Sunday 21 December 2014
 
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Window dressing

Window cleaners, dressed in horse (L) and sheep costumes featuring animal signs from the Chinese zodiac calendar, work during an event promoting the year-end and new year at a hotel in the business district of Tokyo on December 19. The year of 2014 is the year of the horse and 2015 is the year

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Breaking free

Locals watch from the beach as waves hit an Indonesian tanker that ran aground near Narathiwat in southern Thailand on December 19. The tanker loaded with palm oil, previously hijacked by its crew members and then seized by Thai authorities, was anchored some 400 meters from the beach but stron

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Cuban state taxis

Cuban state taxi drivers wait for customers in Old Havana December 18. From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island. News of the

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Yoga in the frost

Xie Xiaoming, 26-year-old owner of a yoga club, practices yoga in thin clothes near trees covered by frosty fog on the snow-covered banks of Songhua River in Jilin, Jilin province December 17. Xie has been practicing yoga for over six years. The temperature near the river reached -30 degrees Ce

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Brighter view?

The sun sets behind a factory in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo December 18. The Bank of Japan is set to keep monetary policy steady on Friday and may offer a brighter view of the economy, clinging to hope that joint efforts with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflate the economy will prod companies in

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Cars awaiting export

Cars of the automobile maker Honda await export at port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo December 18, 2014. The Bank of Japan is set to keep monetary policy steady on Friday and may offer a brighter view of the economy, clinging to hope that joint efforts with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflate th

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Trees of Life

Metal trees are seen along the street as members of the Nicaraguan Army march during a parade to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the founding of the army, at Simon Bolivar Avenue in Managua September 3. About 30 "Trees of Life" which measure 17 metres in height and seven tonnes in

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Candlight vigil in Islamabad

A man lights candles for victims of the Pakistan Taliban attack on the Army Public School, during a candlelight vigil in Islamabad December 18. Pakistan on Wednesday (December 17) began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure

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Mute swans

Mute swans are seen at a lake on the outskirts of Minsk December 18. - Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

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Demo for Dahlan

A Palestinian supporter of former head of Fatah in Gaza, Mohammed Dahlan, shouts slogans during a protest against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in Gaza City on December 18. Dahlan, who lives in exile in the Gulf, is a powerful political foe of Abbas. Reuters/Mohammed Salem  

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