A surfer rides a wave during the Punta Galea Big Wave Challenge in Punta Galea, Spain, on Dec. 22
Dec. 31, 2013: A surfer rides a wave during the Punta Galea Big Wave Challenge in Punta Galea, Spain, on Dec. 22. The best big-wave riders in the world battled against six local wild cards from Spain's Basque Country at Punta Galea. South African surfer Grant Baker won all three of his heats to claim the title in clean 15- to 18-foot waves.
Anti-government protesters jump over the fence during a rally at the Department of Special Investigation in Bangkok on Dec. 23
Dec. 30, 2013: Anti-government protesters jump over the fence during a rally at the Department of Special Investigation on the outskirts of Bangkok on Dec. 23. About 5,000 protesters took part in the rally & later stormed the DSI office building. The DSI has charged the protest leaders with illegal demonstrations & frozen their bank accounts.
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A team member shoves a Legged Squad Support System (LS 3) robot that was galloping off course in Homestead, Fla., on Dec. 20
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Dec. 29, 2013: A Legged Squad Support System team member shoves a robot that was galloping off course back on track during a high-speed demonstration in Homestead, Fla., on Dec. 20. The device is designed to accompany soldiers & Marines any place they go on foot, helping to carry their gear.
A child feeds bread to ducks in the foggy & cold morning at Sanjay Lake in New Delhi, India on Dec. 21
Dec. 28, 2013: A child feeds bread to ducks on a foggy, cold morning at Sanjay Lake in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 21. Dense fog disrupted train & flight services in northern India for several days.
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A bride & groom kiss as they visit Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 21
Dec. 27, 2013: A bride & groom kiss as they visit Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, where pro-European integration supporters are holding a rally, on Dec. 21. European Union leaders said the door to a closer partnership with Ukraine remains open but not necessarily for the current Ukrainian leadership, which chose a bailout from Russia in preference to a trade deal with Brussels.
Gas station workers & clients celebrate after winning the second prize in the 'El Gordo' Christmas lottery in the Canary Islands, Spain, on Dec. 22
Dec. 26, 2013: Gas station workers & clients celebrate after winning the second prize in the 'El Gordo' (The Fat One) Christmas lottery in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, on Dec. 22. Millions of Spaniards were glued to televisions as the country's cherished Christmas lottery distributed a bounty of 2.5 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in prize money to winning ticket holders. The draw is so popular that most of Spain's 46 million inhabitants traditionally watch some part of it live in the hope that the schoolchildren singing out the winning numbers will call out their tickets.
Visitors play with shredded paper at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Dec. 23
Dec. 25, 2013: Visitors play with shredded paper to celebrate the festival season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Dec. 23.
Ice swimmers wade in the Obersee in Lanke, Germany, on Dec. 22
Dec. 24, 2013: Ice swimmers wade in the Obersee in Lanke, Germany, on Dec. 22. The swimmers, who dress up in seasonal attire for the annual event, claim swimming in cold water is good for the body's blood circulation. Due to warmer temperatures this year, the lake did not freeze over.
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A worker carves a large snow sculpture in Harbin, China, on Dec. 20
Dec. 23, 2013: A worker carves a huge snow sculpture of a horse, part of an installation that measures 384 feet long & 85 feet high, at Sun Island Park in preparation for the 26th China Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China, on Dec. 20. The expo, which features hundreds of snow & ice activities, opens Dec. 28.
A fisherman watches a TV broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's press conference, in Ivanovo, Russia, on Dec. 19
Dec. 23, 2013: A fisherman watches a TV broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference, in Ivanovo, Russia, on Dec. 19.
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Ice skaters at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Dec. 19
Dec. 23, 2013: Skaters enjoy the Toronto City Hall ice skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Dec. 19.
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A Palestinian boy walks past a section of the controversial Israeli barrier in the Shuafat refugee camp near Jerusalem on Nov. 23
Dec. 23, 2013: A Palestinian boy walks past a section of the controversial Israeli barrier in the Shuafat refugee camp near Jerusalem on Nov. 23. Marooned behind the wall, the Shuafat refugee camp reveals the state's uneven treatment of Arab & Jewish neighborhoods, creating a de facto partition of Jerusalem, which is the epicenter of the Middle East conflict.
Christmas lights in Los Angeles on Dec. 18
Dec. 23, 2013: A vintage truck decked in holiday decorations is seen in Los Angeles on Dec. 18. Displaying holiday lights on lawns & homes in this San Fernando Valley neighborhood, known as Candy Cane Lane, has been a tradition since 1952.
