Day in Pics: 21st December

Dec 21, 2012, 08:37 AM IST
French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath of flowers at the war memorial, in Algiers. The Socialist president`s visit came as Algeria celebrates 50 years of independence from France, during which the two countries` ties have been fraught with tension.
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French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath of flowers at the war memorial, in Algiers. The Socialist president`s visit came as Algeria celebrates 50 years of independence from France, during which the two countries` ties have been fraught with tension.

A Bnei Menashe Jewish community woman , right, bids goodbye as other leaves for Israel from Churachandpur, in India`s northeastern state of Manipur.
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A Bnei Menashe Jewish community woman , right, bids goodbye as other leaves for Israel from Churachandpur, in India`s northeastern state of Manipur.

Fire fighters try to contain flames a from a burning oil pipeline in Ijeododo in the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria. The oil pipeline belonging to Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation exploded near Nigeria`s largest city as thieves tried to siphon oil from it Monday.
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Fire fighters try to contain flames a from a burning oil pipeline in Ijeododo in the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria. The oil pipeline belonging to Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation exploded near Nigeria`s largest city as thieves tried to siphon oil from it Monday.

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
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Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Pakistani activists rally in Karachi Pakistan to condemn killings of health workers.
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Pakistani activists rally in Karachi Pakistan to condemn killings of health workers.

President Barack Obama waves to the media as he walks from Marine One to the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, as he returns from Walter Reed National Military Medial Center in Bethesda, Md., where he visited injured military members.
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President Barack Obama waves to the media as he walks from Marine One to the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, as he returns from Walter Reed National Military Medial Center in Bethesda, Md., where he visited injured military members.

Indian Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar`s wife Sukanya Rajan, right, is comforted by daughter Anoushka Shankar as they leave after a memorial service for Shankar in Encinitas, Calif.
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Indian Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar`s wife Sukanya Rajan, right, is comforted by daughter Anoushka Shankar as they leave after a memorial service for Shankar in Encinitas, Calif.

Students react during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, in Taichung, southern Taiwan.
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Students react during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, in Taichung, southern Taiwan.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur waves during the flag down ceremony of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Car rally, in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur waves during the flag down ceremony of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Car rally, in New Delhi.

Wearing Santa Claus hats, police officers who are deployed to provide security for the upcoming Christmas ride bicycles after a show of force in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.
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Wearing Santa Claus hats, police officers who are deployed to provide security for the upcoming Christmas ride bicycles after a show of force in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

Cambodian Buddhist monks bless staff during the opening ceremony of the Pangolin Rehabilitation Center at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center in Tra Pang Sap village, Takeo province, Cambodia.
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Cambodian Buddhist monks bless staff during the opening ceremony of the Pangolin Rehabilitation Center at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center in Tra Pang Sap village, Takeo province, Cambodia.

Philippine Army Special Forces march past the grandstand during the 77th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Armed Forces at Camp Aguinaldo parade grounds at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila.
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Philippine Army Special Forces march past the grandstand during the 77th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Armed Forces at Camp Aguinaldo parade grounds at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila.

A Pakistani health worker administers anti-polio drops to an infant under security in Lahore. Thousands of polio workers escorted by police guards pressed on with the immunization program despite the deaths of nine people gunned down by suspected militants while working on the campaign in the country.
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A Pakistani health worker administers anti-polio drops to an infant under security in Lahore. Thousands of polio workers escorted by police guards pressed on with the immunization program despite the deaths of nine people gunned down by suspected militants while working on the campaign in the country.

Students shout slogans and demand severe punishment for rapists as they condemn the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi during a protest in Jammu.
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Students shout slogans and demand severe punishment for rapists as they condemn the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi during a protest in Jammu.

Firefighters try to douse a fire that broke out at a wholesale market in Agartala. More than 20 shops have been gutted in the fire, according to local reports.
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Firefighters try to douse a fire that broke out at a wholesale market in Agartala. More than 20 shops have been gutted in the fire, according to local reports.

A group of Indian software engineers flash their tickets for the first Twenty20 cricket match between India and Pakistan, as they pose for photographers, in Bangalore. Pakistan cricket team is touring India for a short series, the first between the neighbors in five years.
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A group of Indian software engineers flash their tickets for the first Twenty20 cricket match between India and Pakistan, as they pose for photographers, in Bangalore. Pakistan cricket team is touring India for a short series, the first between the neighbors in five years.

France`s President Francois Hollande looks at a book offered by French army General Eric Hautecloque Raysz during a ceremony to honor French troops home from Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.
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France`s President Francois Hollande looks at a book offered by French army General Eric Hautecloque Raysz during a ceremony to honor French troops home from Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings with the Roman curia, in the Clementine hall at Vatican.
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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings with the Roman curia, in the Clementine hall at Vatican.

An opponent of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is detained by riot police during clashes with Islamist supporters of the president, unseen, in Alexandria, Egypt.
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An opponent of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is detained by riot police during clashes with Islamist supporters of the president, unseen, in Alexandria, Egypt.

Thai Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwannathat walks with his Indian counterpart A.K. Antony upon his arrival for a ceremonial guard of honor at the Indian Defense Ministry in New Delhi.
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Thai Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwannathat walks with his Indian counterpart A.K. Antony upon his arrival for a ceremonial guard of honor at the Indian Defense Ministry in New Delhi.

A visually impaired child performs during Christmas celebrations at Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad.
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A visually impaired child performs during Christmas celebrations at Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad.