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A fighting rooster waits in the sun for his next fight, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling buildings. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Chasity Magee reacts near her family's mobile home at Oak Crest Trailer Park in Columbia, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The home was flipped on top of a neighbor's home during a storm that killed four people in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Startled gulls rise and turn into a stiff offshore wind at Malibu Lagoon in Malibu, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. The winds, following a cold front that raced through the state overnight, swept skies clean and whipped up whitecaps along the coast Thursday. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

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A man exercises at a dock on the beach during sunset the day before Christmas in the southern costal city of Larnaca, Cyprus, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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Guns and gloves of India's Air Force soldiers lie on a road during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. India marks Republic Day on Jan. 26 with military parades across the country. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

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Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists in St. Peter's Square listened as the pontiff delivered the Catholic church's traditional Christmas message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Francis said: "truly there are so many tears this Christmas." Pope Francis focused his concern Thursday on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine as he prayed for hope and peace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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St Paul's Choristers rehearse in the cathedral in London, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, preparing for their busiest days of the year. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Airmen from Nellis Air Force Base carry a large flag before the start of the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game between Utah and Colorado State, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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An Indian family living on a roadside keeps themselves warm by sitting around a bonfire in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, 26, 2014. Cold wave conditions continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

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A man dressed as Santa Claus walks on the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

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A Pakistani Christian boy decorates a tree in preparation for the upcoming Christmas holiday in Islamabad's slums, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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A couple stand beside Puente La Reina bridge, at Saint James pilgrim way, which crosses the Arga River surrounded by fog, in Puente la Reina northern Spain, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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People prepare to release paper lanterns in the Panama City Bay as part of a public event held as a tribute to the victims of the US invasion of Panama one day before the 25th anniversary of the military operation in Panama City, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. On Dec. 20, 1989, US armed forces in an operation code-named Just Cause, invaded Panama to overthrow Panama's dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega and the Panamanian Defense Forces were dissolved. (AP Photo/Tito Herrera)

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In this Dec. 22, 2014 photo, beautician Marilyn Alvarez poses for a portrait behind the hand of a client whose nails she decorated with the Cuban and U.S. flags, inside her home in Havana, Cuba. Alvarez said it was common for clients to ask for U.S. and Cuban flags, even before the surprise announcement on Dec. 17 that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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People and tourists sit and walk past the Italian sculptor Bernini's Four River fountain, lit up in colors, in Piazza Navona, Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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The skyline of Manhattan is seen in the background as investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police said an armed man walked up to two officers sitting inside the patrol car and opened fire before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide. Both police officers were killed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Jenny Brand, from Sweden, center, who had friends that were victims of the Asian tsunami, releases a lantern which symbolizes the releasing of spirits, amidst hundreds of others during a commemoration service to mark the 10th anniversary of the day this natural disaster happened, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand. Dec. 26 marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, that left more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and caused about $10 billion in damage. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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A Filipino boy walks past Christmas decorations for sale in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Christmas is one of the most important holidays in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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Participants of a rally called 'Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West' (PEGIDA) hold German flags and lights during a demonstration entitled Christmas With Pegida between the bronze equestrian statue of King John of Saxony, left, and the Dresden Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. For the past ten weeks, activists protesting Germanys immigration policy and the spread of Islam in the West have been marching each Monday. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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People are seen through a hole in the wall of a damaged building, as they visit a giant steel barge that housed a diesel power generator swept ashore by the Indian Ocean tsunami ten years ago, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh. The power plant is now a major tourist attraction in the provincial capital. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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In this Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 photo, an identification card lies in the dirt in Hardan village in northern Iraq. A handful of Yazidis who fled this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet when Islamic State militants overran it in August have returned after Kurdish fighters drove out the extremists in recent days. They want to learn the fate of hundreds of missing relatives and neighbors and they fear they know where they are: Four mounds of freshly dug dirt in nearby fields they believe are graves. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)

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A Pakistani Christian woman, left, walks by a painting of a Santa Claus painted on a wall in preparation for Christmas holiday, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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Onlookers standing on the Marina Beach watch the waves of the Bay of Bengal during a ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami in Chennai, India, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)

