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Daily Life in Cuba

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People are seen on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. Stunned Cubans celebrated an apparent end to decades of conflict with the United States on Wednesday after both governments said they would restore diplomatic relations cut off in 1961. Many said they expected a restoration of ties would lead to the end of a U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, which is vilified daily in the official media and which Cubans accept as a key cause of widespread poverty on the island. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Crazy Robolights Art Installation in California

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Artist Kenny Irwin Jr. stands among some of his creations in his Robolights art installation in Palm Springs, California December 15, 2014. The installation consists of hundreds of whimsical robot and other themed sculptures created from recycled materials including golf carts, kitchen appliances and microwaved smart phones, and is open to the public each holiday season on the sprawling Irwin family property. (Photo by David McNew/Reuters)

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Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest

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Grand Prize and People Winner
Photo and caption by Brian Yen / National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest

“A Node Glows in the Dark”
In the last ten years, mobile data, smartphones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam-packed train, the warm glow from her phone told the strangers around her that she wasn’t really there. She managed to slip away from “here” for a short moment; she’s a node flickering on the social web, roaming the Earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here; we’re free to run away, and run we will.

Location: Hong Kong

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Christmas Decorations in Germany

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A house and garden is illuminated ahead of Christmas in Olching near Munich December 11, 2014. The house is decorated with more than 30,000 lights. Every year hundreds of houses across Germany are decorated by their owners with lights ahead of Christmas. (Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters)

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Photos Taken at Just the Right Moment

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U.S. Rep Steve Southerland grins after winning an auctioned possum during the Wausau Possum Festival on Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Wausau, Fla. What is usually a must-attend event for statewide candidates was notably lacking of them this year, perhaps because candidates who now raise tens of millions of dollars focus more on television ads than making personal contact. But not attending is a missed opportunity, said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor who drove more than 350 miles for the festival. (Photo by Heather Leiphart/AP Photo/The News Herald)

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Reuters Pictures of the Year 2014, Part 12

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Scotland’s Tommy Seymour scores a try against Argentina during their Autumn International rugby union match at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland in this November 8, 2014 file photo. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Glacial Hydro Speeding in Switzerland

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Water way to go. These incredible images show the moment two brave adventurers decided to body board down Europes longest glacier. Seen carving their way through the icy rivers of the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland, the pair are seen risking their lives for an adrenalin rush of a whole new kind. Pictured mounted on their body boards as part of a sport known as hydrospeeding, the daredevils risked being carried away by strong currents and even drowning in hidden crevices to complete the winding seven mile journey. But if that wasnt dangerous enough, the duo also ran the risk of being overwhelmed by collapsing glacial lakes that could be released into the river at any moment. Luckily, Swiss mountain guide, Claude-Alain Gailland and canyon activity specialist, Gilles Janin, are part of only a handful people in the world qualified enough to perform the treacherous run. Located on a UNESCO world heritage site, mountaineering photographer, David Carlier, 42, spent five hours trudging through the icy terrain to reach the summit of the colossal ice mass. (Photos by David Carlier/Caters News)

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Creatures Great and Small

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Children sit under a crocodile based table, as they pose for photographers during a press preview of a themed auction that features the animal as artistic inspiration, entitled “Creatures Great and Small”, in London, Monday, December 15, 2014. The sale scheduled for December 17, 2014, explores animals across a diverse range of mediums and styles, from intricate carving details in 19th century furniture through to contemporary sculpture, according to Christie’s auction house. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo)

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The Associated Press: Best of 2014 from Latin America, Part 2

In this October 22, 2014 file photo, demonstrators protest the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college, in Mexico City. Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City's main avenue demanding the return of the missing students who were rounded up by local police in Iguala, a town in southern Mexico, and handed over to gunmen from a drug cartel September 26. (Photo by Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)
In this October 22, 2014 file photo, demonstrators protest the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college, in Mexico City. Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City’s main avenue demanding the return of the missing students who were rounded up by local police in Iguala, a town in southern Mexico, and handed over to gunmen from a drug cartel September 26. (Photo by Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)

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The Associated Press: Best of 2014 from Latin America, Part 1

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In this November 30, 2014 file photo, children dressed as “El Chapulin Colorado” and “El Chavo del Ocho” characters, release white doves during the memorial service of Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos at the Azteca stadium the in Mexico City. The iconic Mexican comedian who also wrote and played the boy television character “El Chavo del Ocho” and “El Chapulin Colorado”, defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85. (Photo by Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)

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The First “Expo Cannabis” Fair in Uruguay

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A woman rolls a marijuana cigarette during the first “Expo Cannabis” fair in Montevideo December 14, 2014. Expo Cannabis offers conferences about different topics such as the medicinal use of cannabis and cultivation techniques as well as displaying hemp goods, cannabis cultivation items and seeds. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)

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Incredible Body Art Works

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This is the stunning body of work by a talented painter – who transforms humans into amazing animals. From alligators to foxes and even owls, artist Shannon Holt, 39, paints every little detail on models to turn them into wildlife. The incredible paintings, which take anywhere between six to 12.5 hours to complete, are part of her Florida Wildlife Series. Shannon, from DeLand, Florida, previously worked on different surfaces such as glass, metals and wood. But the animal advocate decided to experiment with human canvasses and incorporate animals in her work. Here: Red Fox. (Photo by Ryder Gledhill/Shannon Holt/Caters News)

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In Expectation of Christmas Around the World, Part 3

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A man dressed as a Santa Claus climbs at the front of the Kollhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz square in Berlin December 14, 2014. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

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Hundreds Protest I-594 at Olympia Gun-Rights Rally

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The best man in a wedding party, who all declined to be identified, stands near the bride and groom as he holds an AR-10 rifle he was handed while the party was having their pre-wedding portraits taken on the steps of the capitol before a rally nearby by gun-rights advocates to protest a new expanded gun background check law in Washington state Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. The wedding party was not part of the protest, but posed for pictures with it after being handed it by gun activist Brandon Lyons, who said “we’ve all just broken the law”, by handing the gun over. Saturday’s protest was called the “I Will Not Comply” rally, and those attending said they will openly exchange firearms in opposition to the state’s new voter-approved universal background check law, Initiative 594. The law, which took effect on December 4, requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. (Photo by Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)

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An Upside-down House in Siberia

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A man passes a house built upside-down in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 14, 2014. The house was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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