A man stands next to his house destroyed overnight by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-russian fighters, on December 9, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 9 a ceasefire along the front line in the east of his country appeared to be holding after Kiev declared a "day of silence" in the war with pro-Russian separatists.

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A man stands next to his house, which was destroyed on Monday night by shelling in the Kuibishevskiy district of the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk , controlled by pro-Russian fighters.

Men sell firewood on a rainy day in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus December 9, 2014. The graffiti on the wall reads, "For the liberation of the humans".

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Men sell firewood on a rainy day in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria on Tuesday. The graffiti on the wall reads: “For the liberation of the humans.”

A boy looks for recyclable materials among the garbage washed ashore due to Typhoon Hagupit in Cavite, south of Manila December 9, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines, while rescue workers struggled in its aftermath to reach towns in central provinces where thousands of homes were wrecked and at least 27 people killed

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A boy looks for recyclable materials among the garbage washed ashore by Typhoon Hagupit in Cavite, south of Manila in the Philippines. The typhoon weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines.

 An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State's advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq.  Although the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq was already a refuge for an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees, since the Islamic State began its onslaught on Iraq in June, Kurdistan has also taken in a more than one and a half million displaced people. Many have been placed in purpose-built refugee camps but the huge numbers mean thousands of others are forced to live in un-finished buildings or inadequate, makeshift shelters and as winter in the region closes in, there are growing concerns for the welfare of the refugees who, while their homes are still in ISIL controlled territory, have no realistic prospect of returning to them.

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An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State’s advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons’ camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq.

Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) south west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The elections are being held in five stages to allow government forces to better guard against any violence or anti-India protests. Results are due Dec. 23.

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Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third-phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28km (17 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a  a demonstration in Rome against the government's Jobs Act labour reform bill. Three protesters were injured in a police charge at the demonstration. The protest organized by the self-styled National Social Strike Laboratory said high school students occupying their schools this week also participated in the march through central Rome, which turned into a melee when protesters tried to break through a police cordon around the Senate building, setting off flares and throwing eggs at law enforcement. The government's Jobs Act labour reform bill now on the floor of the Senate, where the administration of Premier Matteo Renzi looks set to call a confidence vote.

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Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill

Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Thousands took part in the funeral procession of Shafi who was killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday

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Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Srinagar, India, on Wednesday

A bench covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest, December 3, 2014. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of Budapest went without electricity this week as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power lines, Hungary's Disaster Relief Agency said.

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A bench covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest on Wednesday. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of Budapest went without electricity this week as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power lines

A Palestinian worker carries a hammer as he participates in efforts to clear the rubble of a school, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City December 3, 2014. According to housing minister Mufeed al-Hasayna, Gaza needs 8,000 tonnes of cement a day to meet demand. A new system set up with the United Nations to comply with Israeli requirements lets through at most 2,000, he said. At that rate, reconstruction would take more than 30 years, said Hasayna, one of four members of the unity government based in Gaza rather than the West Bank. Hasayna signed an agreement with the U.N. Development Programme and the Swedish government last week to equip and hire local contractors to clear and recycle rubble from northern Gaza

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A Palestinian worker carries a hammer as he participates in efforts to clear the rubble of a school, that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City on Wednesday

Llamas are seen in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco. Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Peru's top tourist attraction, with the government limiting tourists to 2,500 per day due to safety reasons and concerns over the preservation of the ruins.

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Llamas are seen in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco. Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Peru’s top tourist attraction