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27 Dec 2013 14:25 GMT
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President Barack Obama meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.
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A demonstrator confronts riot police as Turkish nationalists attempt to march on Taksim Square in Istanbul on November 8, 2013.
A woman looks at the street from her home in Masakn Otham, where more than one thousand Syrian families live, in the suburbs of Cairo, Egypt. Tensions between Syrians and Egyptians have been simmering.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dances to a Reggae version of "Merry Christmas" performed by Jay Douglas during a break in the council meeting in Toronto. In 2013, the mayor admitted to using crack cocaine.
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Ukrainian cossaks cross themselves during a service before taking their guarding duty at the camp of the pro-EU opposition during a protest at Kiev(***)s Independence Square.
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A woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire.
A ferry passes the Sydney Opera House as thick smoke from bushfires blanketed the city November 2, 2013.
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina (L) talk to the media in Moscow. The musicians were released after spending two years in a Russian prison.
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A worker leaves the site where a garment factory building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh killing 1,129 people.
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Recently retired Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar looks on during a function announcing him as a UNICEF Regional Ambassador in Mumbai on November 28, 2013.
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Severe drought in Namibia has devastated the country threatening the survival of people and animals.
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Lebanese security forces and firefighters gather next to destroyed vehicles at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on December 27. The blast killed several people, including Mohammed Chatah, a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Critics say the UK's home secretary is using Muslims as a 'political punchbag' in a bid to shore up right-wing support.
Human Rights, Politics, Racism
2014 was the worst year in more than a decade for polio infections, with at least 306 new cases reported.
Polio, Asia, Pakistan
Recent court ruling finds police unit not guilty of rounding up and executing 42 Muslim men during 1987 communal riots.
Human Rights, India, Asia
Nigerians are flooding home for Saturday's vote, but fears of violence grow amid the too-close-to-call election.
Nigeria Decides, Nigeria, Africa
It is a source of sustenance but also of tension and new political realities are now increasing uncertainty.
Egypt, Sudan, Middle East
A media post-mortem into the UK's surveillance report. Plus, why five years on in Argentina the media looks so familiar.
Media, Edward Snowden, Security
The untold story of how the Lebanese community overcame the odds and found their place in multicultural Australia.
Asia Pacific, Australia, Lebanon
How to keep a telenovela profitable and demanding sponsors happy while inspiring the production team to stay passionate.
Arts & Culture, Mexico, Latin America