A baby elephant keeps cool with a shower during high temperatures at the Melbourne Zoo, in Melbourne, Australia on Dec. 18
Dec. 23, 2013: A baby elephant keeps cool with a shower during high temperatures at the Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia, on Dec. 18. The youngster's mother, named Dokkoon, is the first elephant in Australia to give birth for a second time, having previously given birth to 3-year-old Mali.
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People dressed in costumes during a ceremony in Moscow on Dec. 20
Dec. 23, 2013: People dressed in costumes participate in a ceremony in the Kremlin's Cathedral Square in Moscow on Dec. 20.
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A young elephant seal on South Georgia Island in November
Dec. 20, 2013: A young elephant seal gets up close & personal with British photographer Paul Goldstein, who photographed the seal on the 'remote & inhospitable' island of South Georgia, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, in November. 'No one arrives here by accident,' says Goldstein. 'Not only is it a long way from anywhere, it is also lashed by some of the most lively seas in the world.'
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A police officer holds a coffer open to reveal the Capitol Rotunda from inside the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC, on Dec. 19
Dec. 21, 2013: A police officer holds a coffer open to reveal the interior of the Capitol Rotunda from inside the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 19. The dome is scheduled to undergo a $59 million, two-year restoration, which includes the stripping of lead paint, repair to the ironwork, repainting & installation of new lighting. The dome & rotunda were last restored in 1960.
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Dancing master Yang Liping performs in Kunming, China, on Dec. 19
Dec. 20, 2013: Yang Liping ― a choreographer, director & dancer ― performs in her dance drama 'The Peacock' during the first Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming, China, on Dec. 19. The 20-day festival will end on Dec. 25.
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Breakdancing Santas in Trafalgar Square in London on Dec. 20
Dec. 20, 2013: A pair of entertainers perform breakdancing moves while wearing Santa suits in Trafalgar Square in London on Dec. 20.
Gail Orenstein/Zuma Press
A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Dec. 20
Dec. 20, 2013: A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel, installed to celebrate Christmas & New Year's, at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, on Dec. 20.
Baby panda named at Guangzhou Changlong Safari in Guangdong Province, China, on Dec. 18
Dec. 20, 2013: After a two-month public vote, the first baby panda born in southern China's Guangdong Province finally has a name. After Guangzhou Changlong Safari received hundreds of suggestions from the public, it was ultimately mother panda Mei Qing who chose by picking from straws bearing the suggested names. In the end, she picked 'Long Long.'
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A Palestinian man holds his son up in the air in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Dec. 17
Dec. 20, 2013: A Palestinian man holds his son up in the air as he walks along the seafront in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Dec. 17. The enclave is slowly recovering from a severe storm that hit the region late last week.
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A migrant awaits a march to demand better work conditions in Taipei, Taiwan, on Dec. 14
Dec. 20, 2013: A migrant awaits a march across Taipei, Taiwan, to demand better work conditions. In Taiwan, migrants typically have only one day off per month despite a legally mandated two days off each week. Collaborating with domestic NGOs, 1,500 guest workers from Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, & Thailand want to end sweat shop labor, demanding a long-term care system to replace market-based solutions to the ongoing aging crisis in Taiwan.
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Hubble observes a 'holiday wreath' light echo around star RS Puppis on Dec. 19
Dec. 20, 2013: This Hubble Space Telescope image shows star RS Puppis shrouded by thick, dark clouds of dust, which enables a phenomenon known as a light echo. NASA has compared the effect to a 'holiday wreath.'
Frozen waterfall in Jixian, China, on Dec. 19
Dec. 20, 2013: A rainbow hovers over a frozen Kettle Mouth Waterfall, China's second-largest waterfall.
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Christmas lights in New York City on Dec. 18
Dec. 20, 2013: The Holiday Light Show makes its return to Grand Central Terminal for its centennial year. The show will light up the famous windows on the west side of the Main Concourse above Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. & Cipriani Dolci this holiday season.
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Artists play traditional music before Karapan Sapi begins in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Dec. 15
Dec. 20, 2013: Artists play traditional music before Karapan Sapi begins on Dec. 15 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Karapan Sapi, or bull race, is an annual tradition on Madura, a small island off Java. The event's initial intent was to obtain powerful cows for plowing fields.
