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Afghani President Ashraf Ghani visits Germany...epaselect epa04516194 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani take part in a press conference at the Federal Chancellery in†Berlin,†Germany, 05 December 2014. Ashraf Ghani is making his first official visit to Germany since becoming President.  EPA/WOLFGANG†KUMM

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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 PM Abe eats a local grilled fish during his official campaign kick-off for the Dec 14 lower house election, in Soma...Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), 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, December 2, 2014.    REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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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 68 kilometers north of Srinagar, India on Tuesday. The second phase of the five-phased state elections is being held Tuesday.

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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, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Guinness World Records on Sunday announced that the 2,245-meter (2,455-yard) artwork would be entered into its record book. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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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, December 1, 2014. 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

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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.

Taken by the European Southern Observatory shows a view of the bright star cluster NGC 3532 captured by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile. Some of the stars still shine with a hot bluish colour, but many of the more massive ones have become red giants and glow with a rich orange hue.

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A bright star cluster (NGC 3532) captured by telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, run by the European Southern Observatory. Some of the stars still shine with a hot bluish colour, but many of the larger ones glow with a rich orange hue

A blue herring walks along the beach at sunset in Orange Beach Alabama.

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A blue herring walks along the beach at sunset in Orange Beach Alabama.

Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58 centimeter) nails at a book launch in London. The 56 year old stars in a book entitled 'Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock', a compendium of strange but true facts and stories.

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Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58 centimeter) nails at a book launch in London. The 56 year old stars in a book entitled ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock’, a compendium of strange but true facts and stories.

An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue

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An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue. Two suspected Palestinian men armed with axes and knives killed four people on Tuesday before being shot dead by police

Brad Pitt...Movie star Brad Pitt poses for a photo for a fan at the world premiere of  "Unbroken" in Sydney, Australia Monday Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/John Roe)

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Movie star Brad Pitt poses for a photo for a fan at the world premiere of ‘Unbroken’ in Sydney, Australia 

US President Obama visit to Myanmar...epaselect epa04488931 US President Barack Obama (L) and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) greet each other at the Suu Kyi's resident in Yangon, Myanmar, 14 November 2014. US President Barack Obama is visiting Myanmar from 12 to 14 November 2014 as part of his six-days visit including China and Australia from November 10-16. During his second time visit to Myanmar, Obama attended the East Asia Summit (EAS), the US-ASEAN Summit and held a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein in Naypyitaw.  EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

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US President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greet each other at her house in Yangon, Myanmar

rench National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall (L), French President Francois Hollande (C) and former French astronaut Claudie Haignere wear 3D glasses during a visit at the Cite des Sciences at La Villette in Paris as they follow the successful landing of the Philae lander on comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. REUTERS/Jacques Brinon/Pool    REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, French President Francois Hollande and former French astronaut Claudie Haignere wear 3D glasses during a visit at the Cite des Sciences at La Villette in Paris as they follow the successful landing of the Philae lander on comet 67P. 

Autumn sun rises over the river Leine an...Autumn sun rises over the river Leine and surrounding landscape in Neustadt am R¸benberge, central Germany, on November 11, 2014.      AFP PHOTO / DPA / ALEXANDER K÷RNER / GERMANY OUTALEXANDER K÷RNER/AFP/Getty Images

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Autumn sun rises over the river Leine and surrounding landscape in Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany 

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gestures as he speaks at the CBI annual conference in London...Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gestures as he speaks at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference in London November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

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Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gestures as he speaks at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference in London.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Mike LEYRAL In a...TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Mike LEYRAL In a picture taken with an underwater camera, a couple stands in front of a Polynesian priest during their underwater wedding ceremony on October 25, 2014 in Bora-Bora, in French Polynesia. The ceremony lasts twenty minutes and costs around 2700 euros.  AFP PHOTO/BEN THOUARD   -RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-Ben Thouard/AFP/Getty Images

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In a picture taken with an underwater camera, a couple stands in front of a Polynesian priest during their underwater wedding ceremony in Bora-Bora, in French Polynesia. The ceremony lasts twenty minutes and costs around 2700 euros.

Men shout slogans in front of burning cars, near the Burkina Faso's Parliament where demonstrators set fire, on October 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou, as they protest against plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. Police had fired tear gas on protesters to try to prevent them from moving in on the National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou ahead of a vote on the controversial legislation. But about 1,500 people managed to break through the security cordon and were ransacking parliament, according to AFP correspondents. Protesters ransacked offices, setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment, and set fire to cars outside. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGOISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

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Men shout slogans in front of burning cars on Thursday, near the Burkina Faso’s Parliament in Ouagadougou, as they protest against plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule.

Susi Pudjiastuti...Indonesian Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, center, adjusts her sunglasses as she prepares for a photo session after the inauguration ceremony for the newly appointed Cabinet members at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

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Indonesian maritime and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti, centre, adjusts her sunglasses as she prepares for a photo session after the inauguration ceremony for the newly appointed Cabinet members at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia 

Forces of Syria's President Assad burn a flag of al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which they said was left behind by rebel fighters, in Zor al-Mahruqa village...Forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which they said was left behind by rebel fighters, in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after the forces said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside October 6, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after they said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside

A Nepalese Hindu devotee stands with burning oil lamps on his shoulders as part of rituals to celebrate the tenth and final day of Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2014. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga, marking the victory of good over evil. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A Nepalese Hindu devotee stands with burning oil lamps on his shoulders as part of a ritual to celebrate the tenth and final day of Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, in Kathmandu 

Revelers Gather For Annual Moyo Festival...SUMBAWA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 30:  A jockey spurs the buffalos as they race during Barapan Kebo or buffalo races as part of the Moyo festival on September 30, 2014 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The traditional Buffalo races, known as Barapan Kebo, are held by Samawa tribes in muddy rice fields to celebrate and provide entertainment ahead of the annual planting season. Jockeys secure themselves on a wooden structure attached to the buffalo, and maneuver across the mud in a race to the finish line. The jockeys weild long sticks, in a similar style to jousting, and direct them towards targets called 'Saka'. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

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A jockey spurs the buffalos as they race during Barapan Kebo or buffalo races as part of the Moyo festival in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The traditional Buffalo races, known as Barapan Kebo, are held by Samawa tribes in muddy rice fields to celebrate and provide entertainment ahead of the annual planting season. Jockeys secure themselves on a wooden structure attached to the buffalo, and maneuver across the mud in a race to the finish line. The jockeys weild long sticks, in a similar style to jousting, and direct them towards targets called ‘Saka’.