Thursday 18 December 2014
 
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Christmas in Washington

US President Barack Obama (2nd R), first lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughters Malia (2nd L) and Sasha (3rd L) participate in a song, also including singer Darius Rucker (L), at the end of the taping of the 'Christmas in Washington' television special to benefit Children's Nat

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Miss World 2014

Rolene Strauss of South Africa (C) is crowned Miss World 2014, as Elizabeth Safrit of the US (R) and Edina Kulczar of Hungary (L) who placed third and second respectively, look on at the ExCel Centre in east London on December 14. Contestants from 126 countries are in London to compete in the 2

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Photo finish

Australian Jockey Zac Purton riding Aerovelocity crosses the finish line to win the 1,200m Longines Hong Kong Sprint Group One race at Shatin racetrack in Hong Kong on December 14. Reuters/Tyrone Siu  

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Bringing down the house

People visit a house built upside-down in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on December 14. The house was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. Reuters/Ilya Naymushin  

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Extreme sailing

Crews from 10 nations compete in the final stage of the extreme sailing series on Sydney Harbour on  December 14. The racing series has taken place in eight venues around the world on 40-foot  (12 metre) catamarans with the hulls flying out of the water in as little as 8 knots (15kph)

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Cooling it

Delegates rest during a break of the plenary session at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 20 in Lima on December 13. UN talks on slowing climate change were threatened with collapse on Saturday after China clashed with the US and led emerging nations to reject a compromise outline of an agre

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Cutting edge art

People gather in front of the Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece by Henry Moore at the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington on December 13.  Reuters/Joshua Roberts  

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Maasai Olympics

A Maasai moran athlete uses a razor blade to groom during preparations for the Maasai Olympics 2014 at the Sidai Oleng wildlife sanctuary at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro near the Kenya-Tanzania border in Kajiado on December 13. Scores of young Maasais representing four manyattas - a barrack for w

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Masked movement

Activists wearing masks depicting (L to R) Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, China's President Xi Jinping, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia's President Vladimir Putin are seen

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Monster cloud

A large cloud gathers over the skyline of San Francisco, California on December 12. A major storm pummeled California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and high winds on Thursday, killing one man, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes, disrupting flights and prompting schools

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