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Week in Pictures: From Berlin attack to China pollution

From Berlin truck attack that killed 12 people to pollution in China and world's tallest Christmas tree in Sri Lanka.

An Afghan officer in front of a burning pile of seized narcotics and alcoholic drinks, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials set fire to 98 tonnes of opium, heroin, hashish and alcoholic drinks. [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]
An Afghan officer in front of a burning pile of seized narcotics and alcoholic drinks, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials set fire to 98 tonnes of opium, heroin, hashish and alcoholic drinks. Omar Sobhani/Reuters
Houses destroyed in an explosion at the San Pablito firework market, outside the Mexican capital, in Tultepec, Mexico. The market was well stocked for the holidays and bustling with hundreds of shoppers when a powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through its stalls on Tuesday, killing 35 and injuring dozens. [Henry Romero/Reuters]
Houses destroyed in an explosion at the San Pablito firework market, outside the Mexican capital, in Tultepec, Mexico. The market was well stocked for the holidays and bustling with hundreds of shoppers when a powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through its stalls on Tuesday, killing 35 and injuring dozens. Henry Romero/Reuters
Flowers and candles were placed at the Christmas market at Breitscheid Square, in Berlin, Germany. A lorry ploughed through the crowd of shoppers on Monday night, killing 12 and injuring up to 50 people. [Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]
Flowers and candles were placed at the Christmas market at Breitscheid Square, in Berlin, Germany. A lorry ploughed through the crowd of shoppers on Monday night, killing 12 and injuring up to 50 people. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
People clash with Venezuelan National Guards as they try to cross the border into Colombia over the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge in Urena, Venezuela. [Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters]
People clash with Venezuelan National Guards as they try to cross the border into Colombia over the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge in Urena, Venezuela. Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters
People wearing Santa Claus outfits take part in a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain. [Sergio Perez/Reuters]
People wearing Santa Claus outfits take part in a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain. Sergio Perez/Reuters
Women, carrying their belongings, wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria. [Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters]
Women, carrying their belongings, wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
Displaced Iraqis keep warm by a fire before being transferred to a camp near Mosul, Iraq. Hundreds of Iraqis were waiting to undergo a screening by the military outside Mosul on Monday before getting sent to displaced-people’s camps. The civilians, who had just arrived from Mosul, had their identity documents checked against a military database before loaded onto waiting trucks and sent to IDP camps east of the city. [Manu Brabo/AP]
Displaced Iraqis keep warm by a fire before being transferred to a camp near Mosul, Iraq. Hundreds of Iraqis were waiting to undergo a screening by the military outside Mosul on Monday before getting sent to displaced-people’s camps. The civilians, who had just arrived from Mosul, had their identity documents checked against a military database before loaded onto waiting trucks and sent to IDP camps east of the city. Manu Brabo/AP
Hundreds of Sri Lanka’s port workers and volunteers are struggling to put up a towering Christmas tree in time for the holidays. The majority-Buddhist nation is aiming to beat the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree as a show of multicultural respect. The deadline to complete it has been missed twice, and organisers now hope to complete the tree by Christmas Eve. The Catholic Church has criticised its $80,000 price tag. [Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]
Hundreds of Sri Lanka’s port workers and volunteers are struggling to put up a towering Christmas tree in time for the holidays. The majority-Buddhist nation is aiming to beat the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree as a show of multicultural respect. The deadline to complete it has been missed twice, and organisers now hope to complete the tree by Christmas Eve. The Catholic Church has criticised its $80,000 price tag. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
An off-duty police officer shot dead Russia''s ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday. [Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo]
An off-duty police officer shot dead Russia''s ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday. Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo
An airport security guard wears a mask to protect himself against air pollution at the Beijing Capital International Airport.China's capital is shrouded by heavy smog. Beijing and much of industrial northern China are in the midst of a 'red alert', the highest level in China's four-tiered pollution warning system. [Andy Wong/AP Photo]
An airport security guard wears a mask to protect himself against air pollution at the Beijing Capital International Airport.China's capital is shrouded by heavy smog. Beijing and much of industrial northern China are in the midst of a 'red alert', the highest level in China's four-tiered pollution warning system. Andy Wong/AP Photo
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Women, carrying their belongings, hoping to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo,
2016/12/24 06:03
An airport security guard wearing a mask to protect himself against air pollution at the Beijing Capital International Airport.China's capital is shrouded by heavy smog.
2016/12/24 06:04