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Ryan Glatt interacts with a horse at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., on Dec. 15
Dec. 19, 2013: Ryan Glatt, 11, interacts with a horse in the stable area at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 15 in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit & the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year.
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Students train to be bodyguards outside Beijing on Dec. 14
Dec. 19, 2013: Students holding replica 95 semi-automatic rifles practice protecting their employers during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing on Dec. 14. Former Chinese soldier Chen Yongqing has big ambitions for his bodyguard training school, which he says is China's first professional academy to train former soldiers & others as personal security guards. Chen charges 500,000 yuan ($82,400) a year for each protector as China's rich & famous look to bolster their safety & sense of importance.
Temitope Moshood poses for a photo after her naturalization ceremony in New York City on Dec. 18
Dec. 19, 2013: Temitope Moshood, who was born in Nigeria, poses for a photo in front of an American flag after her naturalization ceremony in New York on Dec. 18. A new report says the city's immigrant population has reached a high of 3.1 million, led by a tremendous growth in the Chinese population.
Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
Surfing Santa in Sydney on Dec. 18
Dec. 19, 2013: Christmas came early to the Northern beaches of Sydney on Dec. 18 as Santa Claus got in some training for his present deliveries. While elsewhere in the world he may travel on a reindeer-drawn sleigh & slip down the chimney, Santa seems to do things a little differently Down Under.
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Pornchai Kaokew of Thailand warms up prior to the 2013 SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on Dec. 16
Dec. 19, 2013: Pornchai Kaokew of Thailand warms up before the final of the Men's Regu Event between Malaysia & Thailand during the 2013 SEA Games at Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on Dec. 16.
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Buddhism practitioners walk barefoot on the fire at Akihasan Entsuji Temple in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 16
Dec. 19, 2013: Buddhism practitioners walk barefoot on fire during the 'Hiwatari,' or walking on fire, ritual at Akihasan Entsuji Temple in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 16. The annual ritual is thought to remove bad luck & give prayer for good health.
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A winking owl peers from its nest box in Siikajoki, Finland, on Dec. 18
Dec. 19, 2013: A sly Tengmalm's owl pokes its head out of a large hole to give the photographer a cheeky wink in Siikajoki, Finland.
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A miner uses a pole to extract sulfur during an annual offering ceremony on the Ijen volcano in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Dec. 17
Dec. 19, 2013: A miner uses a pole to extract sulfur from a pipe at the flow crater of the Ijen volcano during an annual offering ceremony in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Dec. 17. The ritual is performed by the sulfur miners of Mount Ijen, who slaughter a goat & then bury the head in the crater. The sacrifice is performed to ward off potential disasters for the next year.
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People watch fireworks during a lamp festival in Hefei, China, on Dec. 18
Dec. 19, 2013: People watch fireworks during a lamp festival in Hefei, China, on Dec. 18.
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Woman taking a photo of a Santa Claus striking a Marilyn Monroe pose in Taiyuan, China, on Dec. 17
Dec. 19, 2013: A woman takes photos of a Santa Claus striking a Marilyn Monroe pose outside a department store in Taiyuan, China, on Dec. 17.
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The silhouette of the Torchbearer statue is seen against the rising moon in Hanover, Germany, on Dec. 16
Dec. 18, 2013: The silhouette of the Torchbearer statue is seen against the rising moon in Hanover, Germany, on Dec. 16.
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Whirling dervishes perform at the Galata Mevlevihanesi in Istanbul on Dec. 18
Dec. 18, 2013: Whirling dervishes perform at the Galata Mevlevihanesi (The Lodge of the Dervishes) in Istanbul on Dec. 18. The dervishes are adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance & a search for understanding. Those who whirl, like planets around the sun, turn dance into a form of prayer.
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A pole dancer performs in Tianjin, China, on Dec. 17
Dec. 18, 2013: People watch a pole dancer practice in Tianjin, China, during a promotional event hosted by members of China's national pole dancing team on Dec. 17. China set up its first national pole dancing team in 2012 in order to compete in the World Pole Dancing Championships.
Journalist at the installation 'Step into the Void' above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on Dec. 17
Dec. 18, 2013: A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the 'Step into the Void' installation during a media visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, on Dec. 17. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, with a 1,000-meter drop below, where visitors can get the impression of standing in a void.
The dome of St. Nicholas' Church is reflected in a glass roof in Potsdam, Germany, on Dec. 17
Dec. 18, 2013: The dome of St. Nicholas' Church is reflected in the glass roof of the new state parliament in Potsdam, Germany, on Dec. 17.
