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Day in pictures

Guacamaya bird at a staging of the nativity scene at the Parque de las Leyendas zoo in Lima, Peru

A guacamaya bird watches over a staging of the nativity scene at the Parque de las Leyendas zoo in Lima, Peru.

Man walks by advertisement on bus in New York City

A man walks by an advertisement for a Christmas show painted on the side of a bus in New York City.

Racing Santander 3; Manchester City 1 at their Uefa Cup match.

The beautiful game takes on the look of ballet as Manchester City's Tal Ben Haim (L) vies with Racing Santander's Pedro Munitis during their Uefa Cup football match in Santander, Spain.

Protester in Athens, Greece

A protester in Athens, Greece, kicks away a canister of tear gas as riots continue after the fatal 6 December police shooting of a teenager.

Violent scenes in the South Korean parliament

Members of South Korea's ruling party spray fire extinguishers at opposition members as they try to break into a committee room, in a row over new free trade laws with the US.

The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on top of a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flies over California's Mojave Desert

The US space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on top of a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flies over California's Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Local women exercise in Chandrasekhar Azad garden in Allahabad, India

Local residents enjoy their exercise routine on a foggy morning in Allahabad, India.

A Chinese worker decorates a Christmas tree with mock Mini Cooper cars

A Chinese worker puts the finishing touches on a giant Christmas tree decorated with mock cars in Beijing.

Indonesia's anti-terror squad evacuate hostages during a drill in Jakarta

Indonesia's anti-terror squad, known as the green berets, evacuate hostages during a counter-terrorism drill in Jakarta.

Birds on razor wire at a Combat Out Position in Afghanistan

Birds perch on snow-covered razor wire at a French military outpost in Afghanistan.

Chinese paramilitary police officers doze at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

A Chinese paramilitary police officer yawns and his colleagues sleep during a speech by President Hu Jintao.



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