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Our world in photos: December 14

December 14, 2020 Michaela Keil
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SIERRA LEONE — Heavy load: Isatu, 12, carried packets of rice flour to sell at Komao village, on the outskirts of Koidu. Sierra Leone closed its borders before the country had its first COVID-19 case. As a result, the country has seen only 2,434 confirmed cases and 74 deaths. Only 76 of those cases were confirmed in Kono district, but the economic toll here has brought many families already living on the edge to a breaking point.
Photo: Leo Correa/AP


FRANCE — Alpine Skiing World Cup: United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin reacted in the finish area after completing an alpine ski women’s World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, Monday.
Photo: Marco Trovati/AP


SPAIN — Trial run: People talked and drank before a concert in Barcelona, Saturday. Eager for a live music show after months of social distancing, more than 1,000 Barcelona residents gathered Saturday to participate in a medical study to evaluate the effectiveness of same-day coronavirus screening to safely hold cultural events. After passing an antigen screening, 500 of the volunteers were randomly selected to enjoy a free concert inside Barcelona’s Apolo Theater.
Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP


NEW YORK — It’s here: Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, Monday, in Queens. The vaccine began shipping out this week.
Photo: Mark Lennihan/Pool via AP


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SOUTH AFRICA — Burning homes: People living in shacks watched their homes burn at an informal settlement in Germiston, near Johannesburg, Sunday. The fire ripped through the neighborhood destroying 3 shacks.
Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP


SOUTH KOREA — Sheltered: An employee wearing a face mask used an umbrella to take shelter from the snow at the Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea’s well-known landmarks, in Seoul, Sunday.
Photo: Lee Jin-man/AP


KYRGYZSTAN — National Games Festival: Outside the Tash-Dobo village on Saturday, Kyzgyz horse riders competed during a kok boru, also called ulak tartysh, a traditional game in which players on horseback maneuver with a goat’s carcass and score by putting it into the opponents’ goal. The game has its origins in the distant past, when men went to hunt wolves that attacked their livestock, picking up running wolves from the ground and throwing them between each other almost playfully. The game today requires teams to throw a dead sheep or goat into their opponent’s well on the playing field.
Photo: Vladimir Voronin/AP


AUSTRIA — Biathlon: Athletes ran through the falling snow in the men’s 4×7.5 km relay race at the Biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen, Sunday.
Photo: Andreas Schaad/AP


CANADA — Santa truck: A man dressed as Santa Claus greeted children from a glass enclosure in Vaughan, Ontario, Sunday, after Vaughan Mills canceled their seasonal in-person visits with Santa amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The York Region will go into lockdown again starting Monday.
Photo: Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP


BRITAIN — Tophat message: An anti-Brexit demonstrator outside the Palace of Westminster, London protested during the Brexit trade talks, Monday. European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday that he still firmly believes a post-Brexit trade agreement is possible, noting that there are only two major outstanding disputes to be settled ahead of the New Year. Britain said that the negotiations, currently in Brussels, could continue for some time yet.
Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP

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