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Best Pix Of The Week
From the tragic train derailing in the Bronx, N.Y., to the fireworks over Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon during the annual lighting of a floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, here are the most arresting photos of the last seven days.  
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A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Shoppers visit the Apple store which changes its logo color to red in support for those living with HIV, in Hong Kong, during the World AIDS Day Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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In this late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 photo taken using long exposure, star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after it had a series of eruptions. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
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A Metro-North passenger train lays on it's side after derailing in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx on Sunday morning, coming to rest just inches from the water and causing multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries, authorities said. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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An Anti-government protester waves Thai National Flag under water cannon fired by police during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. After a weekend of chaos in pockets of Bangkok, protesters vowed to push ahead with plans to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra by occupying her office compound along with other key government buildings. Police again used tear gas on thousands of protesters on Monday after repeatedly driving them back with similar attacks throughout Sunday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Pavel Dmitrichenko stands inside a barred enclosure at a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. A judge found Dmitrichenko, a Bolshoi dancer and two other men guilty of an acid attack on the ballet's director. The judge on Tuesday pronounced Bolshoi soloist Dmitrichenko guilty in the Jan. 17 attack on Sergei Filin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Protesters clash with police at the presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Anti-government protesters are sprayed water cannon by police in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec 2, 2013. Suthep Thaugsuban, the leader of Thailand's anti-government protests, said he met with Yingluck late Sunday in the presence of top military officials even though he has an arrest warrant against him. He later told cheering supporters that he told Yingluck that the only way to end the protests was for her to step down. He said his goal is to topple Yingluck by Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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A Lebanese man runs to cross a street to avoid sniper fire, during clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The latest round of violence in Lebanons second largest city began Saturday and has so far killed a dozen and wounded more than 100, according to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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An Afghan refugee, cleans himself in a polluted stream on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Bahraini youths walk to confront riot police after the politically charged funeral for Ahmad Abdul Amir, 15, on the edge of Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Abdul Amir apparently died after being badly burned while helping start tire fires, a common form of protest among young Bahrainis seeking the fall of the government. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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A Sri Lankan couple spends a moment at the Indian Ocean promenade at Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The promenade stretches for half a kilometer (0.3 miles) along the coast in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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A coffee street vendor passes on his scooter in front a green tarp hung to provide cover from snipers, during clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Gun battles and rocket fire in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli killed at least nine people and wounded dozens more over the weekend, the latest clash between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Arabic words on the tarp read:"Be aware!!! Danger sniper."(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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An anti-government protester waits near the compound of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's office in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec 2, 2013. The leader of Thailand's anti-government protests said unexpectedly that he had met the prime minister Sunday after daylong clashes between his supporters and police but defiantly told her he would accept nothing less than having her elected government step down to be replaced by an appointed council. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Anti-government protesters lock the entrance door at the Department of Special Investigation after rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Anti-government protesters in Thailand placed symbolic padlocks on the doors of several state-run offices, continuing a week-long campaign to paralyze the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra.(AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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An anti-government protester runs with tear gas canister fired by riot police in Bangkok, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday rejected the demands of anti-government protesters locked in street battles with police, saying what they want is unacceptable under the constitution.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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Italian Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi pauses during a rally in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi is declaring a "day of mourning for democracy" as the Senate prepares to vote on whether to kick him out of Parliament following his tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi appeared Wednesday before cheering supporters outside his Roman palazzo, where he accused prosecutors of conducting "political persecution" against him over the past 20 years. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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A plane takes off over a departure board at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Atlanta. Rain and snow on the East Coast did not ripple out into the widespread meltdown that had been feared Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Ripan Bhowmik looks at cameras while shopping at Best Buy, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Overland Park, Kan. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Fireworks explode over a floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake at the annual holiday tree lighting event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Afghan refugee, Ghulam Mohammed, 96, sits on a bed outside a grocery store in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Ghulam took refuge in Pakistan after fleeing his home in Afghanistan's northeastern city of Kunduz due to violence. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Lady Gaga poses for photographers during a press conference to promote her album "ARTPOP" in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Performers march during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Afghan villagers burn the home of a person accused of planting two roadside bombs in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Afghan officials say the bombs killed several civilians in the country's eastern Nangarhar province.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Typhoon survivors queue up for relief supplies being distributed along a highway Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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Balloon handlers wait for protective netting to be removed from a giant Sonic the Hedgehog balloon before the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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President Barack Obama arrives in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, to speak at a Worlds AIDS Day event. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Balloon handlers wait before the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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An elderly woman participates in a protest in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The protesters demanded a universal old age pension for those above 60 years of age, opposing the central governments proposal of US $3 per month. India is home to 142.9 million elderly above the age of 54. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Am anti-government activist runs with a flare in Cairo, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 as police disperse a protest, the security forces' first implementation of a controversial new law forbidding protests held without a permit from authorities. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)
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In this Monday Nov. 25, 2013 photo, Angel Ayala, left, and Austin Seraphin touch a quartzite likeness of Ramesses II at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Ayala, 16 and blind since birth, touched ancient Egyptian artifacts at the University of Pennsylvania archaeology museum as part of a special tour for the blind and visually impaired. Seraphin is also blind and helped develop the tour. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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2006 - A group of children watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade pass by from an apartment window on Central Park West, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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An Afghan girl poses for a photograph on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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A man sleeps at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Los Angeles. More than 43 million people are to travel over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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In this Nov. 14, 2013 photo, Michael Holstine, business manager at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, walks on the 2.3 acre surface of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope's dish in Green Bank, W.Va. Scientists use the telescope to conduct a wide range of research, picking up faint signals that aid in the study of the origins and structure of the universe. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Palestinian fishermen pull their net from the Mediterranean Sea during the sunset in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Students play in the snow in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The South Korean Meteorological Administration reported that it was the second snow of the season in Seoul and the temperature dropped to minus 4.5 degree Celsius (23.9 degree Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Commuters cast long shadows as they walk along Lisbon's Comercio square during a partial strike by Lisbon's subway workers, Thursday, Nov. 28, 3013. The strike is against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to the 2014 national budget. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Border policemen stand guard behind a sample of wire fence at the Bulgarian-Turkish border where most of the illegal immigrants enter, near the village of Golyam Dervent, Thursday, Nov. 28 2013. Bulgarian authorities are building a fence over a section of its 274-kilometer (171 mile-) border with Turkey to prevent illegal entry via the border. Bulgaria has seen a serious refugee influx over the past year as it is the gateway to the European Union for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 two lion cubs play as they run around with their parents, Nati and Zevs, at the Zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia. The cubs were born on Oct. 30 but they were allowed  to be photographed only on Wednesday. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)
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A man dressed as a Krampus, the companion of St. Nicholas and one of Austria's unique Advent traditions, makes his way during a traditional Krampus procession in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Shoppers ride escalators between floors during Black Friday shopping at Macy's on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Chicago. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is typically the nation's biggest shopping day of the year. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
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Passengers on a tour bus admire the autumn color of ginkgo trees in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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Pakistani Sonya Javed, 20, right, holds her son Shahzeb, 1, to receive a polio vaccine by a health worker at her home in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Militants have killed over a dozen polio workers and police protecting them over the last year. They claim the health workers are spies and the vaccination is meant to make Muslim children sterile. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police near the Government House in Bangkok, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday she is willing to do anything it takes to end violent protests against her government and restore peace, but cannot accept the opposition's "unconstitutional" demand to hand power to an unelected council. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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An economically underprivileged girl plays next to a makeshift shelter in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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Indians, living in shanties in a farmland, walk as the sun rises in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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A physically disabled child reacts to the camera during lunch break at the Association of People with Disability run school on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. According to the United Nations, over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the worlds population, live with some form of disability. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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Protesters clash with police at the presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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An Amazon.com employee stocks products along one of the many miles of aisles at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center on "Cyber Monday" the busiest online shopping day of the holiday season Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Phoenix. Over 2,000 employees will work the over 1-million square foot facility on "Cyber Monday." (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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A Naga dancer in traditional attire smiles at the camera during the opening day of the Hornbill festival at Kisama village on the outskirts of Kohima, Nagaland, India, Sunday, Dec.1, 2013. The 10-day long festival named after the Hornbill bird is one of the biggest festivals of Indias northeast that showcases the rich tradition and cultural heritage of the indigenous Nagas. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board inspect a derailed Metro North commuter train where it almost fell into the Harlem River, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York. The Metro-North train derailed on a curved section of track early Sunday, coming to rest just inches from the water, killing at least four people and injuring more than 60, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Amie Kaz, left, and Marjan Bauman and her daughter Alexandra Bauman, right, join others at the site of the auto crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and another man, in the small community of Valencia, Calif., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Walker died in the one-car crash is known to attract street racers, according to law enforcement officials. Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in smashed into a light pole and tree. The two had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser at Rodas' custom car shop in the Southern California community of Valencia, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Mt. Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, spews lava during an eruption near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Etna's eruptions aren't infrequent, the last one occurred on Nov. 23. Its last major eruption was in 1992. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
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Ukrainian riot police push people to an underground crossing after dispersing a rally at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Police in the Ukrainian capital broke up a large anti-government demonstration in the city center before dawn Saturday, swinging truncheons and injuring many. The riot police used tear gas when they dispersed the crowd of about 400 protesters who were demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, demonstrators said. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Part of the helicopter tail fin and rotor is seen after the wind has blown off the sheet covering the scene on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, following the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish emergency workers were sifting through wreckage Saturday for survivors of a police helicopter crash onto a crowded Glasgow pub that has killed at least one person and injured more than two dozen. The Clutha pub, near the banks of the River Clyde, was packed Friday night and a ska band was in full swing when the chopper slammed through the roof. The number of fatalities is expected to rise, officials said. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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An Egyptian riot policeman fires tear gas in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, to disperse hundreds of Islamist demonstrators defying a new protest law that has drawn widespread criticism from the international community and democracy advocates.(AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)
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In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, an illegal migrant from Nigeria is seen in his cage at a detention camp for illegal migrants in Gharyan, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Tripoli, Libya. Libya's chaos in the two years following the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi has turned the country into a prime springboard for tens of thousands of migrants, mainly from Africa, trying to reach Europe in rickety, crowded boats. With police and the military in disarray, human smuggling has reached the level of a mafia-style organized industry in which Libya's militias have gotten involved, according to activists and police. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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Pakistani girls enjoy jumping on a trampoline after paying for the owner each 10 Rupees (U.S. 16 cents) per ten minutes in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, women transport supplies to a site where a forensic team including archaeologists, anthropologists and dentists is unearthing the remains of massacred villagers from a mass grave, in the district of Chungui, Peru. Authorities in distant Lima have been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the country's 1980-2000 conflict. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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A shopper holds her purchases while shopping at a Gap factory store at the Citadel Outlets on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Los Angeles . Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day this year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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An Indian woman smokes during a break from harvesting rice in a field on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. With nearly 70 percent of India's population living in rural areas, farming is vital to Indias economy. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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Director Ang Lee, right, waves to reporters and guests after the special screening of Life of Pi at the SM Aura Primier Cinema in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Taiwan-born Lee, who plans to do a movie in the Philippines, says Asian independent film makers have a better chance these days at finding their audiences around the world and surviving. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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A Pakistani child enjoys a ride on a merry-go-round, costing 10 Rupees (16 Cents) for ten minutes, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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A Christie's employee poses for photographs with an Imperial Stormtrooper's helmet used as a costume prop in the 1977 movie "Star Wars: A New Hope" at premises of the Christie's auction house in London, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The helmet, which is expected to fetch 3,000 to 5,000 pounds ($4,899 to $8,166 or 3,603 to 6,006 euro), features in a "Pop Culture" online-only sale that is open for bids until December 5. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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An anti-government protester gets ready to throw back a tear gas canister fired by riot police in Bangkok, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas at anti-government mobs trying to force their way into the prime minister's office complex and Bangkok's police headquarters on Sunday, deepening Thailand's political crisis and raising fears of prolonged instability in one of Southeast Asia's biggest economies.(AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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An anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Thailand's embattled prime minister begged protesters who have staged the most sustained street rallies in Bangkok in years to call off their demonstrations Thursday and negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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A man pushes a child in shopping cart in the toy department at a Target store in Colma, Calif., on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year's biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving day this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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A construction worker stands on scaffolding at a building in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. OECD the leading international economic body is predicting that Greece's economy will shrink further next year and that the government might need more financial help. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
