Today in Pictures, Dec 20, 2019

A street performer dressed as a Christmas tree in New York, ceremonial items are driven from Buckingham Palace in London, and other pictures from around the world in Today in Pictures.

Emma Harper MSP raises awareness of the illegal puppy trade and responsible ownership at a photocall in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, December 19, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
Ceremonial items are driven from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament ahead of the State Opening of Parliament in London, Britain, December 19, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
Sreet performer Thomas Liberto from Bel Air, Maryland, who goes by the social media name "Mr. Christmas Tree" makes his way around midtown New York on December 19, 2019. Mr. Christmas Tree aka Liberto, who begins the holiday season traveling from Maryland to NYC, has been walking around in festive costume for the last five years. PHOTO: AFP
Make hay while the sun shines. That seems to be one resident’s mission – snatching the opportunity to catch a few hours of sunlight in the morning to dry two pieces of clothing from the window of his Housing Board flat in Ghim Moh Road on December 18, 2019. Wednesday and yesterday’s better weather, which saw pockets of clear skies, was a rarity in a month that has been inundated by heavy rain and seen low temperatures. The rain here and in the surrounding region is the result of the wet phase of the north-east monsoon season, which is expected to last until next month. The National Environment Agency said the rest of this month will see moderate to heavy thundery showers in the afternoons, with some extending into the evenings. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
Boys jump into the Penrith river during a heatwave in Sydney on December 19, 2019. Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said on December 18. PHOTO: AFP
Icicles hang from frozen berries as a winter storm brings havoc to New Jersey as ice caused power outages and downed trees throughout the area on December 18, 2019 in West Orange, New Jersey, USA. PHOTO: AFP
"Prohor" the bear holds a gift brought by a visitor as part of a Christmas tradition at La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City on December 19, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

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