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The week in pictures.

| SUNDAY DECEMBER 23: Resident Doug Johnson sweeps the debris of muck on the high street in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, after heavy flooding.

| SUNDAY DECEMBER 23: Sergeant John Gray from Stoneyburn, of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, gets in the Christmas spirit as he carries a Christmas tree back to his tent at Camp Tombstone, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Troops on tour in Afghanistan celebrate Christmas with cups of tea in bed and a traditional dinner served up by their senior officers.

| SUNDAY DECEMBER 23: Debris from a rocket North Korea launched on December 12 is seen on a South Korean navy vessel in the Yellow Sea, South Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for the development of more powerful rockets after the successful launch of a satellite into space.

| MONDAY DECEMBER 24: A client named Raj has his teeth checked by a dentist in a mobile surgery at this year''s Crisis at Christmas shelter in London''s docklands, which, along with eight other shelters in the capital, was expecting over 3,000 guests during the Christmas period.

| TUESDAY DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children after she attended St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk for the traditional Christmas Day church service.

| MONDAY DECEMBER 24: Indian students sporting Santa Claus attire ride a cycle rickshaw to celebrate Christmas in Amritsar, India. Although Christians comprise only two per cent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.

| TUESDAY DECEMBER 25: RAF Police in Kandahar with their parcels sent from the UK by Ruth Morgan, an integral part of Tabernacle Church, New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales. She has links to the RAF Police through a family member and created a donation system through the local Church to raise money to buy welfare packages for deployed RAF Police throughout the year. Ruth and the local Brownie pack raised enough money to send out 15 Christmas parcels to the gratefully receiving Flight Line Security officers at KAF.

| MONDAY DECEMBER 24: Crash investigators view a gold Nissan Note as it is removed from the crash scene on the A68 near Pathhead, East Scotland. Three men in the back seat were killed in the two-car crash.

| TUESDAY DECEMBER 25: Police officers stand by the photo of dead and injured firefighters after William Spengler, 62, set his house on fire then sprayed bullets at first responders, killing two firefighters and injuring two others. He then killed himself as seven houses burned on a sliver of land along Lake Ontario, New York State, on Christmas Eve.

| TUESDAY DECEMBER 25: Three children died and two adults were injured following a crash, which happened at about 11.30am on the M6 northbound carriageway near Stafford.

| WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26: Gerry Anderson, creator of the fictional characters Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and Fireball XL5,died at the age of 83. Anderson had suffered from Alzheimer''s since 2010 and died peacefully in his sleep at noon.

| WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26: Shoppers scramble for perfume in Selfridges department store in London''s Oxford Street where they took PS1.5m million in the first hour of trading.

| WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26: Durham Police release a picture of Lesley Caile, 48. A man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the grandmother was found dead in her home on Christmas Eve, in Hunwick, near Crook, County Durham, on Monday morning. She had two grown-up children and three grandchildren.

| THURSDAY DECEMBER 27: Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, where all five occupants of a black Ford Focus were taken after it crashed on the A47 near Wisbech at 6.40pm. Two girls aged seven and 10 were killed.

| THURSDAY DECEMBER 27: The Thames Barrier closed twice to prevent flooding upstream after heavy rain.

| THURSDAY DECEMBER 27: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 24-year-old son of Benazir Bhutto launched his political career.

| FRIDAY DECEMBER 28: A reveller takes part in the festival of Els Enfarinats in the town of Ibi near Alicante, Spain. For 200 years the inhabitants of Ibi celebrate annually with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers, outside the city town hall.

| FRIDAY DECEMBER 28: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred in the title role of Sherlock, which was voted the top TV show of 2012, beating US thriller Homeland in the Radio Times poll.

| THURSDAY DECEMBER 27: US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, credited with leading US-allied forces to a victory in the first Gulf War, died at age 78.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2012
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