Sunday 28 December 2014

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Men dance as coloured powder is sprayed on them during Holi celebrations in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Photo: Reuters
Men dance as coloured powder is sprayed on them during Holi celebrations in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Photo: Reuters
People take part in a colourful procession locally known as Badshah ki Sawari as part of Holi celebrations in Beawar in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Photo: Reuters
An anti-government protester holds a stone in front of a burning bus during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal. Since early February, students and hardline opposition leaders have been calling supporters onto the streets to protest against Maduro and his socialist government. Photo: Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R, front), Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (L, front), parliamentary speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (2nd L, front) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow March 18, 2014. Putin and two Crimean leaders signed a treaty on Tuesday on making the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula a part of Russia. The signing in the Kremlin came two days after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum condemned by the Ukrainian government, the United States and the European Union as illegitimate. Photo: Reuters
An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant bodyguard training camp uses a scarf to cover a student's head as trainees watch him demonstrate close-quarter combat skills during a special course on flight safety inside a scale model of a passenger jet at a flight attendant training centre on the outskirts of Beijing. Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the company wanted to emphasize the importance of aviation safety by teaching trainees emergency evacuation procedures and close-quarter combat skills to handle situations such as natural disasters and plane hijacks, according to the company. Photo: Reuters
Manchester United's manager David Moyes (L) walks past Ryan Giggs during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex. United are set to play Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Restoration workers peel off loose gold foil as part of a restoration project for an 800-year-old Thousand-Hand Guanyin Buddhist statue on Mount Baoding in Chongqing municipality The stone-carving statue, which takes up about 88 square metres on the mountain, dates back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Officials said the restoration project started in April 18, 2011 and would likely finish in the first half of 2015, local media reported. Photo: Reuters
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is seen during a hazy day at Pudong financial district in Shanghai. China pledged on Sunday that it will make sure that 60 percent of its cities meet national pollution standards by 2020, with pressure growing to make cities liveable as hundreds of millions of migrants are expected to relocate from the countryside. Photo: Reuters
The headquarters of German luxury car maker BMW is reflected on the bonnet of a BMW, in Munich. BMW will hold its annual news conference in Munich tomorrow. Photo: Reuters
People look at the painting 'Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird' by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo during the presentation of the 'Encounters with Frida Kahlo' exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale Gallery in Rome. The exhibition will run from March 20 to August 31. Photo: Reuters
Fishermen arrange their fishing net as the sun sets on Marina beach in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Photo: Reuters
Canadian Army Master Corporal Anthony Alliot (L) kisses Sarah Tooth after arriving from Afghanistan, in Ottawa. Canada's 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military. Photo: Reuters
Supporters paste a poster of Marine Le Pen, France's National Front leader, on a wall before a political rally for local elections in Frejus. The French will go to the polls to cast votes in the two-round 2014 Municipal elections on March 23 and March 30 to elect city mayors and councillors for a six-year term. Photo: Reuters

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