A miner emerges from an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez yesterday. For the past four years, war veteran Ramiz Rizvic with his son and some family members, have been extracting coal from this illegal and unsafe mine using primitive and makeshift tools. Each of the workers earns the equivalent of $12 for a 12 hour shift at 200 meters (655 ft) deep. They sell each 50 kg (110 lb) sack of their coal for about 4$. High unemployment levels in the former Yugoslavian republic has helped the proliferation of this kind of illegal mining.
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A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege today in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital.
Traffic resumes after the last Occupy protest site is cleared at a retail district in Hong Kong. The authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the end of the demonstrations that have blocked the city’s streets for more than two months.
A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany
Indian supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans as they listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (unseen) during an election campaign rally in Vijaypur.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani take part in a press conference at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Ashraf Ghani is making his first official visit to Germany since becoming President.
Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, eats a local grilled fish during his official campaign kick-off for the December 14 lower house election, at the Soma Haragama fishing port in Soma, Fukushima prefecture.
Kashmiris walk towards a polling station to cast their votes on a cold and foggy morning in Kulangham, some 68km north of Srinagar, India, on Tuesday.
Emirati boys stand in front of government-sanctioned graffiti entitled “Our Journey,” which marks the United Arab Emirates‘ 43rd National Day, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Guinness World Records on Sunday announced that the 2,245-meter (2,455-yard) artwork would be entered into its record book.
A plane of German flagship carrier Lufthansa is parked on tarmac in Frankfurt’s airport on Monday. Lufthansa cancelled 1,350 flights, or 48 percent of scheduled services, for Monday and Tuesday as its pilots prepared to go on strike, their ninth walkout this year. The cancelled short-, medium- and long-haul flights will affect 150,000 passengers and wipe another single-digit million euro sum off the airline’s earnings, according to analyst estimates.