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Cars pass by the national assembly in Paris, where a projection of French artist JR is displayed as part of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. More than 140 world leaders are gathering in Paris for high-stakes climate talks that start Monday, and activists are holding marches and protests around the world to urge them to reach a strong agreement to slow global warming. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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Superintendent Jackie Ratliff, a coal miner of 25 years, walks towards a pile of coal waiting to be shipped at a processing plant Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Welch, W.Va. Central Appalachiaâs struggle is familiar to many rural regions across the U.S., where middle-class jobs are disappearing or gone and young people have no other choice than to leave to find opportunity. But the problems are amplified in coal country, where these difficult economic and social conditions have gripped the region for decades and where there is hardly any flat land to build anything. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Workers decorate a Christmas tree with lights ahead of seasonal celebrations at the Colon square in Madrid, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Kashmiri boatmen collect sand from river Jhelum on a misty cold morning in Sumbal, a village 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Indian-controlled Kashmir region is experiencing cold conditions after the Himalayan Mountains received snowfall in the past week.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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The town of Welch, W.Va., in McDowell County is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. About the only flat land to build anything among the jumble of mountains in Southern West Virginia is in the hollows traced by small rivers, and that land sits in dangerous flood plains. This unavoidable geography has hampered efforts to diversify the economy, despite decades of effort. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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A player runs onto the field for Lacrosse practice at Zionsville High School as snow falls, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Two people push a vehicle out of high water at Cal Young Park, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Abilene, Texas. A deadly storm that has caused flooding and coated parts of the southern Plains in ice during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend dumped more rain on already swollen rivers in parts of North Texas and Arkansas on Sunday and made driving dangerous in parts of Oklahoma. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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A model is startled while checking her mobile phone at the opening of an exhibition in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Dubbed the Harmony of Arts, the event mixed fashion, hairstyle and painting with works by painter Georgeta Constantinescu and hairstylist Cristina Grama. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A riot police officer patrols at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 photo, Nisrin, 7, a Syrian refugee runs as she plays with her brothers and sisters outside their apartment building that was damaged during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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A jogger is silhouetted as he passes by a bridge over the river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany, Friday morning, Dec. 4, 2015. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)

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In this Nov. 22, 2015 photo, graves cover a hillside in front of apartment buildings in Hong Kong,the cramped southern Chinese city of 7.2 million. In tightly-packed Hong Kong, the dead are causing a problem Limited land to build on and soaring property prices mean Hong Kong is fast running out of space to store the dead. for the living. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo, an eagle sits on a branch near the shoreline of the Rappahannock river at Fones Cliff in Richmond County, Va. A developer is proposing a luxury development of hundreds of homes and other attractions on a cliff overlooking this critical feeding area for migratory waterfowl. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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A National Disaster Response Force person, right, arrives to rescue a boy who fell while wading through flood waters in Chennai, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools, offices and a regional airport shut for a second day Thursday.( AP Photo)

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In this Oct. 26, 2015 photo, doctoral candidate Rodrigo Staggemeier collects water along the shore of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the estimated 350,000 foreigners to visit during the 2016 Olympics are expected to take a dip at the popular beach. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Indian army soldiers rescue a man from flood waters in Chennai, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools, offices and a regional airport shut for a second day Thursday.( R Senthil Kumar / Press Trust of India via AP)

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A musician carries a contrabass on his way to work, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Apprentice Serena Sovdsnes rehearses The Nutcracker at the Cincinnati Ballet rehearsal studios, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Nutcracker, widely popular with ballet companies in North America, has survived over 120 years and is mostly performed during the holiday season. Cincinnati's production begins on Dec. 18. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Jocelyn Cox of Chevy Chase, Md., admires a large weaving meant to depict rays of light entitled Plexus A1 by artist Gabriel Dawe, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at the newly reopened Renwick Gallery in Washington. It is a visual representation of the full spectrum of natural light, a harnessing of a prismatic view of sunshine that has been confined within the four walls of a gallery space. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Pope Francis comforts a child during a brief, unscheduled stop at a pediatric hospital on his way to Bangui cathedral, Central African Republic, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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People walk in front of a reproduction of the Eiffel tower at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The site of Paris-Le Bourget will officially become United Nations territory for the COP 21 conference which is scheduled to start on Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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Smoke comes from the chimney of the municipal waste incinerator in Figino, near Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Global warming is causing worsening droughts and floods that are threatening traditional food sources, especially in the poorest countries, where hunger is already a top problem. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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A man walks across of piles of life jackets used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean sea from the Turkish coast remain stacked on the Greek eastern island of Lesbos, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Greece's migration minister says his country has come under "intense pressure" from some European countries over the migration crisis, but he says that's unfair. The country has been the main point of entry into the EU for about 700,000 migrants and refugees so far this year. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

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In this Nov. 24, 2015 photo, the color brown on the church's white walls indicate the level which water and mud reached during a recent mudslide triggered by the failing of a dam at a nearby iron ore mine, in Paracatu, Brazil. After the disaster hit, the hamlet of Paracatu and other nearby hamlets like Bento Rodrigues became ghost towns. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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The airplane carrying Pope Francis lands in Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday Nov. 29, 2015. Pope Francis has landed in the capital of Central African Republic, his final stop in Africa and where he will seek to heal a country wracked by conflict between Muslims and Christians. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, Julian Quispe Huallpa and his wife Lidia Quispe, pose for a photo next to the exhumed remains of their 3-year-old niece Necisa Curo Quispe, after forensic anthropologists arranged her skeletal remains in the coffin, in Valle Esmeralda de Huayao, Peru. Necisa Curo Quispe was killed in 1992, as Shining Path guerrillas surrounded the town and slaughtered men, women, children and the elderly. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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The Christmas tree of the Christmas Market is reflected in two windows in downtown Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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Sarajevo's TV tower is seen surrounded with fog, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Traffic pollution and burning low quality coal for heating due to high price of natural gas in country causes clouds of air pollution during days with low air pressure in unusually warm weather. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

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A fisherman casts the line during sunset, in Nice, southeastern France, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Temperatures in the area rose to 18 degrees Celsius (64 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

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In this timed exposure photo, motorists pass a pair of boots standing 40 feet tall and 30 feet long that are decorated with lights for the holidays, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies' employees watch from a distance the Momotombo volcano's eruption and lava flow, in the rural community of Papalonal, in Leon, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Dec, 2, 2015. Quiet for many years, the volcano emitted some glowing rock on Wednesday, after gas and ash emissions began Tuesday. In 1610, the city of Leon was destroyed during an eruption of the Momotombo and was relocated west, where it is currently located. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Best pix of the week

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

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