World photo of the day - December

A Palestinian flag flutters as Palestinian boys stand atop the rubble of a house, which witness said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during an eight-day conflict, in the northern Gaza Strip. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory.
A Palestinian flag flutters as Palestinian boys stand atop the rubble of a house, which witness said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during an eight-day conflict, in the northern Gaza Strip. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory.
DECEMBER 20: Children look out through condensation in the windows of school bus number 26 as it pulls into Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut. Students returned to school in the shattered Connecticut town of Newtown, accompanied by police and counsellors to help them cope with grief and fear after a gunman's shooting rampage killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School and altered attitudes about gun control in Washington.
DECEMBER 20: Children look out through condensation in the windows of school bus number 26 as it pulls into Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut. Students returned to school in the shattered Connecticut town of Newtown, accompanied by police and counsellors to help them cope with grief and fear after a gunman's shooting rampage killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School and altered attitudes about gun control in Washington.
DECEMBER 19: A girl looks out from the entrance door of a temple as her mother offers daily prayers in Lalitpur, Nepal.
DECEMBER 19: A girl looks out from the entrance door of a temple as her mother offers daily prayers in Lalitpur, Nepal.
DECEMBER 18: A man runs during the The Color Run in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Color Run is a 5 km race where runners are hit with a powder of a different color at each kilometer they pass.
DECEMBER 18: A man runs during the The Color Run in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Color Run is a 5 km race where runners are hit with a powder of a different color at each kilometer they pass.
DECEMBER 17: US President Barack Obama tears up during a press briefing concerning the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A heavily armed gunman opened fire on school children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing 26 people including 18 children in the latest in a series of shooting rampages that have tormented the United States this year.
DECEMBER 17: US President Barack Obama tears up during a press briefing concerning the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A heavily armed gunman opened fire on school children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing 26 people including 18 children in the latest in a series of shooting rampages that have tormented the United States this year.
DECEMBER 14: A man collects recyclable items in Managua's municipal garbage dump, known as "La Chureca in Managua, Nicaragua. Spain delivered to the Mayor of Managua a modern recycling plant of solid waste valued at $48 million, expected to generate some 2,000 jobs, with the capacity to recycle between 750 and 800 tonnes of garbage per day. About 1,500 people inhabit La Chureca and make a living from recycling waste, local media said.
DECEMBER 14: A man collects recyclable items in Managua's municipal garbage dump, known as "La Chureca in Managua, Nicaragua. Spain delivered to the Mayor of Managua a modern recycling plant of solid waste valued at $48 million, expected to generate some 2,000 jobs, with the capacity to recycle between 750 and 800 tonnes of garbage per day. About 1,500 people inhabit La Chureca and make a living from recycling waste, local media said.
DECEMBER 13: A worker collects orders at Amazon's fulfilment centre in Rugeley, central England
DECEMBER 13: A worker collects orders at Amazon's fulfilment centre in Rugeley, central England
DECEMBER 12: A man walks at a park during a snowfall in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria.
DECEMBER 12: A man walks at a park during a snowfall in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria.
DECEMBER 11: Brad and Jay McCanta kiss to a cheering crowd on the steps of Seattle City Hall in Washington. Washington made history last month as one of three US states where marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples by popular vote, joining Maryland and Maine in passing ballot initiatives recognizing gay nuptials
DECEMBER 11: Brad and Jay McCanta kiss to a cheering crowd on the steps of Seattle City Hall in Washington. Washington made history last month as one of three US states where marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples by popular vote, joining Maryland and Maine in passing ballot initiatives recognizing gay nuptials
DECEMBER 10: Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo.
DECEMBER 10: Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo.
DECEMBER 7: A man walks past a protest against the level of homicide in Brazil by the non-governmental group Rio de Paz in Rio de Janeiro. Some 500,000 beans were placed over red sheets by the group to represent the number of people killed over the last ten years in Brazil, according to Rio de Paz.
DECEMBER 7: A man walks past a protest against the level of homicide in Brazil by the non-governmental group Rio de Paz in Rio de Janeiro. Some 500,000 beans were placed over red sheets by the group to represent the number of people killed over the last ten years in Brazil, according to Rio de Paz.
DECEMBER 6: Palestinian security guards pray at a soccer stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during the recent eight day conflict in Gaza City. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month, calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory.
DECEMBER 6: Palestinian security guards pray at a soccer stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during the recent eight day conflict in Gaza City. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month, calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory.
DECEMBER 5: Children play on the broken remains of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, in the Queens Borough of New York. Queens was hit especially hard by Hurricane Sandy.
DECEMBER 5: Children play on the broken remains of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, in the Queens Borough of New York. Queens was hit especially hard by Hurricane Sandy.
DECEMBER 4: Two men walk through Stirling Castle graveyard in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds.
DECEMBER 4: Two men walk through Stirling Castle graveyard in Stirling, Scotland. Snow and sleet has hit many parts of Scotland with heavier falls expected over higher grounds.
DECEMBER 3: A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his rifle as he stands on a damaged street in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district.
DECEMBER 3: A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his rifle as he stands on a damaged street in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district.

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