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2013 Year in pictures

Source: Reuters - Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:15 PM
Author: Reuters Pictures
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Here is our choice of the 50 best pictures of 2013, covering the big events of the year, from the military takeover in Egypt to operations to stabilise countries in central Africa, taking in the plight of the Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, the worsening civil war in Syria, and natural disasters from earthquakes in southwest China to Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the central Philippines.

  • Members of the Egyptian security forces stand guard as a man joins a protest against the French military operation in Mali, outside the French embassy in Cairo. January 18, 2013, REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

    Members of the Egyptian security forces stand guard as a man joins a protest against the French military operation in Mali, outside the French embassy in Cairo. January 18, 2013, REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

  • Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow, shortly before parliament holds its first reading of a "homosexual propaganda" law. January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

    Gay rights activists kiss during a protest outside the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow, shortly before parliament holds its first reading of a "homosexual propaganda" law. January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

  • Dembele, a day labourer, lights a cigarette at a sugar cane plantation in Siribala, Mali, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

    Dembele, a day labourer, lights a cigarette at a sugar cane plantation in Siribala, Mali, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

  • Protesters who removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, clash with riot police and flee from teargas rounds fired at them. January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

    Protesters who removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, clash with riot police and flee from teargas rounds fired at them. January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

  • A man protesting against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shows expended shotgun cartridges that he says were fired by riot police during clashes along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo. January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

    A man protesting against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shows expended shotgun cartridges that he says were fired by riot police during clashes along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo. January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he is shot by a sniper during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. The fighter on the left was wounded moments later. The fighter on the right died soon after being shot. January 30, 2013 REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic\n\n

    A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he is shot by a sniper during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. The fighter on the left was wounded moments later. The fighter on the right died soon after being shot. January 30, 2013 REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic\n\n

  • Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

    Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

  • A Saudi man is reflected in a mirror in his home, flooded after heavy rain, in Tabuk, 1,500 km (930 miles) from Riyadh. January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Alhwaity\n\n

    A Saudi man is reflected in a mirror in his home, flooded after heavy rain, in Tabuk, 1,500 km (930 miles) from Riyadh. January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Alhwaity\n\n

  • Mange Lal Singh (L) and Ram Bai (R), father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gang-raped and fatally injured three months ago, sit in their house at Ravi Das camp in New Delhi. Prison authorities said Ram Singh, one of six accused in the case, hanged himself in his jail cell on Monday, but his family and lawyer said they suspected foul play. March 11, 2013, REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

    Mange Lal Singh (L) and Ram Bai (R), father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gang-raped and fatally injured three months ago, sit in their house at Ravi Das camp in New Delhi. Prison authorities said Ram Singh, one of six accused in the case, hanged himself in his jail cell on Monday, but his family and lawyer said they suspected foul play. March 11, 2013, REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

  • Azra, 68, looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, one of many dwellings in Badami Bagh, a Christian district of Lahore which was set on fire by a mob two days earlier in connection with Pakistan\u2019s controversial anti-blasphemy law. March 11, 2013, REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

    Azra, 68, looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, one of many dwellings in Badami Bagh, a Christian district of Lahore which was set on fire by a mob two days earlier in connection with Pakistan\u2019s controversial anti-blasphemy law. March 11, 2013, REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

  • A man stands in front of a burning mosque in Meikhtila, a central Myanmar town which declared a second night of curfew on Thursday after rioting broke out following an argument between a Buddhist couple and a Muslim gold shop owner. March 21, 2013, REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

    A man stands in front of a burning mosque in Meikhtila, a central Myanmar town which declared a second night of curfew on Thursday after rioting broke out following an argument between a Buddhist couple and a Muslim gold shop owner. March 21, 2013, REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

  • An animal skull lies on the ground at the abandoned South African military camp in Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, where looters and gunmen roam the streets as victorious rebels and regional peacekeepers struggle to restore order, two days after a coup ousted President Francois Bozize and plunged the country into chaos. March 26, 2013, REUTERS/Ange Aboa

    An animal skull lies on the ground at the abandoned South African military camp in Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, where looters and gunmen roam the streets as victorious rebels and regional peacekeepers struggle to restore order, two days after a coup ousted President Francois Bozize and plunged the country into chaos. March 26, 2013, REUTERS/Ange Aboa

