An Emirati man competes with his falcon as part of the Third International Festival of Falconry in Ramah, United Arab Emirates on Dec. 13.

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An ancient art
An Emirati man competes with his falcon on Dec. 13 as part of the Third International Festival of Falconry in Ramah, United Arab Emirates. Falconry in the Middle East dates back thousands of years, and the practice was recognized by UNESCO on its lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.

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Runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits take part in the Great Edinburgh Santa Run on Dec. 11 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Athletic Santas run for charity
Runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits take part in the Great Edinburgh Santa Run on Dec. 11 in Edinburgh, Scotland. About 1,000 people took part in the annual fundraising event for the charity When You Wish Upon a Star.

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Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman of Yemen smiles and holds up her medal and certificate as the other laureates -- Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia -- look on during the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony

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Three laureates awarded 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman, a journalist from Yemen, smiles and holds up her medal and certificate as the other laureates — Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, a social worker and peace activist, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia — look on during the Dec. 10 Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. They won the award jointly for their work furthering women's rights and safety.

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A girl bundled in winter garb touches a bear ice sculpture at the Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland on Dec. 14.

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Santa Claus Village
A girl bundled in winter garb touches a bear ice sculpture on Dec. 14 at the Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. The Santa Claus Village is a Christmas-inspired amusement park located along the Arctic Circle line.

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French riot policemen walk on the pavement where thousands of daily 'France-Soir' newspapers have been dispersed by workers out of the paper's headquarters on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France on Dec. 13.

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Unconventional newspaper protest
French policemen in riot gear walk on the street where thousands of daily France-Soir newspapers have been tossed by workers out of the paper's headquarters on Dec. 13 on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Some 100 workers from CGT trade-union, most of whom are scheduled to be let go on Dec. 15, occupied the building to prevent a meeting of the paper's central committee.
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A total lunar eclipse is seen above the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif. on Dec. 10.

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Total eclipse of the moon
A total lunar eclipse can be seen on Dec. 10 above the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The eclipse, the longest of its kind in 10 years, was viewable by moonwatchers in the western U.S., as well as Hawaii. The next total lunar eclipse will not occur until 2014.

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A dog festooned in felt reindeer antlers and a red Santa outfit observes shoppers as they walk along Oxford Street in central London on Dec. 11.

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Santa's reindog
A dog festooned in felt reindeer antlers and a red Santa outfit observes shoppers on Dec. 11 as they walk along Oxford Street in central London.

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Members of the Essendon Bombers Football Club participate in a training exercise on the sandy shore of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on Dec. 14.

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Cue training montage music
Members of the Essendon Bombers Football Club participate in a training exercise on Dec. 14 on the sandy shore of Gold Coast in  Queensland, Australia.

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A group of young women leave candles as a memorial on Dec. 14 at the site of Tuesday's gun and grenade attack that shook the city of Liege, Belgium.

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Makeshift street memorial for bombing victims
A group of young women leave candles as a memorial on Dec. 14 at the site of the Dec. 13 gun and grenade attack that shook the city of Liege, Belgium. Around lunch time on Tuesday, a lone gunman named Nordine Amrani launched an attack in the busy marketplace of central Place Saint-Lambert, leaving four dead and 125 people wounded before killing himself.
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Disability activists demonstrate on a street in Athens, Greece on Dec. 13 to demand jobs and other rights amid fears of austerity measures brought on by the economic crisis.

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Protesting austerity cuts
Disability activists take to the streets of Athens, Greece, on Dec. 13 to protest cuts to their benefits amid fears of austerity measures brought on by the economic crisis. Greece has witnessed countless anti-austerity protests over the past year as countries in the Eurozone continue to grapple with economic woes.
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Cambridge University's 'Dagger' crew row across the River Thames' Tideway during Trial Eight of the Xchanging Boat Race in London, England on Dec. 13.

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Row, row, row your boat
Cambridge University's 'Dagger' crew make their way across the River Thames' Tideway on Dec. 13 during Trial Eight of the Xchanging Boat Race in London.

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