Day in Pics: 30th December

Dec 30, 2013, 08:47 AM IST
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek protest in Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands have gathered to protest against inflation, unemployment, and lawlessness in the country.
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Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek protest in Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands have gathered to protest against inflation, unemployment, and lawlessness in the country.

A Chadian soldier, part of an African peacekeeping force, smokes a cigarette as he stands guard over Chadians waiting for evacuation flights, at the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic.
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A Chadian soldier, part of an African peacekeeping force, smokes a cigarette as he stands guard over Chadians waiting for evacuation flights, at the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Polaris, the landmark blue dome that once dominated Atlanta`s skyline stands at right, in Atlanta. The spaceship-like structure has been vacant for years, and isn`t nearly as visible as it once was now that taller buildings have been constructed nearby. But managers of the downtown Hyatt hotel hope to harken back to the days when it opened in 1967.
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Polaris, the landmark blue dome that once dominated Atlanta`s skyline stands at right, in Atlanta. The spaceship-like structure has been vacant for years, and isn`t nearly as visible as it once was now that taller buildings have been constructed nearby. But managers of the downtown Hyatt hotel hope to harken back to the days when it opened in 1967.

Supporter of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League chase supporters of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest by opposition activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Supporter of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League chase supporters of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest by opposition activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A riot police officer looks on as a pro-European Union activist writes an anti-presidential graffiti on a riot police bus a few hundred meters from Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s country residence of Mezhygirya outside Kiev, Ukraine.
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A riot police officer looks on as a pro-European Union activist writes an anti-presidential graffiti on a riot police bus a few hundred meters from Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s country residence of Mezhygirya outside Kiev, Ukraine.

A Thai caretaker, right, carries Gerhard, an Alzheimer patient from Switzerland in a swimming pool at Baan Khamlangchai care center in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand.
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A Thai caretaker, right, carries Gerhard, an Alzheimer patient from Switzerland in a swimming pool at Baan Khamlangchai care center in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand.

Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah, right, escorts French President Francois Hollande upon his arrival to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah, right, escorts French President Francois Hollande upon his arrival to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits the ball in his training session during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits the ball in his training session during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

People sit in the street in Naples, Italy. Italy`s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said an earthquake at 6:08 p.m. (1708 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck some 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) underground.
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People sit in the street in Naples, Italy. Italy`s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said an earthquake at 6:08 p.m. (1708 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck some 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) underground.

The Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air as seen from the city of San Miguel, El Salvador.
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The Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air as seen from the city of San Miguel, El Salvador.

A man watches as the Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air in the city of San Miguel, El Salvador.
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A man watches as the Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air in the city of San Miguel, El Salvador.

WOMEN ENTER THE VOLGOGRAD MAIN RAILWAY STATION IN VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA.
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WOMEN ENTER THE VOLGOGRAD MAIN RAILWAY STATION IN VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses for photographers after sounding a bell during a ceremony marking the last session of the year 2013 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses for photographers after sounding a bell during a ceremony marking the last session of the year 2013 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia plays a shot in her match against Ashleigh Barty of Australia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
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Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia plays a shot in her match against Ashleigh Barty of Australia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

India`s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, right, watches as South Africa`s bowler Dale Steyn, left, celebrates after bowling him for 32 runs on the firth and final day of their cricket test match at Kingsmead stadium, Durban.
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India`s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, right, watches as South Africa`s bowler Dale Steyn, left, celebrates after bowling him for 32 runs on the firth and final day of their cricket test match at Kingsmead stadium, Durban.

Lava spews from the South East Crater of Mt. Etna during an eruption, in Sicily, southern Italy.
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Lava spews from the South East Crater of Mt. Etna during an eruption, in Sicily, southern Italy.

Athenians walk past a street performer dressed in 18th century style costume as anti-austerity slogans are seen on the wall behind, at Ermou main shopping street of Athens.
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Athenians walk past a street performer dressed in 18th century style costume as anti-austerity slogans are seen on the wall behind, at Ermou main shopping street of Athens.

Jacques Kallis and teammates walk around the ground after he retired from Test cricket at end of the fifth and final day of their cricket test match against India at Kingsmead stadium, Durban, South Africa.
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Jacques Kallis and teammates walk around the ground after he retired from Test cricket at end of the fifth and final day of their cricket test match against India at Kingsmead stadium, Durban, South Africa.

A child walks down the stairs of the family home of Ahmed Shehadeh, one of 26 Palestinian prisoners expected to be released later tonight, next to posters with his picture and Arabic that reads
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A child walks down the stairs of the family home of Ahmed Shehadeh, one of 26 Palestinian prisoners expected to be released later tonight, next to posters with his picture and Arabic that reads "welcome," in the Qalandia refugee camp at the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

RH Baby & Child shows a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child’s Weller and Mason play table that offers a modern take on a traditional kids’ play table.
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RH Baby & Child shows a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child’s Weller and Mason play table that offers a modern take on a traditional kids’ play table.

A man wrapped in shawl walks past a dog on a foggy morning in New Delhi, India.
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A man wrapped in shawl walks past a dog on a foggy morning in New Delhi, India.

A Scuderia Ferrari fan talks to journalists, in front of the Grenoble hospital, in the French Alps, where former seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is being treated after sustaining a head injury during a ski accident, in Grenoble, France.
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A Scuderia Ferrari fan talks to journalists, in front of the Grenoble hospital, in the French Alps, where former seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is being treated after sustaining a head injury during a ski accident, in Grenoble, France.

A security forces member stands guard aboard the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad, in Limassol, Cyprus.
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A security forces member stands guard aboard the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad, in Limassol, Cyprus.