  • A supporter of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga reacts to news that the Supreme Court in Nairobi has rejected Odinga\u2019s challenge to the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidential election the two men contested. March 30, 2013, REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

    A supporter of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga reacts to news that the Supreme Court in Nairobi has rejected Odinga\u2019s challenge to the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidential election the two men contested. March 30, 2013, REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

  • Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (C) sits with his sons Gamal (L) and Alaa (R) inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo. Mubarak\u2019s retrial was aborted when the presiding judge withdrew from the case and referred it to another court, causing an indefinite delay that sparked anger in the courtroom. April 13, 2013, REUTERS/Stringer

    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (C) sits with his sons Gamal (L) and Alaa (R) inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo. Mubarak\u2019s retrial was aborted when the presiding judge withdrew from the case and referred it to another court, causing an indefinite delay that sparked anger in the courtroom. April 13, 2013, REUTERS/Stringer

  • An elderly woman sits on a sofa, crying, in front of damaged houses in Taiping town, Lushan county, a day after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Lushan, a remote, rural area of Sichuan province in southwest China. A devastating 7.9 quake hit a nearby area in May 2008, killing 70,000 people. April 21, 2013, REUTERS/Stringer

    An elderly woman sits on a sofa, crying, in front of damaged houses in Taiping town, Lushan county, a day after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Lushan, a remote, rural area of Sichuan province in southwest China. A devastating 7.9 quake hit a nearby area in May 2008, killing 70,000 people. April 21, 2013, REUTERS/Stringer

  • Roma Hattu, a Rohingya Muslim woman who is nine months pregnant and displaced by violence, grimaces while experiencing labour pains on the bare floor of a former rubber factory where her family are sheltering, near Sittwe. Myanmar authorities have begun segregating minority Muslims from the Buddhist majority in troubled areas of the country. April 28, 2013, REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

    Roma Hattu, a Rohingya Muslim woman who is nine months pregnant and displaced by violence, grimaces while experiencing labour pains on the bare floor of a former rubber factory where her family are sheltering, near Sittwe. Myanmar authorities have begun segregating minority Muslims from the Buddhist majority in troubled areas of the country. April 28, 2013, REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

  • M23 rebel recruits stand at attention during a training session at the Rumangabo military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, May 16, 2013. REUTERS/James Akena

    M23 rebel recruits stand at attention during a training session at the Rumangabo military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, May 16, 2013. REUTERS/James Akena

  • A gay couple embrace during a protest to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Mexico City. May 17, 2013, REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

    A gay couple embrace during a protest to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Mexico City. May 17, 2013, REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

  • Thunderclouds roll over neighbourhoods badly damaged by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Thunderclouds roll over neighbourhoods badly damaged by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

  • Sunni Muslim gunmen roam the streets and block roads with burning tyres, expressing their solidarity with Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. Al-Assir is a fierce critic of Shi\u2019ite movement Hezbollah's military intervention in Syria.\nJune 23, 2013, REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim\n

    Sunni Muslim gunmen roam the streets and block roads with burning tyres, expressing their solidarity with Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. Al-Assir is a fierce critic of Shi\u2019ite movement Hezbollah's military intervention in Syria.\nJune 23, 2013, REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim\n

  • Youths gather outside the Nelson Mandela National Museum in Soweto township, where elderly former South African President Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs \n

    Youths gather outside the Nelson Mandela National Museum in Soweto township, where elderly former South African President Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs \n

  • A family inspects their home near the Bilal bin Rabah mosque complex where hardline Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir was believed to be sheltering, in Abra near Sidon, southern Lebanon. Dozens of people were killed in fighting earlier in the week between Lebanese troops and al-Assir\u2019s followers, over the Syria conflict.June 29, 2013  REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

    A family inspects their home near the Bilal bin Rabah mosque complex where hardline Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir was believed to be sheltering, in Abra near Sidon, southern Lebanon. Dozens of people were killed in fighting earlier in the week between Lebanese troops and al-Assir\u2019s followers, over the Syria conflict.June 29, 2013 REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

  • Mye Nyo (R), 39, is comforted by Thi Darwin, 23, at a Catholic-run hospice for AIDS patients in Myitkyina, the capital of Myanmar\u2019s Kachin State. Both were infected by their husbands, heroin addicts who died of AIDS. July 7, 2013 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

