Day in Pics: 26th December

Dec 26, 2013, 08:39 AM IST
In this image taken from video provided by NASA, astronauts Rick Mastracchio, top, and Michael Hopkins work to repair an external cooling line on the International Space Station.
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In this image taken from video provided by NASA, astronauts Rick Mastracchio, top, and Michael Hopkins work to repair an external cooling line on the International Space Station.

Shaylona Kirk, of Cocoa Beach, left, peeks at the camera during the photo shoot of over 210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen at the fourth annual
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Shaylona Kirk, of Cocoa Beach, left, peeks at the camera during the photo shoot of over 210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen at the fourth annual "surfing Santas" event in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Organizer George Trosset said he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds.

A man holds a poster of singer and composer Diomedes Diaz during his funeral mass at the main square of Valledupar, Colombia`s northern state of Cesar. Diomedes Diaz, one of the greatest performers of Colombia`s accordion vallenato music, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at age 56.
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A man holds a poster of singer and composer Diomedes Diaz during his funeral mass at the main square of Valledupar, Colombia`s northern state of Cesar. Diomedes Diaz, one of the greatest performers of Colombia`s accordion vallenato music, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at age 56.

Australia`s Peter Siddle, right, celebrates the wicket of England`s Alastair Cook on the first day of their Ashes cricket test match, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.
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Australia`s Peter Siddle, right, celebrates the wicket of England`s Alastair Cook on the first day of their Ashes cricket test match, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.

Snow-covered Lake Michigan is seen in Chicago. Two bursts of light snow are likely to total 1 to 2 inches area-wide, making this the snowiest Christmas in the Chicago area since 2002 when 2 inches fell.
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Snow-covered Lake Michigan is seen in Chicago. Two bursts of light snow are likely to total 1 to 2 inches area-wide, making this the snowiest Christmas in the Chicago area since 2002 when 2 inches fell.

People, in a viewpoint of a cliffside, look at waves breaking against rocks at the Nazare lighthouse, outside the fishing village of Nazare, central coast of Portugal.
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People, in a viewpoint of a cliffside, look at waves breaking against rocks at the Nazare lighthouse, outside the fishing village of Nazare, central coast of Portugal.

Britain`s Duchess of Cambridge talks to children after she and other members of the royal family attended a Christmas Day Service at St. Mary`s church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen Elizabeth`s retreat, in Norfolk, England.
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Britain`s Duchess of Cambridge talks to children after she and other members of the royal family attended a Christmas Day Service at St. Mary`s church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen Elizabeth`s retreat, in Norfolk, England.

Security guards salute near wreaths in front of a statue of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong in Shaoshan, Mao`s hometown, in southern China`s Hunan province.
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Security guards salute near wreaths in front of a statue of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong in Shaoshan, Mao`s hometown, in southern China`s Hunan province.

Jill Ghantous, center, kisses her daughter, Briana Ghantous, 6, at the Wingate Hotel,in Grand Blanc Township, Mich. The Ghantous family lost power on Sunday at their home in Swartz Creek due to ice storms that have left about 40,000 people in Genesee County without power. Lacking power at their home, the family opened their Christmas presents Wednesday morning at the hotel.
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Jill Ghantous, center, kisses her daughter, Briana Ghantous, 6, at the Wingate Hotel,in Grand Blanc Township, Mich. The Ghantous family lost power on Sunday at their home in Swartz Creek due to ice storms that have left about 40,000 people in Genesee County without power. Lacking power at their home, the family opened their Christmas presents Wednesday morning at the hotel.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to speak to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to speak to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Torch bearers, Andrei Golovanov, left, and Dmitry Ramzanov pose during the Olympic torch relay in Samara on the Volga River, in Russia. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history.
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Torch bearers, Andrei Golovanov, left, and Dmitry Ramzanov pose during the Olympic torch relay in Samara on the Volga River, in Russia. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history.

An anti-government protester runs away from tear gas canister fired by riot police near a gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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An anti-government protester runs away from tear gas canister fired by riot police near a gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.

India`s batsman Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during first day of their cricket test match against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium, Durban, South Africa.
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India`s batsman Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during first day of their cricket test match against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium, Durban, South Africa.

Indians offer milk during a prayer ceremony to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami, on Marina beach, in Chennai, India. The Tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004 killed tens of thousands in 12 Indian Ocean nations.
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Indians offer milk during a prayer ceremony to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami, on Marina beach, in Chennai, India. The Tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004 killed tens of thousands in 12 Indian Ocean nations.

Firefighters battle a wind-driven brush fire in Simi Valley, Calif. Strong Santa Ana winds spread the fire quickly, however, firefighters gained the upper hand in several hours after an all out assault using water dropping helicopters, engines, and hand crews.
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Firefighters battle a wind-driven brush fire in Simi Valley, Calif. Strong Santa Ana winds spread the fire quickly, however, firefighters gained the upper hand in several hours after an all out assault using water dropping helicopters, engines, and hand crews.

Women wear black ribbons to stage a silent protest against the state governemnt, demanding immediate action against rape and cases of sexual harrassment in Kolkata.
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Women wear black ribbons to stage a silent protest against the state governemnt, demanding immediate action against rape and cases of sexual harrassment in Kolkata.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, State Governor M K Narayanan with Bimal Gurung, wife Asha Gurung and others after oath taking at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, State Governor M K Narayanan with Bimal Gurung, wife Asha Gurung and others after oath taking at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata.

Eunuchs dance during Shobha Yatra in Faridabad.
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Eunuchs dance during Shobha Yatra in Faridabad.

Saina Nehwal visits the Taj Mahal in Agra.
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Saina Nehwal visits the Taj Mahal in Agra.

People dressed in traditional Ukrainian clothes and a man dressed as Grandfather Frost (the local equivalent of Santa Claus) sing Christmas carols during a pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.
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People dressed in traditional Ukrainian clothes and a man dressed as Grandfather Frost (the local equivalent of Santa Claus) sing Christmas carols during a pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

South African cricket fans sing during first day of their cricket test match between South Africa and India at Kingsmead stadium, Durban.
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South African cricket fans sing during first day of their cricket test match between South Africa and India at Kingsmead stadium, Durban.

Pakistani protesters burn a representation of the U.S. flag to condemn American drone strikes on militants` hideouts in Pakistani tribal areas.
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Pakistani protesters burn a representation of the U.S. flag to condemn American drone strikes on militants` hideouts in Pakistani tribal areas.

Congress workers protest to removal of corrupt Gujrat state ministers at BJP National president Rajnath Singh`s residence in New Delhi.
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Congress workers protest to removal of corrupt Gujrat state ministers at BJP National president Rajnath Singh`s residence in New Delhi.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the foundation stone laying ceremony for Sufi Research Centre in Patna.
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the foundation stone laying ceremony for Sufi Research Centre in Patna.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley addresses the media at party headquarters on Thursday after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi gets clean chit in 2002 Gulbarg society case as metropolitan magistrate rejects Zakia Jafri`s plea against SIT`s clean chit.
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Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley addresses the media at party headquarters on Thursday after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi gets clean chit in 2002 Gulbarg society case as metropolitan magistrate rejects Zakia Jafri`s plea against SIT`s clean chit.

AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal meets people during the Janta Darbar at party office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad.
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AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal meets people during the Janta Darbar at party office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad.

Supporters of India`s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after a court rejected a petition seeking the prosecution of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad.
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Supporters of India`s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after a court rejected a petition seeking the prosecution of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad.

Zakia Jafri listens to her son Tanveer Jafri, son of former Congress lawmaker Ehsan Jafri, after a court ruling rejecting a petition seeking the prosecution of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad.
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Zakia Jafri listens to her son Tanveer Jafri, son of former Congress lawmaker Ehsan Jafri, after a court ruling rejecting a petition seeking the prosecution of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad.