2014-Images of DECEMBER - Dec 16 - Dec. 23

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2014-Images of DECEMBER Dec. 16 – Dec . 23 December 27, 2014 1 2014 – Images of DECEMBER Dec. 16 – Dec. 23 PPS: chieuquetoi , vinhbinh2010 Click to continue

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TOPSHOTS A woman walks pushing a pram between the rubble of destroyed buildings in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma on December 13, 2014. Douma , a rebel bastion northeast of Damascus, has been under government siege for more than a year, with residents facing dwindling food and medical supplies. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANYABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images Dec. 13 , 2014 Click to continue December 27, 2014 2

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Photographer Toby Melville Location LONDON, United Kingdom Reuters / Sunday, December 14, 2014 Rolene Strauss of South Africa (C) is crowned Miss World 2014, as Elizabeth Safrit of the U.S. (R) and Edina Kulczar of Hungary (L) who placed third and second respectively, look on at the ExCel Centre in east London, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville December 27, 2014 3 Dec. 14 , 2014

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Foreign tourists walk on a small beach with fallen big trees and damage still visible from the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, in Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world's most beautiful beaches into mass graves. REUTERS/ Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) Dec. 14 , 2014 Click to continue December 27, 2014 4

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Eastchester Bay at sunset behind the Manhattan, New York, on December 15, 2014. December 27, 2014 5 Dec. 15 , 2014 Click to continue

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Photographer Kim Kyung Hoon Location BEIJING, China Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A man walks past the hoarding of a construction site in Beijing, China, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung- Hoon Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 7 Click to continue

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Photographer David Mdzinarishvili Location TBILISI, Georgia Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 8

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Photographer Fayaz Aziz Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Relatives of a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, comfort each other outside Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Fayaz Aziz Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 9

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A soldier escorts schoolchildren from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 10

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Schoolchildren cross a road as they move away from a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 11

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A Pakistani soldier takes up a position above a road near a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 12

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Photographer Stringer Pakistan Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Men move bodies of students, who were killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in an ambulance outside a hospital in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 13

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 14

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Photographer Fayaz Aziz Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Pakistani security forces drive on a road leading to the Army Public School, which is under attack from Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Fayaz Aziz Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 15

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Photographer Stringer Pakistan Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Policemen (L) and civilians move a soldier, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in an ambulance outside a hospital in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 16

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Schoolchildren stand outside after being rescued from the Army Public School that in under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 17

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Photographer Toby Melville Location LONDON, United Kingdom Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Workers cross the Millenium Bridge during the morning rush hour in the City of London in London, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 18

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A man talks on a phone, with his arm around a student, outside a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 19

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Men carry the coffin of a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, during a funeral in Peshawar December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 20

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Policemen stand beside empty coffins at the hospital after an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 21

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A Pakistani man comforts a student standing at the bedside of a boy who was injured in a Taliban attack on a school, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing more than 100, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in over a year.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad ) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 22

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 23

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Photographer Akhtar Soomro Location KARACHI, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A man lights candles to mourn the victims from the Army Public School in Peshawar, which was attack by Taliban gunmen, in Karachi, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 24

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Photographer Navesh Chitrakar Location Kathmandu, Nepal Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Children watch pigeons take flight at Bashantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Navesh Chitrakar Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 25

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Hanging ropes are displayed as part of an installation seeking death penalty for rapists on the second anniversary of the deadly gang rape of a student on a bus, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The case sparked public outrage and helped make womenís safety a common topic of conversation in a country where rape is often viewed as a womanís personal shame to bear. (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 26

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Anti-government demonstrators fall to the ground during clashes with national police officers during a protest calling for the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Haiti's capital has endured a growing number of demonstrations in recent weeks during which protesters have demanded the holding of elections that were expected in 2011 and the resignations of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as well as President Michel Martelly . Lamothe resigned over the weekend. (AP Photo/ Dieu Nalio Chery) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 27

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Ava Exelbirt hugs one of the remaining horses at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Ava lost the horse she rode to poisoned feed on Monday. There's nothing that can be done to save 18 poisoned horses at a Florida equestrian center, so their young riders are holding "spa days" to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days. Four horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center have died since October because of contaminated feed, and the owners of the rest are struggling to accept the approaching deaths of the others. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 28

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An electronic board shows exchange rates for the Dollar, top, and the Euro, bottom, next to a luxury St. Petersburg china's shop in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The exchange bureau used the double zero to show the 100 ruble threshold that the euro crossed against the ruble on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko ) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 29

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Morning fog engulfs a village outside Izbasesti , Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Severe fog affected large areas of Romania causing traffic disruptions. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda ) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 30

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A diver in Santa costume feeds fish as part of upcoming Christmas celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian ) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 31

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Indians from various tribes argue with police blocking them from entering the Chamber of Deputies where lawmakers are debating the authority to demarcate indigenous lands at Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Brazil's indigenous don't agree with a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to decide their ancestral land's legal borders, in place of the Ministry of Justice with whom negotiations had already started years ago. Brazilians are legally allowed to watch lawmakers' debate, but police at the scene said they didn't allow the indigenous to enter on suspicion that they would interrupt the debate. (AP Photo/ Eraldo Peres) Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 32

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Photographer Eric Gaillard Location NICE, France Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 People stand in the mist as they look at a replica of the casino along the Promenade jetty as part of the Christmas holiday illuminations in Nice December 16, 2014. Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 33

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Photographer David Gray Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Members of the public stand behind a note that can be seen among floral tributes that have been placed near the cafe where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney, Australia, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 34

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Photographer Kevork Djansezian Location LOS ANGELES, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Lawyers, law students, legal staff and victims of police brutality participate in a "die-In" during a protest in front of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, California December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Kevork Djansezian Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 35

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Photographer POOL New Location London, United Kingdom Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, helps a blindfolded boy, Fynley Gooch, 7, ice a cake as she promotes disability awareness while meeting with children at the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in east London December 16, 2014. Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 36

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Philippine Catholics attend the traditional Misa de Gallo (Dawn Mass) in front of a church in Las Pinas city, south of Manila. December 27, 2014 37 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Recording artist Carrie Underwood performs at the American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. December 27, 2014 38 Dec. 16 , 2014

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French President Francois Hollande ( centre ) arrives to visit a school during a trip to the Pas-de-Calais, in Boulogne-sur-Mer . December 27, 2014 39 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Construction continues at the White House, a $20m (£13m) villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb being developed in Erbil, Iraq . December 27, 2014 40 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Property managers work to clear drains to minimise flooding at a client's home in Pebble Beach, California, following heavy rains and high winds. December 27, 2014 41 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A child looks at a statue of Paddington bear, outside British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence at 10 Downing Street, in central London, as children and their families arrive for the charity Christmas party. December 27, 2014 42 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A man adds a bunch of flowers to a growing floral memorial outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Central Business District, where a gunman held customers hostage for 16 hours. The siege ended as the police moved in, resulting in the deaths of three people, including the hostage-taker. A miner pushes a bathtub loaded with coal out of an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez December 27, 2014 43 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Robert Galbraith Location SAN FRANCISCO, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Waves crash against a sea wall in San Francisco Bay beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith December 27, 2014 44 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A miner pushes a bathtub loaded with coal out of an illegal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez . December 27, 2014 45 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Survivors after being attacked with acid joined candlelight vigils against violence against women occurs two years anniversary of service a female student was raped to death on a bus, in New Delhi, India. December 27, 2014 46 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Spanish police solve a woman arrested in Melilla. The Moroccan and Spanish police have arrested seven people in a sweeping ongoing joint efforts to prevent suspected to recruit women to Syria and Iraq in support of the war the Group Islamic State, the Spanish Interior Ministry said. December 27, 2014 47 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A plainclothes security officer escorts pupils rescued from an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, where at least 126 people, mostly children, have been killed in a Taliban assault. December 27, 2014 48 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Pupils Mohammad Baqair was the home comfort while mourns death of parents as teachers at a school in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. The Taliban gunmen attacked this school due to the military operations in Pakistan's Northwest, killing more than 100 people, officials said. December 27, 2014 49 Dec. 16 , 2014

