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Compiled by Neil McCartney

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24 hours in pictures, 28 December 2023

Our Picture Editors select the best news photographs from South Africa and worldwide to give you a visual snapshot of the day's events.


A picture taken with a drone shows the illuminated The City Park Ice Rink in Budapest, Hungary, 27 December 2023. EPA-EFE/Zoltan Mathe
A picture taken with a drone shows the illuminated The City Park Ice Rink in Budapest, Hungary, 27 December 2023. EPA-EFE/Zoltan Mathe
The full moon, also known as the 'Cold Moon', rises above Salgotarjan, Hungary, 27 December 2023. The final full moon of 2023 appears for three days, from the evening of 25 December to the morning of 28 December, according to NASA. EPA-EFE/PETER KOMKA
The full moon, also known as the ‘Cold Moon’, rises above Salgotarjan, Hungary, 27 December 2023. The final full moon of 2023 appears for three days, from the evening of 25 December to the morning of 28 December, according to NASA. EPA-EFE/PETER KOMKA
Skiers are pulled up a school slope in Fischen ahead of the practice for the FIS Ski Jumping Four Hills Tournament's Opening Jumping in Oberstdorf, Germany 28 December 2023. EPA-EFE/ANNA SZILAGYI
Skiers are pulled up a school slope in Fischen ahead of the practice for the FIS Ski Jumping Four Hills Tournament’s Opening Jumping in Oberstdorf, Germany 28 December 2023. EPA-EFE/ANNA SZILAGYI
Tourists pose for a photo near the Turret of Palace Museum in Beijing, China, 28 December 2023. Overall travel bookings for the New Year's Day holiday had risen more than threefold compared to the previous year and flight ticket bookings have seen a significant growth of 205 percent year-on-year, according to data by the online travel agency Trip.com on 25 December. EPA-EFE/WU HAO
Tourists pose for a photo near the Turret of Palace Museum in Beijing, China, 28 December 2023. Overall travel bookings for the New Year’s Day holiday had risen more than threefold compared to the previous year and flight ticket bookings have seen a significant growth of 205 percent year-on-year, according to data by the online travel agency Trip.com on 25 December. EPA-EFE/WU HAO
Lawmakers of the ruling People Power Party, including its acting chief Yun Jae-ok (C, 1st row), stage a rally at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, 28 December 2023, after opposition lawmakers passed bills to launch special counsel probes into alleged stock manipulation by Kim Keon Hee, wife of President Yoon Suk Yeol, and allegations that six prominent people of the so-called 5 billion club were promised 5 billion won (3.8 million US dollar) each from an asset management firm involved in a corruption-ridden development project in the Daejang-dong district in Seongnam, south of Seoul. EPA-EFE/YONHAP
Lawmakers of the ruling People Power Party, including its acting chief Yun Jae-ok (C, 1st row), stage a rally at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, 28 December 2023, after opposition lawmakers passed bills to launch special counsel probes into alleged stock manipulation by Kim Keon Hee, wife of President Yoon Suk Yeol, and allegations that six prominent people of the so-called 5 billion club were promised 5 billion won (3.8 million US dollar) each from an asset management firm involved in a corruption-ridden development project in the Daejang-dong district in Seongnam, south of Seoul. EPA-EFE/YONHAP
Rescuers dressed as Father Frost (or Ded Moroz, or Santa Claus) gather near Morozovskaya Children's hospital during a charity event for seriously-ill children ahead of New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2023. A team consisting of 30 Fathers Frost and Snow Maidens visited the young patients as part of the fifth anniversary festival of good deeds 'Winter in Morozovka'. EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY
Rescuers dressed as Father Frost (or Ded Moroz, or Santa Claus) gather near Morozovskaya Children’s hospital during a charity event for seriously-ill children ahead of New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2023. A team consisting of 30 Fathers Frost and Snow Maidens visited the young patients as part of the fifth anniversary festival of good deeds ‘Winter in Morozovka’. EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY
Father Frost (or Ded Moroz, or Santa Claus) (R) walks to take children on a free ride on the Moscow cable car across the Moskva River during the action organized by the government of Moscow in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2023. The cable car connects the observation deck on Vorobyovy Gory and the Luzhniki Sports Complex. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV
Father Frost (or Ded Moroz, or Santa Claus) (R) walks to take children on a free ride on the Moscow cable car across the Moskva River during the action organized by the government of Moscow in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2023. The cable car connects the observation deck on Vorobyovy Gory and the Luzhniki Sports Complex. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV
