Global News in Pictures 21st - 27th Dec 2007

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BENAZIR DEAD: Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed on Thursday following a suicide attack during a campaign rally in Rawalpindi that claimed the lives of at least 20 other people. (Getty Images)
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MANHATTAN SOLD: Dubai's Istithmar announced this week that it had sold 230 Park Avenue to a group including a fund managed by Goldman Sachs Group for $1.15 billion, its second New York property sale in less than two months. (Getty Images)
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BATTERING BORDERS: Turkish warplanes continued to bomb Iraqi Kurdish villages along the border on this week, targeting rebel bases. (Getty Images)
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EID CELEBRATIONS: Hundreds of thousands of revelers celebrated Eid Al Adfa with Gulf states breaking for between five and ten days to join in the festivities. (Getty Images)
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OWNERSHIP BAN: Bahrain announced this week that it could pass a law preventing foreigners from owning properties in the Gulf Arab state in order to curb pressures on real estate prices. (Getty Images)
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ACTION TIME: Kuwait's parliament kept themselves in the news all week by announcing plans to slash corporate tax from 55% to 15%, discussing possible wage hikes to ward of negative effects of the rise in cost of living and by grilling the education minister, Nouriya Al-Subeeh. (Getyy Images)
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SPECIAL SESSION: Jordanian Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez delivered a speech during a parliamentary session in Amma. Lawmakers in Jordan will hold a special session next month to discuss measures aimed at tackling the skyrocketing costs of living in the kingdom. (Getty Images)
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TOUGH TALK: The White House expressed concern this week over Iran's announcement that Russia would supply S-300 air missile defense systems to the Islamic republic. The announcement came as Washington is seeking to impose new UN sanctions on Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear programme. (Getty Images)
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SUPERSTAR: Brazil and AC Milan's Kaka has simply been the outstanding footballer of 2007 and proved that claim by winning the FIFA Player of the Year award earlier this week to add to his European Footballer of the Year honour. (Getty Images)
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TOP DOG: Dubai-based luxury hospitality management group Jumeirah was awarded a top accolade from World Traveller Magazine at the 2007 World Traveller Awards in China this week. Jumeirah Han Tang Xintiandi, will boast several unique attractions once completed, including a purpose-built wedding pavilion and signature Chinese restaurant. (Getty Images)