Friday 19 December 2014

'Divine' dolls

Kachina dolls made by the Native American Hopi and Zuni tribes are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris before auction, on December 15.  The Hopi, some of whose 18,000 members continue to follow a traditional way of life farming on three isolated mesas, believe the bright, mostly


Living on the edge

A worker walks on a beam at a construction site for a new commercial building in Beijing on December 15. China's economic growth could slow to 7.1 per cent in 2015 from an expected 7.4 per cent this year, held back by a sagging property sector, the central bank said in research report seen


Behind bars

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sits behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of Cairo on December 14. Egypt declared Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood a banned terrorist organization last December and Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of the grou


Mark of resistance

Members of the Compagnie 1602 take part in a procession in Geneva on December 14. The annual procession of the Fete de l'Escalade has been held since 1926 and commemorates local resistance to the December 11, 1602 surprise attack by the troops of the Duke of Savoy. A popular symbol of the r


Christmas in Washington

US President Barack Obama (2nd R), first lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha (3rd L) participate in a song, also including singer Darius Rucker (L), at the end of the taping of the 'Christmas in Washington' television special to benefit Children's Nat


Miss World 2014

Rolene Strauss of South Africa (C) is crowned Miss World 2014, as Elizabeth Safrit of the US (R) and Edina Kulczar of Hungary (L) who placed third and second respectively, look on at the ExCel Centre in east London on December 14. Contestants from 126 countries are in London to compete in the 2


Photo finish

Australian Jockey Zac Purton riding Aerovelocity crosses the finish line to win the 1,200m Longines Hong Kong Sprint Group One race at Shatin racetrack in Hong Kong on December 14. Reuters/Tyrone Siu  


Bringing down the house

People visit a house built upside-down in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on December 14. The house was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. Reuters/Ilya Naymushin  


Extreme sailing

Crews from 10 nations compete in the final stage of the extreme sailing series on Sydney Harbour on  December 14. The racing series has taken place in eight venues around the world on 40-foot  (12 metre) catamarans with the hulls flying out of the water in as little as 8 knots (15kph)


Cooling it

Delegates rest during a break of the plenary session at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 20 in Lima on December 13. UN talks on slowing climate change were threatened with collapse on Saturday after China clashed with the US and led emerging nations to reject a compromise outline of an agre

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