    Mye Nyo (R), 39, is comforted by Thi Darwin, 23, at a Catholic-run hospice for AIDS patients in Myitkyina, the capital of Myanmar\u2019s Kachin State. Both were infected by their husbands, heroin addicts who died of AIDS. July 7, 2013 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

  • Mohammed Ilmi Adam, a 17-year-old Somali, looks out of the window of a police bus after arriving at Malta\u2019s Maritime Squadron base in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour early July 10, 2013, one of 68 African immigrants rescued from a vessel in distress trying to reach Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

    Mohammed Ilmi Adam, a 17-year-old Somali, looks out of the window of a police bus after arriving at Malta\u2019s Maritime Squadron base in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour early July 10, 2013, one of 68 African immigrants rescued from a vessel in distress trying to reach Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

  • Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila. July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

    Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila. July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

  • An aerial view of the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent time with half a dozen refugees who vented their frustration at the international community's failure to end Syria's civil war. July 18, 2013. Mandel Ngan/Pool

    An aerial view of the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent time with half a dozen refugees who vented their frustration at the international community's failure to end Syria's civil war. July 18, 2013. Mandel Ngan/Pool

  • Residents lean on a damaged car covered with mud after torrential rains caused a landslide in a neighbourhood in Tegucigalpa, burying at least 14 houses. July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

    Residents lean on a damaged car covered with mud after torrential rains caused a landslide in a neighbourhood in Tegucigalpa, burying at least 14 houses. July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

  • Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province. Song\u2019s leg, waist and face were injured when the quake trapped her in a collapsed house but neighbours pulled her clear. July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

    Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province. Song\u2019s leg, waist and face were injured when the quake trapped her in a collapsed house but neighbours pulled her clear. July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

  • A man wades in a polluted river as he salvages belongings after homes caught fire at Malibay in Pasay city, metro Manila, making more than 500 families homeless. July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

    A man wades in a polluted river as he salvages belongings after homes caught fire at Malibay in Pasay city, metro Manila, making more than 500 families homeless. July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

  • A woman carrying her baby and wrapped in a shawl walks through a sandstorm in Timbuktu July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

    A woman carrying her baby and wrapped in a shawl walks through a sandstorm in Timbuktu July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

  • Syrian refugees try to board a truck which will take them back to their homeland from the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

    Syrian refugees try to board a truck which will take them back to their homeland from the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

  • Women empty their trash at the rubbish dump in Mbare township, outside Harare. Africa's oldest president, Robert Mugabe, was declared winner of Zimbabwe's election, defeating his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, who said the result was a fraud. August 4, 2013 REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

    Women empty their trash at the rubbish dump in Mbare township, outside Harare. Africa's oldest president, Robert Mugabe, was declared winner of Zimbabwe's election, defeating his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, who said the result was a fraud. August 4, 2013 REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man blows a whistle as he protests against Jewish female activists from the Women of the Wall prayer rights group (not pictured) who want equal worship rights and are holding a monthly prayer session near the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City August 7, 2013.. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

    An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man blows a whistle as he protests against Jewish female activists from the Women of the Wall prayer rights group (not pictured) who want equal worship rights and are holding a monthly prayer session near the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City August 7, 2013.. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

  • A Malian national guardsman (L) takes up a post on a street outside the Grand Mosque before Eid al-Fitr prayers in Bamako. The Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. August 8, 2013 REUTERS/Joe Penney

    A Malian national guardsman (L) takes up a post on a street outside the Grand Mosque before Eid al-Fitr prayers in Bamako. The Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. August 8, 2013 REUTERS/Joe Penney

  • Visitors run away from waves from a tidal bore as it surges past a barrier on the banks of the Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. August 25, 2013.

    Visitors run away from waves from a tidal bore as it surges past a barrier on the banks of the Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. August 25, 2013.

  • Shuttlecocks are scattered inside a damaged gymnasium at Hokuyo junior high school after what seemed to be a tornado ripped open houses, overturned cars and injured several people in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo. September 2, 2013 REUTERS/Toru Hanai

    Shuttlecocks are scattered inside a damaged gymnasium at Hokuyo junior high school after what seemed to be a tornado ripped open houses, overturned cars and injured several people in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo. September 2, 2013 REUTERS/Toru Hanai

  • Young Palestinian groom Ahmed Soboh, 15 and his bride Tala, 14, stand inside Tala's house, damaged during an Israeli strike in 2009, during their wedding party in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israel and northern Gaza Strip September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

