Abbas Alizada calls himself the Afghan Bruce Lee. From the ruins of an iconic bombed-out palace above Kabul, the young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation. Someone get Chuck Norris to pose with this young man.

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Sometimes the name of our site really doesn't go together well with the picture stories we post. We apologise for that. Yesterday Sydney was scene of a hostage situation carried out by a religious extremist and today Pakistan was shaking to it's core by an attack carried out on a school, again, by religious extremists. During this cowardly attack 132 people, mainly students and teachers, were killed. Some of the images in this post can be disturbing to some.

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This is a time lapse, or a time travel of the breathtaking and scenic Arctic Norway by the photographer Fatih M Sahbaz. Behind the video there are tens of thousands of shots that were made over a course of a 4-month-travel in different parts of the North Norway. Mainly Nordland and highlighting the wonderful Lofoten Islands. Via Fatih M Sahbaz

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Here's our selection of coolest or most newsworthy photos from the last seven days. Stay tuned for our selection of the best pictures of 2014 tomorrow.

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Australian police locked down the centre of the country's biggest city on Monday after an armed assailant walked into a downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack. Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney's financial district, but there could be more. Update: Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

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