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From the emotional state funeral of South African icon Nelson Mandela to the 280,000-lights Christmas decoration at a Tokyo's Midtown business and commercial complex, here are the most arresting photographs from the past seven days.
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A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Visitors take a picture of Christmas illuminations, lit by 280,000 LED lights, at Tokyo Midtown business and commercial complex in Tokyo, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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Resident John Kunene, aged 72, watches a television showing the funeral service of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela at the Soweto Home for the Aged in the Soweto township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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A Cal Fire helicopter flies over Pfeiffer Ridge on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Big Sur, Calif. The wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
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Palestinian fisherman, Murad Alhesi, 65, left, fixes a fishnet before sailing into the Mediterranean Sea on a sunny day, at the fishermen's port in Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Ezequiel Gauna cools down in a fountain in downtown in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Power outages are plaguing Buenos Aires as temperatures soar above 95 degrees and everyone tries to turn on their air conditioners at once. According the the government it has added 10,000 megawatts to the grid in the last decade, but the country's demand is outpacing the system's capacity. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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A retired employee from the Telefonica phone company Fernando Pons, 74, with tape over his mouth, takes part in a protest next to other workers against what they claim are unjustified dismissals from the company, outside the court in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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A woman holding a toy sword walks past an advertisement for the iPhone in Beijing Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the worlds biggest phone carrier. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Yoshimatsu, a Japanese beauty queen won't be handing over her crown to her successor after she refused to sign with a major talent agency. The winner of last year's Miss International contest, has filed a criminal complaint against a top agency executive alleging obstruction of business, stalking, intimidation and extortion. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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The news conference of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears on a television screen at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The Fed will trim its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 photo, a zoo keeper shows Abyad on a wheeled dog cart at the Humane Center for Animal Welfare in Amman, Jordan. Abyad legs were injured in an incident of abuse. Dog breeding coupled with dognapping is a thriving business in Jordan, where lax laws call for only a $7 fine for violators and police remain hesitant to pursue those suspected of animal abuse. Activists have campaigned for years for increased penalties, but lawmakers seem uninterested to pursue it in a culture where animal abuse remains rampant. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
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A Ukrainian pro-European Union activist stands while warming himself near a bonfire at a heavily fortified tent camp in the Independence Square in Kiev in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Weeks of angry pro-European Union protests as well as Western pressure have forced Yanukoyvch to make some concessions to the opposition. Last week Yanukovych called for an amnesty for some of the activists detained. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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A Sikh devotee takes a holy bath in a sacred pond at the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine, amidst thick fog in Amritsar, India Dec. 18, 2013. Dense fog threw air and rail traffic out of gear in north India for the third consecutive day today, according to a news agency. (AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal)
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A group of children perform during a Christmas show for kids of the Romanian airforce personnel, outside Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. During the event a man wearing a Santa Claus outfit arrived on a Puma helicopter and distributed gifts to the children of the servicemen. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Palestinian fishermen mingle with others by their fishing boats in the seaport of Gaza City, early Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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The Orchestra of Paris conducted by French Alain Altinoglu performs during a free concert under the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013. The Orchestra of Paris performed Berlioz "Roman Carnival" and Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony, also known as "Pathetique". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Men walk past a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they return to the locker room after swimming at the newly-opened Kumrung Sports Exercise Center in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Building new recreational and health facilities has been a cornerstone of leader Kim Jong Un's efforts to fulfill a promise made to raise living standards in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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In this Dec. 15, 2013 photograph a woman returns after fetching firewood at the Deoli-Benigram village in Rudraprayag district, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. The Indian government still doesnt have a final toll for the thousands of people killed in massive flash floods earlier this year, but in this Himalayan hamlet known as the Village of Widows, the loss is all too specific: 57 people killed, about a quarter of its population. The village has 37 widows from the floods, making up about a third of its remaining inhabitants and giving the town its grim new name. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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A Pro-European Union activist in sunglasses in Ukrainian national colors shouts during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Weeks of angry pro-European Union protests as well as Western pressure have forced Yanukoyvch to make some concessions to the opposition. Last week Yanukovych called for an amnesty for some of the activists detained. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A Palestinian man rides a tire as a boat looking for residents who need food supplies after their homes were flooded from heavy rain water in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Rescue workers evacuated more than 5,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction equipment to pluck some of those trapped from upper floors, an official said on Saturday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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A full moon is shrouded in haze as it rises over the Kansas City, Mo., skyline at sunset Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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An Indian laborer, wrapped in a blanket, smokes while sitting in his rickshaw on a foggy morning in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Delhi and other parts of northwest India witnessed the first dense fog of the season that threw air and rail traffic out of gear, more than a week before it was expected, according to local news reports. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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A faithful drags a stone chained to his ankle as a self-imposed penance during a pilgrimage to the shrine in El Rincon, near Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Every year, tens of thousands of Cubans flock to the shrine to pay homage on the feast of Saint Lazarus, seeking favors from the religious icon, fused with Catholic and Afro-Cuban figures. He is known on the island as "the miraculous saint." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is burned by protesters during an anti-North Korea rally marking the second anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Movie actor Jackie Chan speaks to promote his new film "Police Story 2013" during a press conference, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 in Singapore. Chan who stars in the movie will attend the movie premier at the MasterCard Theatres at the Marina Bay Sands. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa, delights 4-year-old Joe Morris IV, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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President Barack Obama, laughs as children dressed like elves gathered around a Christmas tree, look at their presents presented to them by the first family at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. The first family is attending the taping of the annual 2013 Christmas in Washington, celebrating its 32nd year anniversary. On the left is the president's daughter Malia Obama. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Waka, aged 2, a severely malnourished child sits on the floor at Bangui's pediatric center in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. According to UNICEF's doctor Celestin Traore, even though malnutrition is high in the country, the problem is worsening due to the conflict. Traore expects to see over 150 malnourished children daily in the coming days as the humanitarian situation worsens. Over 1600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Christmas lights outline towers at the Country Club Plaza shopping center as the sun sets Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. About 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multi-colored bulbs outline the buildings and towers in the shopping district. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Peter, aged 10, a severely malnourished child, stands outside Bangui's pediatric center in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. According to UNICEF's doctor Celestin Traore, even though malnutrition is high in the country, the problem is worsening due to the conflict. Traore expects to see over 150 malnourished children daily in the coming days as the humanitarian situation worsens. Over 1600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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Owner Young Soolee basks in the attention at her small Alliance Center office bulding newsstand on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Atlanta, after lottery officials said one of two winning Mega Millions lottery tickets were purchased from her store in Tuesday's $636 million drawing, The store owner said she sold 1300 lottery tickets on Tuesday rather than the normal sales of about 100 tickets. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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A North Korean woman stands at the window of a snack bar inside the newly-opened Kumrung Sports Exercise Center in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Building new recreational and health facilities has been a cornerstone of leader Kim Jong Un's efforts to fulfill a promise made to raise living standards in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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An Indian man performs stretch exercises on a foggy morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Dense fog threw air and rail traffic out of gear in north India for the third consecutive day today, according to a news agency. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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Bosnian people walking on the street during heavy smog in northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, 140 kms. north of Sarajevo, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Due to heavy fog and air pollution visibility was down to 10 meters (33-feet). Medical officials urged people not to spend too much time outdoors, with particular warnings issued to those suffering from respiratory or heart diseases. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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An anti-government protester sleeps near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Thailand's armed forces took center stage in the country's ongoing political drama, showing off its gentler side by hosting a forum over the weekend to allow the leader of a protest movement to present his demand for an immediate change of government. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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Helicopters make a flypast as the casket of former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the burial site in Qunu, South Africa Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
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Miss Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker presents her national costume during the final of the 53rd Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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South African sisters rest inside their hut during the funeral service of former President Nelson Mandela, in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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With the use of a zoom lens and a slow shutter speed, the holiday lights are blurred to create motion as they illuminate the Denver City/County Building in the annual display in downtown Denver late on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. The lights will remain on through the holidays and then be turned back on in January to mark the run of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, which is one of the largest livestock exhibitions staged in North America. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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A Lebanese army soldier stands guard at the scene where a car bomb went off near a Hezbollah base near the village of Sbouba in the Baalbek region eastern Lebanon, early Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The Lebanese army and officials said, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks that have targeted the Shiite militant groups interests in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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A Pro-European Union activist looks at the Ukrainian national Emblem during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. President Vladimir Putin says Russia's $15-billion bailout for Ukraine is driven by a desire to help a partner in a desperate situation and isn't linked to its talks with the European Union. The Kremlin's move comes as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych faces massive street protests over his decision to spike a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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A Nairobi University Student is caught in teargas after Kenyan regular police used teargas to disperse Nairobi University students in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Dec. 15 2013. University of Nairobi students rioted over the death of two of their colleagues. The students poured into the streets Sunday before police used teargas canisters to disperse them. The students said they wanted an explanation on how the two engineering students died within a day while in police custody. A Senior police officer said Police are investigating the death of a mechanical engineering student at the University of Nairobi who died in police cells at the Central police station, Nairobi sparking protests. Another student was on Saturday night shot dead by police in violent protests near the institution. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 photo, men keep a stolen cat in a bird cage at the so-called "thieves market" in downtown Amman, Jordan. Dog breeding coupled with dognapping is a thriving business in Jordan, where lax laws call for only a $7 fine for violators and police remain hesitant to pursue those suspected of animal abuse. Activists have campaigned for years for increased penalties, but lawmakers seem uninterested to pursue it in a culture where animal abuse remains rampant. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