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ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar December 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, military officials said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (PAKISTAN - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) December 27, 2014 50 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A policeman stands beside empty coffins at the hospital after an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar December 16, 2014. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (PAKISTAN - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) December 27, 2014 51 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack in a school, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad ) December 27, 2014 52 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Pakistani security forces take positions following an attack at the Army run school, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 16 December 2014. Pakistani commandos are fighting Taliban militants who have killed at least 126 people and taken hundreds of students and teachers hostage at a military-run school, officials said. 'The operation is under way' in the north-western city of Peshawar, said Pervaiz Khattak , chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. 'Intense gun fighting is taking place inside the school.' The area was cordoned off and helicopters were flying overhead. The death toll may go up as militants have shot many other students in an auditorium at a school, a military statement said. EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB December 27, 2014 53 Dec. 16 , 2014

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School children rescued by the security forces leave following an attack at the Army run school, in Peshawar Pakistan, 16 December 2014. Pakistani commandos are fighting Taliban militants who have killed at least 126 people and taken hundreds of students and teachers hostage at a military-run school, officials said. 'The operation is under way' in the north-western city of Peshawar, said Pervaiz Khattak , chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. 'Intense gun fighting is taking place inside the school.' The area was cordoned off and helicopters were flying overhead. EPA/BILAWAL ARBAB December 27, 2014 54 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Troops were mobilised after militants wearing security uniforms entered the Army Public School and began firing on students. Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 55

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A security guard helps a student after a gun attack at a school in Peshawar The injured were ferried to hospitals in the city. Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 56

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A Taliban spokesman said the assault was in response to recent army operations, in which hundreds of militants have died. Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 57

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The local hospitals were full of distraught parents Dec. 16 , 2014 December 27, 2014 58

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Pakistani soldiers move bodies of victims who were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked an Army run school, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 16 December 2014. Pakistani commandos are fighting Taliban militants who have killed at least 126 people and taken hundreds of students and teachers hostage at a military-run school, officials said. 'The operation is under way' in the north-western city of Peshawar, said Pervaiz Khattak , chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. 'Intense gun fighting is taking place inside the school.' The area was cordoned off and helicopters were flying overhead. Those killed included 19 teenage students, Khattak said. The death toll may go up as militants have shot many other students in an auditorium at a school, a military statement said. EPA/ARSHAD ARBAB December 27, 2014 59 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Pakistani soldiers transport rescued school children from the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan December 16 in one of the country's bloodiest attacks in recent years. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEEDA Majeed /AFP/Getty Images December 27, 2014 60 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A Pakistani man comforts a student standing at the bedside of a boy who was injured in a Taliban attack on a school, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in over a year.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad ) December 27, 2014 61 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A wounded Pakistani student receives treatment at a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan December 16 in one of the country's bloodiest attacks in recent years. AFP PHOTO/ A MAJEEDA Majeed /AFP/Getty Images December 27, 2014 62 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A burnt lamp is seen inside a damaged house in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh December 27, 2014 63 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Dado Ruvic Location VITEZ, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A miner rests while others dig inside an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic December 27, 2014 64 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A Sierra Leonean doctor practises wearing protective clothing in the Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner December 27, 2014 65 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Tuesday , December 16, 2014 Members of the public observe the thousands of floral tributes left near the site of the Sydney cafe siege in Martin Place, Australia, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed December 27, 2014 66 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Lucas Jackson Location JALALABAD, Afghanistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment cover their faces as a Blackhawk helicopter takes off during a mission for Brigadier General Christopher Bentley to inspect an Afghan National police installation in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson December 27, 2014 67 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Brad Larrison Location Pennsburg, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Police SWAT officers search for Bradley William Stone, 35, an Iraq war veteran suspected of fatally shooting and stabbing six family members in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Brad Larrison December 27, 2014 68 Dec. 16 , 2014

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Photographer Srdjan Zivulovic Location Ljubljana, Slovenia Reuters / Tuesday , December 16, 2014 A member of the special police forces dressed in a Santa Claus suit waves to staff as he descends from the roof of a pediatrics clinic in Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Srdjan Zivulovic December 27, 2014 69 Dec. 16 , 2014

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A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis 78th birthday, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter's Square for a milonga to mark Pope Francis' 78th birthday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Dec. 17 , 2014 December 27, 2014 71

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The Palestinian youths on a small fishing boat at sunset in Gaza City. December 27, 2014 72 Dec. 17 , 2014

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A student who is a Shia Imamia students organization in protests in Karachi against the attack of the war on the Taliban to a school operated by the army in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday, Pakistan. December 27, 2014 73 Dec. 17 , 2014

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The clown-shaped photograph of London's South Bank, UK December 27, 2014 74 Dec. 17 , 2014

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A white beluga whales Noel old hat to attract visitors at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise water in Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan. December 27, 2014 75 Dec. 17 , 2014

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A dinosaur specimen hats and gloves, the old man Noel in Jurassic Park is located in the Taiga Royev Ruchey Zoo in the suburbs of the city of Krasnoyarsk in the Siberian region of Russia. December 27, 2014 76 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Indian schoolboys offer prayers for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for more than 141 people, most of them children, a day after seven Taliban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, stormed the army public school. (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool ) December 27, 2014 77 Dec. 17 , 2014

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An honor guard waits for the start of the 47th Mercosur Summit in Parana, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ Natacha Pisarenko ) December 27, 2014 78 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Members of the European Parliament take part in a vote, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, in favor of a resolution on recognition of the statehood of Palestine at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. The European Parliament has stopped short of pushing for outright recognition of a Palestinian state, and instead is urging renewed peace talks. Legislators voted 498 to 88 on Wednesday in favor of a compromise resolution supporting “in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood”, but as part of a two-state solution. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz) December 27, 2014 79 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Students watch a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba’s President Raul Castro about the country’s restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of sovereignty, but that the countries have to learn to live with their differences “in a civilized manner.” (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) December 27, 2014 80 Dec. 17 , 2014

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A poster for the movie “The Interview” is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of “The Interview” in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman) December 27, 2014 81 Dec. 17 , 2014

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A visitor walks beside “Grotto inside the Horizon”, part of the exhibition “Contact” of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson , at the Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. Olafur Eliasson said in the presentation that “Contact is not a picture, it is not a representation; it is about your ability to reach out, connect, and perhaps even put yourself in another person’s place”. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) December 27, 2014 82 Dec. 17 , 2014

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A picture inset shows the House with Christmas decorations lights in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg- Heimfeld , Moenchengladbach , Olching and Stolberg in Germany. December 27, 2014 83 Dec. 17 , 2014

