Day in Pics: 18th December

Dec 18, 2012, 08:34 AM IST
Sri Lanka`s Thilan Samaraweera, left, lifts his bat as a bouncer is juggled by Australia`s wicketkeeper Matthew Wade on the fifth day of their cricket test match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia.
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Sri Lanka`s Thilan Samaraweera, left, lifts his bat as a bouncer is juggled by Australia`s wicketkeeper Matthew Wade on the fifth day of their cricket test match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia.

Pakistan`s former test cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq, front, leads a prayer at Qaddafi stadium during a practice session for the short cricket tour of India this month, in Lahore, Pakistan.
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Pakistan`s former test cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq, front, leads a prayer at Qaddafi stadium during a practice session for the short cricket tour of India this month, in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mourners comfort one another as they leave a funeral service for 6-year-old Noah Pozner, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Mourners comfort one another as they leave a funeral service for 6-year-old Noah Pozner, in Fairfield, Conn.

Husband Benedict Barboza, center, holds his son Junal, on his right, and daughter Lisha during the burial of nurse Jacintha Saldanha at her hometown Shirva, near Mangalore in southwest India.
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Husband Benedict Barboza, center, holds his son Junal, on his right, and daughter Lisha during the burial of nurse Jacintha Saldanha at her hometown Shirva, near Mangalore in southwest India.

A protester chains his hands during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.
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A protester chains his hands during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

People look at the wreckage after a truck, which collided with a jeep and a car in Maihar Tehsil of Satna district, Madhya Pradesh state, India.
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People look at the wreckage after a truck, which collided with a jeep and a car in Maihar Tehsil of Satna district, Madhya Pradesh state, India.

Tokyo Dome indoor baseball stadium, bottom left, known as Big Egg, and other buildings in Tokyo are shrouded in the morning mist due to the cold temperatures.
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Tokyo Dome indoor baseball stadium, bottom left, known as Big Egg, and other buildings in Tokyo are shrouded in the morning mist due to the cold temperatures.

A performer, from Britain, dressed as Santa Claus dances on stage during a preview of
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A performer, from Britain, dressed as Santa Claus dances on stage during a preview of "Santa Claus the Musical" at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre in Singapore, as part of the many activities which are organized at major malls leading up to Christmas and the holiday season.

High seas and gale force winds batter the beach in Natadoli Bay on the Coral Coast in Fiji. Cyclone Evan caused havoc throughout Fiji when it passed through the island on Monday night. Winds of over 200 kmh and torrential rain caused widespread damage to villages and holiday resorts.
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High seas and gale force winds batter the beach in Natadoli Bay on the Coral Coast in Fiji. Cyclone Evan caused havoc throughout Fiji when it passed through the island on Monday night. Winds of over 200 kmh and torrential rain caused widespread damage to villages and holiday resorts.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, turns over a symbolic torch of leadership to new Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima, as outgoing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome looks on during the change of command ceremony at the Philippine National Police headquarters.
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, turns over a symbolic torch of leadership to new Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima, as outgoing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome looks on during the change of command ceremony at the Philippine National Police headquarters.

Young Indian soccer players stretch as they practice in the morning winter fog in Kolkata.
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Young Indian soccer players stretch as they practice in the morning winter fog in Kolkata.

Syrian rebel fighters pose for a picture, following a training session in Maarret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria.
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Syrian rebel fighters pose for a picture, following a training session in Maarret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria.

Women activists shout slogans demanding safety for women as they stage a protest, condemning the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a city bus late Sunday in New Delhi. The Indian parliament Tuesday witnessed outrage over the issue even as the victim is battling for her life at a city hospital.
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Women activists shout slogans demanding safety for women as they stage a protest, condemning the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a city bus late Sunday in New Delhi. The Indian parliament Tuesday witnessed outrage over the issue even as the victim is battling for her life at a city hospital.

Taliban militants, who were arrested by Afghan joint forces, stand as they are presented to the media at the governors home in Jalalabad east of Kabul. Nineteen Taliban fighters were arrested by Afghan joint forces during an operation in Batikut district of Jalalabad.
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Taliban militants, who were arrested by Afghan joint forces, stand as they are presented to the media at the governors home in Jalalabad east of Kabul. Nineteen Taliban fighters were arrested by Afghan joint forces during an operation in Batikut district of Jalalabad.

Britain`s Prime Minister David Cameron, right, poses for photographers as he greets Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II at his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London.
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Britain`s Prime Minister David Cameron, right, poses for photographers as he greets Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II at his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London.

Firefighters clear rubble after two buildings collapsed overnight, in Palermo. News reports say two people have died and two are unaccounted-for after two buildings collapsed overnight in the Sicilian capital of Palermo.
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Firefighters clear rubble after two buildings collapsed overnight, in Palermo. News reports say two people have died and two are unaccounted-for after two buildings collapsed overnight in the Sicilian capital of Palermo.

US astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, members of the next mission to the International Space Station, speak during a news conference in the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
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US astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, members of the next mission to the International Space Station, speak during a news conference in the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Rukhsana Bibi, center, mourns for her daughter, polio worker Madiha Bibi, killed by unknown gunmen, at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Rukhsana Bibi, center, mourns for her daughter, polio worker Madiha Bibi, killed by unknown gunmen, at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.

Police officers detain a member of trade union during a protest in Hyderabad. The protestors from trade unions, state and central government employees protested against the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and its labor policies.
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Police officers detain a member of trade union during a protest in Hyderabad. The protestors from trade unions, state and central government employees protested against the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and its labor policies.

Tourists make their way through a snow covered mountain at Nathatop, about 119 kilometers (74 miles) from Jammu.
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Tourists make their way through a snow covered mountain at Nathatop, about 119 kilometers (74 miles) from Jammu.

Nativity scenes designer Genny Di Virgilio puts the final touches on two statuettes depicting former premier Silvio Berlusconi, holding a sign reading
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Nativity scenes designer Genny Di Virgilio puts the final touches on two statuettes depicting former premier Silvio Berlusconi, holding a sign reading "I`m coming back", and his new girlfriend Francesca Pascale displaying a red heart reading "I`ve fallen in love with you, Silvio", in his shop in Naples.

Members of the Movement for Equal Rights shout slogans during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Members of the Movement for Equal Rights shout slogans during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Members of a coalition of five leftist parties march during a nationwide strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Members of a coalition of five leftist parties march during a nationwide strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

An Indian army soldiers jump out from their vehicles as they arrived to join their colleagues during a gun battle at Saidpora, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Srinagar.
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An Indian army soldiers jump out from their vehicles as they arrived to join their colleagues during a gun battle at Saidpora, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Srinagar.

Britain`s Prince Charles, right, and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, center, listen to children in a choir from the local Camelot primary school perform for them as they visit a community Christmas event at the Everlasting Arms Ministry, a Christian ministry in south London.
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Britain`s Prince Charles, right, and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, center, listen to children in a choir from the local Camelot primary school perform for them as they visit a community Christmas event at the Everlasting Arms Ministry, a Christian ministry in south London.

A Naga Sadhu, or Naked Hindu holy man, dressed as Hindu God Shiva dances during a religious procession towards Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad.
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A Naga Sadhu, or Naked Hindu holy man, dressed as Hindu God Shiva dances during a religious procession towards Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad.