Best of the world - December 31, 2012

Best of the world - December 31, 2012

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The best pictures from the international wire services as chosen by the Picture Editors at the Sydney Morning Herald. Follow us at


A cross-country skier makes his way through the foggy winter landscape near Oberstdorf, southern Germany, Saturday, Dec 29. 2012.Photo: AP Photo


Pedestrians pass by a sand sculpture by artist Raj Kapoor at Sangam in Allahabad on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gangrape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. Indian leaders appealed for calm and security forces headed off fresh unrest by turning New Delhi into a fortress after a student who was savagely gang-raped died in a Singapore hospital.Photo: AFP Photo


Indian protesters sit in silence around candles during a rally in New Delhi late December 29,2012, after the death of a gang rape victim from the Indian capital.Photo: AFP Photo


A Greek Orthodox monk enjoys the serenity of nature on a balcony by Saint Nicolas Church in Vistonida Lake at Porto Lagos in northern Greece December 29, 2012. The church is part of the "Vatopedi" monastery based in Mount Athos.Photo: Reuters



An Afghan boy sells chicken soup during a cold night along a street at the old part of Kabul December 29, 2012.Photo: Reuters


A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, Banduji Maharaj form Hyderabad, fingers decorated with rings, sits on the banks of the River Ganges ahead of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.Photo: AP Photo


The sunset is pictured in Hanover, central Germany on December 29, 2012.Photo: AFP Photo


A picture taken on December 29, 2012 at sunset shows a ferris wheel at the Concorde square in Paris.Photo: AFP Photo


The setting sun illuminates the sky above the tower of the Catholic rectory in Bamberg, southern Germany on December 29, 2012.Photo: AFP Photo


About 300 opponents to the project of an international airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes demonstrate in front of the Nantes-Carquefou prison in support of two activists who are incarcerated, on December 29, 2012 in Nantes, western France.Photo: AFP Photo


A lightning bolt flashes on the horizon over the River Plate off the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay, early on December 29, 2012.Photo: AFP Photo


A merchant watches flames engulf Port Market, where his merchandise was stored, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 29, 2012. Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said Saturday that dozens of stalls at the popular marketplace were burned to the ground and that few items were recovered. Authorities are investigating what caused the late Friday fire.Photo: AP Photo


Members of Nepalese indigenous Gurung community in traditional attire take part in a New Years celebration ceremony known as "Tamu Lhosar " in Kathmandu on December 30, 2012, held to celebrate their New Year or Lhosar. Gurungs number some 700,000 people about three percent of the Himalayan nation's population and are mainly concentrated in the country's central region.Photo: AFP Photo