Activists from the Paris Animaux Zoopolis association protest against party evenings being held at the Paris Aquarium, in Paris, France, 28 December 2023. The Paris Animaux Zoopolis (PAZ) animal rights group has denounced party evenings being held at the Paris Aquarium saying that the law 'prohibits the presence of animals in nightclubs'. EPA-EFE/TERESA SUAREZ
Activists from the Paris Animaux Zoopolis association protest against party evenings being held at the Paris Aquarium, in Paris, France, 28 December 2023. The Paris Animaux Zoopolis (PAZ) animal rights group has denounced party evenings being held at the Paris Aquarium saying that the law ‘prohibits the presence of animals in nightclubs’. EPA-EFE/TERESA SUAREZ
Manuel Fettner of Austria during the practice for the FIS Ski Jumping 72nd Four Hills Tournament's Opening Jumping in Oberstdorf, Germany 28 December 2023. EPA-EFE/ANNA SZILAGYI
Manuel Fettner of Austria during the practice for the FIS Ski Jumping 72nd Four Hills Tournament’s Opening Jumping in Oberstdorf, Germany 28 December 2023. EPA-EFE/ANNA SZILAGYI
A picture taken with a drone shows the River Danube as it bursts its banks and floods at the Chain Bridge in downtown Budapest, Hungary, 28 December 2023. The water level of the Danube river has risen due to recent rains and snow. EPA-EFE/Zoltan Mathe
A picture taken with a drone shows the River Danube as it bursts its banks and floods at the Chain Bridge in downtown Budapest, Hungary, 28 December 2023. The water level of the Danube river has risen due to recent rains and snow. EPA-EFE/Zoltan Mathe
A handout photo made available by Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race shows LawConnect and Andoo Comanche arriving at the finish line off Castray Esplanade during the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023 in Hobart, Australia, 28 December 2023. LawConnect has clinched line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, running down fellow supermaxi Andoo Comanche in a thrilling river finish. EPA-EFE/KURT ARRIGO
A handout photo made available by Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race shows LawConnect and Andoo Comanche arriving at the finish line off Castray Esplanade during the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023 in Hobart, Australia, 28 December 2023. LawConnect has clinched line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, running down fellow supermaxi Andoo Comanche in a thrilling river finish. EPA-EFE/KURT ARRIGO
People walk next to an ice sculpture dedicated to the Irkut MC-21 300 mid-range passenger aircraft, displayed at an ice sculpture festival during the International Exhibition-forum Russia at the All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNH) in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2023. The International Exhibition-forum Russia is designed to demonstrate Russias main achievements in technology, science, tourism and culture. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV
People walk next to an ice sculpture dedicated to the Irkut MC-21 300 mid-range passenger aircraft, displayed at an ice sculpture festival during the International Exhibition-forum Russia at the All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNH) in Moscow, Russia, 28 December 2023. The International Exhibition-forum Russia is designed to demonstrate Russias main achievements in technology, science, tourism and culture. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV
Kashmiri farmers work in a vegetable field in a cold and foggy morning on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 28 December 2023. The minimum temperature in several parts of Kashmir has dropped below the minus 3 degrees Celsius-mark as a cold wave sweeps the Himalayan region. The visibility in Srinagar city and its adjoining areas remained low for the 4th day due to the dense fog. The local Meteorological fog will continue for the next four days. EPA-EFE/FAROOQ KHAN
Kashmiri farmers work in a vegetable field in a cold and foggy morning on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 28 December 2023. The minimum temperature in several parts of Kashmir has dropped below the minus 3 degrees Celsius-mark as a cold wave sweeps the Himalayan region. The visibility in Srinagar city and its adjoining areas remained low for the 4th day due to the dense fog. The local Meteorological fog will continue for the next four days. EPA-EFE/FAROOQ KHAN
People dressed in miltary costumes take part in a fake coup d'etat performances during the traditional fest called 'The floured ones' (Els Enfarinats) held in the village of Ibi, Alicante, Spain, 28 December 2023. The fest is celebrated during Holy Innocents Day, and people battle among themselves with fireworks, flour and eggs. EPA-EFE/MORELL
People dressed in miltary costumes take part in a fake coup d’etat performances during the traditional fest called ‘The floured ones’ (Els Enfarinats) held in the village of Ibi, Alicante, Spain, 28 December 2023. The fest is celebrated during Holy Innocents Day, and people battle among themselves with fireworks, flour and eggs. EPA-EFE/MORELL

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