Sunday 21 December 2014

The World in Pictures

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A puppy stands at a Ukrainian checkpoint near Slaviansk in eastern Ukrain
A puppy stands at a Ukrainian checkpoint near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine.
A passenger looks at a multi-color art installation at the Miami International Airport
A Brazil fan cheers before the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza
A member of the Montemor forcados group is tossed by a bull during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon. Forcados are traditional Portuguese bullfighters who catch bulls with their bare hands during the festival.
A beggar prays in front of Baitul Mukarram, Bangladesh's national mosque, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Dhaka.
Takeru Kobayashi poses for a photo following his victory in a bunless hot dog eating competition in the Manhattan borough of New York. Kobayashi ate 113 hotdogs in what organizers claim is the world's first official bunless hotdog eating competition. The competition was a counter event to Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at Coney Island. Hotdog eating champs, backyard picnickers and small-town parade lovers pressed on with July Fourth celebrations, some with less sizzle after wet weather on the U.S. East Coast postponed fireworks shows.
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper poses for a photograph with a group dressed as horses during the 102 Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alberta
Dancers perform in "Dance Jubilee" by the Young Actors and Dancers Association (YADA) Dance Company and the College of Dance at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta
Muslims offer first Friday prayers next to a parked yellow ambassador taxi outside a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kolkata
People walk under colorful paper streamers for the Tanabata Star Festival in Hiratsuka, near Tokyo, Friday. According to legend, deities Orihime (Vega) and her lover Hikoboshi (Altair), separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet only once a year on July 7. People in the country celebrate the festival by writing wishes on strips of paper and hanging them under bamboo trees.
A boy light candles during a ceremony paying tribute to soldiers killed in a landmine blast during an operation against Islamist militants in front of the Defence ministry, in Tunis. Four Tunisian soldiers were killed in a landmine blast during an operation against Islamist militants in the north of the country
A man looks out from a broken glass window after an explosion near a mosque in Karachi. According to local media, at least two people were killed and several injured after the explosion occurred in Karachi's Saddar neighbourhood.