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Heavy rain caused flooding in southern Thailand...epaselect epa04534557 A photo made available on 19 December 2014 shows a Thai child wading through floodwater during heavy rain at a Thai-Malaysian border district of Waeng, Narathiwat province, southern Thailand, 17 December 2014. 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.  EPA/STR THAILAND OUT

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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. 

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, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people   most of them children   in a school massacre.

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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 December 19, 2014.

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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 inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak...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, December 14, 2014. 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.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)      ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 2 OF 29 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI - 10 YEARS ON'    SEARCH 'DAMIR TSUNAMI' FOR ALL IMAGES

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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...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 December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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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  

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark-III) lifts off at Indian space Research Organisation's (ISRO) center in Srharikota, Andhara Pradesh, India. India successfully tested its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module on board a 630-ton rocket from the southern island of Sriharikota, before detaching successfully at an altitude of 126 kilometres, and landing by parachute in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Space Research Organisation said 18 December 2014.

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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark-III) lifts off at Indian space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) center in Srharikota, Andhara Pradesh, India. India successfully tested its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module on board a 630-ton rocket from the southern island of Sriharikota, before detaching successfully at an altitude of 126 kilometres, and landing by parachute in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday

A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province

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A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province.

Indian students travel on a horse cart surrounded by fog in Jammu, India, Thursday, Dec.18, 2014. As winter sets in, thick fog engulfs most of north India early mornings.

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Students travel via horse and cart surrounded by fog in Jammu, India. As winter sets in, thick fog engulfs most of north India early mornings

To go with story Afghanistan-unrest-agriculture   In this photograph taken on November 18, 2014, Afghan workers carry picked saffron flowers to be delivered to a farmer in the Ghoriyan District of Herat. Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labour, but the world's most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years. In Herat, about 6,000 people -- 4,000 of them women -- are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres (325 hectares) of land, with the product exported to India, Europe, the United States and China. AFP PHOTO / Aref KARIMIAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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Workers deliver saffron flowers to a farmer in the Ghoriyan district of Herat. Saffron cultivation requires a great deal of land and intensive labour, but the world’s most expensive spice could be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan. In Herat, about 6,000 people – 4,000 of them women – are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres of land. 

Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi...Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi