Thursday 27 November 2014

The World in Pictures

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A Palestinian boy sits on a sofa outside his family's house, which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Hamas claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly Gaza Strip ambush in which an Israeli army officer may have been captured, but said the incident likely preceded and therefore had not violated a U.S.- and U.N.-sponsored truce. Palestinian officials say 1,650 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed, including a muezzin who died in an Israeli strike on a northern mosque on Saturday.
A Palestinian boy sits on a sofa outside his family's house, which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Hamas claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly Gaza Strip ambush in which an Israeli army officer may have been captured, but said the incident likely preceded and therefore had not violated a U.S.- and U.N.-sponsored truce. Palestinian officials say 1,650 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed, including a muezzin who died in an Israeli strike on a northern mosque on Saturday.
A devotee hangs a wooden pole with hooks attached to his back and legs during the annual Chariot festival of the Sri Mayurapathy Paththirakaali temple in Colombo. The chariot procession starts at the temple and is brought through streets as Hindu devotees follow behind, performing acts of penance or thanksgiving such as piercing hooks through their skin, in order to fulfill their vows to the Hindu gods.
People attend a rally in support of former Libyan army officer Khalifa Haftar, in Benghazi. Two thousand people took to the streets of Benghazi on Friday to protest against Islamist militants and former rebel militias who have been fighting armed forces and taken over an important military base in the eastern Libyan city. The battle in Benghazi has pitted Islamist militants and militias against special forces who have joined ranks with a renegade former army officer, Khalifa Haftar, who had vowed to oust militants from the city. While Haftar initially gained support, critics dismiss him as a power-hungry, former Gaddafi ally.
Couples celebrate during a mass wedding ceremony to mark the Qixi Festival in Shenyang, Liaoning province. According to local media, 77 couples attended the mass wedding on Saturday. Qixi, also known as the Double Seventh Festival and the Chinese version of Valentine's Day, falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Revellers walk over the Quaibruecke bridge during the 23nd Street Parade dance music event in Zurich.
Pilots John Klatt, right, flying the blue Air National Guard MX-S airplane, and Jeff Boerboon, left, flying the red Jack's Links Extra 300L airplane, fly in formation above Seattle. The two will perform this weekend as part of the Boeing Seafair Air Show.
A Palestinian protester throws an empty tear gas canister towards Israeli troops, following a protest against the war in the Gaza Strip, during clashes near the West Bank town of Tulkarem. A Palestinian man was shot and later died during clashes with Israeli troops near Tulkarem, Palestinian security sources said.
Boys run through a water logged street after heavy monsoon rains in New Delhi. India's monsoon rains were nine percent below average in the week that ended July 30, the weather office said on Thursday, reflecting a patchy phase after the previous week's surplus downpours.
People are seen at the landslide area in Sindhupalchowk district. A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal on Saturday has killed at least eight people, injured 40 and buried dozens of homes, officials said. The landslide created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi River near Jure in the Sindhupalchowk district, about 60 kms (37 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, heightening fears of downstream floods that could reach as far as Bihar in eastern India.
People go for a gondola ride in The Lake in Central Park in New York.
A woman dives in a mud pit near the main stage at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, close to the Polish-German border. Some 500,000 people attended the festival that is the brainchild of Polish journalist and social campaigner Jerzy Owsiak. He initiated the event to say thank you to those who donated money to his GOCC charity organisation that delivers medical care for children.
Palestinians look through a hospital gate at wounded and dead bodies following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Israel signaled it was winding up the 25-day-old Gaza war unilaterally, saying on Saturday it would not attend Egyptian-hosted negotiations for a new truce and giving Palestinians who had fled fighting in one northern town the all-clear to return. But shelling exchanges continued, with Palestinian officials saying Gaza's mostly civilian death toll rose to 1,665 and Israel saying its Iron Dome interceptor shot down rockets launched at the cities of Tel Aviv and Beersheba. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)