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    Side by side but worlds apart: Homes crowd the Paraisopolis slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nearly 170 people have been murdered in South America's biggest city during the month of November in a rising wave of violence, according to Sao Paulo's Public Safety Department



    Xolile Mngeni gestures in the Cape Town High Court after being found guilty of robbery, murder and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the murder of Anni Dewani



    As night falls Israeli artillery shells attack a target in Gaza from Israel's border with the Gaza Strip



    Firemen help a member of the public through Aberfoyle which has been flooded after the River Forth burst its banks



    The head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Mashaal, after his press conference in Cairo, Egypt

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    Ethnic clashes in Kenya



    A woman escapes from a cloud of tear gas thrown by the police during the second day of skirmishes in the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 19, 2012.






    A policeman helps Somali families to evacuate after their homes were broken into



    A policeman tries to arrest a man found stealing from ethnic Somali homes during the second day of skirmishes in the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 19, 2012.








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    Somali families carry their belongings as they move out of their homes after they were broken into during the second day of skirmishes in the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 19, 2012.












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    A man who tried to mug a pedestrian rises his hands to surrender after he was approached by policemen along Juja Road


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    Escalating Gaza conflict - more pics























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    Australia 'collar-bomb' man jailed for Sydney attack

    Peters was arrested in the US state of Kentucky and extradited to Australia to face charges

    A man who locked a fake bomb around the neck of a teenage girl in an apparent extortion attempt has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years by an Australian court.

    Paul Douglas Peters attached his fake device to Madeleine Pulver, then 18, at her home in Sydney in August 2011.

    It took police and experts 10 hours to analyse the device and declare it safe.

    Peters admitted the charges in March 2012 after being extradited from the US.

    A former investment banker, he was arrested at the home of his ex-wife in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Scottish floods



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    The A83 in Argyll is closed following a landslip







    Flood damage sale presumably?



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    The Dalai Lama gives a cheery wave to devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India



    Firefighters have been tackling a blaze involving 160,000 litres of cooking oil at a storage yard in Little Warley, near Brentwood, Essex. Crews from across London and Essex have been using foam and water jets to bring the fire under control



    The United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, left, speaks with the Arab League secretary, General Nabil al-Araby, during a joint press conference in Cairo. Ban is in Egypt for the first leg of a visit to support Egyptian-mediated efforts for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.



    An Israeli soldier evacuates a child from a site hit by a rocket launched by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva



    Women clergy gather with others to enter the public gallery at Church House in London this morning. The Church of England's governing body, known as the General Synod, will later today vote on whether to allow women to become bishops.



    A model being is painted to appear in Bodyspectra in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is the country's premier body-art show and is produced by the Cape Town-based City Varsity

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    The eyes have it! Protesters wearing eyeballs are photographed during a demonstration outside Glencore's extraordinary shareholder meeting in the Swiss town of Zug. Investors in the miner Xstrata are expected to give the green light today to a takeover by commodities giant Glencore



    He's just fought and won an election and is now on a whirlwind tour of south-east Asia, no wonder Barack Obama's feeling a bit weary during the East Asia Summit plenary session in Phnom Penh. In his first meeting with a Chinese leader since his re-election, the US president said Washington and its chief economic rival must work together to 'establish clear rules of the road' for trade and investment



    Palestinian children salvage belongings from a building destroyed in the conflict



    Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a blaze after an Israeli air strike on the Islamic National Bank building in Gaza City overnight. Israeli leaders discussed an Egyptian plan for a truce with Gaza's ruling Hamas, as the death toll from Israeli attacks on the region rose to more than 100

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    Xolile Mngeni, one of two men charged with the murder of Sweden-born Anni Dewani during her honeymoon in South Africa in 2010, reacts after he was found guilty at the High Court in Cape Town November 19, 2012. Dewani, 28, was shot when the taxi she and her husband, Briton Shrien Dewani, were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010. The taxi driver, Zola Tongo, who turned state witness in return for a reduced sentence for his part in the murder, said Shrien Dewani paid for his wife to be killed. Shrien Dewani denies the accusation while his extradition to South Africa was halted by a British court in March due to his mental health.



    A Turkish soldier stops a Syrian man from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after jumping the border fence into Turkey during gunfire in Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, November 19, 2012

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    Israel-Gaza violence















    A man carries a bag of salvaged items from a house destroyed in Gaza






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    Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face Operation Elveden charges

    Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are among five people set to face charges

    Ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks are to be charged in connection with payments to police and public officials.

    Journalists Clive Goodman and John Kay and MoD employee Bettina Jordan-Barber also face charges, the CPS says.

    Mr Coulson, who was editor of the News of the World before moving to Downing Street, says he denies the allegations.

    Operation Elveden is the Met Police investigation into corrupt payments.

    Mr Coulson, Mr Goodman, Mrs Brooks and Ms Jordan-Barber are to be charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.

