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The day in pictures - 21st December 2012

Freetown, Sierra Leone

A young boy admires the dawn on a road in Sierra Leone, with growth estimated to be 21% this year the country is now being grouped by economists with the 'African lion' countries.

A new dawn for Sierra Leone Credit: Reuters

Bugarach, France

As apocalypse-watchers around the globe waited to see if the end of the ancient Mayan calendar also signalled the end of days, these two visited the French village of Bugarach - thought to be one of the few places that would have been spared had the world come to an end at 11.11am on Friday 21st December 2012.

Costumes cannot be returned after Armageddon Credit: Reuters

Brussels, Belgium

Women's rights protesters gathered outside the European Union building during a visit by Vladamir Putin.

A woman is arrested in Brussels Credit: Reuters

Kamp-Lintfort, Germany

A traditional German coal miners choir sang during a closing ceremony for the "Bergwerk West" coal mine.

The pit will close by the end of the year after 100 years of mining.

The miners choir sings "Der Steiger ruft" ("the head miner calls") Credit: Reuters

Edinburgh, Scotland

A male Asiatic lion, found only in India, attempted to fight off a female rival to claim his second birthday present boxes filled with food.

It's my party Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Beijing, China

A man prepares to dive into Shichahai lake in subzero temperatures.

An icy dive Credit: Reuters

Stonehenge, UK

A reveller, dressed as a unicorn, celebrates the sunrise during the winter solstice, which happened to coincide with the end of the world according to a Mayan calendar.

Horsing around at Stone Henge Credit: Reuters

Barcelona, Spain

Newly elected President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Artur Mas (CIU party) is congratulated by his wife Helena Rakosnik in the Parliament's chamber.

Feeling the Presidential pinch Credit: Reuters

Helmand, Afghanistan

David Cameron ate dinner with serving British soldiers during a visit to Forward Operating Base Price in Helmand Province.

The Prime Minister enjoys an early Christmas dinner Credit: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire