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Best pix of the week
From big news between the U.S. and Cuba to the world ramping up for the Christmas holiday, here are some of the best pictures from around the world taken during the last week. 
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In this Dec. 13, 2014 photo, balloons carrying passengers fly over old temples in ancient city of Bagan, central Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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A painting of Che guevara is seen on the wall of a damaged a house in Old havana in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: A view from the roof of Commercial Travellers Club building in Martin Place of the thousands of floral tributes for deceased hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson on December 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 15: A protestor yells at a line of Oakland police officers during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 15, 2014 in Oakland, California. Over 200 hundred protestors blocked entrances to the Oakland police department and adjacent streets during a demonstration against recent grand jury decisions in New York and Missouri to not charge white police officers with the deaths of black men. Dozens were arrested. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE: Re-crop of image 460494668) People run with there hands up from the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place during a hostage standoff on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police stormed the Sydney cafe as a gunman has been holding hostages. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
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A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, early Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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PINECREST, FL - DECEMBER 16: Arthur Sotloff, the father of slain journalist Steven Sotloff, who was captured in August of 2013 and killed in Syria earlier this year, uses a torch to light the first candle of Hanukkah on the menorah at the Chabad Center of Kendall & Pinecrest on December 16, 2014 in Pinecrest, Florida. The Sotloffs lost their son when he was captured and killed by ISIS while reporting in Syria. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 13: A man dressed as Santa Claus helps families choose their own trees at Sydney Christmas Tree Farm at Duffy's Forest on December 13, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. People avidly select their chosen tree from over 4,000 available before cutting it down and transporting it back to their home in time for Christmas festivities. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: People march across the traffic-designated section of the Brookyln Bridge during the National March Against Police Violence, which was organized by National Action Network on December 13, 2014 in New York City. The march coincided with a march in Washington D.C. and comes on the heels of two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, with filmmaker Ron Howard, hosts the Canon Let It Snow Globe spectacle at Hollywood & Highland on December 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Canon)
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READING, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Groceries are prepared for distribution at Tesco's distribution plant on December 18, 2014 in Reading, England. In the lead up to Christmas, Tesco's busiest time of the year, 13,000 staff are working around the clock at 28 distribution centres across the UK. Tesco has more than 2,000 trucks, over 4,500 home delivery vans and five trains transporting around 8.9 million cases of goods every day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: The hands of a black protester are seen following his arrest at a 'Millions March' demonstration protesting the killing of unarmed black men by police on December 13, 2014 in Oakland, California. The march was one of many held nationwide. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Model Amber Rose (L) and musician Steven Tyler attend TASCHEN And David Bailey Celebrate "It's Just A Shot Away: The Rolling Stones In Photographs" at the TASCHEN Gallery on December 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TASCHEN)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 15: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses an audience of armed forces December 15, 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Obama will address the troops to thank them for their service and mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. ahead of the upcoming holidays. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A cruise ship travels alongside the Sydney Opera House at sunrise on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Actress Jennifer Aniston speaks at the 2014 Variety Screening Series - "Cake" at AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theater on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Variety)
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Fire fighters work to control a fire near Glenlock Rd Mullion on December 16, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. The NSW Rural Fire Service is trying to control a grass fire that has burned almost 900 hectares of land in Mullion, north-west of Canberra. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Queen Of Christmas, Mariah Carey performs her holiday smash hits at the Beacon Theatre on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Maroon Ent)
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ERBIL, IRAQ - DECEMBER 15: A construction stands in the swimming pool that is being finished in the replica White House, a $20million villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on December 15, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. Dream City, is one of several high value residential areas that have been built in the Kurdistan capital since 2003 and are complete with their own mosque, shopping areas and schools. Property values vary, but many villas in the gated and walled development are now valued at over $1million and it even features a $20million US White House replica. Despite insecurity in the rest of Iraq, the semi autonomous region of Kurdistan has been seen by some investors as the new Dubai and although the advance of Islamic State and a budget row with Baghdad has dampened some of the enthusiasm, the city skyline is still changing at a rapid pace. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Alan Gross, with his wife Judy, waves goodbye after making a statement to the news media at the law offices of Gilbert LLC after arriving back in the United States December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. A United States Agency for International Develpment contractor, Gross was imprisoned in Cuba for five years on espionage charges after he delivered satellite telephone equipment to Jews living on the island. Gross' release is signalling a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations as President Barack Obama announced a political thawing between the two countries, the first in more than 60 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Lisandra Balboa, left, and her sister Norka Balboa, right, relax on a wall facing Biscayne Bay in Miami, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, on a bright sunny day in the mid 70 degrees. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and her son Joe Corre pose for a photograph as they deliver an anti-fracking letter at 10 Downing Street on December 18, 2014 in London, England. The open letter from Talk Fracking was signed by 150 high-profile supporters of the campaign including Sir Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham Carter and Jude Law and also contained research highlighting the perils of fracking. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps a blindfolded boy (Fynley Gooch aged 7) ice a cake as she promotes disability awareness while meeting with children at the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony on December 16, 2014 in east London, England. The Duchess's visit supports the Scout Association's 'Better Prepared' campaign, which aims to help communities to deliver Scouting to two hundred locations across the UK where Scouting can have the biggest impact. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Musician Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy performs onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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A street vendor who sells peanuts is silhouetted against the light from a lamp on an adjacent building as he walks in a park on a winter evening in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 18: Members of the public enjoy the Christmas Market, one of a number of attractions situated in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh along with an ice rink carousel and a Big Wheel, it opened in late November and runs until January 4, 2015. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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An elderly Bangladeshi man pushes a cart loaded with goods on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

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An old photo of the hero of the Cuban revolution Camilo Cienfuegos hangs on the wall of a house in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A man washes a classic American car that's used as a taxi by tourists in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Tourists take a ride in a classic American convertible car with the Cuban national flag painted on the trunk, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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An Indonesian military officer parachutes near Indonesian national Red-White flag as he prepares to land during the National Defense Day ceremony at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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A group of women take part in a Spanish Flamenco Dance class, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Cuban-American and pro-Obama supporter Claudia Hernandez, left, argues with anti-Castro protester Daniel Tarrab, right, in the Little Havana area of Miami, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Hernandez expressed her support on Wednesday's announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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A Pakistani devotee, or malang, smokes during the celebrations of the three-day annual congregation of famous saint Data Ganjbaksh at his shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Thousands of people traveled from all over Pakistan to attend the celebrations. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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A Pakistani performer demonstrates his skill during the celebrations of the three-day annual congregation of famous saint Data Ganjbaksh at his shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Thousands of people traveled from all over Pakistan to attend the celebrations. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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A Pakistani teacher talks with an Afghan refugee student during an exam at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people most of them children in a school massacre. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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Small sculptures of Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale in a street souvenir shop in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Cars drive past the Moscow's Kremlin along a bank of the Moskva River on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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NANJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 13: (CHINA OUT) The national memorial themed plates and sculptures are for China's first National Memorial Day on December 13, 2014 in Nanjing, Jiangsu province of China. Ceremony of flying National Flag at half-mast was held during the China's first National Memorial Day at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders and state leaders of the Communist Party of China participated the memorial ceremony. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 17: Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for the weekly audience on December 17, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. There was a festive atmosphere at the weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square, as Pope Francis celebrated his 78th birthday. Pope Francis has asked for prayers for the terror victims this week in Sydney, Australia and in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 13: A volunteer looks for a graves to place a wreaths on during the National Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery, December 13, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Volunteers placed wreaths throughout the entire cemetery in honor of Arlingtons 150th anniversary. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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A horse grazes in an icy field with pump jacks early Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, near the oil boom city of Williston, N.D. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Samaira Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice; Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown Jr; Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner; and Rev. Al Sharpton address the "Justice For All" march and rally in the nation's capital December 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized by Sharpton's National Action Network, this march and others like it across the country aim to tell Congress and the country that demonstrators will not stand down until there is systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct. Sharpton said the demonstration is happening in Washington "because all over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: A man is wrapped in chains as people march in the National March Against Police Violence, which was organized by National Action Network, through the streets of Manhattan on December 13, 2014 in New York City. The march coincided with a march in Washington D.C. and comes on the heels of two grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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It might have been foggy in the Willamette Valley, but Cerridwen Martin was able to revel in a view of the top of the clouds from the summit of Spencer Butte in Eugene, Ore., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Martin was joined by Joe Martinson, right, for the 1.1 mile trek. Fog shrouded much of the city for most of the day. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson)

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THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 14: Jess Greaves a reindeer herder at the Cairgorm Herd feeds the deer at The Cairngorms National Park on December 14, 2014 in North East Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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DOVER, DE - DECEMBER 16: A U.S. Army carry team moves the transfer case of U.S. Army Spc. Wyatt J. Martin during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, on December 16, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Spc. Martin, who was from Mesa, Arizona, was killed in when his military vehicle was bombed by Taliban militants, near Kabul in Parwan Province of Afghanistan. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Students from The School Without Walls lie down on Pennsylvania Ave. during a protest in front of the White House, December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The students were protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This images was created using digital filter) Candy sticks are pictured at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Theme Park on December 16, 2014 in London, England. The festive event is held annually in Hyde Park and features a number of attractions including fairground rides, a Ferris wheel and a German market, and opens to the public between November 21 to January 4. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 17: California Academy of Sciences assistant dive safety officer Mark Lane wears a Santa Claus costume as he dives in the Academy's Philippine Coral Reef tank on December 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The California Academy of Sciences Coral Reef Dive program featured a special appearance by Scuba Santa as part of a holiday program. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16: Artisan Jose Luis Mayo works on an original hand-made clay figurine of a man riding a donkey at his studio on December 16, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Jose Luis Mayo is a recognized artisan and the only in Madrid that produces hand made original clay figurines for Christmas Nativity Scenes. Jose Luis learned to work with clay on his own and keeps studying the culture and society of that epoch. At his workshop he has a team that reproduces handmade copies of his works on clay or ceramic. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This images was created using digital filter) A visitor enjoys the Winter Wonderland Christmas Theme Park on December 16, 2014 in London, England. The festive event is held annually in Hyde Park and features a number of attractions including fairground rides, a Ferris wheel and a German market, and opens to the public between November 21 to January 4. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations the Cuba in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, over 50 years after they were severed in January 1961. In a prisoner exchange, U.S. contractor Alan Gross was freed after being held in Cuba since 2009 and sent to Cuba three Cuban spies who had imprisoned in the U.S. since 2001. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reacts to U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement about revising policies on U.S.-Cuba relations on December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Rubio called the President a bad negotiator and criticized what he claimed was a deal with no democratic advances for Cuba. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 18: (L-R) Pauline Bremer, Tabea Kemme and Jennifer Cramer of the women's national football team of Germany unveil a wax figure of the multiple world player of the year Lionel Messi at Madame Tussauds on December 18, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
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BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Shoppers look for Christmas gifts in a high street jewellery store on December 18, 2014 in Bath, England. With less than a week until Christmas, traditional high street retailers already under pressure from online shopping, will be hoping that the retail sales boost generated by Black Friday will continue. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 18: Members of the public enjoy a ride on the star flyer on December 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The star flyer is one of a number of rides situated in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh along with a ice rink carousel and Big Wheel, open from late November and running until January 4, 2015. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 18: Actors Emily Blunt and James Corden speak onstage during the "Into the Woods" All Guild Q & A at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Company)
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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Singers Rita Ora (L) and Charli XCX attend 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Local resident Jennifer McLaughlin and other activists hold up signs with names oflocal homeless people who have passed away this year during a vigil December 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The People for Fairness Coalition held the event in observance of Homeless Persons Memorial Day and honored those who died homeless in 2014. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Singer Demi Lovato performs onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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A city bus crew steps out of the vehicle as he tries to make way for it to pull over at a bus stop during rush hour traffic at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Jakarta is known to have one of the worst traffic problems in Asia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, a bus passes by a Christmas tree that was set up in front of the Unknown Soldier Monument, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Bronze statues stand on top of the Vittoriano Monument, The Unknown Soldier tomb, in Rome, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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People stand on the Ponte Coperto "covered bridge" (also known as the Ponte Vecchio "Old Bridge"), a brick and stone arch bridge over the Ticino River, in Pavia, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of December 18, 2014 in New York City. The stock market had its best day of 2014, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising over 400 points after the Federal Reserve signaled that it would not raise interest rates. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Seabirds perch on an oil spill boom at the polluted Manila bay, Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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People watch a multimedia show being projected on the Comercio square arch and buildings, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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A man walks near the San Sebastian Castle as the sun sets in Cadiz, Spain, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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MSNBC photographer Tony Zumbado reads the Miami Herald in the Little Havana area of Miami, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, as news agencies from all over the world prepare to cover the reaction of the Cuban-Americans to the surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore the nation's ties with Cuba. The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Charli XCX attends iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: A participant swims during the Outdoor Swimming Society's annual 'December Dip' at Parliament Hill Lido on December 13, 2014 in London, England. Around 400 people took part in the annual event competing in a range of different styles, with an award for the best dressed swimmer. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 17: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hands out items for Holiday Food Baskets to those in need outside the Little Havana offices of CAMACOL, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce on December 17, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Bush spoke to the media as he handed out food to the annoucement that the United States and Cuba worked out a deal for the release of USAID subcontractor Alan Gross. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: A man dressed as Santa takes Christmas shoppers along Regent Street on a tricycle on December 13, 2014 in London, England. Retailers across the UK are hoping for strong Christmas season sales. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: (Getty Images provides access to this publicly distributed image for editorial use only and is not the copyright owner. No Sales - No Commercial Use) In this handout image of three released on December 13, 2014 by Kensington Palace, Prince George sits for his official Christmas picture in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in late November of 2014 in London, England. (Photo by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/PA Wire via Getty Images)
