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Our world in photos: December 8

December 8, 2020 Michaela Keil
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CAMBODIA — Extra protection: Motorcycle delivery riders wore face masks under their helmets to curb the spread of the coronavirus while transporting goods in Phnom Penh, Tuesday. Although Cambodia has reported only 350 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, a rare local outbreak in late November has prompted authorities to close state schools until the start of the next school year and order the closure of all theaters and museums, prohibiting public concerts for two weeks. Photo: Heng Sinith/AP


ILLINOIS — Food pantry: Phyllis Marder posed in the dining room of her home in Evanston with her cat, Nellie, and food she obtained from a local food bank on Nov. 5. At first, Marder, 66, didn’t tell anyone about going to food pantries. Then she had a change of heart. “Keeping a secret makes things get worse,” she said, “and makes me feel worse about myself, and so I decided that it was more important to talk about it.” Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP


BRAZIL — Stray bullets: A woman wearing a necklace with the word “Mother” in Portuguese protested the killing of Emily Victoria Silva dos Santos, 4, and Rebeca Beatriz Rodrigues dos Santos, 7, in Duque de Caxias, Sunday. The girls, two cousins, were killed by stray bullets while playing outside their homes. Photo: Bruna Prado/AP


FRANCE — On patrol: A Republican Guard rode a horse in the gardens of the Matignon Hotel after French Prime Minister Jean Castex met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Paris, Tuesday. On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged “disagreements” with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi over human rights issues, but said they will not prevent France from reaching economic and defense deals with the North African country, which has seen the heaviest crackdown on dissent in its modern history. Photo: Thibault Camus/AP


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GERMANY — Vaccine anticipation: A police officer guarded the entrance of a vaccine center that was introduced to the media in Wiesbaden, Monday. The vaccine center will begin operation as soon as the vaccine is delivered. Photo: Michael Probst/AP


INDIA — Protests continue: Stranded commuters of a local train looked out as supporters of left-wing parties blocked train tracks during a nationwide shutdown called by thousands of Indian farmers protesting new agriculture laws, in Kolkata, Tuesday. The strike followed five rounds of talks between the farmers and the Indian government that failed to produce any breakthroughs. The farmers say the laws will lead the government to stop buying grain at minimum guaranteed prices and will result in exploitation by corporations that will push down prices. Photo: Bikas Das/AP


BRITAIN — First vaccine: Margaret Keenan, 90, was the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by nurse May Parsons at University Hospital in Coventry, Tuesday. The UK, one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. Photo: Jacob King/Pool via AP


SWITZERLAND — Remembrance: Activists lit about 5,000 candles to remember those who died of the coronavirus, Sunday on the Bundesplatz, in front of the Federal Palace, in Bern. Photo: Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP


HONG KONG — Tent maze: A medical worker in a protective suit walked through a coronavirus testing center in Hong Kong, Tuesday. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, said social distancing measures would be tightened, including a ban on nighttime dining and more businesses ordered to close, as cases of the coronavirus continue to surge. Photo: Kin Cheung/AP

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