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Day in pictures

Elephants at Erfurt Zoo in eastern Germany

Elephants at Erfurt Zoo in eastern Germany enjoy a seasonal diet, enriched by unsold Christmas trees.

An alleged assailant on a military base in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

An alleged assailant who took part in the armed attack on a military base in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is detained.

An Iraqi tank with the 2nd Army Brigade

An Iraqi tank with the 2nd Army Brigade takes up a position near a village north of Baquba, Iraq.

An Afghan woman walks through snowy weather with a sack of food on her head after picking it up from Care International at a distribution centre in Kabul

In snowy weather, an Afghan woman carries on her head a sack of food she receives from a Kabul distribution centre.

European Union observers wait for transportation to Palestinian territories ahead of 25 January elections

European Union observers move out around the Palestinian territories ahead of elections at the end of the month.

Children feed camels at Gabtoli cattle market in Dhaka, Bangladesh

In Dhaka's Gabtoli cattle market, children feed camels that will be sacrificed during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

A Chinese Buddhist burns joss sticks to welcome in the new year at Yufo Temple in Shanghai

A Chinese Buddhist burns joss sticks to welcome 2006. Later this month, the lunar new year will mark the year of the dog.

A poster reading 'Do not expose yourself to danger', referring to shaving the head as part of the Hajj pilgrimage, inside a health control centre at King Abdul Aziz airport in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi hospital carries a poster warning Muslim pilgrims to be careful when shaving their heads for the annual Hajj in Mecca.

Supporters of India's main opposition BJP party welcome new president Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh, wearing an orange scarf, is welcomed as the new president of India's main opposition BJP party.




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