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Our world in photos: December 18

December 18, 2020 Michaela Keil
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NIGERIA — Release: A group of schoolboys gathered following their release after they were kidnapped last Friday in Katsina. The boys were abducted one week ago from the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in Kankara in Katsina state village. Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist rebels claimed responsibility for the abduction, saying they attacked the school because it believes Western education is un-Islamic, factional leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video earlier this week.
Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP


ITALY — Visiting family: Loletta Bruschi, 96 years old, met her son through a plastic film screen at the San Michele Arcangelo nursing home in San Michele Mondovi, northern Italy, Friday. The Italian Government is weighing whether to impose a tighter lockdown over Christmas to prevent gatherings and the ensuing surge in new cases.
Photo: Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP


INDIA — Friendly fauna: An exile Tibetan wore a mask while petting a stray bull in Dharamsala, Friday.
Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP


RUSSIA — No flag will fly: Russian flags were placed on free seats near spectators who waited for the start of the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Sweden and Russia in Moscow on Thursday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed Russia’s flag and anthem are barred from next year’s Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing on Thursday.
Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP


FRANCE — Alpine Skiing World Cup: Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka went airborne as she sped down the course during the Women’s World Cup downhill, in Val d’Isere, Friday.
Photo: Gabriele Facciotti/AP


CALIFORNIA — Lighting the way: Holiday lights lined trees as people wearing face masks crossed an intersection in San Francisco, Thursday.
Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP


WEST BANK — Slingshot soldiers: Palestinian protesters used slingshots against Israeli soldiers during clashes at the outskirts of the West Bank village of Mughayer, north of Ramallah, Friday. Palestinian protesters marched toward a Jewish settlers outpost, clashing with settlers who used dogs against them before the Israeli army dispersed the protesters using teargas and rubber bullets following minor clashes. 
Photo: Nasser Nasser/AP


SOUTH KOREA — Waiting to be tested: People queued in line to wait for coronavirus testing while maintaining social distancing at the Seoul Plaza in Seoul, Friday.
Photo: Lee Jin-man/AP

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