[caption id="attachment_44918" align="aligncenter" width="858"]Beachgoers rescued a 20 metre blue whale that became stranded on a beach in northern Chile. It was towed back to deep waters in a rescue operation coordinated by the navy. The whale was stranded on El Colorado beach near Iquique, located about 1,850 kilometers(1,150 miles) north of Santiago, and was found by fishing company workers, who immediately alerted officials. After a long process and with the assistance of the public, the whale was towed out to sea and released five miles offshore.
Picture: EPA / ARMADA DE CHILE[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44919 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 858 "]Eleven year - old male sea lion Jay paints the character for ' monkey ' in calligraphy as part of a New Year ' s Day attraction at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium park in Yokohama, Japan
Picture: TORU YAMANAKA / AFP / Getty Images[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44920 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 858 "]A national meeting is being held in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the fourth anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong - un becoming top commander of the Korean People ' s Army. The North ' s Korean Central News Agency, which released the photo on 30 December, said Kim was ' the iron - willed brilliant commander. '
Picture: EPA / KCNA[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44921 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 858 "]Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Picture: AP Photo / Nati Harnik[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44922 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 470 "]Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil(25) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid(54) fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston
Picture: AP Photo / Charles Krupa[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44923 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 858 "]Taliban militants, who were arrested by Afghan border police, stand during a presentation of seized weapons and equipment to the media in Jalalabad
Picture: REUTERS / Parwiz[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44927 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 804 "]Torrential rains over the past several days pushed already swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard - of heights in parts of Missouri and Illinois
Picture: Huy Mach / St. Louis Post - Dispatch via AP[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44926 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 802 "]A man points at a huge glyptodont shell found on a beach in Carlos Spegazzini, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Picture: EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP / Getty Images[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44925 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 799 "]Two Palestinian girls sitting next to the beach during sunset as they hold balloons with ' 2016 ' written on one of them, in west Gaza City
Picture: EPA / MOHAMMED SABER[/ caption][caption id = " attachment _ 44924 " align = " aligncenter " width = " 858 "]The Philippine national flag is raised during a ceremony to honour the anniversary of the death of national hero Jose Rizal at the Jose Rizal Park in Manila. Rizal was executed on 30 December 1896 but helped inspire a Philippine revolution for independence against Spanish occupation.
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