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Week in pictures: 9-15 December

A mother and her children sit on the roadside in Kabul, Afghanistan

A mother and her children wait for a lift after going shopping in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Protesters in Beirut

A couple smoke from traditional water pipes on the 11th day of an open-ended protest against the government in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Pirated DVDs being destroyed in Skopje, Macedonia

Pirated CDs and DVDs are destroyed in Skopje, Macedonia, as part of a drive to halt production and sale of counterfeit music, movies and computer programmes.

A girl in Baidoa, Somalia

A girl collects firewood in Baidoa, Somalia, the last town the transitional government controls. Baidoa is surrounded by thousands of Islamist militiamen hostile to the government.

Police investigator looks for evidence into killings in England

Police in England are investigating the murder of five women who worked as prostitutes, all found dead in woodland in Suffolk.

Indian army stunt rider jumps through a ring of fire

An Indian army stunt rider jumps through a ring of flame in Calcutta.

India Sadhus

Indian sadhus, or holy men, at a pilgrimage site on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad ahead of the Hindu Kumbh Mela beginning in January.

Italian police with recovered stolen art

An Italian police officer with a silver bust of Saint Gregory dating from 1676. Italian police say they have uncovered an international art trafficking ring based in Rome.

Children in Santa Claus outfits on a camel outside the Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Young children dressed in Santa Claus outfits ride a camel near the Taj Mahal monument in India.

Prince William

Prince William was among 220 cadets graduating from Sandhurst. Following a 44-week course, they were being commissioned as officers in the British Army.

Australian players in bat on day two of the third Ashes Test Match in Perth

On the other side of the world, Australia's cricketers ended day two of the Third Ashes Test in Perth leading England.

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