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The soldiers of the people's Liberation Army of China during a training session in the forecast in freezing temperatures in Heihe city, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province December 27, 2014 84 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A grave digger watches as health workers carry the body of an Ebola victim for burial at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner December 27, 2014 85 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Kevin Lamarque Location WASHINGTON, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference at a law firm in Washington December 17, 2014. Cuba released Alan Gross earlier in the day after five years in prison. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque December 27, 2014 86 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A woman prays for Zulfiqar , 45, a teacher who survived an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, as he lies on a hospital bed in Peshawar December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 27, 2014 87 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Brendan McDermid Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen attends the launch event for the new Blackberry Classic smartphone in New York, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid December 27, 2014 88 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Toby Melville Location ALDERSHOT, United Kingdom Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 British Army soccer team captain Sergeant Keith Emmerson (R) and his German counterpart, Bundeswehr captain Alfred Hess (L), stand with match officials and mascots wearing World War I uniforms at Aldershot Town FC stadium in Aldershot in south England, December 17, 2014. The two teams were playing each other in a 'Game of Truce' soccer match, commemorating 100 years since the famous peaceful interlude to fighting in World War I... more December 27, 2014 89 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Pope Francis blew off the candle on the cake celebrates his 78th birthday when he came to the general audience sessions every week in the square of St. Peter in the Vatican. December 27, 2014 90 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Noor Khamis Location NAIROBI, Kenya Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed residential building in Makongeni estate in Kenya's capital Nairobi December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Noor Khamis December 27, 2014 91 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 A mother mourns her son Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at her house in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 27, 2014 92 Dec. 17 6 , 2014

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Pakistan army soldier stands guard at a school attacked by Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan mourned as the nation prepares for mass funerals Wednesday for over 140 people, most of them children, killed in the Taliban massacre in a military-run school in the country’s northwest in the deadliest and most horrific attacks in years, officials said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash ) December 27, 2014 93 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Fayaz Aziz Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Shoes lie in blood on the auditorium floor at the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Fayaz Aziz December 27, 2014 94 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Fayaz Aziz Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 People carry the coffin of a male student who was killed in Tuesday's attack on the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, during his funeral in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Fayaz Aziz December 27, 2014 95 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Mohsin Raza Location LAHORE, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 People hold funeral prayers for the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Mohsin Raza December 27, 2014 96 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Books lie in blood on the auditorium floor at the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 27, 2014 97 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 An army soldier stands inside the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 27, 2014 98 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 An army soldier stands in the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 27, 2014 99 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Zohra Bensemra Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Burnt books lie on the floor at the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 27, 2014 100 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 People light candles in memory of victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School, along with others in a rally in Peshawar, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez December 27, 2014 101 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Ilya Naymushin Location KRASNOYARSK, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, walks with Knopka , a Cameroon dwarf goat, through the "Dinosaurs Park", located in the Taiga area at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the suburbs of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Ilya Naymushin December 27, 2014 102 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Edgar Su Location SINGAPORE, Singapore Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Storm clouds gather over Shell's Pulau Bukom oil refinery in Singapore December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su December 27, 2014 103 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Noah Berger Location BERKELEY, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kyle McCoy addresses the Berkeley City Council meeting in Berkeley, California December 16, 2014. Dozens of people spoke before the council to condemn police tactics, including teargas and non-lethal projectiles, used against anti-police brutality demonstrators. McCoy said he was arrested that night and faces a felony charge for assault with a deadly weapon. REUTERS/Noah Berger December 27, 2014 104 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Russell Cheyne Location EDINBURGH, United Kingdom Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Tian Tian , a giant panda eats a special Christmas panda cake crafted in the shape of a Christmas tree in the outdoor enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo ,Scotland December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne December 27, 2014 105 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Carlos Barria Location MIAMI, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A anti-Castro Cuban exile reacts after the announcement of restoring diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States, at an area knows as 'Little Havana' in downtown Miami, Florida December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria December 27, 2014 106 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Pilar Olivares Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A bride from the Santa Marta slum is escorted by a police officer to her group wedding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 17, 2014. A total of 16 couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony organized by the Police Peacekeeping Unit (UPP) as part of activities geared towards social enhancement of the slums. REUTERS/ Pilar Olivares December 27, 2014 107 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Thomas Mukoya Location NAIROBI, Kenya Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed residential building in Makongeni estate in Nairobi, Kenya, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya December 27, 2014 108 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Stringer Turkey Location ANKARA, Turkey Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Security officers (L) scuffle with students during a protest outside the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, December 17, 2014. Opposition groups held anti-government protests in Ankara and across Turkey on the first anniversary of the corruption probe which became public with police raids on December 17 last year, and led to the resignation of three ministers and prompted Erdogan to purge the state apparatus, reassigning...more December 27, 2014 109 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Kim Hong- Ji Location SEOUL, South Korea Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Cho Hyun-ah (C), also known as Heather Cho, daughter of Korean Air Lines Chairman Cho Yang-ho, arrives at the Seoul Western District Prosecutor's Office in Seoul December 17, 2014. South Korea's transport ministry said it would report to prosecutors Heather Cho, a former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight earlier this month because she was unhappy about how she was served nuts. REUTERS/Kim Hong- Ji December 27, 2014 110 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A signage is seen posted on the box office window at the Sunshine Cinema in New York December 17, 2014. The New York premiere of "The Interview", a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly December 27, 2014 111 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Adama Tarawallie reacts near her husband Ibrahim, 31, a suspected Ebola victim, as they wait to be transported from Devils Hole North, west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner December 27, 2014 112 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Danish Ismail Location SRINAGAR, India Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays inside a mosque at the shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoomi during a festival in Srinagar, Indian-Administered Kashmir December 17, 2014. Hundreds of Kashmiri Muslims who believe in Sufism - a mystical form of Islam - visited the shrine of Makhdoomi to offer prayers on his birth anniversary. REUTERS/Danish Ismail December 27, 2014 113 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Suhaib Salem Location GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Palestinian members of al- Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, descend while being harnessed to zip lines as smoke engulfs a building during a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Suhaib Salem December 27, 2014 114 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer MAXIM ZMEYEV Location MOSCOW, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Gerard Depardieu attends a ceremony and news conference to present the watch from the line 'Proud to be Russian', promoted by the actor, in Moscow, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev December 27, 2014 115 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Michael Dalder Location BENEDIKTBEUERN, Germany Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A general view from the top of the 6030 feet high Wendelstein mountain shows the Alps and surrounding mountains on December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder December 27, 2014 116 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer MAXIM ZMEYEV Location Moscow, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Mannequins are seen on the floor outside a shop in an underground passage in Moscow, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev December 27, 2014 117 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Ailina Tsarnaev , sister of the accused Boston Marathon Bombing brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev , appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York December 17, 2014. Ailina Tsarnaev faced court on charges of aggravated harassment for making a bomb threat against her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly December 27, 2014 118 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Reuters / Wednesday, December 17, 2014 A grave digger sleeps near the graves of Ebola victims at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner December 27, 2014 119 Dec. 17 , 2014

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Rebels fighter watching the movements of regime forces through a window, in Aleppo,on December 17, 2014. (Photo by Karam Almasri / NurPhoto Dec. 17 , 2014 December 27, 2014 120

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People pass a poster calling for the release of the Cuban Five spies, the last of who were released on Wednesday, in Havana, Dec. 18, 2014. For many Cubans, the shift by the U.S. to pursue normalized relations confirmed that Fidel Castro, perhaps by his own design, is slipping further into the past, into history, at a time when his approach to the United States seems to be fading as well. (Meredith Kohut /The New York Times) Dec. 18 , 2014 December 27, 2014 122

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People have left thousands of floral tributes for hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson who died, along with the gunman, as police commandos stormed a cafe in Martin Place in the heart of Sydney early on Tuesday morning. December 27, 2014 123 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A man arrives with flowers in Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 18. Tens of thousands paid tribute to the two victims of the Martin Place siege. December 27, 2014 124 Dec. 18 , 2014

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One bride sits while another is made-up while waiting for a community wedding of 16 couples from the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . December 27, 2014 125 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Afghan workers pick saffron flowers in the Ghoriyan District of Herat where about 6,000 people, two-thirds of them women, are employed in saffron farming . December 27, 2014 126 Dec. 18 , 2014

