Riders participate in the 50th anniversary of the Christmas beach races in Ballyheigue, Ireland on Dec. 30.
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Security officers surround Wang Qiaoling, second from left, and Li Wenzu, the wives of Chinese human rights lawyers, as they attempt to deliver a petition to the Supreme People's Court petition office in Beijing, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.
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A man dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, helps a member of the Cryophile amateur winter swimmers' club, who walks into the icy waters of the Yenisei River during an event marking the New Year and Christmas season, with the air temperature at about minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit
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People take selfies with the statue of Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 29. As the year winds down, Brazilian worshippers of Yemanja celebrate the deity, offering flowers and launching large and small boats into the ocean in exchange for blessings in the coming year. The belief in the goddess comes from the African Yoruban religion brought to the Americas by West African slaves.
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Members of PyroCeltica pose in front of Edinburgh Castle in advance of Edinburgh's Hogmanay torchlit procession down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, Dec. 30.
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Election officials tape the voter's registrations list to the wall of the Les Anges primary school in Kinshasa, Congo, as voters start to check their names, Dec. 30. The voting process was delayed when angry voters burned six voting machines and ballots midday, angered by the fact that the registrations lists had not arrived.
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Jose Antonio Aznarez (c.) gestures as he enjoys the natural thermal bath of the Cidaco River on a cold winter morning in the small village of Arnedillo, northern Spain, Dec. 29.
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Local residents pray during the Friday prayer services at a mosque in the tsunami-affected area of Carita, Indonesia, Dec. 28. Indonesia has widened the no-go zone around an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing hundreds of people in Sumatra and Java.
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A man rides a rickshaw on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, Dec. 26.
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Employees of the Korea Exchange (KRX) pose in front of the final stock price index during a photo opportunity for the media at the ceremonial closing event of the 2018 stock market in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 28.
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A worker covers firecrackers with gunpowder in a makeshift fireworks factory ahead of New Year celebrations in Bocaue, Bulacan province, Philippines, Dec. 28.
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Revelers take part in the festival of Els Enfarinats in the town of Ibi near Alicante, Spain, Dec. 28. For about 200 years, the inhabitants of Ibi annually celebrate with a battle using flour, eggs, and firecrackers outside the town hall.
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Cranes are seen next to workers sculpting a giant snowman by the Songhua river in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China on Dec. 27.
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Alberta and her husband, Ernie Cooper, dance in their living room in Springfield, Mo. on Dec. 28. Alberta is caring for Ernie, who has Alzheimer's.
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People visit illuminated ice sculptures at the Ice and Snow World park ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China on Dec. 23.
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People take pictures of balloons being released in the sky of downtown Sao Paulo as part of year-end celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Dec. 28.
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Shoppers during the Boxing Day sales on Oxford Street in central London on Dec. 26.
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A person walks through a forest near the city of Königstein in central Germany, Dec. 28.
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A man holding an umbrella walks through the debris of his damaged house after a tsunami in Sumur, Banten province, Indonesia on Dec. 26.
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Migrants gather on the deck of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue vessel after being rescued in the central Mediterranean sea Dec. 21, before disembarking in the port of Crinavis in Algeciras, Spain, Dec. 28. Other European countries such as Italy, Malta, and Greece closed their ports to the ship and only Spain admitted the boat entry. To reach Crinavis, they sailed for 6 days with more than 300 migrants on board.
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Vehicles travel on a bridge over the partially frozen Hun river in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China on Dec. 25.
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A greyhound owner takes his dog off the field after a hare coursing meeting in Abbeyfeale, Ireland on Dec. 28.
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Swimmers in fancy dress take part in the 48th Boxing Day charity swim on the North Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain on Dec. 26.
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The 85-strong fleet of yachts begin the Sydney Hobart yacht race from Sydney Harbour, Dec. 26.
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Celebrants depart Grace Episcopal Church following a Christmas Eve service in Nyack, New York on Dec. 24.
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An Indian Muslim woman covers her face with her hand as she walks through a busy market in Ahmadabad, India, Dec. 27. The lower house of India's Parliament on Thursday approved a bill to implement the Supreme Court's ruling that found the Muslim practice of instant divorce was unconstitutional.
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Swimmers participate in the annual Christmas winter swimming competition in the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic on Dec. 26.
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The Lincoln Memorial is seen Dec. 27 in Washington during a partial government shutdown.
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A newborn elephant cub walks through an enclosure at the Hagenbecks Tierpark zoo in Hamburg, Germany, Dec. 26.