People leave Damara, the last strategic town keeping rebel forces from Bangui, Central African Republic's capital, on Wednesday. The rebels have reportedly stopped their advance on the capital and agreed to peace talks.
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Palestinians hold Fatah flags to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Fatah movement. The secular-leaning Fatah party staged a massive rally, its first in Gaza since the Islamist Hamas group took control of the territory in 2007, in a sign of warming ties between the rival factions.
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A youngster smeared with used automotive oil rests during a ball game played as part of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of Myanmar's independence from Britain.
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Anglers fish from the Galata Bridge in a heavy fog. The bridge crosses Istanbul's Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosporus strait.
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Malala Yousafzai, a teenager shot in the head in Pakistan by Taliban gunmen in October, leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she had been sent for neurosurgery. The 15-year-old advocate for education for girls in Pakistan is expected to return to the hospital for more surgery in late January or early February.
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Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gets soaked by his players in the final seconds of the Fiesta Bowl college football game, in which Oregon defeated Kansas State, 35-17.
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Schenectady, N.Y., firefighter Jason Bailey carries a child from a house fire to a waiting ambulance. The child's condition was not immediately known.
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Smoke from a large bush fire is visible from Park Beach on the Australian island of Tasmania. The fire reportedly has destroyed homes and a school.
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Thursday's Pictures in the News begins in Georgia, where spectators walk along the first fairway before the first round of the 2015 Masters golf tournament in Augusta.
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