Day in Pics: 24th December

Dec 24, 2013, 08:40 AM IST
Indian girls display self defense skills during the closing ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh, or Sports Event in Ahmadabad.
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Indian girls display self defense skills during the closing ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh, or Sports Event in Ahmadabad.

Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi waves to the audience during the closing ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh, or Sports Event in Ahmadabad.
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Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi waves to the audience during the closing ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh, or Sports Event in Ahmadabad.

Maria Alekhina, a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot speaks on the phone after being released from prison, in Nizhny Novgorod.
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Maria Alekhina, a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot speaks on the phone after being released from prison, in Nizhny Novgorod.

Elsa McCarthy kisses her son, Christopher McCarthy, after he and three other mountain bikers were found safe by search and rescue teams, after spending a night in the chilly Angeles National Forest near Pasadena, Calif.
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Elsa McCarthy kisses her son, Christopher McCarthy, after he and three other mountain bikers were found safe by search and rescue teams, after spending a night in the chilly Angeles National Forest near Pasadena, Calif.

Luz Consuelo Martinez, wife of singer and composer Diomedes Diaz, top left, mourns over his coffin at the main square in Valledupar, in Colombia`s northern state of Cesar.
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Luz Consuelo Martinez, wife of singer and composer Diomedes Diaz, top left, mourns over his coffin at the main square in Valledupar, in Colombia`s northern state of Cesar.

Firefighters are forced back as flames burst out the front door of 11 Cross Street in Danville, Pa.
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Firefighters are forced back as flames burst out the front door of 11 Cross Street in Danville, Pa.

The Prancing Elites, an all male dance team, performs in the Semmes Christmas parade.
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The Prancing Elites, an all male dance team, performs in the Semmes Christmas parade.

President Barack Obama walks up to the 18th green at Mid-Pacific County Club in Kailua, Hawaii.
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President Barack Obama walks up to the 18th green at Mid-Pacific County Club in Kailua, Hawaii.

Emily Holmes, right, embraces her wife Heather Pope after being married in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices.
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Emily Holmes, right, embraces her wife Heather Pope after being married in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices.

This June 16, 2011 photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute shows Saturn`s largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appearing to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA`s Cassini spacecraft. The images were taken using red, green and blue spectral filters that were combined to create this natural-color view.
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This June 16, 2011 photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute shows Saturn`s largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appearing to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA`s Cassini spacecraft. The images were taken using red, green and blue spectral filters that were combined to create this natural-color view.

Shiite Muslim worshippers surround the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during the Muslim festival of Arbaeen in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. The holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein the Prophet Muhammad`s grandson.
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Shiite Muslim worshippers surround the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during the Muslim festival of Arbaeen in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. The holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein the Prophet Muhammad`s grandson.

Founder editor of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal was sent to judicial custody by the JMFC after it was extended by twelve more days in the case of alleged sexual assault on a junior colleague at the sessions court in Panaji.
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Founder editor of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal was sent to judicial custody by the JMFC after it was extended by twelve more days in the case of alleged sexual assault on a junior colleague at the sessions court in Panaji.

BJP President Rajnath Singh, senior leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley with BJP Chief Ministers Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Raman Singh (Chattisgarh), Manohar Parrikar (Goa) during BJP Chief Minister`s conference at party office in New Delhi.
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BJP President Rajnath Singh, senior leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley with BJP Chief Ministers Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Raman Singh (Chattisgarh), Manohar Parrikar (Goa) during BJP Chief Minister`s conference at party office in New Delhi.

Citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect damages buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.
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Citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect damages buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria.

Handout photo released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, poses as Miss International 2013 Bea Santiago takes a photo using her smartphone camera during her courtesy call at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila.
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Handout photo released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, poses as Miss International 2013 Bea Santiago takes a photo using her smartphone camera during her courtesy call at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila.

Pakistan Army DGMO Maj Gen Aamer Riaz and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia before the delegation level meeting at the Wagah-Attari border.
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Pakistan Army DGMO Maj Gen Aamer Riaz and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia before the delegation level meeting at the Wagah-Attari border.

Kashmiri men warm their hands near a bonfire on a cold day in Srinagar. The Kashmir valley continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas.
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Kashmiri men warm their hands near a bonfire on a cold day in Srinagar. The Kashmir valley continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas.

Pakistani Christians play cards on a roadside near their neighborhood ahead of Christmas in Islamabad.
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Pakistani Christians play cards on a roadside near their neighborhood ahead of Christmas in Islamabad.

Children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sculpture titled World Peace by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik ahead of Christmas at a beach in Puri.
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Children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sculpture titled World Peace by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik ahead of Christmas at a beach in Puri.