    Mr Kay, who was the chief reporter of the Sun, has already been charged.

    Mr Coulson and Mr Goodman, a former royal correspondent at the now-defunct News of the World, are to be charged with two conspiracies relating to the request and authorisation of alleged payments to public officials in exchange for information - including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book".



    Former Sun journalist John Kay has been charged

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    UBS trader Kweku Adoboli guilty of fraud over 1.4bn loss




    A City trader who lost 1.4bn ($2.2bn) of Swiss bank UBS's money has been found guilty of two counts of fraud.

    Kweku Adoboli, 32, of Whitechapel, east London, denied four charges of false accounting and two of fraud between October 2008 and September 2011.

    The prosecution told Southwark Crown Court he was "a gamble or two away from destroying Switzerland's largest bank".

    Adoboli said he was encouraged to take risks by his bosses. He was cleared of four charges of false accounting.

    Adoboli, who was arrested on 15 September 2011, worked in UBS's global synthetic equities division, buying and selling exchange traded funds (ETFs), which track stocks, bonds and commodities.

    He had joined the bank as a junior trader in 2006.

    The court was told Adoboli lost 1.4bn of the bank's money in "unprotected, unhedged, incautious and reckless" trades.

    But Adoboli, the Ghana-born son of a diplomat, told the jury his senior managers were aware of his actions and encouraged him to take risks.

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    Pakistan Rimsha blasphemy case dropped

    Rimsha was taken to a secret location after being released on bail

    A court in Pakistan has dropped a controversial blasphemy case against a Christian girl accused by her neighbour of burning pages from the Koran.

    The 14-year-old girl, known as Rimsha, was held in a maximum security jail in August, prompting global concern.

    Her arrest followed accusations by a Muslim cleric who is now facing allegations that he planted evidence.

    Rimsha's lawyer said the case had been a misuse of law. Her family received death threats and went into hiding.

    There are fears that even though the case has been dropped, Rimsha and her family will not be safe in Pakistan.

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    US embassy in Tel Aviv: Man held over knife and axe attack

    An Israeli in his early 40s has been detained

    A man has been arrested after a security guard was wounded in an attack at the US embassy in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.

    The attack was carried out at the entrance to the embassy by a man wielding a knife and an axe.

    Guards at the embassy, located close to the city's seafront, then fired warning shots in return.

    An Israeli police spokesperson said that the attack was probably not politically motivated.

    A witness told the BBC that a man, an Israeli in his early 40s, was engaged in an altercation with "six or seven" security guards before being wrestled to the ground.

    The arrested man was uninjured, according to police.

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    Displaced Palestinians, who have fled their homes, ride in a flatbed truck as they make their way to a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on Nov. 20. From the sandy expanses of the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian families are fleeing their homes destroyed by airstrikes, but refuse to blame the Hamas rocket crews who draw Israeli fire.





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    Saul Gabarri Valdes, 7, cries amidst the remains of his home after it was demolished at the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid on Nov. 20



    Fifty-four families have been living in the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro, on the outskirts of Madrid, for over 50 years. Since the summer of 2010, the community on the banks of the Manzanares River has been subject to evictions on the grounds that the dwellings are illegal. Families, whose homes have been demolished, move in with relatives whose houses still remain while the debris keeps piling up around them as more demolitions take place.








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    Professional performers 'Doctor E.K.' and 'Dr. Mafalda,' members of the Red Noses clown doctors, perform in the pediatric clinic in Novo Mesto, Slovenia on Nov. 7.







    Since 2004 15 clown doctors, inspired by the U.S. Doctor 'Patch' Adams, visit different hospitals throughout Slovenia 2-3 times a week, using laughter to help aid the recovery of young and elderly patients suffering from serious illness or injury















    'Doctor Zen' sings to boys in the hospital for disabled youth in Stara Gora on Nov. 5.

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    Ronit Hakmon looks at her damaged home after it was hit by a rocket launched by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva on Nov. 20. Israel put on hold its threatened Gaza ground offensive to give Egyptian-led truce talks a chance as top diplomats flew in to boost efforts to end nearly a week of cross-border violence.






    A religious Israeli man covers his head by the roadside, but continues to use his cellphone, on a road outside Beersheba, Israel, on Nov. 20, after hearing a siren sounding a 'Red Alert,' signalling a rocket attack. Palestinian militants fired at least 40 rockets at Israel early Tuesday, leaving one person injured and damaging property, Israeli police said in a statement. A volley of around 20 Grad rockets was fired at Beersheba, the largest city in the south. The armed wing of the Hamas movement, Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Four of the rockets landed in the city, while the rest either fell outside or were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system


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    Sheila and Dominic Traina pose for a photograph o Nov. 15 amid the remains of the house they had lived in for 43 years which was demolished by Hurricane Sandy in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island. The Traina's now face leaving the neighborhood that Sheila Traina said a friend had called "a poor man's paradise."