Juuso Partanen carves an ice sculpture at the Brussels Ice Magic Festival in Brussels on Dec. 17
Dec. 18, 2013: Sculptor Juuso Partanen of Finland carves an ice sculpture of a tree at the Brussels Ice Magic Festival on Dec. 17.
Young visitors to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, on Dec. 11
Dec. 18, 2013: Young visitors to Stonehenge World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England, attempt to pull a sarsen stone outside the new visitor center, where the project to modernize facilities at Stonehenge will finally open after decades of planning.
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Dancers from Momix Botanica pose in costumes in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Dec. 16
Dec. 18, 2013: Ensemble members of the dance theater Momix Botanica pose in costumes in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Dec. 16.
An activist struggles with riot police during a demonstration near the Museu do Indio in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 16
Dec. 18, 2013: An activist struggles with riot police during a demonstration near the Museu do Indio in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 16.
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Byron Mondahl gets into costume as one of Cinderella's sisters in Bromley, England, on Dec. 12
Dec .18, 2013: Byron Mondahl gets into his crinoline as he transforms himself into Daisy, one of Cinderella's sisters, at the Churchill Theatre on Dec. 12 in Bromley, England.
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Charles Navillod using his surfboard in the snow in Tignes, France, on Nov. 28
Dec. 17, 2013: Charles Navillod, 26, uses his surfboard and wetsuit on the slopes in Tignes, France. Navillod needed only a few attempts to get the hang of it.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus jumps from the Asparuhov Bridge in Asparuhovo, Bulgaria, on Dec. 15
Dec. 17, 2013: A man dressed as Santa Claus jumps from the 52-meter-high Asparuhov Bridge in Asparuhovo, Bulgaria. Every December hundreds of bungee jumpers dressed like Santa Claus jump from the bridge.
A Newari woman painted as a deity prepares for a parade in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 17
Dec. 17, 2013: A Newari woman, with her lips & face painted to depict a deity, sits inside a house before she takes part in a parade to celebrate the Yamari Puni festival in Kathmandu on Dec. 17.
A photographer stands in an ice cave on Europe's biggest glacier in Iceland
Dec. 17, 2013: Standing below a roof of blue-colored ice more than 60 feet thick, a daring photographer snaps images inside an ice cave on Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland's biggest glacier. As light passes through the varying thicknesses of ice above, amazing blue tones light up the cave.
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Dec. 17, 2013: A long skater speeds away on the rain-wet ice on Lake Orlangen, just south of Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 15. Meteorologists forecast temperatures around five degrees for southern Sweden this week.
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Members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club warm up at the beach on Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 15
Dec. 17, 2013: Members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club warm up before swimming at the beach on Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 15.
A couple poses for photos at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., on Dec. 15
Dec. 17, 2013: 11-year-old beluga whale Juno photobombs a couple's wedding photos at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., on Dec. 15. The couple, from West Haven, Conn., were pausing to fix the bride's dress when Juno decided he wanted to be part of their special day.
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A great green macaw perches at the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Hope Valley, RI, on Dec. 4
Dec. 17, 2013: Woodstock, a great green macaw, perches at the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Hope Valley, RI, on Dec. 4. Home to nearly 500 screaming, squawking cockatoos, macaws, parrots & a variety of smaller birds such as parakeets, cockatiels & love birds, the sanctuary takes in birds from owners who\ are no longer able or willing to keep them.
A passenger takes pictures of snow at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Kunming, China, on Dec. 15
Dec. 16. 2013: A passenger takes pictures of snow at Kunming Changshui International Airport, in Kunming, China, on Dec. 15. Known as 'The City of Eternal Spring' for its pleasant climate, snowfall is uncommon in the city in southwestern China.
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A migrant worker fixes a lift at a construction site in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 16
Dec. 16. 2013: Migrant worker Om Kumar Chaudhary, 23, fixes a lift at a 60-foot-high construction site in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 16. Om came to Kathmandu in March to learn construction work in preparation for a job in Qatar. He earns about $180 a month but expects to earn more than twice that in Qatar. Om is one of about 300,000 Nepalese youth leaving the country each year due to lack of job opportunities.
Young children peer from a window to watch the funeral of Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, on Dec. 15
Dec. 16. 2013: Young children peer from a window to watch the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela in his home village of Qunu, South Africa, on Dec. 15.
