Runners dressed as Father Christmas participate in a Santa Run amid holiday celebrations in Armenia, where Christmas is celebrated on Jan. 6.
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A man dressed as Ded Moroz (or Grandfather Frost), the Belarus version of Santa Claus, and young actors perform in a Christmas pageant for patients and their mothers at a children's hospital.
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A combatant scores a direct hit with a carton of eggs during Els Enfarinats, part of the local annual celebration of the Day of the Innocents, in which participants dress in military garb and stage a mock coup using raw eggs and flour as weapons.
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Members of a pro-Kurdish party stage a protest against the Turkish government on the first anniversary of a Turkish military airstrike aimed at Kurdish rebels at the Turkey-Iraq border that killed 34 civilians.
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Kashmiri Muslim woman mourn during the funeral of one of two suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militants shot dead by Indian troops in Kashmir. Seven civilians were reportedly wounded by police bullets when they protested the slaying of the rebels, officials said.
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A man walks from the water as the sun sets on Myanmar's Ngapali beach, where daytime temperatures this week have been in the high 80s.
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A group of Nepalese Newari girls wearing costumes representing various deities participate in a Jyapu Day procession. The holiday celebrates farmers all over the country.
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Diedel Griebner of Biosphaere Potsdam holds an atlas silk moth native to Southeast Asia as the tropical indoor botanical garden takes year-end inventory.
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Participant hold their laptops in front of an illuminated wall at the annual Chaos Computer Club (CCC) computer hackers' congress, known as 29C3.
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A Palestinian armed with a slingshot tries to avoid a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes that erupted as villagers held their weekly Friday protest against the construction of Israeli settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians.
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Slovakian goalie Adam Nagy (2) makes the stop on Canadian forward Mark Scheifele (19), who is surrounded by Slovakia's Richard Buri (24), Dominik Fujerik (27) and Bruno Mraz (25) during the first period of an IIHF World Junior Championships hockey game.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nathan Denette / The Canadian PressLink
A person pushes a cart to spread salt on a snowy sidewalk at Military Park.
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A group walks beneath a bridge on a frozen lake at the Summer Palace. Forecasts were predicting temperatures of around minus 20 degrees in the run-up to New Year's Day.
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Internally displaced Afghan women from Helmand province wait to receive winter supplies from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the Charhi Qambar refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion brought down the Taliban, 3.8 million have returned, leaving 1.6 million behind, most born and brought up in Pakistan. In late October, the UNHCR boosted incentives for Afghans to return and around 10,000 Afghans went home from Oct. 23 to Nov. 30 -- more than double the number who were repatriated in the same period last year.
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An Afghan man walks with his goat. Temperatures dropped to near freezing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahmad Jamshid / Associated PressLink
People enjoy Ipanema beach as a heat record of 109 degrees was reported, the highest temperature since 1915, according to the National Institute of Meteorology.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFPLink
Children play in flood waters outside their home in Malaysia's northeastern town of Rantau Panjang, bordering Thailand. Floods triggered by torrential monsoons in Malaysia have claimed the life of a second victim although waters have subsided, allowing some evacuees to return home from relief centers, reports said.
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Andreas Hempel throws a Nordmann fir into the air during the Christmas tree throw, which has taken place here for 13 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL†REICHEL / DPALink
New Israeli air force pilots celebrate their graduation at the Hatzerim air force base in southern Israel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER WEIKEN / EPALink
Policemen stop protesters from approaching a barricade on their way to India Gate while protesting against the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged Thursday to take action to protect the nation's women while the young rape victim was flown to Singapore for treatment of severe internal injuries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
Colombian bullfighter Luis Bolivar performs a muleta pass during a bullfight at Canaveralejo bullring.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS ROBAYO / AFPLink
Kris Jones and his wife, Robin Grendahl, hang on to their son, Erik Jones, 7, while ice skating at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage during a snowstorm on Christmas Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily NewsLink
Umbrellas hanging over a commercial street create a colorful pattern in south China's Fujian province.
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Chickens stand inside a cage on sale at a market in Dhaka. Bangladesh's livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm nearby after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Riders and hounds from the Avon Vale Hunt arrive for their traditional Boxing Day hunt. A vote on repealin the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, Britain's environment secretary said, though he insisted the government' still intended to let Parliament vote on lifting the ban.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Shoppers check out handbags as they crowd inside the Selfridges department store in central London in search of a bargain during the post-Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops despite a strike on London's underground train network.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A police officer surveys the scene after an explosion at a building believed to be storing fireworks ignited a fire that ripped through a crowded neighborhood, injuring at least 30 people, in Nigeria's largest city.
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Ghulam Mohammed, a 95-year-old Afghan refugee, sits on a roadside next to a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad. Ghulam took refuge in Pakistan after fleeing four months ago from violence in Afghanistan's northeastern city of Kunduz.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Indians participate in a candlelight vigil for the recovery of a young woman who was brutally gang-raped recently on a bus. The victim was in a hospital in critical condition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
Participants brave the frigid waters of the Vltava River during the traditional post-Christmas swimming competition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIP SINGER / EPALink
People walk past the Lenin Mausoleum, covered for reconstruction, in Red Square as the country debates whether to remove his body from the site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander Zemlianichenko / Associated PressLink
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