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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 December 2005, 22:30 GMT
Day in pictures

A protester attends an anti-World Trade Organization rally outside Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Center

An anti-globalisation rally is held in Hong Kong as World Trade Organization talks get under way.

A Palestinian youth is forced to strip by an Israeli soldier as violence flares in the West Bank city of Nablus.

An earthquake survivor deposits his registration fee for a new identity card at a makeshift office in Muzaffarabad

An earthquake survivor in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir deposits his registration fee for a new national identity card.

Firefighters continue to extinguish the flames after a massive blaze at Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

The extent of the devastation caused by a massive fire at a UK oil depot is starting to emerge.

School children at the Johannes School in Stockholm enact Lucia Queen of Lights and her maidens

Swedish school children carry out a winter solstice tradition by dressing up as Lucia Queen of Lights and her maidens.

An election pamphlet for the Shia-list United Iraqi Alliance is handed to an Iraqi man

Election pamphlets are handed out around Iraq as the country prepares to hold parliamentary elections.

Duck receiving bird flu vaccination at Blijdorp Zoo, the Netherlands

A duck receives bird flu vaccination at Blijdorp Zoo in the Netherlands. The zoo is thought to be the first in Europe to inoculate its birds.

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson in Sydney

Sir Richard Branson announces the names of the first Australian space tourists at a ceremony in Sydney. They will pay $200,000 (113,000) each.

Flames engulf an apartment complex as smoke rises into the sky in Bergenfield, New Jersey

A gas explosion has ripped through an apartment building in New Jersey, causing massive fire and injuring at least five people.

An ice hockey friendly between Italy and Canada in Turin.

Italy and Canada clash in an ice hockey match in Turin - the venue of the winter Olympics next year.

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