December 20, 2013

    Published December 20, 2013


    Residents of Juba seek shelter at a U.N. compound. African diplomats made a push for peace in South Sudan on Friday as bitter fighting spread across the world's youngest nation.


    Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan line up during a gift-giving program inside an astrodome at Tacloban city, central Philippines.


    An electoral agent holds up a ballot as votes are counted at a polling station in Antananarivo, as the people of Madagascar elect a new president in a run-off vote aimed at ending a political and economic crisis sparked by a coup four years ago.


    A pro-European Union activist with Ukrainian and European Union flags stands with others in Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine.


    Boys walk to school through morning fog in Jammu, India. Dense fog has disrupted train and flight services in northern India for the past few days.


    A Palestinian child dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag while standing in front of Israeli border police during a demonstration against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Masara, near Bethlehem.


    A jockey and his horse fall as they compete in a purebred Arabian horse race on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert, 150 kilometers west of the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi.


    Police stop a group of the students from the National Students Union of India, during a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Mumbai. India's information minister lashed out at the United States on Friday and demanded an apology for the treatment and arrest of Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York.


    Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales celebrate the launch of the Tupac Katari satellite, in La Paz. China Great Wall Industry Corporation launched Bolivia's first communications satellite, local media reported.


    An Indian laborer carries a pair of brooms while cleaning at the Sangam, the confluence of the three rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, ahead of the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad.


    An Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrim walks past a banner with an image of Imam Hussein along the main highway that links Baghdad with the central shrine city of Karbala, to take part in the Arbaeen religious festival. The festival marks the 40th day after Ashura commemorating the 7th century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.


    Giraffes feed inside their cage at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes. The giraffes, one male and 16 females, remained at the zoo during its renovation. Inaugurated in 1934, the Paris Zoo will reopen in April 2014 after being closed for four years for renovations.


    A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea.


    A flock of migrating cranes is seen at the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel. The Hula Valley is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration route between the northern and southern hemispheres.

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