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A bicycle is parked under pictures of Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, brother of Fidel and Cuba’s president, and revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in an office in Havana on Friday. Washington has agreed to restore full diplomatic ties that were cut in the early 1960s, with its old Cold War nemesis
A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem
A king penguin looks over at a man dressed as Santa Claus who wears a scuba mask as he poses in their tank at the Marineland animal park in Antibes
An artist of the Cirque du Soleil performs during the show “Quidam” at the Meo Arena pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal
A child wading through floodwater during heavy rain at a Thai-Malaysian border district of Waeng, Narathiwat province, southern Thailand. Floods triggered by heavy rains along the Thai-Malaysian border province killed one child and two people missing affected tens of thousands villagers, media reports.
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds up a piece of clothing worn by an Islamic State fighter in Kesarej village, south of Zumar, Nineveh province. Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighter. The assault, backed by U.S. air strikes, ended the months-long ordeal of hundreds of people from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, who had been besieged on the mountain since Islamic State stormed Sinjar and other Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Iraq in August
Pakistani schoolchildren look out the doorway of their school, before a special class about the victims killed in Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, at Ranrra school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday
Workers warm themselves around a fire at a wholesale grocery market on a winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi on Friday
Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand‘s Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into mass graves.
The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan