Sunday 28 December 2014

The World in Pictures

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Cleaners abseil down one of the faces of Big Ben, to clean and polish the clock face, above the Houses of Parliament, in central London.
Maria Atashkina of Russia swims the Women's 100m Breastroke heats during the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championship in Berlin
An air tanker drops fire retardent on a fire which was burning on a ridge northeast of Oakhurst, California. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.
Cleaners abseil down one of the faces of Big Ben, to clean and polish the clock face, above the Houses of Parliament, in central London.
Eleven-year-old Renzo somersaults at a traffic junction in the San Borja district in Lima. Renzo and his 9-year-old brother Gianpierre perform on streets to make a living from tips given by drivers, make an average of $7 a day between the two brothers.
Villagers in a boat move to safer places through the flooded areas of Jhargaon in the northeastern Indian state of Assam
Palestinian fighters from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stand inside an underground tunnel in Gaza.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel ladles soup during her visit to a mobile kitchen of humanitarian aid organization 'Malteser' at the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) in Bonn
Police tackle a man who was walking down the street in front of McDonald's. The man appeared to be walking past a group that had been assembled nearby and police were telling everyone to keep walking. Moments after he turned around and exchanged words with the police that he was just walking, police took him to the ground. Although there is no curfew in order tonight, police are strictly enforcing protestors to keep moving along the sidewalk or they are subject to arrest.
A supporter of Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-opposition politician and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, wears a shirt with Khan's image on it as he rests with others in a tent during the Freedom March in Islamabad
The Chilean ferry "Amadeo" is seen after it ran aground in the area of Paso Kirke, near Puerto Natales city, south of Santiago. According to local media, the ferry's 17 passengers and 28 crew members were all evacuated and no oil spills or casualties were reported.
A woman dressed as the Sesame Street character Cookie Monster looks out from under her costume following a rally in support of organizing costumed characters in New York's Times Square. After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York's Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny.
A bull with its horns set on fire is seen during the El Novillo de Bombas festival in Mira, north of Quito August 16, 2014. Thousands of residents in Mira participate in the yearly event which originated from Spain many centuries ago. Different religious celebrations also take place during the festival. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)