 2014 56

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Christmas lights illuminate the Medellin River in Colombia. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 58

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Actress Evangeline Lilly attends the premiere of her latest film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 59

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Australia captain Michael Clarke (right) shakes hands with his teammate Steve Smith, after reaching their 100-run partnership. Both went on to score centuries in the first test match against India, two weeks after the death of close friend Phillip Hughes, whose test cap number - 408 - was painted on the turf. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 60

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BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood said it would be a "wild" day from north Wales northwards, while it would be "blustery" further south. Here, Neil Sharrock and his dog Ted walk along the beach in Blackpool , buffeted by high winds. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 61

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Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (left) and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi (right) arrive at the ceremony in Oslo in which they will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 62

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Photographer Suzanne Plunkett Location OSLO, Norway Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai poses with the medal and the diploma during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 63

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Competitors flex their muscles during the World Body Building and Physique Sports competition in Mumbai (Bombay), India. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 64

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron stands under the entrance gates to Auschwitz, during a visit to the former Nazi death camp in Poland. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 65

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Photographer Mohamad Torokman Location RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (L) scuffles with an Israeli border policeman near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 10, 2014. Abu Ein died shortly after being hit by Israeli soldiers during a protest in the occupied West Bank, a Reuters photographer who witnessed the incident and a Palestinian medic said. Ziad Abu Ein , a minister without portfolio who was in his early 50s, was rushed by ambulance from the scene, in the...more Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 66

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location BE'ER ORA, Israel Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A polluted area caused by an oil spill is seen at the Evrona desert reserve, near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 67

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Photographer Eric Gaillard Location MONACO, Monaco Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Carabiniers of Monaco's Prince Albert II fire canons to announce the birth of twins of Prince Albert II of Monoco and Charlene, in front of the Monaco Palace December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 68

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Photographer Stringer . Location Panama City, Panama Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 People take pictures as tugboats help a barge transporting the last rolling gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal through the Miraflores locks in Panama City December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 69

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Photographer David Gray Location DARWIN, Australia Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people carries a crocodile he has just shot dead along the edge of a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra , located on the outksirts of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land November 22, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 70

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Photographer Siegfried Modola Location Baringo County, Kenya Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A man holds a girl as she tries to escape when she realized she is to to be married, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived to her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a...more Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 71

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Photographer Stephen Lam Location BERKELEY, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Fallen merchandises are seen inside a supermarket after it was looted by a small group of protesters during a largely peaceful march against the New York City grand jury decision to not indict in the death of Eric Garner in Berkeley, California December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 72

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Photographer Jacky Naegelen Location VILLACOUBLAY, France Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 French President Francois Hollande and former hostage Serge Lazarevic hug each other after Lazarevic , who was kidnapped in northern Mali, was freed by al Qaeda's North African wing after nearly three years, at the Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 73

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Photographer Vasily Fedosenko Location NONE, United Kingdom Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A woman pushes a pram with a child as heavy fog covered streets in a small town of Zaslavl , northwest of Minsk, December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 74

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Photographer Siegfried Modola Location BARINGO COUNTY, Kenya Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Pokot girls attired with traditional jewellery stand in a circle during an initiation ceremony of over a hundred girls passing over into womanhood, about 80 km (50 miles) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County December 6, 2014. The ceremony lasts one night and through the next day. Before the ceremony, as Pokot tradition dictates, the girls are secluded for over a month, out of sight of the men in the community. The ceremony...more Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 75

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Photographer China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC Location YIWU, China Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A man wearing a Christmas hat poses for photographer at a factory producing Christmas decorations in Yiwu , Zhejiang province, December 4, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 76

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Photographer Ilya Naymushin Location BORODINO, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A general view shows the Borodinsky opencast coal mine, near the Siberian town of Borodino, east of Krasnoyarsk, December 9, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 77

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Photographer Amr Dalsh Location CAIRO, Egypt Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Faisel , 16, a member of Egyptian parkour group "EGY PK", practices a jump in front of the Pyramid of Khufu, the largest of the Great Pyramids of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, December 9, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 78

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Photographer China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC Location WUHAN, China Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Yinfeng Hotel collapses as it is being demolished by explosives in Wuhan, Hubei province, December 9, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 79

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Photographer Mahmoud Hebbo Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 People walk past damaged buildings in Aleppo's al- Shaar district, December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo December 18, 2014 80 Inside SYRIA

