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The fiancee of 20-year-old Ahmad Mahmud, named only as Sawsan, grieves over his coffin during his funeral in Beirut

The fiancee of 20-year-old Ahmad Mahmud, a Shia killed during mass opposition rallies in Beirut, grieves over his coffin during his funeral which thousands of mourners attended.

Villagers make their way on a road covered by volcanic mud and debris being cleared by bulldozers in Padang village, Legaspi city, in the Philippines

Villagers make their way on a road covered by volcanic mud and debris in the Philippines after hundreds of people were killed by mudslides triggered by Tropical Storm Durian.

Australia's Michael Hussey celebrates hitting the winning runs against England during the fifth day of the second Test match at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia

Australia win the second Ashes Test in Adelaide and go 2-0 up in the series against England.

A soldier guards the area around government offices in Suva, Fiji

The military in Fiji has seized control of the country in the fourth coup to happen there in two decades.

A kimono-clad tayu (high-class geisha) walks on a street featuring light towers in Tokyo's fashion district Omotesando Hills

A tayu (professional geisha) takes part in a Christmas event in Tokyo's fashion district. Geishas are professional entertainers trained in traditional dancing and music.

Hundreds of ruff birds take flight over fields near Thol Birds Sanctuary, Mehsana district, in the western Indian state of Gujarat

Hundreds of ruff birds take flight over the fields near Thol Birds Sanctuary in India. This medium-sized wading bird is a common winter visitor to the country.






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