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News of the world, Dec 18

News of the world, Dec 18
Teenagers participate in a South Korean marine winter training camp course Gimpo, South Korea. Approximately 50 middle and high school students participated in the South Korean marine's four-day training programme to develop their spiritual and physical strength. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 18
Iraqi commandos unearth a cache of arms in Haswa, about 60km south of Baghdad. British forces will wrap up their mission in Iraq in the first half of next year, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said during a surprise trip to the country. Brown said at a joint press conference with his Iraqi opposite number Nuri al-Maliki, by the end of May, or earlier, the mission will be completed adding that the troops would go home over the following two months. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 18
Indonesian green berets' anti-terror squad aim their weapons during an counter-terrorism drill in Jakarta. Indonesia has a history of violent bombings by Islamist extremists, but has not suffered a major attack since the 2005 suicide bombings on Bali that killed 20 people. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 18
A pool in front of the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is frozen over during a rare snowstorm in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several inches of snow were expected to accumulate in and around Las Vegas. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 18
Members of Code Pink, from left, Joan Stallard, Medea Benjamin, Jim Goodnow, Gael Murphy and Polly Miller, put their feet on the head of a fellow member dressed as President George W. Bush during a protest in front of the White House in Washington, DC. The activist group Code Pink staged the protest to show their support for the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush during a press conference with the Iraqi Prime Minister. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 18
French policemen patrol near one of Paris's top department stores, Le Printemps, a day after an unknown group placed five sticks of dynamite, without a detonator in this store. Shoppers were being searched before being allowed into the department store as France moved into its hectic Christmas shopping period on terror alert. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 18
Chie Yamada, and employee of Japan's toy giant Tomy displays the world's smallest humanoid robot i-Sobot, which is 165mm in height, weighing 350g and equipped with 17 micro actuators and a gyro-sensor as it dances in Tokyo. The i-Sobot received the government sponsored robot award for this year in Tokyo. (Getty Images)

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