South African mourners hold posters of former president Nelson Mandela, while chanting slogans as the convoy transporting the body of Nelson Mandela passes by in Pretoria, South Africa
Cyclists cover their faces on a hazy day in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. Two of the country’s most influential news outlets were criticised after trying to put a positive spin on China’s air pollution problem. The Global Times newspaper said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while state broadcaster CCTV listed five “unforeseen rewards” of smog, including helping Chinese people’s sense of humour.
The crescent moon rises behind two statues on Milan’s gothic cathedral known as the Duomo
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Protesters chained together block the entrance of an immigrant detention centre on Tuesday in Elizabeth, New Jersey. A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups marked international Human Rights Day by staging the civil disobedience action at the Elizabeth Detention Center where eight protesters were arrested by police. Organisers said the event was designed to draw attention to the continued mass deportations of undocumented immigrants by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Congress’s inability to pass immigration reform.
A commuter waits for a train during a snowstorm in Philadelphia, US
Horse-mounted policemen patrol oyster cultures to protect them from thieves on in Géfosse-Fontenay, France
Former US presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Mr Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton attend the official memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela
Workers undertake drainage repairs on a commercial street in Beijing. Chinese inflation slowed to 3% in November, the National Bureau of Statistics said, comfortably below the government’s target of 3.5% for the year.
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An islet near the coast of Japan that was created by a volcanic eruption is here to stay, at least for now, scientists said on Tuesday. The land mass near Nishinoshima island, part of the Ogasawara chain, 1,000 km south of Tokyo, could withstand erosion for several years.