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Indians take out a candle light vigil on the first anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of a young student in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, became a rallying cry for tens of thousands protesting the treatment of women. In some ways, the case cracked a cultural taboo surrounding discussion of sexual violence in a country where rape is often viewed as a woman's personal shame to bear. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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Pakistani scavengers collect recyclable items from garbage during a foggy morning in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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Cecil Williams pets his guide dog, Orlando, in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in New York. The blind 61-year-old Williams says he fainted while holding onto his black Labrador who tried to save him from falling. Both escaped without serious injury. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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A man rides his bicycle next to a lit Christmas sign reading ''Athens'' as a homeless man sleeps on a metro air vent above an underground station to warm up, at Omonia Square in central Athens, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Homelessness has increased dramatically during the financial crisis in Greece, which has depended on international rescue loans for more than three years. Drastic spending cuts imposed through six years of recession have led to massive job losses, with the September unemployment rate reaching 27.4 percent. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, Mathieu Dechavanne, head of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc which runs the new attraction, stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak (3842-meters high or 12,604 feet), in the French Alps, during a press visit. Visitors can enjoy the view of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, from the platform. The attraction opens Saturday. (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
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Visitors to the Voortrekker Monument watch as a ray of sunlight shines on the unmarked tomb in the basement of the monument during Day of Reconciliation celebrations in Pretoria, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Under apartheid, the day was known as Day of the Vow, in commemoration of a promise Voortrekkers made to God to build a church should they be granted victory against attacking Zulus, but under democracy the day is used to foster reconciliation and national unity. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Palestinian rescue volunteers ride a boat with residents in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Rescue workers evacuated thousands of Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction equipment to pluck some of those trapped from upper floors. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Pro-European Union activists gather during a rally behind barricades at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Weeks of angry pro-European Union protests as well as Western pressure have forced Yanukoyvch to make some concessions to the opposition. Russian President Vladimir Putin upped the stakes Tuesday in the battle over Ukraine's future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas heading to its economically struggling neighbor. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Lazaro Pedroso, in a petition to Saint Lazarus, crawls on his back as a self-imposed penance during a pilgrimage to the shrine in El Rincon, near Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Every year, tens of thousands of Cubans - some crawling on their knees - flock to the shrine to pay homage on the feast of Saint Lazarus, seeking favors from the religious icon, fused with Catholic and Afro-Cuban figures. He is known on the island as "the miraculous saint." (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Sakina waits for a teacher to recite verses from the Quran during religion class at a local mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Religious schools in Pakistan mostly set up in mosques are potential source of education for thousands of children. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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Bolivian squirrel monkeys gets a special treat from their keepers of sultanas and wax worms that were set out on a Christmas tree at London Zoo in London, Wednesday, Dec.18, 2013. London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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A Palestinian walks on snow to reach their homes in the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. The Gaza Strip received its first shipment of industrial fuel in 45 days Sunday. A lack of fuel has hampered rescue efforts in Gaza, where thousands of residents fled flooded homes. The storm let up Saturday, but authorities in the region still struggled to clear roads and repair downed power lines. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
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French President Francois Hollande inspects the troops during a military ceremony to honor the two soldiers killed last week in Bangui, Central African Republic, at the Invalides in Paris, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. France wants its European partners to create a fund to pay for overseas military interventions, like the operation France is leading in the chaotic Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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A lone runner traverses the bike and running path along Lake Michigan at the North Avenue beach as temperatures hover around freezing Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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A Yemeni girl waits her turn to receive a polio vaccination during a polio immunization campaign at a health center in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. A three-day anti-polio immunization campaign to vaccinate children under five years old began on Monday. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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Birds congregate around office buildings as the sun sets on North Dallas, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The high temperatures topped in the low 70s on Tuesday in North Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Displaced children from a Pakistani tribal area of Bajur due to fighting between militants and security forces cross a stream in Islamabad's slum, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Thousands of locally displaced people and refugees from neighboring Afghanistan live in Islamabad's suburbs without basic amenities. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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An Indian homeless man wrapped in a blanket sits on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Delhi and other parts of north India witnessed intense cold with trains being delayed or canceled due to fog or poor visibility. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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Bag piper Ray Bilter, plays Amazing Grace near the Pan Am Flight 103 memorial cairn at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, during a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 that crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland. New York bound Pan Am flight 103 exploded over the southern Scottish town on the evening of Dec. 21, 1988, killing 270 people aboard the plane and on the ground. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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South Korean rapper PSY performs during his concert "All Night Stand" in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Heather Griffin, of Buffalo, N.Y., and her dog Sal walk beneath ice-covered trees on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Buffalo. As Americans and Canadians ushered in the first official day of winter, the weather provided many with a variety of surprises. Snow and ice hit Michigan, Canada, New England and upstate New York. Some other eastern regions were hit with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Flooding in the South was blamed for at least four deaths while apparent tornadoes caused destruction in Arkansas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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An Afghan man rides a horse at sunset on Nadir Khan hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. People come to the hill park for picnic and horseback riding on Thursdays and Fridays. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Best Pix Of The Week

From the emotional state funeral of South African icon Nelson Mandela to the 280,000-lights Christmas decoration at a Tokyo's Midtown business and commercial complex, here are the most arresting photographs from the past seven days.

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