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Day in pictures

Muslim pilgrims in Medina, Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims, like these in Medina, have begun arriving in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which begins in December.

Peruvian bomb squad members in training

Peruvian bomb squad members get in training ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the capital Lima.

A US soldier meets a little boy on patrol in Mosul, Iraq

A US soldier meets a little boy while on patrol in the troubled north Iraqi city of Mosul.

A diver dressed as Santa Claus dives with a white beluga whale in Yokohama, Japan

In Japan, Christmas shows have begun at the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium.

A man carries bananas at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan

A man carries bananas at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A displaced woman receives a bucket and plastic sheets from the Red Cross in Kibati, eastern Congo

Amid renewed fighting in eastern DR Congo, a displaced woman in Kibati receives aid from the Red Cross.

Kashmiri Muslims wait outside a polling station to cast their votes in Bandipora near Srinagar, India

In Indian-administered Kashmir, there has been a strong turnout in the first phase of elections for a new state government.

HRH Princess Anne gets a Maori welcome at Burnham Military Camp in Christchurch, New Zealand

The UK's Princess Royal is visiting New Zealand, where she was given a Maori welcome at the Burnham Military Camp in Christchurch.

A reindeer takes a rest on a snowy field in Lapland.

A reindeer takes a rest on a snowy field in Lapland.

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