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President Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia's under-fire currency, the rouble , will stabilise , but warned the economic crisis could last two years. Mr Putin insisted the nation's currency reserves were sufficient to keep the economy stable, saying the central bank should not "burn" its $419bn reserves. December 27, 2014 127 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer MAXIM ZMEYEV Location MOSCOW, Russia Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev December 27, 2014 128 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Wardrobe assistant Luisa Compobassi puts the finishing touches to a new wax figure of US actress Jennifer Lawrence dressed as the character Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games film franchise as it is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in central London . December 27, 2014 129 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Members of the Winchester Cathedral Choir skate on the Cathedral's ice rink. December 27, 2014 130 Dec. 18 , 2014

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World leaders welcomed an historic move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations, frozen since the 1960s. US President Barack Obama said the "rigid and outdated policy" of isolating Cuba since then had clearly failed and that it was time for a new approach. Here a musician is pictured in Cuba's capital, Havana. December 27, 2014 131 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Riot police suppress the demonstrators protested a new law on security, outside the houses of Parliament in Nairobi, Kenya. December 27, 2014 132 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Christmas lights in the event "Luci d'Artista " (artist's light in Salerno) in Salerno, southern Italy. the theme of the event 2014-2015 is the northern light and Fairy Tales. December 27, 2014 133 Dec. 18 , 2014

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In the photograph published yesterday, Prince Harry of Britain for the kids to see picture taken during a visit to a school for the boys herding by the charity Sentebale in Mokhotlong , Lesotho. Prince Harry to visit Lesotho to inspect the work of his Sentebale charity, providing medical care and education for vulnerable children in Lesotho. December 27, 2014 134 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Afghan students learn outdoors in the District of Mohmand Dara District of Eastern province. December 27, 2014 135 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Cleanup workers in protective clothing in search of the asbestos fiber (asbestos) around the train station in the Centre of the city of Roermond , Netherlands. Centre of Roermond suffered from blockade and put in a State of alert after a fire causes asbestos radiate out across the city. December 27, 2014 136 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara river. December 27, 2014 137

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In the last 10 years, mobile data, smart phones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam packed train, but the warm glow from her phone tells the strangers around her that she's not really here. She manged to slip away from here, for a short moment, she's a node flickering on the social web, roaming the earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here, we're free to run away, and run we will. December 27, 2014 138

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A man removes a rested water pipe from the exterior of the Sofaer building, one of many decrepit structures from the British colonial era in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 23, 2014. These once-elegant outposts of Britainís commercial empire are now wrecks where offices rent for $20 a month. Such buildings are the crux of a battle between preservationists and developers that many see as key to Yangon's future. (Tomas Munita /The New York Times) December 27, 2014 139

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Những thành viên ban hợp ca của Giáo đường Winchester trượt băng bên ngoài nhà thờ, miền Nam nước Anh. December 27, 2014 140 Dec. 18 , 2014

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/ Oded Balilty ) December 27, 2014 141 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Philippine Military Academy cadets march during ceremonies on the 79th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila ) December 27, 2014 142 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Cuban flags are placed next to an old cash register in state bodega in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) December 27, 2014 143 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A protester against the new security law, who managed to get past heavy police cordons preventing demonstrations, shouts into a megaphone while holding the Kenyan flag outside the Parliament building in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows on changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties, with opposition legislators throwing the papers on the floor and government supporters hitting and tearing the clothes of an opposition senator. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) December 27, 2014 144 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A protestor carries a torch and a banner that reads: "No More Deaths or Beatings on the South Border", during a protest against the Public Security Law and Spanish policies on immigration in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Spain's lower house of parliament approved last Thursday the Public Security Law that allows for the summary expulsion of migrants entering the country's North African enclaves illegally. The legislation also says organizers of demonstrations outside parliament buildings and key installations that are deemed to be disturbing the peace can be fined. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki ) December 27, 2014 145 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A girl, eats by the doorway of her home, near the house of Pakistani student Nasrullah Abdullah, 17, who was killed in last Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 146 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Relatives and mourners of Pakistani student Nasrullah Abdullah, 17, who was killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, chant prayers while gathering outside his home, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 147 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A Pakistani army officer, walks in a corridor riddled with bullet marks, as a man, right, covers his nose form the smell of the blood, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 148 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A Pakistani man checks the damage inside the room of headmaster Tahira Kazi , 58, who was killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at the military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 149 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 A photograph lies on the auditorium floor of the Army Public School, which was attacked by Pakistan Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez December 27, 2014 150 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A Pakistani army officer, stands in front of a wall riddled with bullet marks, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 151 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Damages inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 152 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A wall riddled with bullet marks, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 153 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A wall riddled with bullet marks, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 154 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A Pakistani woman looks at the damage inside the Army Public School, attacked Tuesday by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at the military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 155 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Pakistani student, Mohammad Baqair , who survived last Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school and was slightly injured, poses for a picture holding a photograph of his mother a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school, at his home, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 156 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Pakistani men walk past a shoe and blood inside the Army Public School, attacked Tuesday by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at the military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 157 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A wall riddled with bullet marks and blood stains, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 158 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Pakistani students, Waqar Ahmad, left, and Uwais Naser , who survived last Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a military-run school, stand at the site, one holding a picture of their headmaster Tahira Kazi , 58, who was killed in the attack, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 159 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Pakistani Sayed Shah, shows a picture of his son Zulqarnain , 17, a student who was killed in last Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 160 Dec. 18 , 2014

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A picture showing schoolchildren playing is left on a car, inside the Army Public School attacked last Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) December 27, 2014 161 Dec. 18 , 2014

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The Doric columns of the floodlit, 5th Century BC Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis appear behind strings of Christmas street lights in Athens, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. This year's Christmas and New Year's celebrations in financially struggling Greece are overshadowed by a threatened political crisis, sparked by the election of the country's new president. The conservative-led government failed Wednesday to secure enough support for its nominee, and if the same happens in two more rounds of voting by Dec. 29, early national elections will have to be called _ just as the country is crawling out of a punishing six-year recession. (AP Photo/ Thanassis Stavrakis ) December 27, 2014 162 Dec. 18 , 2014

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An Indian child dressed as Hindu goddess Parvati to seek alms reacts to camera on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India,Thursday , Dec. 18, 2014. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi , is one of Hinduism's important centers. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) December 27, 2014 163 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Buddhist monk take pictures at a court house as they await to see New Zealand citizen Philip Blackwood after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Blackwood, general manager of the V Gastro Bar, and two Myanmar business partners have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe ) December 27, 2014 164 Dec. 18 , 2014

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The shadow of a pedestrian falls on the floor of the train station in Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko ) December 27, 2014 165 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Fayaz Aziz Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 A policeman collects blood samples as evidence on the auditorium floor at the Army Public School, which was attacked by Pakistan Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/ Fayaz Aziz December 27, 2014 166 Dec. 18 , 2014

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AFRICA’S FIRST CITY   PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of National Geographic magazine dated January 2015 and exclusively in conjunction thereof.  No copying, distribution or archiving permitted.  Sublicensing, sale or resale is prohibited.     REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: All image uses must bear the copyright notice and be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as shown in this metadata, and must be accompanied by a caption, which makes reference to NGM.  Any uses in which the image appears without proper copyright notice, photographer credit and a caption referencing NGM are subject to paid licensing.       Mandatory usage requirements: (Please note: you may select 5 branded images for online use and 3 images for print/unbranded ) 1. Include mandatory photo credit with each image: © Robin Hammond/National Geographic 2. Show the December cover of National Geographic somewhere in the post (credit: National Geographic) unless using only one image 3. Provide a prominent link to: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/lagos/hammond-photography at the top of your piece, ahead of the photos 4. Mention that the images are from "the January issue of National Geographic magazine” Photograph by Robin Hammond Thousands live and work in the sawmill district on mainland Lagos, a patchwork of workshops and shanties that twice in recent years has been devastated by fires. The towers where Nigeria’s wealth is made loom across Lagos Lagoon behind the Third Mainland Bridge. December 27, 2014 168