    Young Palestinian groom Ahmed Soboh, 15 and his bride Tala, 14, stand inside Tala's house, damaged during an Israeli strike in 2009, during their wedding party in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israel and northern Gaza Strip September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

  • Bodies of migrants who drowned close to the Sicilian coast near the eastern city of Ragusa lie on the beach in the village of Sampieri. They had apparently tried to leave their stranded vessel, carrying some 250 people. September 30, 2013, REUTERS/Gianni Mania

    Bodies of migrants who drowned close to the Sicilian coast near the eastern city of Ragusa lie on the beach in the village of Sampieri. They had apparently tried to leave their stranded vessel, carrying some 250 people. September 30, 2013, REUTERS/Gianni Mania

  • A man falls during clashes between members of the Muslim Brotherhood supporting ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and anti-Mursi protesters at Ramsis square, leading to Cairo\u2019s Tahrir Square, at a celebration marking Egypt's 1973 war with Israel. October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

    A man falls during clashes between members of the Muslim Brotherhood supporting ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and anti-Mursi protesters at Ramsis square, leading to Cairo\u2019s Tahrir Square, at a celebration marking Egypt's 1973 war with Israel. October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

  • A firefighter inspects a burntout garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur, 40 km north of Dhaka, after a fire which killed nine employees and injured about 50. October 9, 2013, REUTERS/Khurshed Rinku

    A firefighter inspects a burntout garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur, 40 km north of Dhaka, after a fire which killed nine employees and injured about 50. October 9, 2013, REUTERS/Khurshed Rinku

  • Residents ride on a motorcycle with their belongings past damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor October 9, 2013.REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

    Residents ride on a motorcycle with their belongings past damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor October 9, 2013.REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

  • A woman covers her face as she sits in a makeshift chair lift to cross a polluted stream on the outskirts of Islamabad October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

    A woman covers her face as she sits in a makeshift chair lift to cross a polluted stream on the outskirts of Islamabad October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

  • A woman waits to vote at a polling station in a school during a referendum in the town of Abyei, in the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan. October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

    A woman waits to vote at a polling station in a school during a referendum in the town of Abyei, in the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan. October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

  • Nabila Rehman, 9, holds up a picture she drew depicting the U.S. drone strike on her Pakistan village which killed her grandmother Mammana Bibi, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    Nabila Rehman, 9, holds up a picture she drew depicting the U.S. drone strike on her Pakistan village which killed her grandmother Mammana Bibi, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

  • The bare feet of a student are pictured below a table in a flooded classroom in Lopang Domba Elementary School in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    The bare feet of a student are pictured below a table in a flooded classroom in Lopang Domba Elementary School in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Beawiharta

  • Children play as they pass debris and damaged houses after super typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban City. The typhoon, one of the strongest on record, tore through the central Philippines, followed by a tsunami-like surge of seawater that drowned thousands. November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    Children play as they pass debris and damaged houses after super typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban City. The typhoon, one of the strongest on record, tore through the central Philippines, followed by a tsunami-like surge of seawater that drowned thousands. November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

  • A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash 8,000 metres into the atmosphere, seen from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province November 18, 2013. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

    A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash 8,000 metres into the atmosphere, seen from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province November 18, 2013. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

  • Survivors cover their faces to avoid the stench of bodies and debris as they walk in front of a message asking for help written on a ship that was hurled inland by Typhoon Haiyan, at a port in Tacloban, in the central Philippines, which was devastated by the typhoon. November 18, 2013 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

    Survivors cover their faces to avoid the stench of bodies and debris as they walk in front of a message asking for help written on a ship that was hurled inland by Typhoon Haiyan, at a port in Tacloban, in the central Philippines, which was devastated by the typhoon. November 18, 2013 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

  • A devotee holding a rosary prays during Sunday Mass at Santo Nino Church in Tacloban city, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8. Photo November 24, 2013, REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

    A devotee holding a rosary prays during Sunday Mass at Santo Nino Church in Tacloban city, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines on Nov. 8. Photo November 24, 2013, REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

  • Visitors stand around a bronze statue of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa\u2019s first democratically elected president, hours after it was unveiled as part of Day of Reconciliation celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. December 16, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    Visitors stand around a bronze statue of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa\u2019s first democratically elected president, hours after it was unveiled as part of Day of Reconciliation celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. December 16, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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