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    • Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle (C) reacts to being named Miss World as Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray (L) and Miss Kenya Evelyn Njambi Thungu watch during the Miss World 2016 Competition in Oxen Hill, Maryland, U.S.
      Last update: 12:33 23.12.2016
      12:33 23.12.2016

      This Week in Pictures

      From Christmas festivals and solstice, to the deadly Berlin truck attack in Berlin and Russian ambassador assassination – take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.

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    • A serviceman patrols on the Grand-Place (Groote Markt) on the sidelines of the winter wonders Christmas market, in Brussels
      Last update: 15:27 22.12.2016
      15:27 22.12.2016

      Concrete Blocks and Police Cordons: Christmas Markets in 2016 Europe

      European cities tightened security measures after a deadly truck attack in Berlin. On December 19, a truck rammed into the crowd at the Berlin Christmas market on the Breitscheidplatz square, killing 12 people and injuring over 40 more.

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    • A cluster of young stars
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      From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Best Space Images of 2016

      Sputnik presents a selection of space pictures of 2016, which we fell in love with.

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    • Vibrant Wonders From Across the Globe: Travel Photographer of the Year 2016
      Last update: 16:40 20.12.2016
      16:40 20.12.2016

      Vibrant Wonders From Across the Globe: Travel Photographer of the Year 2016

      The annual Travel Photographer of the Year photo competition, which is run by photographers for photographers of any age and experience, was held for the 14th time this year. The breath-taking winning entries of the TPOTY 2016 competition were revealed on December 14.

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    • Miss World 2016 in Pictures: Puerto Rico's Beauty Takes the Crown
      Last update: 14:32 19.12.2016
      14:32 19.12.2016

      Miss World 2016 in Pictures: Puerto Rico's Beauty Takes the Crown

      The 66th annual Miss World international beauty pageant took place in the United States on December 18. Stephanie Del Valle, a 19-year-old law and communications student representing Puerto Rico, defeated 116 contestants from all over the world and won the top prize.

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    • Moscow Captured as a Winter Wonderland
      Last update: 12:35 18.12.2016
      12:35 18.12.2016

      Winter Wonderland: Magical Photographs of Moscow

      Winter in Moscow is a fine time of year, with bright white snow blanketing the city and New Year decorations sparkling everywhere.

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    • Syrian Girls Pose for New Year Calendar Dedicated to Russian Troops
      Last update: 12:35 17.12.2016
      12:35 17.12.2016

      From Syria With Love: Syrian Girls Pose for New Year Calendar Dedicated to Russian Troops

      To express their gratitude to Russian troops, 12 Syrian girls, wearing modern variations of traditional Russian kokoshnik head-dress, posed for a New Year calendar.

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    • This Week in Pictures
      Last update: 12:00 16.12.2016
      12:00 16.12.2016

      This Week in Pictures

      From the liberation of Aleppo, terror attacks in Istanbul and the explosion in Cairo to rumba parties in Cuba, a beauty pageant in Russia and the figure skating Grand Prix Final in France — take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.

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    • Move Over Fellas: These Women Will Show You How It's Done
      Last update: 13:03 15.12.2016
      13:03 15.12.2016

      Move Over Fellas: These Women Will Show You How It's Done

      American portrait photographer Chris Crisman was born and raised in Titusville, an oil producing small city in Pennsylvania. Its residents are his main source of inspiration. Crisman’s new project is dedicated to women who have chosen difficult professions traditionally held by men.

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    • Scars of the War Torn Aleppo: Before and After
      Last update: 15:15 14.12.2016
      15:15 14.12.2016

      Scars of the War-Torn Aleppo: Before and After

      Since the Battle of Aleppo started in 2012, the city has suffered massive destruction. Aleppo was literally war-torn: it was split between the government-held western part and the rebel-held east. Take a look at the ruined streets of the Syrian city, which once were bright and full of life.

