Tuesday 27 January 2015

The World in Pictures

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Panda cub Bao Bao climbs onto her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Today marks her first birthday and the zoo celebrated the event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Panda cub Bao Bao climbs onto her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Today marks her first birthday and the zoo celebrated the event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A tank belonging to the Western Shield, a branch of the Libya Shield forces, fires during a clash with rival militias around the former Libyan army camp, Camp 27, in the 27 district, west of Tripoli (REUTERS/Stringer)
New York, NY, USA; United States guard James Harden (13) dunks against Puerto Rico during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
A man holds up a sign in memory of U.S. journalist James Foley during a protest against the Assad regime in Syria in Times Square in New York. Foley, who was abducted in Syria in late 2012, was beheaded by a masked member of the Islamic State group in an act filmed in a video released on August 19 that also threatened a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sleep on the ground at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province (REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)
Rescued lion "Leo" is seen in its cage while it is quarantined at a temporary custody centre in Lima. In the past week, British-based NGO Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Peruvian authorities oversaw the release of nine lions from three different circuses in the cities of Huaral, Ayacucho and Cusco. ADI said that the animals are being cared for in the quarantine facility before they will be relocated to specialized sanctuaries (REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil)
Fireworks explode during the grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino) just after midnight in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, owned by SBE Entertainment and Stockbridge Real Estate, reopened after a $415 million renovation (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)
Palestinians gather around the remains of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would "pay a heavy price" after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza, the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict. Since the conflict began last month, 2,071 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have now been killed and around 400,000 of the enclave's 1.8 million people displaced. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
Ken Kendricks Jr., a nearby resident, puts his hands together in prayer at a makeshift memorial at the site where unarmed teen Michael Brow was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 has sparked sometimes violent protests, laying bare long-lingering racial tensions in the United States and prompting international condemnation of the clashes between police and demonstrators. On the sleepy two-lane street in a working-class apartment complex where he was shot, the memorial to Brown sums up the conflicting feelings stirred by his death: a yearning for reconciliation but also continuing anger (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Storm clouds gather over St. Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay as people with plans for their three-day weekend will have to make the most of the sunshine today before rain moves in tomorrow evening bringing what is set to be unpleasant weather on Bank Holiday Monday (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
A Shi'ite fighter, from the brigades of peace loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), takes part in field training in Najaf (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani)
Cooper the dog poses for a portrait during the Irish Redhead Convention in the village of Crosshaven in County Cork. The annual festival which attracts people from all over the world celebrates people with red hair (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)