Friday 26 December 2014

The world in pictures

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Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik applies the final touches to a sand art sculpture he created wishing for the well being of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, on a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing in area near the South China Sea on Saturday as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and was presumed to have crashed. Reuters
Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik applies the final touches to a sand art sculpture he created wishing for the well being of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, on a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing in area near the South China Sea on Saturday as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and was presumed to have crashed. Reuters
Clouds hover outside the window of a Vietnam Air Force search and rescue aircraft An-26 on a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, off Vietnam's Tho Chu island. The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an 'unprecedented mystery', head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Reuters
Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea's pro-Russian prime minister, stands as a member of a pro-Russian self defence unit takes an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol. Russian forces consolidated their hold on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula on Monday, taking over a military hospital and a missile base as officials geared up for a referendum on the region's future. Reuters
'Female' robots Tessy (L) and Tess (R) wearing white stilletoes, pole dance during a demonstration on the Tobit Software stand at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover. The world's biggest computer and software fair is open to the public from March 10 to 14. Reuters
Marc Hosemann performs during a dress rehearsal of 'Die Kroenung Richards III' (The Coronation of Richard III) at Burgtheater theatre in Vienna. The drama by German playwright Hans Henny Jahnn will premiere in Austria on March 12 and will be shown till April 13. Reuters
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius puts his hands over his head, in the dock during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Reuters
A man daubed in coloured powder poses for a picture at a temple during 'Lathmar Holi' at village Nandgaon, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then 'beat' them with bamboo sticks called 'lathis'. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Reuters
Security officers are seen inside the Great Hall of the People ahead of the third plenary session of National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Reuters
A Tibetan activist gestures from a police vehicle after getting detained by Nepalese police for protesting near the Chinese Embassy Consular office in Kathmandu. With a growing Chinese influence over Nepal, the Nepalese government stands strong against Tibetan exiles whose protests in support of their homeland have increased in recent years. Nepal ceased issuing refugee papers to Tibetans in 1989 and recognizes Tibet to be a part of China. Reuters
A general view of a deserted and damaged street filled with debris in Homs. Reuters
Nuns, who were freed after being held by rebels for over three months, arrive at the Syrian border with Lebanon at the Jdaydeh Yaboos crossing, early. About a dozen nuns held by rebels in Syria for more than three months were released on Sunday and arrived back in Syria after traveling through Lebanon, officials and witnesses said. Witnesses at the Syrian border with Lebanon said the nuns arrived at the crossing late on Sunday night and headed toward Damascus in a minibus. In the background is a picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters
A girls jumps next to a picture of late Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas. Followers of Chavez are commemorating the first anniversary of his death this week, a sad but welcome distraction for his successor who has faced a month of violent protests. A year after Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed 'son,' President Nicolas Maduro, faces the biggest challenge to his rule from a month-long explosion of anti-government demonstrations that have led to 20 deaths. Reuters
An anti-government protester sets up a barricade next to a burning kiosk during a protest at Altamira square in Caracas. Reuters
A fisherman falls in his wooden boat as it is hit by strong sea waves, and breaks, in water off the north coast of Jakarta. Reuters

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