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Photographer Stringer . Location DERAA, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 08, 2014 The word Steadfast is seen on a graffiti on a damaged building in al- Manshiyeh neighbourhood in Deraa , December 7, 2014. REUTERS/ Wsam Almokdad December 18, 2014 81 Inside SYRIA

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Civilians walk past rubble and damaged buildings in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh December 18, 2014 82 Inside SYRIA

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Photographer Mahmoud Hebbo Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Saturday, December 06, 2014 A bus blocks a road amid damage on the Salah Al-Din neighbourhood frontline in Aleppo, December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo December 18, 2014 83 Inside SYRIA

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A Tibetan sister was mother dressed in an event of the Tibetan refugee community in Nepal, the 25th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize in October for the exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and international human rights Day 66th in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 84

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Một người biểu tình ngồi trên chướng ngại vật tại khu vực bị chiếm đóng bên ngoài trụ sở chính quyền ở Hong Kong. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 85

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The spacecraft Commander Expedition 42 Barry Wilmore taken photographs of the Great Lakes region in the central United States from the international space station. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 86

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Langtang mountain range above the Kathmandu Valley hidden under the clouds, as seen from the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu, Nepal Bhanjyang . Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 87

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Tibetan exile Monks stand before a wall painted with the Tibetan flag at an event held to celebrate the 25th year of the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The event also marked fifty-five years of the spiritual leader’s life in exile. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha). Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 88

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Activist, Antonio Perez Martinez, 53 years old, unemployed, and other housing rights campaigners wait inside Elvira Reyes Mariano’s apartment to stop her and her family’s eviction in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The landlord’s loss of the apartment to Bankia bank is causing Reyes Mariano and her family’s eviction. Reyes Mariano lives with her husband Soltero Rodriguez Cuevas, 44 years old, both unemployed, her sister and their three kids. They continued to occupy a foreclosed Bankia bank apartment after their landlord left as they could not afford to pay rent and they are now trying to negotiate to pay a low rent to the bank. The eviction was postponed with the help of the housing rights activists. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki ) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 89

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An opposition activist is detained by Cuban security officers before the start of a march marking International Human Rights Day in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The march was organized by the “ Damas de Blanco,” or Women in White, a pro-democracy group of women activists. The demonstrators where picked up by the police as soon as they arrived, while hundreds of pro-government loyalist sang patriotic songs and slogans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 90

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A couple passes a mist covered Mikhaylivsky Cathedral in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov ) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 91

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Sameer Singh, 12, works at a jewelry workshop where he earns US$ 32 a month, in Gauhati , India, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Tuesday stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty. The Nobel laureates, who split the $1.1 million award, were cited for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath ) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 92

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A woman walks through the snow with a dog, not seen, in Washington Park on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. A slow-moving coastal storm has dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of upstate New York, knocking out power to more than 10,000 utility customers, closing or causing delayed starts for scores of schools and shutting down a Syracuse-area highway. (AP Photo/Mike Groll ) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 93

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Protesters pose for photographs on a barricade at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Hong Kong’s dwindling number of pro-democracy protesters vowed Wednesday to stay until the last minute before authorities clear them off a highway where they’ve been camped out for more than two months. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 94

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Civil Code books thrown by lawyers fixed on a statue as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new “Macron’s law” in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron presented Wednesday a new bundle of policies that aim mainly to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labor rules and regulations. (AP Photo/Francois Mori ) Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 95

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location BE'ER ORA, Israel Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 The polluted area caused by an oil spill is seen at the Evrona desert reserve, near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat December 10, 2014. Ecologists said it could take years to clean up the massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million liters of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore and neighboring Jordan. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 96

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Photographer POOL New Location LOS ANGELES, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 An overview shows the aftermath of the 1.3 million-square-foot Da Vinci residential complex that was destroyed by fire in Los Angeles, California December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 97

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A man stands in falling snow following a news conference where members of Justice League NYC presented a list of demands at City Hall in New York December 10, 2014. The league, made up of of juvenile and criminal justice advocates, artists and experts, and formerly incarcerated individuals, presented the list in response to the failure of a Staten Island Grand Jury to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of...more Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 98

