Sunday 28 December 2014

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The Costa Concordia cruise liner is seen during its refloat operation at Giglio harbour July 22, 2014. The massive hulk of the Costa Concordia is nearly ready to be towed away from the Italian island where it struck a rock and capsized two-and-a-half years ago, killing 32 people, officials said on Sunday. The 114,500-tonne Concordia has been slowly lifted from the sea floor since Monday, when salvagers began pumping air into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull. A convoy of 14 vessels will then tow the Concordia to a port near Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap, completing one of the biggest maritime salvage operations in history. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The Costa Concordia cruise liner is seen during its refloat operation at Giglio harbour. The massive hulk of the liner is nearly ready to be towed away from the Italian island where it struck a rock and capsized two-and-a-half years ago, killing 32 people, officials said . REUTERS/Max Rossi
Candles are seen at the memorial of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Garner, who was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, died after New York police put him in a chokehold. The cause of Garner's death is still being determined by the city's medical examiner. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province. REUTERS/Badi Khlif
A cat walks in front of a glass wall reinforced with tapes as Typhoon Matmo approaches the northeastern coastal town of Nanfangao, northern Taiwan. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang
A fisherman rows as his family rests on a boat, along a section of algae-covered river, in Wuhan, Hubei province. REUTERS/Stringer
A Ukrainian policeman watches as a train carrying the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine arrives in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. Almost 300 people were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane went down on July 17. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian parliamentary deputies tussle during a session in Parliament in Kiev. REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin
A worker rests on vermicelli inside a factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Vermicelli is a specialty eaten during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan by many believers across the country. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia (R) as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris, prior to a meeting and a lunch. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo waves as he leaves the Elections Commission headquarters in Jakarta. Jokowi was declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election on Tuesday, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world's third largest democracy. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
A breakaway group of riders cycles on its way during the 16th stage of the Tour de France between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Protesters wave a Palestinian flag and flowers during a sit-in protest against Israel's military action in Gaza, on the Mediterranean coast at Rawshe rock in Beirut. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

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