24 hours in pictures, 3 January 2024

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Written By Maya Cantina

Our Picture Editors select the best news photographs from South Africa and around the world to bring you a visual snapshot of the day’s events.


French tightrope walker Nathan Paulin crosses Alameda Avenue
French tightrope walker Nathan Paulin crosses Alameda Avenue on a 270-metre long taut rope, 50 metres above ground, on the opening day of the Teatro a Mil festival, in front of La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago, on January 3, 2024. (Photo by Javier TORRES / AFP)
Snowfall in Stockholm
A runner jogs past a heart-shaped installation, with Stockholm City Hall in the background, during a snowfall in Stockholm, Sweden, 02 January 2024. Snow and slippery conditions continue to cause problems in many parts of Sweden. Picture: EPA-EFE/Anders Wiklund
Pedestrians walk past a closed Rea Vaya bus station
A runner ducks as he runs past a closed Rea Vaya bus station in Johannesburg, 3 January 2024, as bus drivers go on a wildcat strike over 13th cheques and unhappiness with new internal controls. Pictures: Michel Bega/The Citizen
Twin giant pandas
Twin female giant panda cubs — Rui Bao and Hui Bao — are made available for public viewing at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea, on 03 January 2024, following their birth to 9-year-old giant panda Ai Bao and her partner, 10-year-old Le Bao, on 07 July 2023. Picture: EPA-EFE/YONHAP
A building decorated in the South African flag
A building decorated in the South African flag is seen 3 January 2024, in Johannesburg on a quiet day in the city centre at the start of the new year. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen
Flooding due to high water levels and storm Henk in the Netherlands
A child stands in a flooded street near the Markermeer after the first storm of this year, which was named Henk, in Hoorn, the Netherlands, 03 January 2024. Picture: EPA-EFE/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN
KFC Mini Cricket activation
KFC Mini Cricket activation during day one of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands Cricket Ground on January 03, 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)
At least 62 people killed in strong earthquake in central Japan
A man cycles past a collapsed building in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, 03 January 2024. At least 62 people were killed by the magnitude 7 earthquake (the USGS listed the magnitude as 7.5) which occurred on 01 January, according to the Ishikawa Prefecture Government. Picture: EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
The fourth anniversary of the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani
Iranian’s wave images of the late Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani during the fourth anniversary of his death, in Tehran, Iran, 03 January 2024. On the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, two explosions have killed at least 103 people and another 171 people were wounded near the mausoleum dedicated to him, according to Iranian state television. As part of a ceremony to honor General Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike in neighboring Iraq in 2020, hundreds of people were on their way towards the grave on 03 January. Picture: EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH
Floods in northern France
Emergency services evacuate a resident from a flooded street as the River Aa overflows in Arques, France, 03 January 2024. After months of heavy rains, rivers are swollen in northern France. Picture: EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON
Snow and blizzard conditions in Denmark
Cranes try to remove a truck after an accident during a heavy snowfall in Viborg, central Jutland, Denmark, 03 January 2024. Picture: EPA-EFE/Johnny Pedersen
General view of Newlands
General view of Newlands during day one of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands Cricket Ground on January 03, 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)

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