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Commuters walk by a "die-in" during a small march at Grand Central Station for chokehold death victim Eric Garner in New York December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 99

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 A street performer dressed as the Statue of Liberty stands amongst light snow in Times Square in New York December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 100

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Photographer Stringer . Location Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Fans of Argentina's River Plate celebrate before their Copa Sudamericana soccer match finals against Colombia's Atletico Nacional in Buenos Aires December 10, 2014. Dec. 10 , 2014 December 18, 2014 101

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Photographer Rafael Marchante Location Nazare , Portugal Reuters / Thursday, December 11, 2014 A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare December 11, 2014. Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 103

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Photographer Mohamad Torokman Location RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Thursday, December 11, 2014 The daughter of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein mourns over his body during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah December 11, 2014. Thousands of mourners turned out for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 104

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Photographer Athit Perawongmetha Location HONG KONG, China Reuters / Thursday, December 11, 2014 Police officers walk in an area, previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, after clearing the protest site near the government headquarters building at the financial Central district in Hong Kong December 11, 2014. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 105

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Protesters laying down while locking arms each other confront police officers at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Hong Kong police on Thursday took away demonstrators who refused to leave the main pro-democracy protest camp and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 106

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Members of the Palestinian national security forces carry the body of Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Israeli and Palestinian pathologists disagreed Thursday on whether a blow to the body or a bad heart was the main cause of death of the Palestinian Cabinet minister who collapsed shortly after scuffling with Israeli troops during a West Bank protest. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 107

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A cardinal attends a funeral mass for late Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini ) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 108

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Indian fishermen sit behind bars in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2104. Pakistan's coast guard arrested 58 Indian fishermen over encroaching into Pakistani waters, official said. (AP Photo/ Shakil Adil ) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 109

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A surfer rides a huge wave during a tow-in surfing session at the Praia do Norte or North beach, in Nazare , Portugal, Thursday, Dec, 11, 2014. The beach has become a famous break point for big waves riders around the world. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco ) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 110

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A turtle swims in the aquarium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki ) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 111

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A guard stands in front of the Monaco Palace after the announcement of the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier at the Palace in Monaco, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate. Monaco's Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality's future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco's laws of succession. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau ) Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 112

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Photographer Amr Dalsh Location Alexandria, Egypt Reuters / Thursday, December 11, 2014 People crowd onto a slide at a public beach during a hot day in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria September 5, 2014. El Max, in Alexandria, where hundreds of boats dart through the canals, has been called the "Venice of Egypt" for its waterways and relaxed atmosphere. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 114

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Photographer Mario Anzuoni Location HOLLYWOOD, United States Reuters / Thursday, December 11, 2014 Cast members Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix greet each other at the premiere of "Inherent Vice" at TCL Chinese theater in Hollywood, California December 10, 2014. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 115

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Photographer Noah Berger Location OAKLAND, United States Reuters / Thursday, December 11, 2014 An undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, California December 10, 2014. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 116

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A horse sled on a snowy morning in a training session on the track at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 117

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Fencers practise at the Martyrs of Barbados gymnasium in Havana. About 100 students train at the gymnasium, named after the two dozen Cuban fencers who were among those killed in 1976 when a bomb blew up a Cubana airliner soon after taking from Barbados. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 118

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People look at a car balancing on the edge of a hole that appeared in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, in China. The street collapsed on Friday morning. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 119

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Varun Aaron of India (right) celebrates with Wriddhiman Saha after bowling Michael Warner of Australia - though the delivery was deemed a no-ball after a replay during day four of the first Test match at Adelaide Oval. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 120

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Labourers help construct a bridge over the River Yamuna for a rail project in Delhi, India. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 121

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Samantha Cameron, wife of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, stands with children from the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day outside 10 Downing Street in London. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 122

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Soldiers carry the coffin of Queen Fabiola of Belgium into the Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral in Brussels. Born Fabiola de Mora y Aragon in Madrid, she was the widow of King Baudouin and reigned as queen consort from 1960 until his death in 1993. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 123

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A house collapses into the sea at Washaway Beach, Washington, as a storm hits the region causing widespread disruption . Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 124

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Fans hold mobile phones up during a power cut in the Europa League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Besiktas . Besiktas won 1-0, meaning the north London team will face a tougher draw in the next round. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 125