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An orangutan in Santa Claus costume gives a toy to a child in Malabon City, Manila, the Philippines, on Dec. 12
Dec. 16, 2013: An orangutan in a Santa Claus costume gives a child a toy during a gift distribution activity at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon City, Manila, the Philippines, on Dec. 12. The zoo handed out presents to children & offered free entrance to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
A homeless man rests in a pew at a Times Square church in New York City on Dec. 12
Dec. 16, 2013: A homeless man rests in a pew at a Times Square church, where some homeless people take refuge from the cold, in New York City, on Dec. 12. New York City's homeless population increased by 13 percent this year, according to a recent study by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development.
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A fisherman passes dead trees standing in floodwaters from rising sea levels in Bedono village, Indonesia, on Dec. 12
Dec. 16, 2013: A fisherman passes dead trees standing in floodwaters from rising sea levels in Bedono village, in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia, on Dec. 12. Java's coastal villages have been particularly badly affected by rising sea levels as a result of global warming. Villagers refuse to leave their homes despite surrounding areas being submerged & signs of severe coastal erosion.
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Israelis enjoy sliding on the snow in Jerusalem on Dec. 13
Dec. 16, 2013: A man & woman enjoy sliding on the snow in Jerusalem on Dec. 13. Heavy storms have continued throughout Israel, causing traffic disruptions & power outages across the country.
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Fisherman haul an arapaima from a branch of the Solimoes River in Brazil on Nov. 24
Dec. 16, 2013: A fisherman drags an arapaima, the largest freshwater fish species in South America & one of the largest in the world, from his canoe after fishing in the Solimoes River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon, in the Mamiraua nature reserve near Fonte Boa, Brazil, on Nov. 24. Catching the arapaima, a fish that is sought for its meat & is considered by biologists to be a living fossil, is only allowed once a year by Brazil's environmental protection agency.
A small band performs during ongoing anti-government protests in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 12
Dec. 16, 2013: A small band performs in Independence Square during ongoing anti-government protests in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 12. Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to suspend a trade & partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia.
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A Punjabi cancer patient sits on a train in Bathinda, India, on Dec. 13
Dec. 16, 2013: A cancer patient sits on a train at a railway station in Bathinda, India, on Dec. 13. Hundreds of people suffer from cancer in the area, & locals feel the excessive use of pesticides has contaminated the groundwater. The pollutants are also found in the vegetables grown in the area. Every day a train, locally called the cancer train, carries patients for treatments to the Rajasthan government-owned cancer hospital of the medical college in Bikaner, India.
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Sam Tomkins makes a jump off the Auckland Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, on Dec. 11
Dec. 14, 2013: Newly signed New Zealand Warriors rugby team member Sam Tomkins jumps off the Auckland Sky Tower. The player was honored with a jump off the tower when he visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Dec. 11.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus throws a Christmas tree to a ship in the port of Hamburg, Germany, on Dec. 12
Dec. 13, 2013: A man dressed as Santa Claus throws a Christmas tree from one ship to the next in the port of Hamburg, Germany, on Dec. 12. Every year, Christmas trees are given to the crews of ships in the port.
Kenyan honor guards at stand attention during the ceremony for Kenya's independence in Nairobi on Dec. 12
Dec. 13, 2013: Kenyan honor guards stand at attention in Nairobi on Dec. 12 during the 50th anniversary ceremony of Kenya's independence from Great Britain.
Li Jing/Xinhua/Zuma Press
Steven Holcomb celebrates after winning the two-man bobsled World Cup event in Lake Placid, NY, on Dec. 13
Dec. 13, 2013: Steven Holcomb celebrates after driving to a win with brakeman Steve Langton in the two-man bobsled World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 13.
An employee at Bonham's auction house holds a study mold for the dome of R2D2 in London on Dec. 12
Dec. 13, 2013: An employee at Bonham's auction house holds a study mold for the dome of R2D2's head that was used in 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' on Dec. 12 in London. The item, which is expected to fetch between 6,000 & 8,000 pounds, features in Bonham's Entertainment Memorabilia sale, which includes about 400 music, television & film collectables.
