December 5 – 13, 2014: The Week in Photos, Part 1

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Hot air balloons fly over the sky in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, December 6, 2014. The two-day International Balloon festival 2014 featuring balloon pilots from Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Britain, and Czech Republic is held on December 06-07 2014 to celebrate Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 87th birthday and also aimed to promote the tourism industry in Chiang Mai northern city. (Photo by Pongmanat Tasiri/EPA)

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Christmas Zombies

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A Zombie Santa is pictured Death Yard Haunted Attraction in Hendersonville, Tennessee December 10, 2014. The Nashville-area haunted house is getting into the Christmas spirit this weekend, with Zombie Santa, his undead elves and a demonic reindeer going on the attack for fun and charity. Picture taken with slow shutter speed and panning motion. (Photo by Harrison McClary/Reuters)

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This Could Possibly Be The Best Santa Claus Ever!

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Vitor Martins puts forward his fist, that has the word “God” tattooed on it, in front of his Santa Claus outfit inside his house, before a performance with children in Sao Caetano do Sul’s town square, near Sao Paulo, December 7, 2014. Martins has dressed as Santa Claus, working at shopping centres and various events, for fifteen years, and has 94 percent of his body covered in tattoos, with several in reference to Christmas. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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In Expectation of Christmas Around the World, Part 2

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Thousands of runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits compete in the annual Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England December 7, 2014. Over 8000 people were expected to compete in the annual event which is run over a 5km course. (Photo by Phil Noble/Reuters)

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Some Commuters Have a Really Tough Life

These photos show cities from around the world where commuting is not a simple or easy task.

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Thousands of people commute to work in Bangladesh by boat. Here, residents of Dhaka take out their umbrellas.

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In Expectation of Christmas Around the World

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Participants dressed as Santa Claus sing during the annual SantaCon event in London December 6, 2014. (Photo by Neil Hall/Reuters)

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November 29 – December 5, 2014: Protests

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Police officers walk past a Louis Vuitton ad as protesters demonstrate against the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown in San Francisco, California November 28, 2014. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)

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November 29 – December 5, 2014: The Week in Photos, Part 2

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An Afghan woman carries a sack of grass on her head along a road in Nangarhar province, December 2, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Parwiz)

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November 29 – December 5, 2014: The Week in Photos, Part 1

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In this November 29, 2014 photo, Murshida, 12, shows a necklace found while segregating trash outside her rented shanty on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. Murshida lives with her mother, a rag picker, and spends the day along with her 7-year-old brother at a landfill picking through other people’s garbage to find salvageable bits to resell or recycle. The children counted themselves lucky if they find a discarded toy or plastic jewelry to play with. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)

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Hong Kong Protesters Scuffle with Police

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Secondary school students perform a barefoot “pilgrimage of suffering” to support the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement at the Admiralty protest site in Hong Kong November 30, 2014. It has been two months since police first fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators from the main protest site in the Admiralty district next to government offices in the heart of the Asian financial centre. (Photo by Bobby Yip/Reuters)

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The Annual Minnesota Hmong New Year Celebration

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Gaoshoua Moua of Rochester wears Hmong Chinese decor while participating in the ball toss at the Minnesota Hmong New Year celebration Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN. The annual Minnesota Hmong New Year celebration will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre November 28–30. Hmong New Year has a deep cultural significance to the Hmong community. It is a celebration of accomplishments during the past year and a time to welcome a new beginning. (Photo by David Joles/Star Tribune)

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November 22 – 29, 2014: The Week in Protests

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German riot police officers are pictured through a soap bubble after a demonstration of Blockupy protesters against the opening of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, November 22, 2014. (Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

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November 22 – 29: The Week in Photos, Part 3

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Ellicott Creek rages on Mill St. Tuesday, November 25, 2014, in Amherst, N.Y. The creek has crested to flood stage Tuesday. Authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms. (Photo by Gary Wiepert/AP Photo)

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November 22 – 29: The Week in Photos, Part 2

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A fisherman rows a raft under a bridge in the Sabarmati River, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, November 25, 2014. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

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November 22 – 29: The Week in Photos, Part 1

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An elderly Kashmiri vendor sells Kangris or fire pots, on a cold morning in Srinagar, India, Monday, November 24, 2014. A kangri is an age-old device for keeping warm, consisting of a decoratively woven wicker case housing an earthen pot in which charcoal is burned. Many families make their living making and selling kangris, which cost from $3 to $32 each, depending on quality. Kashmiris usually buy a new one each year, and visitors also buy them as souvenirs, along with the samovar, a traditional Kashmiri tea pot. (Photo by Mukhtar Khan/AP Photo)

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