Hamish the polar bear emerges from his frozen muddy pond searching for his red ball in the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland, on Dec. 16.
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A Mapuche indigenous activist attempts to stop the movement of riot policemen during a protest demanding justice for Camilo Catrillanca, an indigenous Mapuche man who was shot in the head during a police operation, in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 14.
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Tipape Lekatoo, a Maasai Moran, competes in a traditional high-jump event during the 2018 Maasai Olympics at the Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Kimana, Kajiado, Kenya, on Dec. 15.
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Daiya Seto of Japan competes in the men's 400 meter individual medley finals at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China, on Dec. 15.
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Snow covers the roofs of the so-called 'Alter Flecken' (old spot), the historic core of downtown Freudenberg with its half-timbered houses from the 17th century, in the heart of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, near Siegen, Germany, on Dec. 16.
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The Frecce Tricolori perform at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Alta Badia, Italy, on Dec. 16.
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Honduran migrants, part of a caravan of migrants from Central America traveling with the intention of reaching the US, jump over a border fence into the US from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 14.
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Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hogg and Philip Billing compete with Newcastle United's Salomon Rondon during a Premier League soccer game in Huddersfield, England, on Dec. 15.
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Female inmates dressed as guards pose for a photo during Nelson Hungria Prison's annual Christmas event for inmates and jail staff in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 13. Inmates serving time for offenses from burglary to homicide spent weeks decking out their cell blocks with handmade Christmas decorations and planning Bible-related performances.
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In Tokyo on Dec. 13, a window cleaner dressed as a wild boar, next year's Chinese zodiac animal, cleans the windows of Ryumeikan hotel during a promotional event to celebrate the upcoming new year.
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Minister Henk ten Voorde leads a service at the Bethel church in The Hague, Netherlands on Dec. 13. For more than six weeks, a rotating roster of preachers and visitors has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in a quiet residential street in The Hague in an attempt to prevent the deportation of the Armenian Tamrazyan family.
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A man decorates the ceiling of a church ahead of Christmas celebrations in Ahmedabad, India on Dec. 14.
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Officer cadets march past as Britain's Prince William attends The Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Britain on Dec. 14.
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The damaged moulding of the Spirit of Liberty (1895) by Charles-Edouard Pouzadoux is pictured behind a glass in a gallery inside the Arc de Triomphe during its reopening day in Paris on Dec. 12.
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A girl walks near her house, which was destroyed in an air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, in Faj Attan village, Sanaa, Yemen on Dec. 13.
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French police patrol outside the Strasbourg Cathedral as a man dressed as Father Christmas poses with a tourist in Strasbourg, France, on Dec. 14.
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A bird flies next to the light of Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium as Argentina's River Plate players warm up during a training session in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates on Dec. 13.
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A man carries an infant on a cold winter day in a village of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Dec. 13.
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Traditional Somali dancers welcome Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki at the Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia on Dec. 13.
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Children dressed in South Korean traditional 'Hanbok' attire play in snow at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea on Dec. 13.
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On Dec. 12 (the eve of St Lucia's Day), during the Divina Pastora procession, villagers in Casarabonela, near Malaga, southern Spain hold torches to represent light and vision as part of a festival to honor the Virgin of Los Rondeles.
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On Dec. 13 in Mount Vernon, Va., Mount Vernon Senior Curator Susan Schoelwer looks at George Washington's Peale portrait before it is installed at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum.
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The Duchess of Cornwall meets Ollie the donkey and Harry the mini Shetland pony outside the Guards Chapel in central London on Dec. 12, ahead of a carol concert in aid of the animal welfare charity Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys.
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On Dec. 12 in Mexico City, dancers wearing silk shawls with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Basilica of Guadalupe are seen during the annual pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexican Catholics.
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A man wears a mask during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania on Dec. 12. Dozens of Romanians protested poor air quality in the capital, which was recently ranked one of the most traffic-congested cities in Europe. They wore medical face masks to make their point as they walked around the city hall.
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Ahead of the European movie premiere of 'Mary Poppins Returns,' a Mary Poppins stunt double rides atop of the London Eye in central London on Dec. 12, with the Houses of Parliament, located on the banks of the River Thames, seen behind her.
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On Dec. 10 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron poses before a special address to the nation, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide 'yellow vest' protests. Facing exceptional protests, French President Emmanuel Macron is promising to speed up tax relief for struggling workers and to scrap a tax hike for retirees.
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A diver dressed as Santa Claus strokes a zebra shark while feeding the fish inside a fish tank at the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, Malta on Dec. 12.
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'La Panera,' the tallest pine in Switzerland, is felled on Dec.12 in Luven, Switzerland. The tree, estimated to be 260 years old and 48 meters high, had become ill and had to be felled.
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Retired businessman Brian Moodie herds his flock of turkeys along the street near his home in Camelon, Stirlingshire, England on Dec. 10. Christmas holds no fear for the birds, who are strictly off the menu on December 25. Moodie, who will be having steak pie for Christmas dinner, started keeping turkeys in his back garden eight years ago in a bid to help conserve rare breeds. They are the ultimate free-range turkeys and even know how to cross the road as they are taken for a stroll around the town each day.
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On Dec. 10 in San Diego (seen through the border fence from Tijuana, Mexico), US Border Patrol agents make arrests during a pro-migration protest by members of various faith groups showing support for Central American asylum-seekers who arrived in recent caravans and calling for an end to migrant detentions and deportations.
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Oppositional lawmakers throw flyers from the balcony at the start of the plenary session of the parliament in Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 12.
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French police officer stands guard following a shooting in the city of Strasbourg, eastern France on Dec. 12.
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Miss Spain Angela Ponce (c.), the first transgender woman to take part in the Miss Universe contest, visits the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 11 with other Miss Universe 2018 contestants.
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On Dec. 10, outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, a man fishes on a bank of the Yenisei River, which is covered with snow and hoarfrost.
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On Dec. 12 in Yangon, Myanmar, candles burn as activists gather at a rally calling for the release of imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, one year after they were arrested.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte upon her arrival in The Hague, Netherlands on Dec. 11. Facing almost certain defeat, Prime Minister May postponed a vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal, saying she would go back to European Union leaders to seek changes to the divorce agreement.
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North Korean army soldiers head to inspect the dismantled South Korean guard post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as a South Korean army soldier stands guard in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Dec. 12. Dozens of South Korean soldiers visited former frontline North Korean guard posts to verify their recent removal as part of warming diplomacy by the rival Koreas while US-North Korea nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled.
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On Dc. 10 in Prague, Czech Republic, a visitor hits a punching bag with an image depicting US President Donald Trump among other well-known political figures as part of an interactive installation called 'Welcome in Hard Times.' It allows visitors to release their anger and frustrations on the bags.
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On Dec. 12 in New York, Michael Cohen (r.), President Donald Trump's former lawyer, and his children arrive at federal court for his sentencing for dodging taxes, lying to Congress, and violating campaign finance laws.
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On Dec. 11 in Berlin, Madame Tussauds presents live wax figures of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during her pregnancy.
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The Peace Price laureates, Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo and Nadia Murad from Iraq (l.), pose with their medals during the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo Town Hall, Oslo on Dec. 10. The Nobel Peace Prize recognized their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
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A Yemeni man reads al-Thawra newspaper at Souq al-Melh marketplace in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen on Dec. 11.
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On Dec. 11, an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldier rests next to a road after an Islamist rebel group called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the area around Mukoko village, North Kivu, a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.