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Masks are displayed for sale for the New Year's Eve celebration on a street in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The masks are sold to revelers fro about $2, as they ready for the night's celebrations while men dressed as women, partake In the Viudas del año Viejo or Old Years Widows tradition, in which they go around city streets where they dance and sing for drivers and in exchange they receive a couple of coins for their troubles. (AP Photo/Ana Maria Buitron)

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The sun silhouettes trees as it rises on a crisp winter morning near Sainte-Gauburge-Sainte-Colombe, western France, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on the weekend, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain. Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany, and more than 20 centimeters (nearly eight inches) of snow has fallen in higher parts of Germany's Black Forest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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A skier makes his way through the snow-covered landscape in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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A woman holds up her red-painted hands and the number 43 written on them to remember the 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college during a protest in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Protesters marched through the city to mark the three months since the 43 students were taken by municipal police and then handed over to a drug gang to be killed and then the bodies burned, according to the results of the Attorney General's investigation. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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Residents gather near the spot of a deadly stampede where flowers are placed to commemorate the victims in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. New Year's revelers jammed along Shanghai's historic riverfront stampeded about a half hour before midnight Wednesday, killing at least 35 people and injuring 43 others, Chinese media reported, although officials have not yet determined what triggered the stampede. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Canada Geese swim in an ice-free area of Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The National Weather Service warned of dangerously low temperatures in parts of Iowa and most of Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Afghan refugee Sayma Naseeb, 4, stands by the doorway of her family's mud house in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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Belarusian Sergei Selekh plays with his 6-month-old tamed wolves on the outskirts of the village of Gaina, 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Belarus capital Minsk, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Selekh owns a farmstead, where sheep, wolves and an ethnographic museum serve as entertainment for guests. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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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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A man holds a heart-shaped hot-air balloon during the New Year's celebrations in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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Brazils President Dilma Rousseff, left, listens to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, during Rousseff's inauguration at the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. The inauguration marks the seventh consecutive time a directly elected Brazilian president has started a term in office, something that hasn't happened in Latin America's biggest nation in nearly a century.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Fireworks erupt after midnight in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New York. Thousands braved the cold to watch the annual ball drop and ring in the new year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Afghan refugee boys play on a wooden cart left on a roadside during the last sunset of the year on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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Men dressed as women partake In the Viudas del año Viejo or Old Years Widows tradition, in which they go around city streets where they dance and sing for drivers and in exchange they receive a couple of coins for their troubles in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Traditionally only men are allowed to dress up, act up and ask for money. (AP Photo/Ana Maria Buitron)

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Workers light the Waterford crystal ball during a test for the New Year's Eve celebration atop One Times Square in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The ball, which is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds, is decorated with 2,688 Waterford crystals and illuminated by 32,256 LED lights. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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A man holds a bag with food as he leaves a New Year's meal for homeless organized by municipality of Athens, on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Homelessness has increased dramatically during the financial crisis in Greece, which has depended on international rescue loans for more than four years. The campaign for Greece's general election is now underway, with the country's conservative prime minister claiming his anti-bailout opponents would "lead the country to default."(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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A snowman made by children is backdropped by trees covered in snow in a park in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Romania, especially the eastern part, is affected by heavy snow falls and blizzards this year that cause traffic disruptions but are enjoyed by children and mountain tourists. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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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)

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A Swiss guard stands as he attends a New Year mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pakistani brick factory worker Ghulam Mohammed, 41, arrives to work in a brick factory in Mandra near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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In this image provided by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday evening. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the crippled ferry, battered by 90 kilometer per hour (55 mph) winds that pushed it toward the Albanian coast. (AP Photo/Italian Navy)
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The Norman Atlantic ferry is being towed into the port of Brindisi, Italy, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The blaze that broke out Sunday and torched the ferry has killed at least 11 people and authorities prepared to search it for possible more dead. Italy says 477 people were rescued, most by helicopters that plucked survivors off the top deck in gale-force winds and carried them to nearby boats. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Thousands of beach goers pack Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. With temperatures reaching over 40 degrees celsius, (104 Fahrenheit), Rio beaches were packed on the last weekend of the year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Bystanders on the bridge snap cellphone pictures as Brad Larson falls toward the water during the annual Olalla Polar Bear Plunge in Olalla, Wash. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)

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A commuter waits near a bus stop amidst morning fog, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Cold wave continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

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People take photographs at the sun sets by the Tagus riverbank with the April 25th bridge in the background, in Lisbon, Portugal, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Members of the National Search And Rescue Agency carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The investigation into the AirAsia crash has turned to the ocean floor, with more sonar equipment and metal detectors deployed Friday to scour the seabed for wreckage, including the plane's black boxes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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A Buddhist monk participates in Nyigma Monlam prayers at the Boudhanath Stupa in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The Nyigma Monlam is an annual prayer for world peace. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A protester rests near others who gathered at Grand Central Terminal in New York, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. A number of protests have been staged around the country following recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in New York and Ferguson, Mo., over the deaths of unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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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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Children play on the shores of the Arabian sea as the last sunset of 2014 is seen in the background in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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Leaves covered with white frost lie on the ground at the Wall Park in Berlin, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Cold weather with temperatures under zero degrees celsius ( under 32 degrees Fahrenheit) hit Germany's capital after the Christmas holidays. Weather forecasts predict that the winter weather will stay over the next days in Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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Las Vegas police officers stand by the wreckage of a Las Vegas police helicopter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Las Vegas. Two officers were hospitalized with injuries from the crash according to authorities. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Residents save their pet dog as a huge fire rages along a creek in the suburban Quezon city north of Manila, Philippines, on New Year's day Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. A huge fire, believed to have been ignited by firecrackers, razed hundreds of shanties in the slum Thursday in one of more than a dozen fires reported across the country as Filipinos welcomed the New Year. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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An Indian woman wrapped in a shawl travels with others on a bullock cart on a cold day at Jhansi district, in Bundelkhand, India, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Most parts of north India Monday continued to shiver under biting cold with the mercury dipping several notches. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Runners in fancy dress cross the Pennine hills near Haworth,northern England in the traditional Auld Lang Syne Fell race which attracts hundreds of runners many in costum Wednesday Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/John Giles/PA) 

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People take part in the annual Penguin Plunge to celebrate the New Year in Deep Cove in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

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A man smokes a cigerette as he sits in the sun at Panauti, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Panauti is a small historical city found in Nepal, given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A woman carries the days-catch from a fishing boat at Ngwe Saung beach, in eastern Ayeyarwaddy division, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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People surf on the waves by Baby Makapuu Beach near where President Barack Obama and the first family are snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, according to the White House, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair to watch the annual fireworks show. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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Children displaced from Pakistani tribal areas due to fighting between security forces and militants play under a tree during the last sunset of the year on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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A man using a bicycle taxi carries pink balloons to a birthday party in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. Cuba and the U.S. announced on Dec. 17 that the two countries would resume diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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People crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican as Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from the window of his studio, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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A visitor walks up a hillside overlooking the city skyline on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, on Twin Peaks in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Marco Fois, of Italy, performs a 18-meter dive (59 feet) into the river Tiber from the Cavour Bridge in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, to celebrate the New Year. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Best pix of the week

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

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