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A typhoon survivor carries his bicycle towards the highway in the typhoon-ravaged township of Palo Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, Leyte province in central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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From left, German Social Democratic Party (SPD), chairman Sigmar Gabriel, Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel and the chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Horst Seehofer are reflected as they brief the media at a news conference after they signed a coalition agreement in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. On Wednesday night Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main center-left party reached a deal to form a new government, more than two months after the country's elections. Negotiators from Merkel's Union bloc and the Social Democrats concluded their agreement to form a "grand coalition" of Germany's biggest parties after a final all-night round of talks. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Barbara Kansky, condo manager of Devon Wood in Braintree, Mass., uses a long cotton swab to demonstrate how to obtain a DNA cheek cell sample from her dog, Justine. Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those whoâ??ve have experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identity the culprits who donâ??t clean up after their pets. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Tourists and visitors pass by a two-story Louis Vuitton suitcase erected at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Politicians didnt like it, the public didnt like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square. The GUM department store on Red Square, which is responsible for 30-feet (nine meters) high and 100-feet (30-meters) long construction, promised in a statement released Wednesday that it would be dismantled. The GUM is at left and the Kremlin at right. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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On the busiest travel day of the year, family and friends watch for arrivals of loved ones, at Denver International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Denver's airport was busy Wednesday with holiday travelers but storms on the East Coast did not ripple out into the widespread meltdown that had been feared. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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Workers plant trees on a hill just east of Skopje, Macedonia, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Around 5 million seedlings will be planted Wednesday in Macedonia during the campaign named 'Tree Day Plant your future'. Nearly 50 million trees are estimated to have been planted in this campaign in Macedonia since 2008. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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Medics carry equipment to a crash scene on the A19 highway in Zonnebeke, western Belgium, Tuesday, Dec.3, 2013. Dozens of cars and trucks crashed in dense morning fog, killing at least one and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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Salam, 5, an African lion, stands on the branches of a tree at the Ramt Gan safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Tree-climbing lions are relatively uncommon and are best known for their populations in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park and Tanzania's Lake Manyara national Park.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 photo, a young man blows a kiss while watching dancing girls perform a group show at the elephant fair in Sonepur, India. Hoping there is something for everyone at this year's Sonepur Mela, organizers admit they are struggling to revive one of India's largest livestock markets now sapped of its main attraction by a ban on elephant sales. "The mela is back to its old glamour," said Rahul, a local government official who goes by one name, running down attractions that include an exotic bird market, traditional folk music concerts, hundreds of street-food stalls and eight caged stages featuring writhing girls in heavy makeup and sparkly spandex. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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A performer on the Cirque du Soleil float cheers after firing confetti into the crowd on 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Jacqueline Wiles makes a turn during a training run for the women's World Cup downhill skiing event, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Aurelia Castro is embraced by her son Raul as his daughter stands by his side. They are posing in their front yard in the district of Chungui, Peru. Aurelia's first husband was killed in 1984 when the couple tried to escape from soldiers who accused villagers of collaborating with Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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This Nov. 13, 2013 photo shows scattered remains of five skeletons unearthed during an exhumation of a mass grave in the district of Chungui, Peru. This isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nations 1980-2000 internal conflict, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. The worst of its carnage occurred on these steppes between the Andes ridge and Amazon jungle. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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In this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 photo, an Indian Shiite Muslim boy walks on a fire pit as they mourn during Muharram, on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, India. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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Shoppers throng Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Brea, Calif. The U.S. holiday shopping season started even earlier this year, as more than a dozen major retailers opened on the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Shay Owens kisses her boyfriend Bryan Jordan before boarding a Megabus for a trip to Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Chicago. Millions of Americans are hurtling along the nation's jumble of transportation arteries for Thanksgiving, and more of them are discovering that a bus, of all things, is the cheapest, comfiest and coolest way to stay Zen during the nation's largest annual human migration. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gives the victory sign in front of a burning police vehicle set afire by protesters, near Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Several hundred students and supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president joined to protest the death of Mohammed Reda, a student who was killed in clashes on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, near Cairo University. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)
