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British fashion designer and activist, Vivienne Westwood delivers a Christmas card to British Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight how the dangerous effects of fracking are compared to asbestos.

A South African man sells a version of the Christmas Tree on a roadside in Cape Town, South Africa. The unusual Christmas Trees are made from the branches of indigeneous trees and painted in various colours.

Heike Philipps, founder of the `Hedgehog House`, holds a small hedgehog during an event at the hedgehog shelter in Laatzen, Germany. The shelter that currently houses 22 hedgehogs and prepares them for their long winter sleep, is packed up to its limit wi

Qatari Heritage Police riding camels participate in a military parade to mark Qatar`s National Day celebration, in Doha, Qatar, 18 December 2014.

Chinese citizens walk past a Christmas-themed house installation at a shopping district in Beijing, China, 17 December 2014. Although Christmas is not an official holiday in China, decorations and designs hinting at the coming Christmas season are beginni

Andreas Jaeger standing next to his Smart car on a parking lot in Germany. The car has been stolen and dumped into a canal, where it spent seven years. It was found by chance and sold on eBay for EUR 1131.11. The proceeds were donated to a charity.

A handout picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L`Osservatore Romano on 17 December 2014 shows mentally disabled faithful from Argentinia performing traditional dance for Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican.

Poll

Do you approve of the Health Minister’s plan to prevent the entry of ambulances in Roma districts unless doctors are accompanied by security guards?

» Yes, guaranteeing the safety of emergency medical teams is of primary concern - 70.4 %

» No, the measure is based on a xenophobic approach which disregards the Hippocratic Oath - 25.3 %

» Cannot say - 4.3 %

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A costumed Romanian man takes part in the charity amateur race `Santa Runs` at the Mogosoaia Park near Bucharest.. Dozens of runners joined the Santa race, which funds will be donated to the Romanian Association of Traumatology and Pediatrician Orthopedis

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