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24 hours in pictures, 7 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.


People from Italian union 'Cub' demonstrate with workers of the entertainment sector in front of the Teatro alla Scala prior the gala opening of the Scala Opera House new season on December 7, 2023. - The 2023/24 Teatro alla Scala opera house season opens with ëDon Carloí by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Riccardo Chailly. (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI / AFP)
People from Italian union ‘Cub’ demonstrate with workers of the entertainment sector in front of the Teatro alla Scala prior the gala opening of the Scala Opera House new season on December 7, 2023. – The 2023/24 Teatro alla Scala opera house season opens with ëDon Carloí by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Riccardo Chailly. (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI / AFP)
Objects that belonged to youths who participated in the Supernova festival on October 7, are displayed in a temporary exhibition titled '06:29' in Tel Aviv on December 7, 2023 two months after Palestinian Hamas militants attacked the party-goers, killing scores and taking around 40 hostages back to the Gaza Strip. - With empty tents, an abandoned bar and even the original sound system, the new exhibition has recreated the scene of the bloody October 7 Hamas attack on a desert music festival. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)
Objects that belonged to youths who participated in the Supernova festival on October 7, are displayed in a temporary exhibition titled ’06:29′ in Tel Aviv on December 7, 2023 two months after Palestinian Hamas militants attacked the party-goers, killing scores and taking around 40 hostages back to the Gaza Strip. – With empty tents, an abandoned bar and even the original sound system, the new exhibition has recreated the scene of the bloody October 7 Hamas attack on a desert music festival. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)
Guatemala's President-elect Bernardo Arevalo (C) waves to supporters while taking part in the "March for Democracy" to demand the resignation of Attorney General Consuelo Porras and prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche, accused of generating an electoral crisis, in Guatemala City on December 7, 2023. - Attorney General since 2018, Consuelo Porras went from having a discreet judicial career to being at the center of the political tension that Guatemala is experiencing, accused of being the architect of an offensive to prevent the elected president, Bernardo Arevalo, from assuming power in January. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)
Guatemala’s President-elect Bernardo Arevalo (C) waves to supporters while taking part in the “March for Democracy” to demand the resignation of Attorney General Consuelo Porras and prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche, accused of generating an electoral crisis, in Guatemala City on December 7, 2023. – Attorney General since 2018, Consuelo Porras went from having a discreet judicial career to being at the center of the political tension that Guatemala is experiencing, accused of being the architect of an offensive to prevent the elected president, Bernardo Arevalo, from assuming power in January. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)
A worker arranges idols during the Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) 2023, in Amritsar on December 7, 2023. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)
A worker arranges idols during the Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) 2023, in Amritsar on December 7, 2023. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)
A Yemeni walks near portraits depicting slain Houthi fighters, who were allegedly killed in the country's ongoing war, part of an exhibition during the Martyr Week anniversary in Sana'a, Yemen, 07 December 2023. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen's north, commemorate the annual Martyr Week dedicated to their fighters who were killed in Yemen's nine-year long war. Yemen has been in the grip of a full-blown armed conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi-led military coalition that backs Yemen's internationally recognized government since 2015, claiming the lives of tens of thousands of people. Yemen's war is referred to as the Saudi Arabia-Iran proxy war in which the warring parties have been militarily and politically backed by Saudi Arabia and Iran respectively. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB
A Yemeni walks near portraits depicting slain Houthi fighters, who were allegedly killed in the country’s ongoing war, part of an exhibition during the Martyr Week anniversary in Sana’a, Yemen, 07 December 2023. The Houthis, who control most of Yemen’s north, commemorate the annual Martyr Week dedicated to their fighters who were killed in Yemen’s nine-year long war. Yemen has been in the grip of a full-blown armed conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi-led military coalition that backs Yemen’s internationally recognized government since 2015, claiming the lives of tens of thousands of people. Yemen’s war is referred to as the Saudi Arabia-Iran proxy war in which the warring parties have been militarily and politically backed by Saudi Arabia and Iran respectively. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB
An aerial photo taken with a drone shows a roundabout with trucks driving on it in the ski resort area of the 'Kahler Asten' mountain near Winterberg, Germany, 07 December 2023. The German Weather Service (DWD) forecasts continuous sub-zero temperatures for the region, partially cloudy, partially sunny weather conditions with speeding-up winds for the upcoming days. With temperatures rising towards the weekend days they also predict further snowfalls. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHER NEUNDORF
epa11015750 An aerial photo taken with a drone shows a roundabout with trucks driving on it in the ski resort area of the ‘Kahler Asten’ mountain near Winterberg, Germany, 07 December 2023. The German Weather Service (DWD) forecasts continuous sub-zero temperatures for the region, partially cloudy, partially sunny weather conditions with speeding-up winds for the upcoming days. With temperatures rising towards the weekend days they also predict further snowfalls. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHER NEUNDORF
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah get a warm welcome during Mimouna celebration in Jerusalem on April 29, 1997 as he makes one of his rare appearance since the publication of the investigation into the influence-peddling scandal ten days ago. - The Mimouna, the first day after the holiday of passover, is originally celebrated by Jews of Moroccan heritage but has now been adopted by most Israelis. (Photo by Wendy SUE LAMM / AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah get a warm welcome during Mimouna celebration in Jerusalem on April 29, 1997 as he makes one of his rare appearance since the publication of the investigation into the influence-peddling scandal ten days ago. – The Mimouna, the first day after the holiday of passover, is originally celebrated by Jews of Moroccan heritage but has now been adopted by most Israelis. (Photo by Wendy SUE LAMM / AFP)