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BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 14: Ruins of the coconut trees that was hit by the tsunami is seen at the beach on December 14, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Aceh was the worst hit location, being the closest major city to the epicentre of the 9.1 magnitude quake, suffering a huge hit from the following tsunami and resulting in around 130,000 deaths. Throughout the affected region of eleven countries, nearly 230,000 people were killed, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 13: Young boys watch from a seat in a charter bus as demonstrators march along Michigan Avenue to protest police abuse, December 13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. About 25 of the approximately 200 demonstrators were arrested during the protest which weaved its way through sidewalks packed with Christmas shoppers. The protests was one of many staged nationwide in response to grand juries' failure to indict police officers involved in the the deaths of Michal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Suki Waterhouse wearing Burberry at The Burberry Beauty Box Event on December 18, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Burberry)
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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 14: Eva Longoria on stage at the Global Gift Gala during day five of the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at White Dubai on December 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)
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OLDENBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 16: Workers handle carcasses of terminated turkeys at a turkey farm where authorities discovered the H5N8 bird flu recently on December 16, 2014 in Barssel, Germany. Authorities are killing 19,000 turkeys at the site in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. H5N8 discoveries have occurred in recent months in Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15 Senior Aquarist Charles-Edouard Fusari feeds a Green Sea Turtle Greedy Boris with sprouts at The Sea Life London Aquarium on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 13: A gun rights activist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds a sign while another holds a crucifix mounted to a replica gun during an "I Will Not Comply" event at the State Capitol on December 13, 2014 in Olympia, Washington. Gun rights activists protested Washington State's voter-passed initiative that requires background checks for all guns sales and exchanges. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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An Indian laborer carries a sack full of vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in old parts of New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Old Delhi despite of being extremely crowded and dilapidated still serves as the symbolic heart of the city. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 18: This handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Household shows the inside of the Royal Christmas Card featuring a photograph of King Felipe VI of Spain, Queen Letizia of Spain, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofía of Spain as well as a message from the family on December 18, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Spanish Royal Household via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Jeffrey Straus (L), President of Countdown Entertainment and Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance Ð co-organizers of Times Square 2015 attend New Year's Eve numerals arrivalsÊinÊTimes Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Nicki Minaj Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon")
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 18: Members of the public enjoy a ride on the star flyer on December 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The star flyer is one of a number of rides situated in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh along with a ice rink carousel and Big Wheel, open from late November and running until January 4, 2015. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Robert Warren, Director of The People for Fairness Coalition, stands next to a mock coffin during a vigil December 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The People for Fairness Coalition held the event in observance of Homeless Persons Memorial Day and honored those who died homeless in 2014. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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A boy refreshes himself from the summer heat under a shower on Copabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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A man dressed as Santa Claus zip lines away from Sugar Loaf mountain after riding on top of a cable car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The cable car company surprised tourists with a visit from Santa to celebrate Christmas. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 18: People practice walking on stilts during a stilt walking workshop as part of pre-Carnival festivities between the famed Lapa arches on December 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival begins February 13 yet practices and festivities are already underway. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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A Chinese soldier's eyelashes are covered with frost during physical training in minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit) weather in Heihe in northeast China's Heilongjiang province Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. The northeastern Chinese town borders Russia, and is one of the coldest places in China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

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A man waves a Cuban flag while celebrating the restoration of diplomatic relations between the island nation and the United States, in the courtyard of the Cuban Embassy in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke as Cuban President Raul Castro was addressing his nation in Havana, where church bells rang and school teachers paused lessons to mark the news. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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A woman holds a baby while walking on the top of Vodno Mountain, just above Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Many citizens of Skopje try to escape the lowland fog and the polluted air by going on the nearest mountain of Vodno. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

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Israeli fishermen cast their rods from a pier at the the old port of Jaffa, mixed Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Two men ride bicycles through a mist on a road that leads to Vodno Mountain, just above Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Many citizens of Skopje try to escape the polluted air and the lowland fog, by going to the nearest mountain of Vodno. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Army Cadets salute after taking the field before the start of the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Best pix of the week

From big news between the U.S. and Cuba to the world ramping up for the Christmas holiday, here are some of the best pictures from around the world taken during the last week. 

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