Friday 26 December 2014

The World in Pictures

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Competitors stand on their windsurfing board at the women's RS-X sailing class during the first test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Competitors stand on their windsurfing board at the women's RS-X sailing class during the first test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Boys run through a water logged street after heavy monsoon rains in New Delhi. India's monsoon rains were nine percent below average in the week that ended July 30. Reflecting a patchy phase after the previous week's surplus downpours. REUTERS/Anindito
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses for photographs with fans after Jamaica won the men's 4x100m relay final at the Commonwealth Games. REUTERS/Phil Noble
A relative reacts at a badly damaged house, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike that killed three Palestinians from the Wahdan family, as bloodstains are seen on a damaged wall in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
Palestinians stand near an ice-cream freezer containing the bodies of children from the al-Ghol family, whom medics said were killed along with other family members in an Israeli air strike on a house in Rafah, Gaza. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Israeli soldiers ride a tank after returning to Israel from Gaza. The fighting on Sunday pushed the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials to 1,726, most of them civilians. Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian rockets have also killed three civilians in Israel. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Three men found guilty by a Somali military court of killing civilians and masterminding a recent attack on the Presidential Palace stand tied to poles shortly before they were executed by a firing squad in capital Mogadishu. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
French President Francois Hollande (R) and German President Joachim Gauck embrace at a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One (WWI). This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
A fisherman transports a dead whale shark after it was caught in fishermen's net, in Yangzhi county, Fujian province. The whale shark is five-metre-long and weighs over 2 tonnes. REUTERS/Stringer
A woman dressed up as a Viking drinks local red wine during the annual Viking festival of Catoira in north-western Spain. The festival re-enacts past Viking raids in the area and is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags during an election rally in Istanbul. Turkey will vote for its first directly-elected president on August 10. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
A man walks past dead bodies at a site hit by what activists said were two airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

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