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A firefighting aircraft flies over a forest fire on Mount Carmel near the northern city of Haifa. Firefighting aircraft from four countries flew into Israel to help battle a huge forest fire close to the northern city of Haifa that has killed at least 40 people and forced mass evacuations.


An Israeli firefighter tries to prevent a forest fire in the Carmel Forest close to Haifa from spreading while the sky is tainted red from the smoke. A major fire in northern Israel spread through thousands of acres of land and resulted in the deaths of at least five people when a bus evacuating them overturned.


A man cleans snow off a car at a car park at the Vienna International Airport. Heavy snowfall caused delays on flights and roads in Austria.


Hoar frost clings to a spider's web around Pickmere Lake in the Cheshire countryside in Knutsford. After heavy snowfall across the country resulting in severe disruption to Britain's infrastructure, the country is now gripped by freezing temperatures.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Archie Kirk plays in the snow as his school remains closed after the heavy snow of the last few days in Brighton. London Gatwick reopened after a two-day shutdown due to snow, but other British airports and rail services were closed again as the country's cold snap tightened its grip.


A man in scuba diving gear wades through flood waters in St. Mark's Square in Venice. Flood waters rose to 136 centimeters (about 53 inches) above sea level and covered a large portion of St. Mark's Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manuel Silvestri / Reuters

Two Hamadryas baboons play with a Santa Claus cap at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg. During a premature St. Nicholas Day breakfast at the zoo, the animals received gift boxes with apples, nuts, almonds, hay and straw, paprika garlands and stuffed Santa Claus hats.


Palestinian children watch the funeral of Islamic Jihad militant Jalal Nasir in Jabalya. Israeli military forces killed two Palestinian militants, one of them Nasir, along the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Israeli army said.


Palestinian stone-throwers run for cover as Israeli troops fire tear gas during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land to expand the Jewish settlement of Halamish, near the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.


Anti-riot policemen stand guard outside the entrance of Guinea's Supreme Court in the capital Conakry. Guinea's Supreme Court named long-time opposition campaigner Alpha Conde president, throwing out complaints of electoral fraud by his rival, former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Penney / Reuters

Tourists pose for photography beside Arturo Di Modica's "The Bund Financial Bull," which stands on the Bund in Shanghai. The artist, Arturo Di Modica, also created Wall Street's symbolic "Charging Bull" statue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Qilai Shen / Bloomberg

A baby touches a Santa Claus figure at a Christmas store in Manila. A senior statesman of the Philippines' dominant Catholic Church has accused Santa Claus of stealing the true spirit of Christmas, which he said is deteriorating into a shopping frenzy.


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