Pictures of the day

A selection of images from around the world

  • A Syrian child smiles as men dressed in Santa Claus costumes walk past destroyed buildings in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa. AFP / Delil souleiman

  • A professional Santa Claus poses for pictures with a girl during a reunion to celebrate the end of the Christmas season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL

  • Women sell water sachets at Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Accra. AFP / CRISTINA ALDEHUELA

  • A Palestinian youth holds a burning tire during clashes with Israeli forces following a protest against the US' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. AFP / Musa AL SHAER

  • Pope Francis greets newlyweds during his weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI in The Vatican. AFP / Andreas SOLARO

  • Runners and riders participate in the Christmas Ballyheigue beach horse races in the County Kerry village of Ballyheigue, Ireland. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

  • A Palestinian fisherman paddles his boat at sunset off the coast of Gaza City. AFP / MAHMUD HAMS

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