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location Koidu , Sierra Leone Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Bystanders stand around the body of a suspected Ebola victim lying in a street in the town of Koidu , Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner December 27, 2014 169 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Ivan Alvarado Location SANTIAGO, Chile Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 A student is detained during a demonstration near the Ministry of Education at Santiago, Chile, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado December 27, 2014 170 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Handout . Location Plum Island, United States Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Coast Guard members conduct flare training on Plum Island, Massachussetts , December 15, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class MyeongHi Clegg December 27, 2014 171 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Handout . Location Havana, Cuba Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Cuba's President Raul Castro talks with Gerardo Hernandez (L), Ramon Labanino (2nd L) and Antonio Guerrero (2nd R) in Havana, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Estudios Revolucion December 27, 2014 172 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Maxim Shemetov Location DONETSK, Ukraine Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Pro-Russian rebels adjust the radio as they prepare to listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference broadcast in Donetsk, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov December 27, 2014 173 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, Australia Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Women in angel costumes marching around the site of the Sydney cafe siege line up to receive an embrace from a man giving out 'free hugs' to those mourning the victims of the incident in Sydney's Martin Place, Australia, December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed December 27, 2014 174 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer Ammar Awad Location BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 People light candles in small caves near the Mar Saba Monastery in the Judean desert, east of the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, December 18, 2014. The Greek Orthodox monastery, which was built in the fifth century AD, currently houses some 20 monks and has been occupied almost continuously since it was founded, which, according to the Web site of Israel's tourism ministry, makes it one of the oldest inhabited monasteries... more December 27, 2014 175 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location SHENYANG, China Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 A man, whose surname is He, cuddles the body of his dead wife during a sub-zero evening in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, December 17, 2014. The man sat by the roadside while holding his wife's body for almost two hours till his son came and persuaded him to bring the body home, according to local media. The wife had just bought medicine from a pharmacy when she collapsed in a street and died of heart failure. REUTERS/Stringer December 27, 2014 176 Dec. 18 , 2014

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Thai women wade through floodwaters after heavy rains triggered flash floods in Narathiwat , Thailand, on Dec. 18 December 27, 2014 177 Dec. 18 , 2014

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People who clean the glass door dressed horses and goats working outside a hotel in Tokyo. In handing the task last year of "Zodiac", the five Horse coming through turn map wipe window for Five upcoming Smell. December 27, 2014 180 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Israeli border police detained a Palestinian protesters following prayers for the Minister Ziad Abu Ain of Palestinians, who are down right after a rally on November 10 in the village of Turmus Aya in the West Bank, when it clashed with the army near the village outside the city of Ramallah. December 27, 2014 181 Dec. 19 , 2014

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A photo taken from the roof of the tower at al- Hamra Kuwait City show at sunset. This tower is the tallest skyscraper in Kuwait and one of the 10 highest Tower in the world. December 27, 2014 182 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Proponents of the movement of cleric Fetullah Gulen gathered outside the Justice Palace in Istanbul. A Turkish Court has ordered the arrest of the Director of a television station and three others await trial on Friday for allegedly belonging to a terrorist group, in which the President publicly defended Tayyip Erdogan was a measure in response to "the dirty work" of his enemies. December 27, 2014 183 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Christmas tree is lit in the ancient city of Kaunas, Lithuania. December 27, 2014 184 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Teachers and students get into the Lotus-shaped marks 15th anniversary Special Administrative Region Macau was returned to China, in a primary school in the city of Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province in East China. December 27, 2014 185 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Gamalama mountain spewing ashes in Ternate in the Maluku islands. Indonesia temporarily shut a domestic airport after the volcano in the East of the country exploded, spewing ash and smoke flow into hundreds of meters. December 27, 2014 186 Dec. 19 , 2014

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A man portraying Santa Claus moves between cars while greeting passengers during a Polar Express holiday train ride to the "North Pole" on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Portland, Maine. The Polar Express is the largest annual fundraiser for the railroad's museum. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty ) Dec. 19 , 2014 December 27, 2014 187

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December 27, 2014 189 The streets of Kabul, one of the world’s fastest growing cities, are increasingly blocked by cars and buses. There are few road signs and many potholes and only about a quarter of Afghanistan’s useable roadway is paved. Still, Afghans are flocking to the city’s driving schools to get their licence . At a driving school on a busy street of Kabul, the walls are covered with photos of traffic signs and engine parts as the instructor teaches his students the basics of car mechanics. In the city’s private driving schools, students pay a $60 fee for a 45-day course, which includes oral and practical driving tests at the country’s Traffic Department. Some female students, including 21-year-old Kanaz pictured above during a driving lesson, complain of unwanted gazes and physical harassment on the cramped, crowded minibuses that are often the only method of urban public transport. Of the seven female drivers at the training course, two said that while they would get their driving licenses, they never planned to drive because they believe the mainly conservative society was not yet ready to accept female drivers.   Kabul, Afghanistan Mohammad Ismail Behind the wheel in Kabul

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December 27, 2014 202 Chanting " Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents . Seasoned Chechen fighters, whose combat experience often dates back to the 1994-96 and 1999-2000 wars, fight on both sides in east Ukraine, adding to the complexity of a conflict in which the West says Russian troops are involved. "This is volunteer battalion Death," deputy commander of the group who only gave his nickname "Stinger", pictured above, said in a former tourist camp the unit turned into their base outside of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in east Ukraine. "We have battlefield experience from 10 to 20 years starting from 1995," said the man, in his forties, a pistol fixed to his thigh. He had a little Chechen flag in green, white and red stitched to his cap and speaks Russian with a strong Caucasus accent. Russia sides with the rebels in east Ukraine but denies sending serving troops to reinforce them. Some fighters on the ground admit to being former Russian servicemen, or "on leave". Moscow has said any Russians fighting there are volunteers. In Ukraine, Stinger's men are sworn enemies with another group of Chechens who fight on the opposite side of the conflict and support the Kiev government troops. Some of them have Western passports after fleeing Russia following the two wars. They say Moscow is theirs and Kiev's joint enemy and that Chechnya is occupied by Russia. Some of those in the "Death" unit said they had initially fought against Russia in Chechnya but later switched sides and were amnestied by a former Kremlin-allied head of the region, Ramzan's father, Akhmet Kadyrov . "Now we are (former) soldiers and officers of the Russian army, of Russian special forces, mostly veterans of war campaigns," Stinger said. Donetsk Region, Ukraine Maxim Shemetov Chechen fighters in Ukraine

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A shopping center with Christmas decoration lights in Berlin, Germany. December 27, 2014 207 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Three of the four annual new student cheetah born in Zoo Prague, Czech Republic. December 27, 2014 208 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Javier Yanez stood on the balcony to hang the American flag and the flag of Cuba in Havana in Cuba. After Wednesday's sudden declaration of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, many people of Cuba expressed the hope that this means that they will reach out more with the jobs and the economic rise of their difficulties. December 27, 2014 209 Dec. 19 , 2014

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A little old man hats selling Indian Noel and mask a break at an intersection in the city of Bangalore, India December 27, 2014 210 Dec. 19 , 2014

