Monday 29 December 2014

The World In Pictures

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A school boy runs to get drenched in a large wave during high tide at a sea front in Mumbai. Weak rainfall in India since the start June, when the monsoon season began, has raised concerns of a first drought in five years, although weather experts are hopeful rains will revive in the next week. Photo credit: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A school boy runs to get drenched in a large wave during high tide at a sea front in Mumbai. Weak rainfall in India since the start June, when the monsoon season began, has raised concerns of a first drought in five years, although weather experts are hopeful rains will revive in the next week. Photo credit: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Black smoke billows following a mortar attack during fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian fighters in Luhansk, Ukraine. The Defense Ministry said on Monday that government troops had retaken several villages around Luhansk, including Metalist, Oleksandrivsk, Bile and Rozkishne, and had reopened a corridor to its civilian airport. Photo credit: AP Photo, Yuri Snegirev, Rossiyiskaya Gazeta
Cabezudos dance during the farewell ceremony of the Comparsa de Gigantes y Cabezudos (Troupe of Giants and Bigheads) in the town hall square in Pamplona on the final day of the San Fermin festival. The festival, a heady mix of drinking, dancing, late nights and bullfights, made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel "The Sun Also Rises", runs for nine days until July 14. Photo credit: REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
The Romanian court where the trial against former jailer Alexandru Visinescu began is pictured in Bucharest. The trial of the 88-year-old, accused of beating and starving inmates in the 1950s and 1960s, is a landmark case in Romania's efforts to deal with the legacy of Communism and the first of its kind in the 25 years since the fall of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Photo credit: REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
A giant dead parrot measuring 15 metres is unveiled on LondonÄôs South Bank to promote the live broadcast of the final Monty Python Live stage show. Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Participants swim together with a portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong in the Hanjiang River, a large branch of the Yangtze River in Xiangyang, Hubei province. Hundreds of residents took part in the event to celebrate the upcoming 48th anniversary of Mao swimming in the Yangtze River on July 16,1966, local media reported. Photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Flares fired by the Israeli military above the northern Gaza Strip are seen from the Israeli town of Sderot. Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv on Monday after a 24-hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire. Photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner
French Army armoured vehicles drive down the Champs Elysees avenue during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris. Photo credit: REUTERS/Thomas Samson/Pool
Russell Brown, of Los Altos, Calif., photographs the fog-covered Golden Gate Bridge from a a hill in the Marin Headlands in San Francisco. Photo credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
A cygnet sits with its feet tied during Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames. Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
A member of the Saudi border guards force man a machine gun mounted on a military truck positioned on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq. Three mortar bombs landed inside Saudi Arabia last week close to its northern border with Iraq, where Islamist militants have grabbed land in a lightning advance, officials said. Photo credit: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
A house damaged during recent fighting between Shi'ite Muslim tribesmen, known as Houthis, against army forces is seen in Yemen's northwestern city of Amran. Yemen's president on Sunday demanded the withdrawal of Shi'ite Muslim tribesmen from the provincial city of Amran captured on July 8, in a stand-off that threatens to intensify turmoil in the Arab country. The Shi'ite Houthis, named after the tribe of their leader, said their fight was against rivals loyal to the Islamist Islah party. Photo credit: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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