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    • Meet Kysh Babay, the Tatar Version of Santa Claus, and His Mythical Companions
      Last update: 14:22 13.12.2016
      14:22 13.12.2016

      Meet Kysh Babay, the Tatar Version of Santa Claus, and His Mythical Companions

      Kysh Babay is a twin brother of Santa Claus: this folkloric gift-bringing character personifies the Christmas and New Year period in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan. Take a glimpse at the Tatars’ tradition of celebrating major winter holidays at Kysh Babay’s Residence in our photo gallery.

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    • A Rare Glimpse Into Daily Life in North Korea
      Last update: 14:33 12.12.2016
      14:33 12.12.2016

      A Rare Glimpse Into Daily Life in North Korea

      Photographer Ed Jones was given the opportunity to take a series of portraits capturing the daily lives of citizens in the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang.

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    • Best and Brightest: Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2016
      Last update: 17:00 11.12.2016
      17:00 11.12.2016

      Best and Brightest: Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2016

      The 2016 Nobel Prize awards ceremony was held on December 10 in Oslo and Stockholm.

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    • What Instagram Would Have Looked Like in the USSR
      Last update: 13:10 10.12.2016
      13:10 10.12.2016

      What Instagram Would Have Looked Like in the USSR

      Instagram made square pictures popular in 2010, but in fact the square format had been around for over a century. In the USSR, both amateur and professional photographers used 120 film to capture everyday life.

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    • This Week in Pictures
      Last update: 13:41 09.12.2016
      13:41 09.12.2016

      This Week in Pictures

      From the plane crash in Pakistan and the Russian field hospital destroyed by rebel shelling, to the Fashion Awards 2016 in London and the Grand Prix Royal Canin 2016 cat show in Moscow — take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.

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    • Shooting Stars: Ten Most Popular Actors and Actresses of the Year
      Last update: 15:37 08.12.2016
      15:37 08.12.2016

      Shooting Stars: Ten Most Popular Actors and Actresses of the Year

      IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, published its list of the ten most popular Hollywood actors and actresses. Its rating system is based on IMDb page views received in 2016 – each page was visited by more than 250 million unique visitors from around the world per month.

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    • Aleppo Liberation: A Gulp of Freedom for Ravaged Syrian City
      Last update: 15:23 07.12.2016
      15:23 07.12.2016

      Aleppo Liberation: A Gulp of Freedom for Ravaged Syrian City

      Over the first weekend of December, the Syrian army, backed by local militia, recaptured a number of districts in eastern Aleppo from rebels and encouraged residents to visit neighborhoods and homes they left years earlier.

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    • Russia’s Next Top Models: Glamour Queens Take to the Runway
      Last update: 14:41 06.12.2016
      14:41 06.12.2016

      Russia's Next Top Models: Glamour Queens Take to the Runway

      The finals of Russian Top Model 2016 took place at the Korston Club Hotel in Moscow on December 5. The nationwide contest brought together 30 young models from different parts of Russia. The winning fashion models will soon be seen across Russian and on international stages.

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    • 'Travel at Home:' Natives’ Eye View of Russia’s Tempting Beauty
      Last update: 11:40 05.12.2016
      11:40 05.12.2016

      'Travel at Home:' Natives' Eye View of Russia's Tempting Beauty

      Nearly nine thousand exclusive photographs from all over the country were competing in the "Travel at home" 2016 photo contest organized by the Russian TRIP2RUS.RU tourism website. Here are some of those prize-winning photographs, which are literally inviting you to go to Baikal, Vologda or Altai and explore the vast beauty of Russia.

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    • Shards of History: Original Iconic Photos From Neil Leifer's Collection Go Under the Hammer
      Last update: 17:32 04.12.2016
      17:32 04.12.2016

      Shards of History: Original Iconic Photos From Neil Leifer's Collection Go Under the Hammer

      Hundreds of photos that were previously part of famous photographer Neil Leifer's private collection went on sale at Guernsey's auction house in New York.

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