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An Indian man exercises as fog envelops a park in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Cold wave conditions intensified across northern India as temperatures dipped along with thick blankets of fog cutting out sunlight for long hours. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

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A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building's steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania's cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year's period. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A Palestinian protester wearing a Santa Claus costume uses a sling to throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel's separation barrier outside the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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The motorcade carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin speeds up along a highway in downtown Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. In his Thursday speech, President Vladimir Putin, who has led Russia for 15 years sought to soothe market fears, said the country has sufficient currency reserves and would not resort to administrative controls, such as fixing exchange rates or obliging exporters to convert their Western currency holdings to rubles. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Pakistani Christians decorate a church in preparation for the upcoming Christmas holiday in Islamabad's slums, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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Russian communists put flowers at the Monument at Joseph Stalin's grave at the Kremlin wall at the Moscow's Red Square marking the 135th anniversary of the birth of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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A man climbs the stairs at the cable-stayed Ada Bridge over the Sava river in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, a gay Egyptian lights his cigarette in Cairo, Egypt. Egypts gay community is going deeper underground in fear after police arrest dozens of men at a Cairo bathhouse in a raid that was then featured on a lurid TV tabloid program stirring up public panic over debauchery. Egypts government is cracking down on gays, activists say, to promote its credentials as protectors of public morals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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Filipino workers turn bamboo poles used in pigs at a roasting pit in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Roasted pig is popular during Filipino celebrations and traditionally served during a Christmas eve dinner called "Noche Buena" in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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In this Dec. 4, 2014 photo, Rich Curilla walks through a replica of the Alamo, built for John Wayne's 1960 movie "The Alamo," in Brackettville, Texas. Alamo Village, a 400-acre plot of land about 120 miles west of San Antonio, was carved out of a large ranch in the late 1950s for Wayne's directorial debut. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Marines hold up a U.S. flag before Navy played San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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An NYPD officer stands by a memorial Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, honoring two New York Police Department officers who were shot while sitting inside a patrol car nearby the previous day. The armed man shot into the patrol car, killing them both. The assailant then went into a nearby subway station and committed suicide, police said. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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A member of God's Love church carries a tray of food to serve to drug addicts living in the "Crackland" area of the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, late Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Every year members of the God's Love church prepare a special Christmas banquet for the drug users residing in Crackland. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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A woman walks with her child through heavy snowfall at a park in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, donkey breeder Carlos Aravena moves one of his young donkeys from a barn in Santiago, Chile. Aravena said he's been raising burros on the outskirts of Santiago and selling their milk as long as he can remember. His father did as well. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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Children carry a snake made out of rags and paper mache as they take part in the traditional dance of "Los Gigantes," or "The Giants," during Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve in Antigua Guatemala, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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A statue of 1920's Ulster Unionist politician Edward Carson overlooks the grounds of Stormont estate, near Belfast Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. All-party talks involving the five main political parties in Northern Ireland continued overnight with the British and Irish governments as politicians try to find a solution on a number of issues hampering power-sharing. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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A man, left, runs as a woman cycles by the sea as they enjoy the good weather in southern costal city of Larnaca, Cyprus, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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People dressed in illuminated angel costumes parade to mark Christmas Day in central Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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A girl poses for a picture inside a large symbolic revolution Romania flag with the communist crest cut out during a reenactment of the 1989 uprising in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The anti-communist uprising, which left more than one thousand dead, and ended the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed, started 25 years ago in the western Romanian town of Timisoara on Dec. 16, 1989 and continued in Bucharest, Romania's capital from Dec. 21, 1989.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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A man skis across the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Fredericton area after 15-20 centimeters (5-8 inches) of snow and freezing rain already hit the region. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

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A woman crosses a street decorated with New Year and Christmas illumination in the center of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Israeli air force cadets toss their caps into the air during a graduation ceremony for new pilots in the Hatzerim air force base near the city of Beersheba, southern Israel, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Best pix of the week

Here are the most arresting photographs taken in the past seven days.

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