Thursday 25 December 2014

The World in Pictures

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The Olympic cauldron burns during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province (REUTERS/Aly Song)
The Olympic cauldron burns during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province (REUTERS/Aly Song)
A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk. The European Union said on Friday it would consider any unilateral military actions by Russia in Ukraine as "a blatant violation of international law" (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Sebastiano Murtas (L), jockey of "Pantera" or Panther parish, crashes at the San Martino curve during the Palio of Siena horse race in Siena. Each July 2 and August 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders have hurtled bareback around Siena's shell-shaped central square in a desperate bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)
Various kites fly through the air, during a festival of kite fans in Lemwerder, northern Germany (AP Photo/dpa,Ingo Wagner)
A young boy carries the slogan "hands up, don't shoot, no more lies" on a sign, as he runs through a parking lot emblazoned with messages of remembrance related to the shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
A hot air balloon floats past a distant thunderstorm after sunset near San Diego, California. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
A supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a political party led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, sits with a stick behind the barricade of barbwires upon his arrival with others to participate in the Freedom March in Islamabad. More than 20,000 anti-government protesters flooded the centre of Pakistan's capital, vowing to stay in the streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)
Fireworks explode above the Heroes Pantheon during celebrations on the day of the city's patron saint "Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion" in Asuncion. Today also marks Paraguay President and business magnate Horacio Cartes' first year in office (REUTERS/Cristian Alvarenga)
A woman looks at Catholic worshippers attending a mass led by Pope Francis, as he is projected on giant screens behind her, at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. Pope Francis celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the centre of Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to "the cry of the poor" among them (REUTERS/Ed Jones/Pool)
A journalist tours a tunnel that was dug underneath a neighbourhood close to the residential compound of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa. An aide to Saleh said his security team had uncovered a plot to kill him with explosives planted in a tunnel running to a mosque inside his residential compound in Sanaa. Yemen's authorities said they were investigating (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)
A mural painted by Belgian artist ROA is pictured in the village of Erriadh on Djerba, also known as the 'Island of Dreams.' About a hundred artists from 30 countries arrived on Djerba to participate in the 'Djerba Hood' event, an open-air museum hosting the works of the artists (REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)
Performers dance in the rain during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province (REUTERS/Aly Song)