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Window cleaners, dressed in horse (left) and sheep costumes featuring animal signs from the Chinese zodiac calendar, work during an event promoting the year-end and new year at a hotel in the business district of Tokyo on Dec 19, 2014. The year of 2014 is the year of the horse and 2015 is the year of the sheep according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. - Reuters/ Issei Kato
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Window cleaners in horse and sheep costumes, staff of Pakistani political parties and students at a candlelight vigil, and a ferris wheel in Nice, France. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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A Pakistani soldier walks amidst the debris in an army-run school a day after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec 17, 2014. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the bloodiest ever terror attack in Pakistan. - AFP/ A Majeed
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Pakistan authorities survey the army-run school in Peshawar where Taliban militants killed 148 people, Ebola continues to claim lives in Sierra Leone, and more from around the world in Today In PIctures.

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Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar December 16, 2014. - Reuters/Zohra Bensemra
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Pakistan begins three days of mourning for the 132 children and nine school staff killed by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack, Chinese soldiers train in -30 degrees centigrade weather and a white beluga wears a Santa hat in Japan. These and more in Today In Pictures.

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A group of people react after they placed floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the cafe in central Sydney on December 16, 2014 where hostages were held for over 16-hours. Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed. - Reuters/ David Gray
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Sydney mourns the day after the hostage situation, police officers stand guard against protestors, and more from around the world in Today In Pictures.

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One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. - AFP/ Saeed Khan
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Hostage crisis at a Sydney cafe, authorities cleaning up the streets in Hong Kong, and more from around the world in Today In Pictures.

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A Palestinian protester takes position near a burning tyre amidst tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes, following the funeral of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein near the West Bank city of Ramallah Dec 11, 2014. Thousands of mourners turned out on Thursday for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest, an incident that has raised tensions with Israel. - Reuters/Ammar Awad
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Thousands of mourners attended a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman and traffic streamed through main protest site area in Hong Kong. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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Expedition volunteers arriving at the CapitaLand Daping Hope School in the early morning.
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A school in a rural town of Guangdong province now has a canteen and dormitory, thanks to CapitaLand Hope Foundation. Last week, in the spirit of community development, a volunteer expedition of 55 people more

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A man walks past banners displayed on a wall before police and bailiffs clear roads at the pro-democracy site in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong. Hong Kong´s student protest leaders said on December 10 that they would "stay to the end" as police prepared to swoop on the city´s main rally site after more than two months of mass pro-democracy demonstrations. - AFP/Dale de La Rey
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Hong Kong police start clearing main protest camp and a fire that gutted about 200 house in a Manila slum area. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

 

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A baby sleeps in a hammock at an evacuation centre for Typhoon Hagupit victims in San Julian, Eastern Samar in central Philippines Dec 10, 2014. Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon. Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 damaged on the eastern island of Samar. - Reuters/Erik De Castro
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Emergency workers struggles to reach coastal villages hit by Typhoon Hagupit as Hong Kong protest camp counts down to the final hour. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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Firefighters douse the remains of a fire that destroyed an apartment complex that was under construction, in downtown Los Angeles, California, Dec 8, 2014. A pair of massive fires burst across the Los Angeles skyline early Monday, damaging four buildings and closing down freeways during the morning commute. - AFP/Robyn Beck
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A massive blaze in downtown Los Angeles shut down two major freeways, Prince William and Kate Middleton in the US. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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The end of the first leg of the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup 2014 semi final Vietnam against Malaysia at Shah Alam stadium in Kuala Lumpur Dec 7, 2014. - Reuters/Olivia Harris
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Scuffles between fans at Shah Alam stadium, typhoon Hagupit weakens and protests in the US continue. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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A well-wisher cries under the building where Thailand´s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is residing at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok.Thailand´s King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancelled a public appearance on his 87th birthday today on the advice of doctors, disappointing thousands camping outside the hospital. - Reuters/Damir Sagolj
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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej canceled a public appearance on his 87th birthday, protests continue in the US. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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Demonstrators block traffic on Highway I-395 during a protest against a New York grand jury decision in Washington, DC. The grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, after putting him in a chokehold. - Getty Images/AFP /T.J. Kirkpatrick
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Protests in US and Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch turns 87 years old on Dec 5. These and more, in Today In Pictures.

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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou speaks during his announcement to resign from the Kuomintang (KMT) party chairman position during the party´s central standing committee in Taipei. A portrait of the late founding father of the Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen, is seen in the background. - Reuters/Pichi Chuang
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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou resigns from the Kuomintang (KMT) party chairman position, the original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement "surrender" to police. These and more images in Today In Pictures.

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Japan´s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), eats a local grilled fish during his official campaign kick-off for the December 14 lower house election, at the Soma Haragama fishing port in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, December 2, 2014. - Reuters/Issei Kato
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kicks off his official election campaign, Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong begins a hunger strike. These and more images in Today In Pictures. 

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A pro-democracy protester blocks a riot policeman during a clash outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong December 1, 2014. Hong Kong police baton-charged and pepper-sprayed thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the early hours of Monday who were trying to encircle government headquarters, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of protests. - Reuters/Bobby Yip
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The situation heats up in Hong Kong, World Aids Day and a Christmas tree throwing competition. All this and more in Today In Pictures.

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Four-year-old Low Jing Ning holds her face in glee as ´snow´ (made of foam) falls at the the official launch of Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay on 28 November 2014. Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland showcases the Southeast Asian debut of stunning sculptures of light from Italy. - The Straits Times/Kevin Lim
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Christmas comes to Gardens by the Bay, Black Friday sales in the US. These and more in Today In Pictures. 

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Student leader Joshua Wong (C) gives a thumbs up as he exits a courthouse with his lawyer Michael Vidler after Wong was released on bail in Hong Kong on November 27, 2014. A court in the semi-autonomous city banned the pro-democracy leader from entering a busy urban district one day after he was arrested from a major protest site when police moved in to clear out protesters. - AFP/Aaron Tam
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Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong is released from prison on bail, Australia's cricketeer Phil Hughes dies. More images in Today In Pictures. 

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A woman caught in the sudden downpour makes her way barefoot along a pathway in Clementi, Singapore on 26 Nov 2014. - The Straits Times/Kua Chee Siong
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Hong Kong police demolish protesters' Mongkok site, protests in Ferguson continue. These images and more in Today in Pictures.

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A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 25, 2014. The grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a white police officer over the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager. - Reuters/Stephen Lam
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Demonstrations in Ferguson, Hong Kong police begin to clear barricades from Mongkok and more images in Today In Pictures.

We feature the work of independent Singaporean photographers regularly in our Spotlight section. 

This month, we feature Rebecca Toh, Singapore-based photographer who is hugely influenced by the way films look and feel.


If you have someone whom you would like to recommend for Spotlight, email us at stlens@sph.com.sg.