Pictures of the day

A selection of images from around the world

  • Polar bear Nanook plays with a ball as she celebrates her first birthday in the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

  • Chief fishkeeper Timo Kaminski dressed as Santa Claus dives in a pool to feed the fishes at the Multimar Wattforum aquarium in Toenning, northrn Germany. AFP / dpa / Markus Scholz

  • Firemen extinguish a burning Christmas tree in a fake living room installed in a container to demonstrate the dangers during the time of Advent in Ahrensburg, northern Germany. AFP / dpa / Daniel Bockwoldt

  • Ukrainian servicemen take part in brigade tactical exercises with combat shooting near Goncharivske willage, Chernihiv region, not far from the border with Russia. AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY

  • The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft carrying the crew formed of David Saint-Jacques of Canada, Oleg Kononenko of Russia and Anne McClain of the U.S. blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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