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A member of Christie's auction house staff poses with a pair of " adamantium " claws made for Australian actor Hugh Jackman's role as Wolverine in the X-Men: The Last Stand film. The claws are estimated to sell for more than £10,000 at Christie's biannual pop culture sale in London. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 126

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You came across the Christmas decoration lights in Vienna, Austria. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 127

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A dog playing in the snow-covered Park in Moscow, Russia. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 128

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People dressed as Father Frost, the character is equivalent to the old man and the girl, Noel Snow waiting to participate in the contest "Yolka-fest-2014" in Minsk, Belarus. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 129

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Despite the small paper, the symbol of the democratic movement, in the area being occupied by protesters in the shopping district Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Police have detained nearly 250 protesters on Thursday and releases most of the main protest venue near the Trade Center, put an end to more than two months of street protests. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 130

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Muslim Shia pilgrims gathered in the city of Kerbala Arbain holiday greeting, southwest of Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims dressed in black from across Iraq converged on this city a day before Arbain on Saturday, marking the end of 40 anniversary of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 131

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko attached a flower poppy up table name honors World War I during a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 132

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The Palestinian militants of al- Qassam Ezzedine brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in a parade celebrating 27 years this Islamic movement, which in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 133

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A guard stood guard near a sculpture depicting the victims in Nanjing massacre Memorial, in Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, ahead of a ceremony to mark the first National Memorial Day in China for the Japanese massacre of civilians in Nanjing in 1937. Dec. 11 , 2014 December 18, 2014 134

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A protester holding the flare in a general strike in Rome by several unions called for. The Union protested the Law Act the making of Italian Prime Matteo Renzi in order to reform the labor market by allowing companies to hire and fire employees more easily. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 136

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A worker standing on a pile of rocks and mud after a landslide struck down at least eight homes in the rain at Camarillo Springs, California, United States of America.A worker standing on a pile of rocks and mud after a landslide struck down at least eight homes in the rain at Camarillo Springs, California, United States of America. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 137

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The cab of the Uber protested the ban taxis this online service in New Delhi, India. The ban comes after the arrest of a driver Uber in New Delhi accused of rape and led many international investors worried because on the Indian counterpart of Uber as Ola and TaxiForSure . Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 138

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King of Belgium Philippe and Mathilde and Prince Lorenz left the funeral of trying the Queen Fabiola at the Church of St. Michael and St. Gudula , Brussels. Queen Fabiola died on 5 December, at age 86 . Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 139

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Staff members prepare to hang the painting "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci first exhibition at The Arts House in Singapore. The first Gala world premiere will take place from January 12 to January 2, 2015. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 140

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ALTERNATIVE CROP OF MVD101 - Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi from Tunisia, a former Guantanamo prisoner, peers through the window of the home where he's living in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. El Ouerghi is one of six prisoners who were held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay who arrived to Uruguay on Sunday as refugees amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison. (AP Photo/ Matilde Campodonico ) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 141

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Photographer Danish Siddiqui Location MUMBAI, India Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 A cinema goer watches Bollywood movie " Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge " (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. The movie, released in October 1995, has set a record of completing 1000 weeks of continuous screening at a cinema, a feat unmatched by any other Bollywood movies. A Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 142

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Photographer Mario Anzuoni Location BEVERLY HILLS, United States Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 Singer Rihanna and her grandfather Lionel Braithwaite share a laugh at the First Annual Diamond Ball fundraising event at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills, California December 11, 2014. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 143

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Photographer Lucas Jackson Location GAMBERI, Afghanistan Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walks with the unit's Afghan interpreter before a mission near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 11, 2014 Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 144

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Activists perform as heads of state, from left, President Barack Obama, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, China's President Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Climate Change Conference COP20 in Lima Peru, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The boat's sign reads in Spanish "Leave behind emissions. Climatic agreement." Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 145

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A balloon decorated shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe stands in front of a body shop in Mexico City, Friday Dec. 12, 2014. Every year thousands upon thousands of faithful flock to the Basilica of Guadalupe to pay their respects but just as importantly, little shrines built in parking lots, places of work, street medians, playgrounds and any imaginable corner of a world of concrete and asphalt are colorfully decorated with flowers, balloons and confetti on the Virgin's feast day as neighbors gather around the altars to share a small breakfast, sing happy birthday to the Virgin, light fire-crackers and some just come to have a quiet prayer. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 146