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A Pakistani lawmakers placed flowers at memorials in Islamabad for the pupils and the teacher were the war on Taliban killed in a school operated by the army in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday. December 27, 2014 211 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Photographer Issei Kato Location Tokyo, Japan Reuters / Friday, December 19, 2014 Window cleaners, dressed in horse (L) and sheep costumes featuring animal signs from the Chinese zodiac calendar, work during an event promoting the year-end and new year at a hotel in the business district of Tokyo December 19, 2014. The year of 2014 is the year of the horse and 2015 is the year of the sheep according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. REUTERS/ Issei Kato December 27, 2014 212 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Photographer Lucas Jackson Location JALALABAD, Afghanistan Reuters / Friday, December 19, 2014 The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson December 27, 2014 213 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Photographer Stringer . Location Havana, Cuba Reuters / Thursday, December 18, 2014 Samples of products for sale are seen in a subsidized store, or "bodega" where Cubans can buy basic products with a ration book they receive annually from the government, in Havana December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer December 27, 2014 214 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Photographer Antara Photo Agency Location BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia Reuters / Friday, December 19, 2014 Soldiers and rescue team members find the dead bodies of a mother and her child after a landslide at Sampang village in Banjarnegara , Indonesia, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/ Idhad Zakaria /Antara Foto December 27, 2014 215 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Photographer Damir Sagolj Location Khao Lak, Thailand Reuters / Friday, December 19, 2014 Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept over a mile inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand's Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. REUTERS/ Damir Sagolj December 27, 2014 216 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Photographer Surapan Boonthamon Location Narathiwat , Thailand Reuters / Friday, December 19, 2014 Locals watch from the beach as waves hit an Indonesian tanker that ran aground near Narathiwat in southern Thailand December 19, 2014. REUTERS/ Surapan Boonthanom December 27, 2014 217 Dec. 19 , 2014

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Gene Desrosiers , dressed as Santa Claus, rides his scooter down Sconticut Neck Rd., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Fairhaven, Mass. (AP Photo/Standard Times, Peter Pereira) Dec. 19 , 2014 December 27, 2014 218

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In this Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 photo, a worker dressed as a Santa Claus descends on the cable to deliver gifts to tourists in the cable car ahead of Christmas Day celebrations at a scenic zone in Pingjiang county in south China's Hunan province. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT Dec. 20 , 2014 December 27, 2014 219

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location New York, United States Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Donna Salvaggio (L) and a woman who gave her name as Reverend Jordan hug at a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 221

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Photographer Lucas Jackson Location GARDEZ, Afghanistan Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment waits for a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade to land after an advising mission at the Afghan National Army headquarters for the 203rd Corps in the Paktia province of Afghanistan December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 222

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 The body of a suspected Ebola victim awaits burial in a grave at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 223

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Photographer Antara Photo Agency Location AMBON, Indonesia Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Two foreign flagged fishing boats registered in Papua New Guinea are destroyed by the Indonesian Navy after they were seized earlier for supposedly illegal fishing off the coast of Ambon, Maluku December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Antara Foto / Izaac Mulyawan Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 224

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Photographer Anis Mili Location Tunis, Tunisia Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Supporters of the Nidaa Tounes (Call for Tunisia) secular party movement wave the national flag and shout slogans amidst lighted flares outside Nidaa Tounes in Tunis December 21, 2014. Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in a run-off election, which is seen as the final step to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El- Abidine Ben Ali. REUTERS/ Anis Mili Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 225

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location New York, United States Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton holds up his phone as he plays what he calls a threatening voicemail message he says he received following the fatal shooting of two police officers, in the Brooklyn borough of New York December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 226

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Photographer Stringer . Location GUATEMALA, Mexico Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Guatemalan firefighter Hector Chacon, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, rappels down the Belize bridge to give toys to children living under the bridge, in Guatemala City, December 21, 2014. Chacon has arranged for firefighters to dress as Santa Claus and give out toys during Christmas to children living in the poor neighbourhood under the bridge for the past 17 years. REUTERS/Josue Decavele Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 227

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Photographer Stringer . Location SINJAR, Iraq Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 People from the minority Yazidi sect pass a destroyed military vehicle belonging to Islamic State militant at Mount Sinjar , in the town of Sinjar , Iraq, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 228

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Photographer William Hong Location CHONGFU, China Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A boy rides his bicycle over the fur of raccoon dogs at a fur market in Chongfu township, Zhejiang province, December 20, 2014. Chongfu township, which houses over 100,000 residents in Eastern China's Zhejiang province, is known as the biggest fur design, research, production and export centre in China. REUTERS/William Hong Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 229

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Photographer Stringer . Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Injured children wait in a field hospital after what activists said was was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/ Badra Mamet Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 230

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location SHANGHAI, China Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Dog Xiaoniu dressed in clothes walks across a street with its owner (not pictured) in Shanghai, China, December 19, 2014. According to local media, Xiaoniu accompanies its owner to the food market everyday and is able to walk with its hind legs for up to about an hour. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 231

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Photographer Jon Nazca Location ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA, Spain Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A man dressed as King Herod yawns next to his harem as they take part in a re-enactment of the nativity scene, in Arcos de la Frontera , near Cadiz, Spain, late December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jon Nazca Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 232

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Photographer Radu Sigheti Location BUCHAREST, Romania Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A woman poses inside a hole in a large Romanian flag during the 25th anniversary of the country's 1989 revolution in central Bucharest December 21, 2014. REUTERS/ Radu Sigheti Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 233

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Photographer Mohamed Azakir Location BEIRUT, Lebanon Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Relatives react upon the arrival of the bodies of Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash, at Beirut international airport December 21, 2014. The Air Algerie flight crashed in July en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 234

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A member of the clergy reads from the Bible to Ebola Patients in the recovery wing of the Hastings Ebola treatment centre in a neighbourhood in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/ Baz Ratner Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 235

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Photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Location RAFAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A Palestinian man, hoping to cross into Egypt, stands behind a fence as he waits at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip December 21, 2014. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 236

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Photographer Erik de Castro Location MANILA, Philippines Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Female members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) hold their service pistols that are covered with tape during the sealing of the muzzles of firearms at the National Capital Region Police Office in Taguig , Metro Manila, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 237

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Photographer Mohsin Raza Location LAHORE, Pakistan Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 Pakistani Christians take part in a service to pray for victims of the attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar, at the Cathedral Church in Lahore, Pakistan, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/ Mohsin Raza Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 238

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Photographer Eric Gaillard Location MONACO, Monaco Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A swimmer is seen before the traditional Christmas season swim in Monaco December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 239

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US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the shooting dead of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a man who later killed himself. The officers were killed while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn. New York's police chief said they were "targeted for their uniform". Here people gather around a memorial to them. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 241

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Toy animals are removed from the entrance of the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks, south of the city of Hilversum in the Netherlands, where the bodies of victims of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 are being identified. A selection of the weather-damaged tributes will be cleaned and then stored. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 242

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Standing 85m (279ft) tall and featuring more than 3m light bulbs, the world's largest floating Christmas tree sits in the harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 243

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Visitors look on as an elephant and calf cross a road inside Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. According to park officials, Hwange is home to more than 53,000 elephants . Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 244

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A stage artist from India's National School of Drama performs in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Ratan Thiyam , during the North-Eastern Theatre Festival in Bangalore. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 245

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Druids gather for a winter solstice ritual marking the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere on Beacon Hill near Loughborough, England. Freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon competes in Beijing, China Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 246

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Mac Bohonnon of the US competes in the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup team aerials event in Beijing, China. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 247

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Fire-fighters extinguish a blaze on a fairground ride at the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany. According to the city's fire department, nobody was injured. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 248

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (left) Gets the activists throw chips and sprays the mayonnaise in a protest against the Government of the feminist group LilithS (formerly a branch in Belgium of the Femen group) in a press conference at the Cercle de Wallonie in Namur. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 249

