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Cake break

Tian Tian, a  giant panda eats a special Christmas panda cake crafted in the shape of a Christmas tree in the outdoor enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo ,Scotland on December 17. Reuters/Russell Cheyne  

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Hope amid chaos

Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed five-storey residential building in Nairobi on December 17. Over 30 families are believed to have been living in the building. Unknown number of people remain trapped in the debris.

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Scout’s honour

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a blindfold, is helped to ice a cake by Fynley Gooch, aged 7, as she promotes disability awareness while meeting with children at the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in eas

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Extreme training

Soldiers shout as they practise in temperatures of about minus 30 degrees centigrade (-22 F) in the Chinese town of Heihe, Heilongjiang province on December 16. Reuters/China Daily  

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Floral tribute

A note can be seen among floral tributes that have been placed near the cafe where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney December 16. Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a nu

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Slow-moving strike

Striking Paris taxis take part in a demonstration over the Paris ring road on December 15, 2014. The UberPop transport service will be forbidden in France beginning January 1, 2015, the French interior ministry said on Monday, the latest regulat

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'Divine' dolls

Kachina dolls made by the Native American Hopi and Zuni tribes are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris before auction, on December 15.  The Hopi, some of whose 18,000 members continue to follow a traditional way of life farming o

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Living on the edge

A worker walks on a beam at a construction site for a new commercial building in Beijing on December 15. China's economic growth could slow to 7.1 per cent in 2015 from an expected 7.4 per cent this year, held back by a sagging property sect

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UAE Exchange owner gets $800m loan to buy Travelex

A loan of up to $800 million to help Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneur B R Shetty acquire a majority stake in foreign exchange operator Travelex has been completed, two sources aware of the matter said on Monday. The facility, arranged

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Financial profiles of banks to strengthen in 2015

The standalone creditworthiness of banks across the globe will continue to stabilise in 2015, a report said. At the same time, the number of negative banking system outlooks has risen, primarily reflecting the potential for a decl

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