Life In Shots

Life In Shots
A woman sleeps beside a little boy on top of a car after preparing their merchandise early in the morning in Manila, Philippines. With the approaching Christmas, vendors took advantage of the city government's leniency on selling on sidewalks. (AP)

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Clay figures are displayed for sale in a street market in San Salvador, El Salvador. Salvadorean artisans sell clay figures of the traditional Salvadorean folklore to be used in cribs during the festive season. (AFP)

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Thousands of Protesters hold a rally at the General Post Office in Central Dublin, Ireland. Over one hundred thousand people marched through the city to protest against the Republic's four-year austerity plan. Braving high unemployment and unsustainable levels of debt and budget deficits in Europe and the US, the world economy is expected to slow in 2011 with economists cutting their forecasts for growth in developed countries. On the upside, Asian economies will continue to spearhead the global economic recovery. (AP)

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A Michael Jackson fan dressed as the late pop star waits in a line to celebrate the release of the album Michael in New York. (REUTERS)

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Chinese (black and red) and Brazilian (white and blue) basketball players brawl during a friendly match between the two teams in Xuchang, in central China's Henan province. Basketball's world governing body FIBA has fined and suspended China's national team coach along with three players after a bench-clearing brawl put an end to a friendly match with Brazil in October. Team China's coach Bob Donewald was suspended for three games and fined 40,000 Swiss francs (40,900 USD), FIBA said in a statement on its website. (AFP)

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Students perform the Christmas song "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" during a school event in Manila. (REUTERS)

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The large waves pounds the shore as the ice covers the pier in Chicago. High wind and frigid temperatures continue after a winter storm pummeled Illinois with snow and wind over the weekend. (AP)

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Kathy Acoby gets a haircut during the 10th anniversary of Beauty Night at the PHS Life Skills Centre Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, British Columbia. The weekly event in which volunteers offer free makeovers to women at the shelter is celebrating its 10th year. (REUTERS)

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Worker cleans windows of a high-rise building in Shanghai, China. The prolonged weakness in the US and Europe may be the least of Asia's troubles in 2011, economists say, as the region fights potentially destabilizing inflationary pressures. (AP)

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Visitors to the Taipei International Flora Exposition place their hands on a light sensitive globe to create audio and video displays at the Pavilion of Dreams highlighting Taiwan's innovation and technology, in Taipei, Taiwan. Already recognized as a supplier of smartphone and computer components to global technology companies, Taiwan wants to use the pavilion to highlight its capacity for product innovation in the increasingly competitive high-tech world, said Hsueh Wen-chen, head of the government-funded creativity center that designed the popular pavilion. (AP)

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A baby girl wearing a Santa hat and sucks from her feeding bottle as they attend to their sidewalk stall in Manila, Philippines. With the approaching Christmas, vendors took advantage of the city government's leniency on selling on sidewalks. (AP)

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Haydn Lane from Sportsbet.com.au holds up the odds of former Australian cricketing great Shane Warne making a return to the Australian team during the Ashes series and the odds for the results in the series, in Melbourne. England coach Andy Flower has laughed off suggestions champion legspinner Shane Warne could make a shock Ashes comeback as Australia becomes increasingly desperate to find a way to win back the prized urn. England currently leads Australia 1-0 in the five-match Test series with the third Test match starting in Perth. (AFP)

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The sky at night seen at Killiecrankie Scotland during the Geminid meteor shower. (REUTERS)

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Visitors to the Taipei International Flora Exposition photograph inside a 360 degree view theater controlled by human respiratory and heart rates at the Pavilion of Dreams highlighting Taiwan's innovation and technology, in Taipei, Taiwan. Already recognized as a supplier of smartphone and computer components to global technology companies, Taiwan wants to use the pavilion to highlight its capacity for product innovation in the increasingly competitive high-tech world, said Hsueh Wen-chen, head of the government-funded creativity center that designed the popular pavilion. (AP)

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A man makes traditional star-shaped lanterns along the sidewalk in one of Manila's bargain district of Sta. Cruz in Manila, Philippines. With the approaching Christmas, vendors took advantage of the city government's leniency on selling on sidewalks. (AP)

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Planting rigs seed the ground with wheat near Narrabri, eastern Australia. Excessive rains in Australia have raised worries about global supplies of soybeans, corn and wheat. Wheat futures rose as excessive rains in eastern Australia reduced flour milling-quality wheat to animal fodder in the world's fourth-largest wheat exporting country last year. (REUTERS)

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Marguerite Roch receives a facial during the 10th anniversary of Beauty Night at the PHS Life Skills Centre Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, British Columbia. The weekly event in which volunteers offer free makeovers to women at the shelter is celebrating its 10th year. (REUTERS)



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