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Farmers confront riot police at the Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar. A woman was shot and killed during the Suppression of the protesters at the copper mine was China backed the controversial, in the words of activists and an opposition legislator. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 251

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The ticket seller of Raquel Carrasco (middle) holding the plate with the winning number in the lottery of Christmas "El Gordo" of Spain while employees open champagne in La Eliana near the city of Valencia. The total value of 2.4 billion euros in prizes is divided into thousands of cash prizes for the hundreds who have the numbers to win. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 252

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A chicken stone waited until his next fight in Havana, Cub Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 253

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The Sun emits the flare light, taken back to wet plaster through the telescope of the NASA on December 19, 2014. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 254

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Decorative lights stuck on the tree to celebrate Christmas and the new year coming in the garden Than in Gapyeong , South Korea. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 255

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A sea lion balancing with a Christmas tree on the nose during a demonstration at a water park in Tokyo, Japan. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 256

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A couple stand beside Puente La Reina bridge, at Saint James pilgrim way, which crosses the Arga River surrounded by fog, in Puente la Reina northern Spain, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 257

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Chinese guard of honor members are reflected on the floor as they rehearse for a welcome ceremony for visiting Thailand's Prayuth Chan- ocha Prime Minister at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 258

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Portraits of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, with the words in Spanish "Chavez our best friend" hangs alongside images of Cuban Five, center, and Cuba's President Raul Castro, right, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. After the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would resume diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961, President Raul Castro said he still wants an end to the trade embargo that has choked off commerce to the island. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 259

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Orangutan in the cage at the Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 260

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The orangutan named Sandra looks through a window at a journalist inside her enclosure at Buenos Aires' Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. An Argentine court has ruled that Sandra, who has spent 20 years at the zoo, should be recognized as a person with a right to freedom. The ruling would free Sandra from captivity and have her transferred to a sanctuary in Brazil after a court recognized the primate as a "non-human person" which has some basic human rights. (AP Photo/ Natacha Pisarenko ) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 261

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Elderly Pakistani Mina Hussein, wrapping herself with a shawl to shield from the cold, sits on the ground waiting for food donations at a distribution center in a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 262

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Indian school childern perform Surya Namaskar or sun salutation during " Yogathon 2014", as part of countrywide challenge of performing 108 rounds of sun salutation at a school in Chennai, India, Monday, Dec.22, 2014. The United Nations General Assembly has adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as ìInternational Day of Yogaî . (AP Photo/ Arun Sankar K.) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 263

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The motorcade carrying President Barack Obama travels through the rain en route to Marine Corps Base Hawaii where the President is going to the gym, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Kailua, Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 264

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Farmers confront an earth-mover, owned by the Chines mining company, from moving forward as riot police gather at Letpadaung copper-mine, Monywa in northwestern Myanmar Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at the controversial Chinese-backed copper mine, activists and an opposition lawmaker said. Khin San Hlaing , a lawmaker from the National League for Democracy party, said the confrontation at the Letpadaung copper-mine project, a joint venture between a Myanmar military-controlled holding company and China's Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd., occurred as police and Chinese workers erected a fence on land that the villagers claimed as theirs. (AP Photo) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 265

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A picture made available on 22 December 2014 shows South Korea's Bukhan San Mountain Rescue Police caption Kim Chang- Gon , wearing a Santa Claus costume, while rock-climbing during an event marking the Christmas holiday season on Buckhan mountain near Seoul, South Korea, 21 December 2014. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 266

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Photographer Stringer . Location GLASGOW, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Rescue services personnel walk past a refuse truck that crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow, in Scotland December 22, 2014. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 267

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion move along a trench in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus December 22, 2014. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 268

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Photographer Mark Makela Location Philadelphia, United States Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Using his walking staff as a makeshift hockey stick, Michael Grant, 28, "Philly Jesus," skates at Rothman Ice Rink in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. Nearly everyday for the last 8 months, Grant has dressed as Jesus Christ, and walked the streets of Philadelphia to share the Christian gospel by example. He quickly acquired the nickname of "Philly Jesus," which he has gone by ever since. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 269

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Photographer Fayaz Aziz Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Grandmother (R) and mother of Muhammad Ali Khan, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on Army Public School, react during a visit by Imran Khan (L), chairman of Pakistan Tehrik -e- Insaf (PTI) political party, at the school in Peshawar December 22, 2014. REUTERS Fayaz Aziz Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 270

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Photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Location RAFAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A Palestinian boy, hoping to cross into Egypt with his family, looks out a car window as he waits at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip December 22, 2014. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 271

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Photographer Tony Gentile Location ROME, Italy Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Italian collector Domenico Agostinelli works in his museum in Dragona , near Rome, Italy, November 4, 2014. Agostinelli , 74, has a passion that has led him over the past 60 years to pick up and collect things of all types, from antique art to everyday objects of the past and present. REUTERS/Tony Gentile Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 272

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Russian currency dropped to 100 rubles to one euro, more then 25 per cent per a day. The continued drop in the price of crude oil and Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis are being blamed for plunging the rouble to a record low against dollar and euro. (Photo by Valya Egorshin / NurPhoto ) Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 273

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Photographer Stringer . Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rebel fighters walk around al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern province of Idlib , December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 16-22 , 2014 The Syrian front The Syrian front December 27, 2014 274

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Photographer Stringer . Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rebel fighters walk around al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern province of Idlib , December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 16 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 275

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Photographer Stringer . Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rebel fighters walk around al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern province of Idlib , December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 16 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 276

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Photographer Stringer . Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rebel fighters rest near the frontline during their fight against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al- Malah area, in Aleppo's countryside, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz Dec. 16 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 277

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Photographer Stringer . Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rebel fighters stand near tanks inside al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern province of Idlib , December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 16 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 278

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Photographer Stringer . Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Rebel fighters rest near the frontline during their fight against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al- Malah area, in Aleppo's countryside, December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz Dec. 16 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 279

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Saturday, December 20, 2014 Ahrar al-Sham Islamic fighters rest near a checkpoint beside al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the southern Idlib countryside, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 20 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 280

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Saturday, December 20, 2014 Ahrar al-Sham Islamic fighters carry a fellow fighter who was killed in airstrikes around al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the southern Idlib countryside, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 20 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 281

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Saturday, December 20, 2014 Ahrar al-Sham Islamic fighters run for cover after a fellow fighter was injured from airstrikes around al- Hamidiyeh base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the southern Idlib countryside, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 20 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 282

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Photographer Stringer . Location QAMISHLI, Syria Reuters / Saturday, December 20, 2014 A Kurdish People's Protection Units fighter hugs a fellow fighter in a YPG military base east of Qamishli , before heading to Jazaa and Tal Kojar frontlines, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/ Massoud Mohammed Dec. 20 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 283

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Photographer Sultan Kitaz Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A rebel fighter fires a weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ramouseh , an area located beside Aleppo Artillery school, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 284

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Photographer Sultan Kitaz Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A rebel fighter rests after clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ramouseh , an area located beside Aleppo Artillery school, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 285

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Photographer Sultan Kitaz Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A rebel fighter fires his weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ramouseh , an area located beside Aleppo Artillery school, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 286

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A man carries a weapons box left behind by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Azaalana checkpoint, after rebels took control of two military posts from the forces, in the southern Idlib countryside, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 287

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A man carries a weapons box left behind by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Azaalana checkpoint, after rebels took control of two military posts from the forces, in the southern Idlib countryside December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 21 , 2014 December 27, 2014 288 The Syrian front

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A boy looks at damage of a collapsed building after what activists said was was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 289

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Photographer Sultan Kitaz Location ALEPPO, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A rebel fighter carries his weapon after clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ramouseh , an area located beside Aleppo Artillery school, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 290

