Tuesday 23 December 2014

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An Afghan man loads ballot boxes and other election material on a donkey to be transported in polling stations which are not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5. Reuters
An Afghan man loads ballot boxes and other election material on a donkey to be transported in polling stations which are not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5. Reuters
South African model Candice Swanepoel presents a creation from Forum's Summer 2015 collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo. Photo: Reuters
Visitors take a 'selfie' with a mobile phone near the runway during Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Reuters
A security worker talks on his mobile phone in front of a damaged building in Iquique's duty free zone known as Zofri, after a series of aftershocks, in the northern port of Iquique. As the aftershocks from a massive 8.2 magnitude quake that rattled northern Chile entered a third day on Thursday, basic services were still out in the port city nearest the epicenter and residents fearful of tsunamis were fleeing into the hills. The quake on Tuesday was blamed for six deaths and residents have been hit by dozens of aftershocks. Reuters
AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus laughs as she attends a swimming event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, August 21, 2004. Niedringhaus, a veteran Associated Press photographer who had covered wars around the world was shot dead and another reporter was wounded on April 4, 2014 when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, the news agency said. Picture taken August 21, 2004. Reuters
Paul Hunter walks his two Dogue de Bordeaux dogs next to the iconic Red Road flats in Glasgow, Scotland. Five of the six tower blocks are to be demolished, which will apparently take just 15 seconds, during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in the city on July 23, 2014. Getty Images
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during his Davis Cup quarter-final tennis match in Geneva. Reuters
A worker attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul. Buddha's birthday falls on May 6 in South Korea. Reuters
A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts as he fires his weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Morek in Hama province. Reuters
A Palestinian uses a slingshot to hurl a stone towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, outside Israel's Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israel has called off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners meant to advance the US-sponsored peace process and called for a review of how the troubled negotiations can make progress, an official briefed on the talks said on Thursday. Reuters
Fago, ridden by Barry Fehilly, falls at the open ditch at the 'Supporting The Everton In The Community Steeple Chase' during the Grand National horse racing meeting at Aintree. Reuters
Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force Commander Hidetsugu Iwamasa is pictured in front of one of their P-3C Orion aircraft currently at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth. On Monday it will be 30 days since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost communications and disappeared from civilian radar less than an hour into an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. Reuters

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