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Villagers watch Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic ash into in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia

In pictures: Indonesian authorities have raised the volcano's alert status to the highest level

Powerful bursts of hot ash and gravel erupted from the Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia. Day after authorities had raised the volcano's alert status to the highest level the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions.

A visitor looks at the art work titled 'Skulls' which is constructed out of 12,444 Lego bricks, during the 'The Art of the Brick' exhibition at the Brussels Stock Exchange

In pictures: Lego exhibition - 'The Art of Brick'

A new exhibition featuring works of art made from Lego has opened in Belgium. 'The Art of Brick' by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya features more than 70 artworks. They are on display at the Stock Exchange of Brussels in Belgium.

George, a Snowshoe, awaits judging at The Supreme Cat Show in Birmingham

In pictures: 'Supreme Championship Cat Show' in Birmingham

The one-day Supreme Cat Show is one of the largest cat fancy competitions in Europe with over one thousand cats being exhibited. Exhibitors aim to have their cat named as the show's 'Supreme Exhibit' from the winners of the individual categories of: Persian, Semi-Longhair, British, Foreign, Burmese, Oriental, Siamese.

A Pakistani child is vaccinated against polio by a health worker in Islamabad, Pakistan

In pictures: Pakistani health workers' fight to vaccinate children

Militants have killed over a dozen polio workers over the last year. They claim the workers are spies and the vaccination is meant to make Muslim children sterile.

A nuclear fuel rod lifted from a cask to be transfered to a new pool located some 100 meters away from the No. 4 reactor unit where more than 1,500 nuclear fuel rods are scheduled to be removed at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan

In pictures: Nuclear fuel rods are scheduled to be removed at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan

The recovery of the fuel rods from No. 4 reactor unit would take around a year. The 1,533 fuel rods currently lying among rubble in the cooling pond of the reactor are considered as one of the greatest ongoing dangers at the plant, along with the leaking of contaminated water.

Stop taking tablets: the new scourge of iPads in galleries

The national appetite for art and art spaces seems insatiable. When Tate Modern was unveiled in 2000, two million annual visits were expected; today more than five million visitors a year pour through its Thames-side doors.

Italy's Carolina Kostner performs during her Ladies Short Program in the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix series in Moscow

In pictures: The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Moscow

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2013/2014 is a series of international figure skating competitions in the 2013/2014 season. It includes disciplines of men's singles, ladies'singles, pair skating as well as ice dancing. Skaters earn points based on their placement at each event and the top six in each discipline qualified to compete at the Grand Prix Final, held in Fukuoka, Japan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends the second meeting of security personnel of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang

In pictures: Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends the second meeting of security personnel of the Korean People's Army

The second meeting of national security personnel gathered elements of the Korean People’s Army  as well as General Political Department, the Ministry of State Security and the Military Security Commandat at the 25 April House of Culture in Pyongyang. 

Nine year old Filipino girl Janine Eder survived the storm by fleeing with her family to the village of Lewaan which had a school in which they could shelter. They have now returned to rebuild their house

In pictures: Portraits of Filipino children who lost their homes

Many Filipino families lost everything after the Typhoon Haiyan washed away their homes. They are seeking a new place to live, making a shelter from the timber amongst debris.

A window displaying shoes donated by David and Victoria Beckham to a branch of the Red Cross charity shop in west London

In pictures: David and Victoria Beckham donate their clothes to help raise money for the Typhoon Haiyan appeal

David and Victoria Beckham donated their clothes to a branch of the Red Cross charity shop in west London.The clothes, which are being sold to raise money to aid victims of the Typhoon Haiyan appeal, include massively discounted items by designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Manolo Blahnik.

A Japanese couple pose with a portrait of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy at a memorial venue specially set for his Japanese fans in Tokyo

In pictures: The world remembers JFK

President Barack Obam said the anniversary is a day to honor Kennedy's memory and 'celebrate his enduring imprint on American history.' Kennedy's vision for the U.S. and the world lives 'in the generations he inspired.

Afghan delegates listen to a speech of Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the Loya Jirga in Kabul

In pictures: Afghans debate at the Loya Jirga

Afghan delegates have assembled to listen to a speech of Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the Loya Jirga, a traditional forum dealing with significant decisions affecting the whole country.

Floodlit sculptures of a fantasy figure with two dogs is unveiled at the Magical Ice Kingdom in Hyde Park, London

In pictures: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland's Magical Ice Kingdom

This year's Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park promises more attractions, thrills and Christmas magic than ever. Visitors can walk through the park admiring the festive atmosphere and enjoy the spectacular entertainment.

Pope Francis has issued a some cost-cutting reforms within the Vatican

In pictures: Pope Francis' popularity

Since his election in March 2013 Pope Francis has inspired many Roman Catholics to go back to church. The 'Pope Francis Effect' has been felt across the world, with new and lapsed Catholics surging back to the confession box.

Sculptor Artem Samoylov of Russia carves a sculpture based on Disney's newest movie

In pictures: Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges 2013

Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival is held every year in Bruges, located in North West Belgium. This year's theme is based on characters from Disney's latest film Frozen. The festival will open on 22 November and ends on 5 January 2014.

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