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 21, 2014 A boy carries a mortar shell left behind by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Azaalana checkpoint, after rebels took control of two military posts from the forces, in the southern Idlib countryside, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 21 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 291

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A general view shows damaged buildings along a deserted street in the rebel-held area of Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 292

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion smokes a cigarette as he stands with his weapon inside a damaged room in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 293

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A framed portrait hangs off a wall inside a damaged house in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 294

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion takes up position behind sandbags in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 295

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A general view shows a damaged building in the rebel-held area of Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 296

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A general view shows damaged buildings and roads in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 297

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A general view shows damaged buildings in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. The city of Damascus is seen in the background. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 298

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A man walks past a dead body, whom according to rebel fighters, is a soldier loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 299

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A rebel fighter carrying his weapon rides a bicycle along a street in Jobar , a suburb of Damascus, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 16-22 , 2014 The Syrian front December 27, 2014 300

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Photographer Luke MacGregor Location London, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral sing Christmas carols during a photocall inside the Cathedral in central London December 22, 2014. Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 301

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Photographer Alessandro Bianchi Location Vatican, Vatican City Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Pope Francis is pictured on mobile phones as he arrives to lead a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI's hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 302

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Photographer Ammar Awad Location JERUSALEM, Israel Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy lights a candle on the seventh night of the holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 303

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location New York, United States Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference about the two NYPD police officers who were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 22, 2014 . REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 304

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Photographer Ahmad Masood Location NEW DELHI, India Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A man walks out of his house in an alley on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi, India, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 305

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Photographer China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC Location FUYANG, China Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 Zhang Junlin , a 62-year-old retired prison guard, stands inside his homemade submarine named "Shenlong-3" at a factory in Fuyang , Anhui province, China, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 306

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Photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Location RAFAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A Palestinian woman, hoping to cross into Egypt, stands behind a fence as she waits at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip December 22, 2014. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 307

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Photographer Sheng Li Location HARBIN, China Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 People visit newly-built ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation of the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 308

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P hotographer Goran Tomasevic Location ILEMI TRIANGLE, Kenya Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A Turkana man carries a rifle as he herds goats inside the Turkana region of the Ilemi Triangle, northwest Kenya December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 309

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location New York, United States Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A man prays on his knees at a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New York December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 310

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Photographer Ammar Awad Location JERUSALEM, Israel Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights a candle on the seventh night of the holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Dec. 22 , 2014 December 27, 2014 311

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Photographer Stringer . Location SNOUN, Iraq Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Female fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand near the border between Syria and Iraq, close to the Iraqi town of Snoun December 22, 2014. Kurdish and Yazidi fighters battled to take the Sinjar back from Islamic State after breaking a months-long siege of the mountain above it. Seizing the town would restore the majority of territory Iraq's Kurds lost in Islamic State's surprise offensive in August....more Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 313

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Photographer Laszlo Balogh Location MARKUSHEGY, Hungary Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Miners leave from the mine with elevator during their last working day at Hungary's last hard coal deep-cast mine at Markushegy on December 23, 2014. The underground mine, west of the capital city Budapest, has to stop producing coal at the end of this year in line with a European Union effort to shut down uncompetitive hard coal mines. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 314

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location New York, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 A commuter walks though steam in Manhattan, New York, December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 315

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Photographer Hannibal Hanschke Location Berlin, Germany Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 People attend the ' Weihnachtssingen ' a candle-lit carol concert with 27,500 fans of the second-division club FC Union Berlin at the Alte Foersterei stadium in Berlin December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 316

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location New York, United States Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A police officer stands in front of a banner reading "All Lives Matter", hung from a building across the street from a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 317

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Photographer Antonio Bronic Location Zagreb, Croatia Reuters / Monday, December 22, 2014 A participant holds up a sky lantern to be released during the " Kapulica & Lanterns" event in Zagreb, Croatia, December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 318

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Photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Location RAFAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 A woman cries as she asks for a permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip December 23, 2014. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 319

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Photographer Beawiharta Beawiharta Location JAKARTA, Indonesia Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Children try to walk through a flooded street at Kampung Melayu residential area in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 23, 2014. REUTERS/ Beawiharta Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 320

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi Location Sanaa, Yemen Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Sanaa, Yemen, December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 321

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Photographer Stringer . Location DAMASCUS, Syria Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 An injured girl waits for treatment in a field hospital after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria, December 23, 2014. REUTERS/ Mohmad Badra Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 322

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Photographer Eddie Keogh Location London, United Kingdom Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 A man dressed as Father Christmas appears to levitate by using a specially-designed prop and costume as he waves to people in Trafalgar Square in central London December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 323

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Photographer Tami Chappell Location ATLANTA, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 23, 2014 General Manager Brandon Delaney looks up at the marquee sign after the announcement that the Plaza Theatre would be showing the movie "The Interview" beginning Christmas Day in Atlanta, Georgia December 23, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 324

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Pakistani boys enjoy jumping on a trampoline, at a makeshift entertainment park set up in a Christian neighborhood for Christmas holiday, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/ Muhammed Muheisen ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 325

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A Pakistani Christian boy decorates a tree in preparation for the upcoming Christmas holiday in Islamabad’s slums, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 326

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A street decorated with New Year and Christmas illumination in the center of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 327

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish family light candles during the last day of Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/ Oded Balilty ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 328

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Children from Dofteana , northern Romania, some wearing bear furs, walk while performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, touring house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania’s cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year’s period. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 329

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A bottle floats on reflection of a bridge on the Sava river, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Unusually warm weather for this time of the year is predicted for upcoming days in Serbia. (AP Photo/ Darko Vojinovic ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 330

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A street entertainer holds her cell phone in a pavilion during a minute of rest in downtown Moscow decorated for the New Year and Christmas, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 331

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A dolphin carries gift package to give his coach in a special performances on the occasion of Christmas Special at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 332

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The victim's coffin Tori Johnson killed in service holding hostages at a cafe in Sydney were given hearse after the funeral in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Johnson was hailed as a hero after trying so enraged taking weapons from the gunmen. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 333

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A protester at times co. with the police before the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev. Ukrainian lawmakers to vote with the overwhelming proportion of abolition of the non-aligned status of Ukraine, paving the way for the accession to NATO. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 334

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What They Said: Test Your Memory of 2014's Quotable Moments – NBC News Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 335

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A passenger boards a new subway train in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The new train can transport 1.232 passengers. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 336

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Guns and gloves of India’s Air Force soldiers lie on a road during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. India marks Republic Day on Jan. 26 with military parades across the country. (AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal ) Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 337

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Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds fly on the Poyang Lake, China, having made their way to take shelter from the cold winter. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 338

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The sanctuary of the Basilica of the Fallen Lord of Montserrate is illuminated with Christmas lights in Bogota, Colombia. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 339

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Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers alongside Empress Michiko and flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito , left, and Prince Akishino , right, during celebrations for his birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 340

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A man wrapped up in a quilt sits outside a temporary shelter for homeless people on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, India. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 341

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Floral tributes are placed near to the spot where six people were killed by an out-of-control bin lorry in Glasgow city centre . The bin lorry crashed in George Square after careering up Queen Street at about 14:30 on Monday. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 342

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Ten bikers set a new Guinness World Record by riding simultaneously around the inside of the Globe of Speed in Dortmund, Germany. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 343

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Germany's Felix Neureuther , centre , takes a fall on the podium after winning the men's slalom at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio , Italy. Fellow German Fritz Dopfer , left, came second and Sweden's Jens Byggmark finished third. Dec. 23 , 2014 December 27, 2014 344

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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow's Kremlin. Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon can be seen on the right. Dec. 23 , 2014 THE END December 27, 2014 345

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