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The week in pictures
From demonstrations in Kuwait to the Hamas chief’s historic visit to Gaza, Al Jazeera showcases the week in images.
Tens of thousands of Kuwaiti protesters marched to Kuwait Towers in a peaceful demonstration against a parliament elected last week in the Gulf Arab state under voting rules deemed unfair by the opposition.
Al Jazeera Staff
9 Dec 2012
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced his intention to resign - once next year(***)s budget is approved in parliament - after Silvio Berlusconi(***)s party withdrew its support for his technocrat government. Only hours earlier, Berlusconi said he would run for a fifth term of office as Italian prime minister.
An Egyptian protester takes a picture with his mobile of his children on top of an Egyptian army tank outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Weeks of unrest have led President Mohamed Morsi to rescind the decree that expanded his powers, but the referendum on a draft constitution, another point of tension, remains on the books for next week.
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, second from right, hugs the son of late Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari, who was killed in an Israeli air strike earlier this month. Meshaal ended decades of exile from Palestinian land with a triumphal first ever visit to the Gaza Strip.
A rare cloud formation is seen amid a destroyed banana plantation after typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines, causing massive damage to farm lands and claiming nearly 600 lives.
Activists shout slogans and carry placards during a rally in Doha to demand urgent action to address climate change, as the United Nations Convention on Climate Change wrapped up in the Qatari capital with an agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks to reporters at the presidential palace in Kabul after security chief Asadullah Khalid was targeted by an attacker, posing as a Taliban peace envoy, who carried a bomb reportedly hidden in his underwear.
A supporter of the opposition New Patriotic Party(***)s presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo parades on a street in Accra. Ghana(***)s cliff-hanger presidential election, largely seen as a test of the country(***)s reputation as a bulwark for democracy and economic growth in Africa, was extended to a second day after technical glitches hindered the voting process.
New York City protesters from Carpenters Local 926 demonstrated for better wages for low income workers and a fair deal in the looming "fiscal cliff" negotiations, in which Republicans and Democrats must find common ground in order to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in at the end of 2012.
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