    Paul Hernandez poses for a photograph in his front yard as a worker removes the collapsed remains of a portion of his home destroyed when Hurricane Sandy struck in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island. Hernandez said he and other residents were angry at New York city officials for not doing more to protect their neighbourhood from the ocean and the prospect of flooding.



    Reverend Alex K Joy, pastor and president of the St. George Malankara Orthodox Church in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, poses for a photograph in the basement of his church which was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Reverend Joy, who has served as a pastor for 37 years, has been struggling to raise the $150,000 plus needed to repair the storm damage and reopen the church.





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    Swan keeper Olaf Niess and his helpers catch swans in Hamburg, Germany, on Nov 20. They are being moved to their ice-free winter home on the Eppendorf Muehlenteich lake


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    Israeli strikes on Gaza continue

    Israeli air strikes on Gaza – and rocket fire from Gaza into Israel – continue amid urgent talks in Cairo aimed at brokering a truce













    Palestinians inspect the damage after a strike on the Islamic National Bank building in Gaza City





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    Manila, Philippines: Protesters burn mock US and Israeli flags outside the Israel embassy



    Atareb, Syria: A member of the Free Syrian Army receives treatment for a head injury



    Nairobi, Kenya: Police detain a man in the Somali district of Eastleigh. Police used teargas and fired into the air to contain violence that erupted after a bomb exploded killing seven people and wounding many more

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    A riot police vehicle releases a jet of water on a fisherman during a protest against a new fisheries law proposed by the government in congress, in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile



    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver joint statements in Jerusalem. The United States signaled that a Gaza truce could take days to achieve after Hamas backed away from an assurance that it and Israel would stop exchanging fire within hours



    A sea of scarfs: Galatasary fans prior to the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Galatasaray and Manchester United at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey



    A missed opportunity: Members vote on handsets to decide whether to give final approval to legislation introducing the first women bishops, during a meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England in London. The Synod voted against legislation, the culmination of more than 10 years of divisive debate



    Palestinian stone throwers run for cover during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Nablus. The West Bank has witnessed almost daily demonstrations in support of Gaza Palestinians who have faced a week of Israeli air strikes against militants firing rockets at the Jewish state



    Taslima Akhter sits with her six-month-old daughter Fatema among burnt remains in a slum after a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of people were left without shelter following the fire, which killed at least 14 people and destroyed 500 homes



    Andy Coulson, the former Editor of the News of the World and former communications director for the Prime Minister, leaves Lewisham Police Station this afternoon. Coulson and Rebekah Brooks are among five to be charged over alleged corrupt payments to public officials



    Municipal workers take part in a demonstration against the new austerity measures in Athens. Greece has rejected a last-minute IMF demand for thousands of additional civil service redundancies, according to reports, ahead of a crucial eurozone meeting to debate loan relief



    In a blizzard of snowflakes, Claire Robertson from the Scottish Ballet poses inside a huge snow globe on Buchanan Street in Glasgow during a promotion for the Scottish Ballet's festive production of The Nutcracker. The show opens at the Theatre Royal on 8 December



    A hair-raising moment for David Cameron as he speaks to the media alongside Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle in Belfast. The PM has confirmed that Northern Ireland will host the next G8 summit



    M23 rebels are seen celebrating in the streets of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rebels have claimed control of the main town of Goma and its airport, in the mineral-rich east, as President Joseph Kabila urged people to defend the country's sovereignty



    Lindsay Lohan stars as actor Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Network's television film Liz & Dick. The film recounts the tumultuous romance between Taylor and actor Richard Burton in the 1960s and 70s. Lohan, pictured, is one of the few people to have portrayed the Oscar-winning actress on screen



    Hungarian doctors and nurses demonstrate against health policy with a balloon release in downtown Budapest



    Environmental protesters against the tar sands industry are watched by a police officer as they attempt to block the annual Canada Europe Energy Summit with a performance-style demonstration outside Canada House in London. Tar sand reserves, or oil sands as they are also known, are found in large quantities in Canada and the environmental protesters are claiming that the extraction process is more polluting than extracting conventional crude oil

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    Hector Camacho, Puerto Rico boxer, wounded in shooting

    Camacho won most of his professional fights

    Former Puerto Rican world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has been shot in the face and left seriously injured in a drive-by attack.

    Camacho was in a car that was fired on by unknown gunmen just outside the capital, San Juan, police said.

    Doctors told local media that a bullet hit Camacho in the jaw, exited his head, and broke two vertebrae.

    The boxer, 50, won three world titles. His last title fight was in 1997 when he was beaten by Oscar De La Hoya.

    The shooting happened on Tuesday in Bayamon, south-west of San Juan.

    According to police, gunmen shot at the vehicle, killing the driver who was named as Alberto Yamil Mojica Moreno and injuring Camacho.

    Camacho was taken to a hospital in San Juan, where the director, Dr Ernesto Torres, said he was in a critical but stable condition.

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