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Pictures in the News | Dec. 5, 2013

In Thursday’s Pictures in the News, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies show portraits of themselves in Monterey Park before they went on a weight loss program. Their goal was to lose 10% of their weight in 10 weeks with the help of the Lindora weight loss program.

Washington, D.C.: First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., loses her balance when she was greeting Sunny, one of the presidential dogs, as children of military families participate in a holiday arts-and-crafts event in the State Dining Room at the White House.

Madrid: A keeper holds 3-month-old giant panda Xing Bao during his presentation to the media at Madrid’s Zoo.

Gaza City: A Palestinian driver stands on his stranded car after heavy rains.

Kirkuk, Iraq: Iraqi security forces inspect the aftermath of a gun battle between insurgents and security forces at the Police Intelligence Department following a complex assault.

And there’s more from around the world.