A volunteer donates blood during a blood donation operation organised by the "Etablissement Francais du Sang" (EFS), at Bordeaux' National Opera on December 7, 2023. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
A volunteer donates blood during a blood donation operation organised by the “Etablissement Francais du Sang” (EFS), at Bordeaux’ National Opera on December 7, 2023. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
King Philippe of Belgium (2ndL) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (L) drink with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German President's wife Elke Buedenbender during a visit to a Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany, on December 7, 2023. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)
King Philippe of Belgium (2ndL) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (L) drink with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German President’s wife Elke Buedenbender during a visit to a Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany, on December 7, 2023. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)
A worker arranges soft toys at the Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) 2023, in Amritsar on December 7, 2023. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)
A worker arranges soft toys at the Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) 2023, in Amritsar on December 7, 2023. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 7: Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits at the defense table while waiting for proceedings to begin in his civil business fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court on December 7, 2023 in New York City. Trump's civil fraud trial alleges that he and his two sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump conspired to inflate his net worth on financial statements provided to banks and insurers to secure loans. New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued seeking $250 million in damages. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 7: Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits at the defense table while waiting for proceedings to begin in his civil business fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court on December 7, 2023 in New York City. Trump’s civil fraud trial alleges that he and his two sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump conspired to inflate his net worth on financial statements provided to banks and insurers to secure loans. New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued seeking $250 million in damages. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 07: Flags fly at half-staff near police vehicles at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus the morning after a shooting left three dead on December 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to police, a suspect shot four people on the UNLV campus, killing three of them, before being killed by campus police. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 07: Flags fly at half-staff near police vehicles at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus the morning after a shooting left three dead on December 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to police, a suspect shot four people on the UNLV campus, killing three of them, before being killed by campus police. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Britain's King Charles III reacts as he meets a Father Christmas during his visit to the Christmas Market at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre in west London on December 7, 2023, where he met local business owners and spoke to recipients of The King's Award for Voluntary Service. (Photo by Peter Nicholls / POOL / AFP)
Britain’s King Charles III reacts as he meets a Father Christmas during his visit to the Christmas Market at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre in west London on December 7, 2023, where he met local business owners and spoke to recipients of The King’s Award for Voluntary Service. (Photo by Peter Nicholls / POOL / AFP)
Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium stand in front of a shop of the Meissen porcelain manufactory in Dresden, eastern Germany, on December 7, 2023, after a visit at a Christmas market. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)
Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium stand in front of a shop of the Meissen porcelain manufactory in Dresden, eastern Germany, on December 7, 2023, after a visit at a Christmas market. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)
An aerial picture shows displaced Palestinians who fled Khan Yunis setting up camp in Rafah further south near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, on December 7, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. - Backed by air power, tanks and armoured bulldozers, Israeli troops were fighting Hamas in Khan Yunis, the biggest city in southern Gaza, as well as in Gaza City and the nearby Jabalia district of the north. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
An aerial picture shows displaced Palestinians who fled Khan Yunis setting up camp in Rafah further south near the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt, on December 7, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. – Backed by air power, tanks and armoured bulldozers, Israeli troops were fighting Hamas in Khan Yunis, the biggest city in southern Gaza, as well as in Gaza City and the nearby Jabalia district of the north. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
An electoral billboard that has been ripped by passers by stands in Baghdad on December 7, 2023, as Iraqis prepare to vote on December 18 to select councils in more than a dozen provinces, the first election of its kind in a decade. - In Baghdad and other cities, placards and banners for various candidates have taken over streets, though many have been ripped or pulled down by passers by, a sign of Iraq's widespread disillusionment with politics. Iraqis will vote on December 18 to select councils in more than a dozen provinces, the first election of its kind in a decade. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
An electoral billboard that has been ripped by passers by stands in Baghdad on December 7, 2023, as Iraqis prepare to vote on December 18 to select councils in more than a dozen provinces, the first election of its kind in a decade. – In Baghdad and other cities, placards and banners for various candidates have taken over streets, though many have been ripped or pulled down by passers by, a sign of Iraq’s widespread disillusionment with politics. Iraqis will vote on December 18 to select councils in more than a dozen provinces, the first election of its kind in a decade. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

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