Monday 29 December 2014

The World In Pictures

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Chinese women hold plastic guns as they take part in a performance by an amateur dance troupe re-enacting musical theatre scenes of the anti-Japanese war of 1937-1945 at a mall in Beijing, China. The group, made of mostly of retired woman,dance almost nightly to patriotic songs for crowds of onlookers. China is marking the 77 anniversary of the Sino-Japanese War as there are heightened tensions between the two countries over disputed islands in the East China Sea.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Chinese women hold plastic guns as they take part in a performance by an amateur dance troupe re-enacting musical theatre scenes of the anti-Japanese war of 1937-1945 at a mall in Beijing, China. The group, made of mostly of retired woman,dance almost nightly to patriotic songs for crowds of onlookers. China is marking the 77 anniversary of the Sino-Japanese War as there are heightened tensions between the two countries over disputed islands in the East China Sea. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A teacher explains the lesson to students in a classroom inside the UN House IDP camp in Juba. According to OCHA, around 1.5 million people have been displaced by conflict. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
Israeli police and border police stand near the remains of a rocket fired from Gaza after it landed near Jerusalem. Israel said it knew of no casualties from a long-range Palestinian rocket salvo on Tuesday that Hamas said targeted cities including central Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as Haifa in the north. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Employees stock shelves at Cannabis City before their "high noon" grand opening during the first day of legal retail marijuana sales in Seattle, Washington. Washington became the second U.S. state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, although shortages and high prices are likely to accompany any euphoria. Shops started to open on Tuesday, a day after 25 outlets were issued licenses under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
A pedicab driver carries ballot boxes for distribution to polling stations during preparations for the presidential election in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Election day in Indonesia sees locals take to the polls to choose between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto as their next president. Recent polls have indicated a tightly fought contest, with allegations of corruption marring the process. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Museum worker Brittany Janaszak, seen here on a lift, passes by the eye of a 94-foot-long blue whale model while cleaning it at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York. Installed in 1969, the 21,000 pound life-size blue whale model made of fiberglass and polyurethane, is based on a female blue whale found in 1925, a museum press release said. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Indians walks on a dried bed of a water body on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, India. The western Indian state of Gujarat is facing a severe deficit in monsoon rain, according to news reports. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A man leaps through one of a series of 17 sculptures consisting of copper and steel panels cut out with human silhouettes of various sizes by Cuban-born artist Arles del Rio in New York's Times Square. The installation, titled "Nearness," will be part of the Times Square pedestrian plaza through August 18. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Huge crowds of people play at THEBES Happiness Water World during a continuous high temperature in Shaanxi, Xi'an province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Palestinian woman inspects her house which police said was damaged in an Israeli air strike on a neighbouring house in Gaza City. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Runners enter the bullring during the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. REUTERS/Vincent West

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