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A donkey stands in a snow covered field in Divis Mountain in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Bitter cold weather has swept across many parts of the UK and Ireland as temperatures drop. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 147

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Protesters perform during a demonstration against what they call porn censorship, across from the Houses of Parliament in central London, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The sex simulation protest was planned by opponents of what they call new 'censorship' legislation banning several sex acts from online porn videos filmed in the UK in a bid to crack down on ''harmful' content. (AP Photo/ Lefteris Pitarakis ) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 148

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Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between the holy shrine of Imam Hussein and the holy shrine of Imam Abbas, in the background, during the preparations for the Muslim festival of Arbaeen in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The holiday marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban ) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 149

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A boy refreshes himself under a shower from the summer heat on Copabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 150

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Photographer Jonathan Alcorn Location CAMARILLO SPRINGS, United States Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 A TV news crew files a report behind damaged homes after a mud slide overtook at least 18 homes during heavy rains in Camarillo Springs, California December 12, 2014. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 151

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Photographer Lee Celano Location NEW ORLEANS, United States Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 A woman uses her smart phone in the pool at the Country Club in New Orleans, Louisiana November 30, 2014. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 152

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Photographer Stefan Wermuth Location London, United Kingdom Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 Protesters take part in a demonstration against new laws on pornography outside parliament in central London December 12, 2014. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 153

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Photographer Andres Stapff Location Montevideo, Uruguay Reuters / Friday, December 12, 2014 Former Guantanamo detainee Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi (L) from Tunisia gestures while holding a mate cup next to an unidentified member of Uruguay's central workers union Pit-Cn while standing on a balcony in a neighbourhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, December 12, 2014. Dec. 12 , 2014 December 18, 2014 154

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Photographer STRINGER Iraq Location KERBALA, Iraq Reuters / Saturday, December 13, 2014 Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Kerbala , southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, December 13, 2014. Dec. 13 , 2014 December 18, 2014 156

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Photographer Omar Sobhani Location KABUL, Afghanistan Reuters / Saturday, December 13, 2014 Afghan security forces inspect at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul December 13, 2014. Dec. 13 , 2014 December 18, 2014 157

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Photographer Thomas Mukoya Location KAJIADO, Kenya Reuters / Saturday, December 13, 2014 Maasai morans sing traditional songs and jump before the Maasai Olympics 2014 at the Sidai Oleng wildlife sanctuary at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kajiado December 13, 2014. Dec. 13 , 2014 December 18, 2014 158

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Photographer Toby Melville Location LONDON, United Kingdom Reuters / Saturday, December 13, 2014 A competitor takes part in the Fancy Dress December Dip at Parliament Hill Lido in north London, December 13, 2014. Dec. 13 , 2014 December 18, 2014 159

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Matilde Apioas , 66, weeps in front of the dock while waiting for news of her son, a diver disappeared during the shipwreck, in the Caribbean port of Puerto Cabezas , also known as Bilwi , Nicaragua, Sunday Dec. 14, 2104. Rescue crews have found the fishing boat that capsized last week with 50 people aboard and are still searching for crew members who remain missing, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 161

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that although the incident was "deeply concerning", the police were well equipped to deal with it. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 163 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Police officers position themselves at a corner near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 165 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Earlier in the day five people were seen running from the cafe in Martin Place. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 167 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney, Australia, December 15, 2014. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 168 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer Athit Perawongmetha Location HONG KONG, China Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Pro-democracy protesters comfort each other after leaving with their belonging outside the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong, December 15, 2014. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 169 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer David Gray Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Paramedics remove an injured woman on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 170 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Hostages run past a police officer (C) near Lindt Cafe, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 171 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer David Gray Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Paramedics remove a person, with bloodstains on the blankets covering the person, on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 172 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Sydney resident Kate Golder cries as she observes the site of a Sydney cafe siege after it ended in Martin Place, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 173 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Police rescue personnel carry an injured woman from the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 174 Hostage situation in Sydney

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The gunman has been named as Iranian self-styled cleric Man Haron Monis , who received political asylum in Australia in 1996 and was on bail on a number of charges. A female employee manages to escape from the Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, Dec. 15, 2014 after a gunman took dozens of people hostage. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 175 Hostage situation in Sydney

