Friday 26 December 2014

The World In Pictures

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A cast member prepares backstage during a dress rehearsal for Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" at the foot of Masada. A spectacular performance of La Traviata is the focus of the 2014 Masada Opera Festival at the arena on the shores of the Dead Sea. Built by King Herod as a winter palace between 37-31 BC, Masada is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been a source of archaeological fascination. The ambitious opera festival is being held there for the fourth time in five years. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
A cast member prepares backstage during a dress rehearsal for Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" at the foot of Masada. A spectacular performance of La Traviata is the focus of the 2014 Masada Opera Festival at the arena on the shores of the Dead Sea. Built by King Herod as a winter palace between 37-31 BC, Masada is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been a source of archaeological fascination. The ambitious opera festival is being held there for the fourth time in five years. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
The artwork "20.000 Gun Shells" by Matias Faldbakken is displayed in the Unlimited section of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel one of the most prestigious art fairs in the world, which runs until the 22nd of June 2014 will showcase the work of more than 4,000 artists selected by 300 leading galleries. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images
A framer works on a reproduction canvas at the artist village in Shenzhen, China. The Dafen Artist Village in Guangdong province, China, is home to thousands of artists who reproduce some of the world's most iconic paintings as well as create their own works. The village, on the outskirts of Shenzhen, is becoming a major center for original Chinese art. Photo by Palani Mohan/Getty images
French rail workers burn flares during a demonstration in front of the Lyon Perrache train station, central France. Workers of the French national railway SNCF are striking over plans to streamline and open the state-run network, considered among the world's best, to private competition. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Israeli soldiers walk near a burning tyre during clashes with Palestinian stones throwers in the West Bank City of Hebron. Israeli armed forces swept through half a dozen Palestinian towns on Monday and arrested more Hamas officials, expanding a search for three teenagers into a crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them. Most of the military efforts have been concentrated in Hebron, a Hamas stronghold. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
A stuffed horse lies on the ground as demonstrators with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stand outside the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. PETA demonstrators used the stuffed horse during their protest against Central Park carriage driver Saverio Colarusso, who was scheduled to appear in court on animal cruelty charges, for working a horse that was visibly injured. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A man tries to pull a casualty from under the rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President al-Assad in Aleppo. REUTERS/Hosam Katan
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167. REUTERS/KCNA
Colombian presidential candidate and President Juan Manuel Santos celebrates, holding up his right hand that reads as "Peace", after winning a second term in the country's presidential elections in Bogota. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Prince Albert II of Monaco (L) deliver remarks following a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC. Kerry and Prince Albert were meeting as part of the "Our Ocean" conference being held at the State Department. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the final round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Floral tributes overlook Saddleworth Moor where the body of missing Keith Bennett may be buried on June 16, 2014 in Saddleworth, United Kingdom. Fifty years ago Keith Bennet was snatched by moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on June 16, 1964 and they have never disclosed the location of his burial. Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for the murders of Leslie Ann Downey, ten, John Kilbride, 12, and Edward Evans, 17. In 1987 they confessed to also killing Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade, 16. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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