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Riot police officers line up on a motorway before French truck drivers block the motorway near Lille, northern France, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The truckers are demanding an end to the the eco-tax, a controversial environmental tax on heavy goods vehicles, paid by truckers. (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)
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Demonstrators gather during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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An Aymara indigenous woman stands close to a satellite dish during the inauguration of the Bolivian Satellite Earth Station in El Alto, Bolivia, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Bolivia will launch its first satellite named "Tupac Katari", from a site in China on Dec. 20. 2013. The satellite is named in honor of an indigenous leader who was killed during a revolt against Spanish colonial rule. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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A plane takes off from the Los Angeles International Airport as clouds reflect the color of the sunset on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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A swimmer passes as surfers paddle on boards in the Mediterranean sea off the shore of Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Temperatures rise up to 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Anti-government protesters use bulldozer to remove concrete barriers outside the city police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Anti-government protesters crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the Thai prime minister's office and the city police headquarters without resistance from police Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Police stand guard outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday opened a high-tension session in which the opposition aims to put forward a vote of no-confidence in the government in the wake of both the president's shelving an agreement with the European Union and police violence against demonstrators protesting that decision. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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People dine at the new Dinner in the Sky restaurant, overlooking the high-rises of exclusive neighborhood of Santa Fe in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The concept used in countries around the world consists of lifting a few patrons 150 feet high with a crane for a haute-cuisine meal in the skies at 3000 Mexican Pesos (around USD$230). (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Pedraza Gonzalez sorts packages at the FedEx hub at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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People look out of a window of a building as the "Elf-in-a-Shelf "balloon flies by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 photo, an Afghan army soldier adjusts his helmet as he lines up with others at a training facility in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistans president Hamid Karzai might take a small step back from some of his demands on a security agreement with the United States, but again refused a commitment to sign it before the end of the year, a key demand from the Unites States. The Afghan National Security Forces depend exclusively on billions of dollars in funding from the United States and its allies, money that is now at risk. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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Pope Francis tries to keep himself warm as he attends his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Francis is bundling up for the cold snap belting Italy, donning a white double-breasted winter coat and scarf. Several times Wednesday, the pope used his sleeves as a muffler to keep his hands warm amid temperatures that dipped to freezing with the wind chill factored in. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during the first Australian stop of his Believe tour at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
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First lady Michelle Obama receives the official White House Christmas Tree outside the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The tree was grown by Christopher Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa. Four other trees, all from Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm in Belvidere, N.J., will be placed throughout the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Anti-government protesters walk through a cloud of tear gas fired by riot police in Bangkok, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas at anti-government mobs trying to force their way into the prime minister's office complex and Bangkok's police headquarters on Sunday, deepening Thailand's political crisis and raising fears of prolonged instability in one of Southeast Asia's biggest economies.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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Elementary schoolchildren ride on a tricycle on their way to school as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air, in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after it had a series of eruptions. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
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Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx on Sunday morning, coming to rest just inches from the water and causing multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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People stand in front of a metal structure that buckled on part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
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In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 photo, mahouts and helpers huddle near an early morning fire at the elephant fair in Sonepur, India. Hoping there is something for everyone at this year's Sonepur Mela, organizers admit they are struggling to revive one of India's largest livestock markets now sapped of its main attraction by a ban on elephant sales. In decades past, the festival drew hundreds of elephants, and hundreds of thousands of people hoping to watch the animals revered in India as an Earthly incarnation of the Hindu god Ganesh bath in the river or do tricks for a crowd. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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A Naga tribal man in traditional attire shouts while he performs a dance during the Hornbill festival at Kisama village on the outskirts of Kohima, Nagaland, India, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 10-day long festival named after the Hornbill bird is one of the biggest festivals of Indias northeast that showcases the rich tradition and cultural heritage of the indigenous Nagas. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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A Sri Lankan farmer, in a loincloth, licks his finger while he attends a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The farmers distributed leaflets and took to the streets wearing loincloths to create awareness about the issues faced by them and to protest against the governments failure to provide solutions to their long standing grievances. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Best Pix Of The Week

From the tragic train derailing in the Bronx, N.Y., to the fireworks over Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon during the annual lighting of a floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, here are the most arresting photos of the last seven days.  

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