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A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad     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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A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem. Read more

A flock of migrating cranes is seen at the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel...A flock of migrating cranes is seen at the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel December 20, 2013. The Hula Valley is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration route between the northern and southern hemispheres.

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A flock of migrating cranes is seen at the Hula Lake ornithology and nature park in northern Israel. The Hula Valley is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration route between the northern and southern hemispheres. Read more

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at  the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during a snowstorm.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during a snowstorm.

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men and Rabbis gather during a demonstration to support Ultra-Orthodox Jews who were detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment center in front of the Israeli military prison 6 near Haifa, Israel, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Israeli police say more than a thousand people have protested in support of ultra-Orthodox Jews who were detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment center.

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Ultra-orthodox Jews and rabbis gather during a demonstration to support ultra-orthodox Jews detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment centre in front of the Israeli military prison 6 near Haifa, Israel. Israeli police say more than a thousand people have protested.

Israeli soldiers gesture as they sit in front of the Mediterranean at Zikim beach, near the southern city of Ashkelon November 27, 2013. Unseasonable temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius were recorded in some areas of Israel on Wednesday.

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Israeli soldiers gesture in front of the Mediterranean at Zikim beach, near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel

Pelicans rest as the sun sets behind a water reservoir in the Emek Hefer valley north of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Thousands of migrant Pelicans pass though Israel on their way to Africa, and go back to Europe when summer. They take advantage of the safety of this artificial water source where they are fed by by local farmers with hundreds of kilogram of fish in a bid to prevent them from eating their other fish intend for sale.

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Pelicans rest as the sun sets behind a water reservoir in Emek Hefer, north of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Thousands of migrant Pelicans pass though Israel on their way to Africa, and go back to Europe in summer

School children watch as volunteers of the Israeli sea turtle rescue center free a Loggerhead sea turtle back to the Mediterranean sea on November 21, 2013 in Gaash, Israel. The turtle is one of two wounded Loggerhead sea turtles that were rehabilitated at the rescue center and freed today. From transplanting turtle nests during the nesting season to protected beaches, through the rescue and treatment of wounded turtles brought in by fishermen or washed up on Israel's shores, to the development of a long-range breeding program for the threatened Green turtles, the volunteers and staff of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority are doing their best to protect the creatures. The numbers have dwindled in the Mediterranean to an estimated 450 nesting female Green turtles and about 2500 nesting female Loggerheads. Far removed from man-made obstacles and protected from their natural predators such as crabs, foxes and birds, the hatchlings make their race to the sea with the hope that more than 20 years later they will return to the same beach to ensure the species survival.

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School children watch as volunteers of the Israeli sea turtle rescue centre free a loggerhead sea turtle back into the Mediterranean sea on Thursday in Ga’ash, Israel.

A Palestinian youth uses a sling shot during clashes with Israeli security close to an army checkpoint in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron. Palestinian communities around the Israeli occupied West Bank are marking the ninth anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who passed away in Paris on November 11, 2004 at 75 after falling sick a month earlier.

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A Palestinian youth uses a sling shot during clashes with Israeli security close to an army checkpoint in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron. Palestinian communities around the Israeli occupied West Bank are marking the ninth anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who passed away in Paris in November, 2004 at 75 after falling sick a month earlier.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry walks to his plane after a private meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

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US Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his plane after a private meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Friday

An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Jewish women from the group known as "Women of the Wall," convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.

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An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem‘s old city. A group known as Women of the Wall convene monthly for prayers, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.