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Flamingos stand in their enclosure during snowfall in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo on Dec. 12
Dec. 13, 2013: Flamingos stand in their enclosure during snowfall in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo on Dec. 12. Up to 6 inches of snow fell in Jerusalem Wednesday night into Thursday morning, snarling traffic & closing schools.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit fit check in Houston on Dec. 10
Dec. 13, 2013: European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst participates in a spacesuit fit check at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The test comes as the International Space Station experienced an issue with one of its two external ammonia coolant loops. If not resolved via other means, the issue could result in a spacewalk in the immediate future.
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Veterinarians pull the tooth of Simba the lion at Varna Zoo in Bulgaria on Dec. 12
Dec. 13, 2013: Veterinarians pull a tooth from Simba the lion at Varna Zoo in Bulgaria. The 5-year-old lion is on the mend & the zoo hopes he will be one of the most popular attractions again soon.
Japanese flamenco student Maika Kubo in Seville, Spain, on Sept. 20
Dec. 13, 2013: Japanese flamenco student Maika Kubo, 24, poses for a photograph in the old monastery of San Jeronimo in Seville, Spain, on Sept. 20. Kubo began learning the traditional southern Spanish style of music & dance while at university in Japan, where she studied languages. 'Flamenco makes me feel so alive,' she said.
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A man watches a rainbow on the bridge overlooking the Og river in Nebi Mussa, Israel, on Dec. 11
Dec. 13, 2013: A Hasidic Jewish man watches a rainbow on the bridge overlooking the Og river. Heavy rains in the Jerusalem area led to several floods in the usually dry rivers of the Judean Desert east of the city.
Omer Messinger/Zuma Press
Santa Claus waves at the Melbourne Aquarium in Melbourne, Australia, on Dec. 11
Dec. 13, 2013: Santa Claus waves to people at the Melbourne Aquarium on Dec. 11 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Window washer smiles at toddler at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 11
Dec. 12, 2013: Brooklyn Marion, 1, a sibling of a patient at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, laughs & tries to high-five window washer Danny Oszaniec, of American National Skyline, through the eighth-floor window. Window washers from National Skyline dressed as elves & brought some holiday cheer to patients as they descended down the hospital on Dec. 11 in Memphis, Tenn.
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Well-wishers look on as a funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Nelson Mandela passes in Pretoria, South Africa, on Dec. 11
Dec. 12, 2013: Well-wishers look on as a funeral cortege carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela makes its way to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, on Dec. 11. Mandela's remains will lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings where he took the oath of office 19 years ago as the country's first black president.
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A shopper walks past graffiti in Dublin on Dec. 11
Dec. 12, 2013: A shopper walks past graffiti in Dublin on Dec. 11. Ireland's $115 billion financial bailout ends this weekend, but advocacy groups warn that the country's poorest people will still suffer from austerity measures.
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People wearing zebra head masks in Chongqing Municipality, China, on Dec. 10
Dec. 12, 2013: Participants wearing zebra masks wander down a street as part of an artistic performance ahead of the Chinese zodiac's Year of the Horse in Chongqing Municipality, China, on Dec. 10. The performance aims to bring good luck to everyone for the upcoming year.
A horse shakes its head during the Sicab International Pre-Horse Fair in Seville, Spain, on Dec. 5
Dec. 12, 2013: Spanish 4-year-old thoroughbred Nevisco III shakes its head during the Sicab International Pre-Horse Fair in Seville, Spain, on Dec. 5.
Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
A visitor is reflected in a mirror while visiting the David Zwirner Gallery in New York on Dec. 5
Dec. 12, 2013: A visitor is reflected in a mirror while visiting the 'Infinity Mirrored Room — Love Is Calling,' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in New York on Dec. 5. Two mirrored infinity rooms are currently on display at the David Zwirner Gallery.
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Ceremonial guards rotate shifts at the Presidential Palace in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Dec.7
Dec. 12, 2013: Ceremonial guards rotate shifts at the Presidential Palace in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Dec. 7.
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A man kitesurfs in the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Dec. 11
Dec. 12, 2013: A man kitesurfs in the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the port of Jaffa in the background, on Dec. 11. High winds & heavy rain poured across Israel on Wednesday.
Clown Momo & other clowns of the School for Dance, Clown & Theatre in Hanover, Germany, on Dec. 11
Dec. 12, 2013: Clown Momo & other clowns of the School for Dance, Clown and Theatre pose in Hanover, Germany, on Dec. 11 for the international campaign 'Walking as One.'
A woman begs as a boy buys bread at a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 10
Dec. 12, 2013: A woman begs as a boy buys bread at a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 10. The stubborn impasse over a long-term security deal with the United States has not only raised concerns about the future of the Afghan security forces, but also put an instant & alarming drag on the Afghan business climate.
