Saturday 27 December 2014

The World in Pictures

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An Indian army soldier performs a stunt on his motorcycle during India's Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Bangalore (REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa)
An Indian army soldier performs a stunt on his motorcycle during India's Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Bangalore (REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa)
A woman, who lost her father in World War Two, holds a dove before releasing it as she prays for the war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, on the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two. Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects at the Tokyo shrine seen as a symbol of past militarism on Friday and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent an offering, moves likely to anger Asian neighbours and put at risk attempts to improve regional ties (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)
A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Ferguson fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer on Saturday after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car. A witness in the case told local media that Brown had raised his arms to police to show that he was unarmed before being killed (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
An American Alligator is shown standing in an alert post in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, Florida in this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife officials on Friday will open a Florida nature preserve for the first time to a handful of alligator hunters who waited more than a decade to stalk the large reptiles in the Everglades.
North Korea (the dark area) and South Korea at night are seen in a NASA picture from the International Space Station. The clarity of the night image is possible thanks to the European Space Agency's NightPod, installed on the station in 2012, according to a NASA news release. It incorporates a motorized tripod that compensates for the station's speed of approximately 17,500 mph and the motion of the Earth below (REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters)
Volunteers sit in wooden boxes at Parliament Square, to represent living conditions in Gaza, during a protest in London. Some one hundred and fifty men, women and children crammed into boxes in a bid to illustrate the conditions faced by the people of Gaza trapped by the blockade, in an event organised by Oxfam (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)
A Ukrainian soldier sits atop of a self-propelled gun as an army column of military vehicles prepares to roll to a frontline near Illovaisk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have stepped up efforts to dislodge the separatists from their last strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk and there was more heavy shelling overnight. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
In this photo made with a fisheye lens, the faithful pack a sports stadium as they attend the Mass of Assumption of Mary conducted by Pope Francis, in Daejeon, south of Seoul, South Korea (AP Photo/Korea Pool via Yonhap)
Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Shaun Draughn (38) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Winston Guy (22) during the first half of a preseason game at Soldier Field (Dennis Wierzbicki)
One of the three baby Meerkats nicknamed 'The Three Amigos' after the three week olds were checked over by Keeper Connie McEwan at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
A floating sculpture named 'Alpha Turtle' is pictured in front of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The five-metre-tall and 15 metre-long sea turtle featuring a black and white rendering of coral reef structures was floated past the iconic Sydney landmarks on Friday to promote an undersea art exhibition at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium (REUTERS/Jason Reed)
A man takes pictures as visitors run away from a wave caused by a tidal bore which surged past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province (REUTERS/Stringer)

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