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Our world in photos: December 16

December 16, 2021 Michaela Keil
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ITALY — World Cup training: Austria’s Niklas Koeck sped down the course as an airplane wake was seen in the background, during an alpine ski, men’s World Cup downhill training, in Val Gardena, on Thursday.
Photo: Gabriele Facciotti/AP


AFGHANISTAN — Collapsing healthcare: A nurse took care of a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit of Malalai Maternity hospital in Kabul on Thursday. Afghanistan’s health care system was on the brink of collapse and has functioned only with a lifeline from aid organizations.
Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP


SOUTH AFRICA — Variant research: Sandile Cele, a researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, worked on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday. An analysis of data from South Africa, where the new variant is driving a surge in infections, suggested the Pfizer vaccine offers less defense against infection from omicron and reduced, but still good, protection from hospitalization.
Photo: Jerome Delay/AP


RUSSIA — Channel One Cup: Russia’s Yegor Korshkov, above, collided with Canada’s goalie Justin Pogge during the Channel One Cup ice hockey match between Russia and Canada in Moscow, on Wednesday.
Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP


UKRAINE — Mortar shell: Liudmyla Momot wept as she searched for any still-usable items on Friday, Dec. 10, in the debris of her house in the village of Nevelske in eastern Ukraine, that was struck by a mortar shell fired by Russia-backed separatists. Her village is only about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the line of contact between the separatists and the Ukrainian military and has been emptied of all but five people. Small arms fire frequently is heard in the daytime, giving way to the booms of light artillery and mortars after dusk.
Photo: Andriy Dubchak/AP


PHILIPPINES — Storm: In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a rescuer assisted a girl as they waded through flooding caused by Typhoon Rai in Cagayan de Oro City, on Thursday. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated to safety in the southern and central Philippines as Typhoon Rai approached on Thursday
Photo: Philippine Coast Guard via AP


UNITED KINGDOM — Boat incident: A group of people thought to be migrants were brought in to Dungeness, Kent, on Thursday, following a small boat incident in the Channel.
Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA via AP


ILLINOIS — Christmas tree: The Millennium Park Christmas tree was seen in a timed exposure with a zoom lens on Wednesday, in Chicago.
Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP


CALIFORNIA — Called off: Alabama State associate head coach Trey Johnson talked on the phone on an empty bench before an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The game was called off because of COVID-19 protocols.
Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

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