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Penguin tries to eat camera in Antarctica on Dec. 6
Dec. 11, 2013: A Gentoo penguin is filmed waddling up to a camera left by a geologist in Antarctica & opening its large red beak to eat it. But the penguin quickly discovers it is not as tasty as it looks and wanders off to find some fish instead.
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The boys of Winchester Cathedral Choir skate on the cathedral's ice rink in Hampshire, England, on Dec. 11
Dec. 11, 2013: The boys of Winchester Cathedral Choir enjoy a misty morning skate on the cathedral's ice rink, which will be open until Jan. 5 in Hampshire, England.
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Runners dressed as Santa Claus prepare to take part in the Santa Run in London on Dec. 8
Dec. 11, 2013: Runners dressed as Santa Claus prepare to take part in the charity fund-raising Santa Run in Victoria Park, London, on Dec. 8. With a choice of 5km or 10km distances, runners can raise money for whichever charities they wish, as long as they wear Santa costumes.
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Students in Natal, Brazil, perform a skit titled 'Blind Ones' as a protest against consumerism on Dec. 9
Dec. 11, 2013: Students from the School of Communication & Art at the University of Sao Paulo in Natal, Brazil, perform a skit titled "Blind Ones" as a protest against consumerism inside a shopping mall on Dec. 9. The group plans to take the protest to cities in Europe and North America in 2014.
Syrian refugees aboard an Italian Coast Guard vessel off the coast of Siracusa, Italy, on Dec. 10
Dec. 11, 2013: Refugees from Syria aboard an Italian Coast Guard vessel look at the Italian coast — for most of them their first glimpse of Europe — after being rescued 35-40 miles off the coast of Siracusa, Italy.
RCA National Finals Rodeo Day 4 opening ceremony in Las Vegas on Dec. 8
Dec. 11, 2013: Riders wait during the opening ceremony on Day 4 of the PRCA National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
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Man practices handball in Venice, Calif., on Dec. 9
Dec. 11, 2013: Palm trees cast shadows as a man practices at the handball courts at Venice Beach, Calif.
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The HMS Daring arrives at port in Shanghai, China, on Dec. 10
Dec. 11, 2013: Members of the welcoming ceremony band play as the HMS Daring arrives at port on Huangpu River in Shanghai on Dec. 10. The British Royal Navy destroyer returned from the Philippines after delivering aid for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
Interior Ministry personnel block a street during a protest in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 9
Dec. 11, 2013: Interior Ministry personnel block a street during a gathering of supporters of EU integration in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 9. President Viktor Yanukovich backed a call for talks with the opposition to end weeks of protests in Kiev, but tension was high as pro-Europe demonstrators barricaded their protest camp in preparation for police intervention.
A young Buddhist monk rests after his arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Dec. 10
Dec. 11, 2013: A young Buddhist monk rests after an extended march to the Cambodian National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Dec. 10. Various groups of activists, political parties, monks & humanitarian organizations are holding events in the Cambodian capital for International Human Rights Day. Six groups of monks & activists walked from different parts of the country to collect petitions detailing human-rights abuse cases and deliver them to the National Assembly.
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Boy Scouts walk in the annual North Augusta Evening Lions Christmas Parade in Augusta, Ga., on Dec. 8
Dec. 10, 2013: Boy Scouts from Pack 7 walk in the annual North Augusta Evening Lions Christmas Parade in Augusta, Ga.
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Border control officers inspect counterfeit sneakers in Zhangpu County, China, on Dec. 8
Dec. 10, 2013: Border control officers inspect counterfeit sneakers in Zhangpu County, in northeast China's Fujian Province. About 15,600 pairs of fake athletic shoes, including Nike & Adidas, were seized from three detained suspects.
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A barber cuts the hair of a man in Beijing on Dec. 10
Dec. 10, 2013: A barber cuts a customer’s hair on a road in Beijing on Dec. 10.
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Bob Carey, dressed in a pink tutu, jumps in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Dec. 8
Dec. 10, 2013: Bob Carey, dressed in a pink tutu, jumps in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Dec. 9. Carey & his wife, Linda, are known for posing for self-portraits while wearing pink ballet attire as part of the 'Tutu Project,' which is meant to raise awareness for breast cancer. The project is supported by the couple's Carey Foundation, which supports women diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors & their family members.