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Photographer POOL New Location Rome, Italy Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laugh during their meeting at Villa Taverna in Rome, Italy, December 14, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 176

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Photographer Stephen Lam Location OAKLAND, United States Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 A woman pleads to be released by the police after she was surrounded during an evening demonstration against police violence in Oakland, California December 13, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 177

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Photographer Jonathan Ernst Location WASHINGTON, United States Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (not pictured) greet children with gifts as they arrive for the taping of the "Christmas in Washington" television special to benefit the Children's National Medical Center in Washington December 14, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 178

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Photographer Jorge Lopez Location CHILPANCINGO, Mexico Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 An injured federal police officer (bottom R) is seen as people chase after a car which reversed away after running over civilians, federal police officers, and journalists, during clashes in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico, December 14, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 179

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Photographer Ilya Naymushin Location Krasnoyarsk, Russia Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 A man passes a house built upside-down in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 14, 2014. The house was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 180

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Photographer Hannibal Hanschke Location Berlin, Germany Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 A man dressed as a Santa Claus poses at the front of the Kollhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz square in Berlin, Germany, December 14, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 181

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Photographer Beawiharta Beawiharta Location JAKARTA, Indonesia Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Indonesian Christians hold candles during a Christmas mass prayer session at Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, December 13, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 182

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Photographer Suhaib Salem Location GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 A Palestinian member of al- Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, displays a weapon during a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2014. Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 183

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Photographer STRINGER Mexico Location Uruapan, Mexico Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Vigilantes stand guard next to a bridge during a blockade on a highway near the town of Uruapan in Michoacan state, Mexico, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Alan Ortega Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 184

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Photographer Tyrone Siu Location HONG KONG, China Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Workers remove a logo left by pro-democracy protesters in the shape of an umbrella, a symbol of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, during a clearance at the last "Occupy" protest site blocking a main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 185

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Photographer Issei Kato Location TOKYO, Japan Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, pauses as he puts a rosette on a name of a candidate who is expected to win, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Issei Kato Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 186

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Photographer Issei Kato Location TOKYO, Japan Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Liberal Democratic Party candidate Miki Yamada during an election night event at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Issei Kato Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 187

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Photographer Thomas Peter Location TOKYO, Japan Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Election officials carry ballot boxes as they run up stairs to a counting centre in Tokyo December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Dec. 14 , 2014 December 18, 2014 188

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Photographer MAXIM ZMEYEV Location Moscow, Russia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 People take pictures inside a giant Christmas ball, part of New Year and Christmas holiday season decorations, in central Moscow, December 15, 2014. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 190

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US President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle and their daughters take part in the recording of the Christmas in Washington television special to benefit Children's National Medical Center in the capital. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 191

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Racing Club's footballers celebrate with the Argentine First Division tournament trophy after defeating Godoy Cruz in Buenos Aires. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 192

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Delegates rest during a break at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Despite an overrun, United Nations members reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 193

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Labourers unload potatoes from a supply truck at a wholesale vegetable market in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. A man works on a stairway during a snowfall in Seoul, South Korea Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 194

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Leonardo da Vinci's "Earlier Mona Lisa" painting is to go on show for the first time, at the Arts House in Singapore. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 195

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Lewis Hamilton (right) has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver won his second Formula 1 world title this season and joined an exclusive club by becoming the fourth Briton to win the drivers' championship at least twice. Hamilton is seen here with BBC present Gary Lineker . A woman stands next to Leonardo da Vinci's Earlier Mona Lisa painting during a news conference at a media preview ahead of its exhibition at The Arts House in Singapore Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 196

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A man works on a stairway during a snowfall in Seoul, South Korea. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 197

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A soldier takes part in a re-enactment to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes, also known as the Battle of the Bulge, in Recogne , Belgium. During the winter of 1944-45 Nazi Germany launched a massive land offensive in a last-ditch attempt to reverse the course of World War Two. Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 198

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Photographer Bob Strong Location HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, United States Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Visitors gather to watch the sunrise on the 10,023 feet summit of the Haleakala volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Bob Strong Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 199

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Photographer Navesh Chitrakar Location Bhaktapur , Nepal Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A woman is silhouetted as she walks along a street in the ancient city of Bhaktapur , near Nepal's capital Kathmandu, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/ Navesh Chitrakar Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 200

