Pictures Of The Day Live: 20th December 2012

19/12/2012 21:41 | Updated 20 December 2012

The Huffington Post pictures of the day brings you the very best images from around the world chosen by our own photo editors, Elliot Wagland, Matthew Tucker and Tahira Mirza.

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20/12/2012 17:01 GMT

Are On and Off Rihanna and Chris Back As A Couple?

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Chris Brown and Rihanna are snapped having a cuddle after Chris uploaded this picture to his Instagram.....does this mean the dynamic duo are back on??

20/12/2012 16:32 GMT

Up Up And Away

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Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), top, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko wave farewell from the bottom of the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the crew members will join their Expedition 34 crewmates aboard the International Space Station, The Soyuz TMA-07M rocket launched at 7:12 a.m. EST

20/12/2012 15:56 GMT

Seeing Through The Smog


Kabul as seen from Swimming Pool Hill, in Wazir Akbar Khan, the diplomatic quarter. Smog from the city's stoves, generators and cars obscures the snow-capped Hindu Kush mountains which surround the ancient Silk Road city

20/12/2012 15:40 GMT

Black Santa Charity Sit Out

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (centre right) with Archbishop Michael Jackson (centre left) singing with a school choir at the Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin

20/12/2012 14:59 GMT

Stormtroopers To The Rescue


An activist of the Ukrainian Internet Party, wearing a stormtrooper outfit from the Star Wars saga, distributes goods in Independence Square in Kiev. The party activists, who traditionally wear Star Wars costumes during their actions, distributed canned foods, matches, condoms, toilet paper, soap, lightbulbs and 'tickets' for their spacecraft evacuation to passersby to supposedly save Ukrainians from the end of the world on December 21. The date marks the end of an era that lasted over 5,000 years, according to the Mayan 'Long Count' calendar. Some believe that the date, which coincides with the December solstice, marks the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs an idea ridiculed by scholars.

20/12/2012 13:36 GMT

There's A Storm Brewing


Waves crash into the sea wall at Seaham Harbour as parts of the UK are braced for further flooding as successive bands of heavy rain move across the country.

20/12/2012 11:18 GMT

Sky High Santas Get Their Wipers Out

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Clad in Santa Claus costumes, workers wipe windows some 55 meters above the ground outside a hotel in Tokyo. The hotel produced the event to enliven the Yaesu business district near Tokyo Station ahead of Christmas

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20/12/2012 10:22 GMT

Rihanna Jets Back To Barbados


Rihanna has jetted back home to Barbados for a heartbreak holiday following rumours she has split from on-off boyfriend Chris Brown. The singer was spotted in the Caribbean sunshine at a villa in Cove Springs with best friend Melissa Forde, but she looked far from happy to be there.

20/12/2012 10:14 GMT

Squirrels Dance To Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'

Today bring you squirrels dancing to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' (or at least a cover version of it) in London's St James's Park.

20/12/2012 10:04 GMT

2 Billion Pixel View Of Everest

An incredible 2 billion pixel image has been posted of Mount Everest. This gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier was captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest. The Khumbu Icefall is clearly visible here, and one can easily see the hustle and bustle of Everest Base Camp below.

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