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epa04532521 German car dealer Rudi Dietl, who had the idea for the gingerbread Volkswagen bus, stands between the Volkswagen T1 mini bus made of gingerbread (L) and the original car model in Hanover, Germany, 17 December 2014. The gingerbread bus weighs 450 kilograms. The construction is based on a wooden frame and hot chocolate was used as a glue to attach gingerbread to the frame of the bus. Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles division has purchased the gingerbread bus for charity.  EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE

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The career of Washington Post photojournalist Michel du Cille

Michel du Cille died at 58 doing the work he loved. He was completely devoted to the story of Ebola, and he was determined to stay on the story despite its risks.

Philippine National Police bomb squad members pose for pictures with a bomb scanner and bomb suit at a police station in Manila September 15, 2014. When the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August sparked sometimes violent protests, the response of police in camouflage gear and armoured vehicles wielding stun grenades and assault rifles seemed more like a combat operation than a public order measure. Some U.S. police departments have recently acquired U.S. military-surplus hardware from wars abroad, but there are many law enforcers around the world whose rules of engagement also allow the use of lethal force with relatively few restrictions. But for every regulation that gives police wide scope to use firearms, there is another code that sharply limits their use. In the Philippines, the use of extreme force against a suspect is allowed only if the police officer's life or that of the victim (of the suspect) is in imminent danger. Picture taken September 15. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 25 OF 28 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE FORCE OF THE LAW'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'ENFORCERS'

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