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Photographer Maxim Shemetov Location Donetsk region, Ukraine Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A man rides his bicycle past the wreckage of MH17, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane, at the site of the plane crash near the village of Hrabove ( Grabovo ) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov ( Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 201

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Photographer Hasan Shaaban Location BEIRUT, Lebanon Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Wadha al- Sayyed , wife of captive Lebanese soldier Khaled Moqbel , protests for his release and government action, near burning tyres blocking a road in Beirut, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 202

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Photographer Rentsendorj Bazarsukh Location ULAN BATOR, Mongolia Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A car overturns during the Master Cross Race 2014 at Suuj Uul , outside Ulan Bator, Mongolia, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/B. Rentsendorj Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 203

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Photographer Larry Downing Location Washington, United States Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 President Barack Obama shakes hands after he talks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 204

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Photographer Phil Noble Location LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A detail of a resin sculpture, called "All Together Now", by artist Andrew Edward's is seen after being unveiled in the remains of St Luke's Church in Liverpool, northern England December 15 , 2014. The sculpture, depicting the Christmas Day football match between German and British soldiers fighting on the front line in World War One in 1914, will be displayed in the church that was damaged during German bombing of Liverpool in...more Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 205

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Photographer Aly Song Location SHANGHAI, China Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 An investor looks at a computer screen showing stock information an a brokerage house in Shanghai,China , December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 206

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Photographer Stringer . Location Qamishli , Syria Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A refugee from the minority Yazidi sect wraps himself with a blanket as he stands on a muddy path during wintry weather at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli , northeastern Syria December 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Massoud Mohammed Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 207

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Photographer Kim Hong- Ji Location SEOUL, South Korea Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 Policemen take shelter under umbrellas as they stand guard during snowfall in winter at Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul, South Korea, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong- Ji Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 208

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Photographer Maxim Shemetov Location Donetsk region, Ukraine Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A man stands next to a pro-Russian separatist's tank riding near the village of Rozsypne ( Rassypnoye ), eastern Ukraine, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 209

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Photographer Lucas Jackson Location GAMBERI, Afghanistan Reuters / Monday, December 15, 2014 A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walks with his rifle, after returning from a mission at forward operating base Gamberi , in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 210

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An Indian laborer carries a sack full of vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in old parts of New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Old Delhi despite of being extremely crowded and dilapidated still serves as the symbolic heart of the city. (AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue ) Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 211

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A girl sits under an art installation depicting a gorilla entitled ‘Silver Back’ by artist David Mach, as she poses for the photographers during a press preview of a themed auction that features the animal as artistic inspiration, entitled ‘Creatures Great and Small’, in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The two-meter tall gorilla by the Turner Prize nominated artist is the third of an edition of three, the first of which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest art installation made entirely from coat hangers. The sale scheduled for Dec. 17, 2014, explores animals across a diverse range of mediums and styles, from intricate carving details in 19th century furniture through to contemporary sculpture, according to Christie’s auction house. (AP Photo/ Lefteris Pitarakis ) Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 212

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A man stands by tombstones carrying names of Romanian military personnel killed in fighting around the Otopeni airport during the anticommunist uprising 25 years ago, outside Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The uprising, which left more than thousands dead, and ended the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed, started in the western Romanian town of Timisoara on Dec. 16, 1989. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda ) Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 213

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Acid attack victims Rupa , 19, center, and Ritu 18, sit on a hunger strike demanding strict laws to deal with acid attacks, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Both are victims of acid attacks by their relatives. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup ) Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 214

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Plain clothed police officers detain a man who was trying to set up a tent to mourn and commemorate the fighters killed in Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani , in southern Turkish city of Adana, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/ Hurriyet ) Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 215

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Aristides Apolo , 58 years old and unemployed, passes his belongings to his friend, Israel Plaza, as he prepares to leave after the police surrounded the apartment to evict him and his partner, in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The landlord’s loss of the apartment to a Bankia bank caused Apolo and his partner Mercedes Pincay’s eviction. Apolo , lived with 50 year old Pincay , in a foreclosed apartment that was owned by her sister who stopped paying her mortgage fees. Pincay and Apolo remained in the apartment as they could not afford to pay rent due to their financial situation as well as health issues as Pincay is recovering from breast cancer. The eviction was carried out. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki ) Dec. 15 , 2014 December 18, 2014 216 THE END

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