Monday 29 December 2014

This week in pictures

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An undersea volcano is seen erupting off the coast of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 metres into the air. The volcano, which is situated approximately 6 miles off of the main Tongan island of Tongatapu, is one of around 36 undersea volcanos clustered in the area. There is currently no danger to residents of the island as the gases are blown offshore, residents noted the eruptions began after a series of sharp earthquakes were felt in the capital. Photo: Dana Stephenson, Getty Images
Flames light up the Cape Town skyline as fires rage on Table Mountain in mid-March
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jason St. Germain listens as an Afghan opium farmer speaks through a military translator at the remote village of Baqwa in Farah province of southwest Afghanistan. The Marines of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment based there are battling a Taliban insurgency funded in large part from the multi-billion dollar drug export trade thriving in the south of the country. Photo: John Moore, Getty Images
Shoal of sardines and sharks swim in the new tank at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan. The display starts as a part of Yokohama Port 150 year anniversary celebration. Photo: Junko Kimura, Getty Images
People look at stacks of money in what is being called a first-of-its-kind exhibit of five million dollars in cash at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida. The display consists of $100 bills encased in a 1,300-pound, custom-made $90,000 bullet-resistant Lexan showcase. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Jack Osbourne reacts to an adult and baby Tyrannosaurs Rex robotic dinosaurs as they perform in the O2 arena ahead of the forthcoming European leg of the live show 'Walking With Dinosaurs' in London, England. The live arena show, which has already toured throughout North America, tours the UK from July 2009. The £10 million show features 15 mechanical life-sized dinosaurs and is based upon the hit BBC TV series of the same name. Photo: Oli Scarff, Getty Images
Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina greets supporters with the military at the Madagascar presidential palace in Antananarivo
Karim Simmons looks on during the 248th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York. The parade, which goes up 5th Avenue is the world's oldest and largest. Photo: Timothy A Clary, Getty Images
A woman watches a full-scale figure Terminator robot 'Cameron Phillipes' at a preview of the Terminator Exhibition in Tokyo. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno, Getty Images
Nationalist youths protest after the arrest of Colin Duffy in Lurgan. Leading republican Colin Duffy is one of three men being questioned about the murder of two soldiers at Massereene Army base last weekend. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images
The US Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery's STS-119 flight is delivering the space station's fourth and final set of solar array wings, completing the station's truss, or backbone. Photo: Don Emmert, Getty Images
Police beat a protester in Lahore, Pakistan. Violence erupted after PML leader Nawaz Sharif, defied house arrest, called for the people of Pakistan to stand for their rights and continue the long march to Islamabad. Protesters and lawyers clashed with police in the streets, as they congregated near to the High Court of Lahore. Photo: Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images
A dog pulls a Russian skier during a competition outside Moscow. Photo: Dmitry Kostyukov, Getty Images
A border patrol vehicle drags the sand to make any new footprints of border crossers more visible along a recently constructed section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion on previously pristine desert sands between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California. Photo: David McNew, Getty Images
A firefighter takes a picture of Greenpeace activists who install a twelve by thirteen metre banner at the fassade of the headquarters of Germany's largest bank Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt. The banner reads 'Waere die Welt eine Bank, haettet ihr sie laengst gerettet! GREENPEACE' which translated means 'If the world was a bank, you would have saved it allready! GREENPEACE'. Photo: Ralph Orlowski, Getty Images
Animal party organizers Rima Parikh (L) and Yasmin Waskow (R) pose with a fully grown miniature horse called 'Willow' at the 'Woofstock 90210' pet show in Beverly Hills, California. The pair work for the Shazdehs Party Planning company who specialize in organizing party events for the pampered animals of Los Angeles. Photo: Mark Ralston, Getty Images

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