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Bunches of mistletoe up for auction
Leona Butler, 3, walks among this year's crop of mistletoe on Nov. 29 at the annual Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auction in Tenbury Wells, England. Tenbury Wells has been the traditional mistletoe capital for more than 150 years. Ancient druids believed mistletoe had magical properties because of the way it grows, never touching the ground and without taking nourishment from the Earth. Druids blessed this year's crop before buyers put in their bids for the festive plant.
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Nightshift at the garbage dump
A Cambodian laborer works late into the night hauling and recycling garbage on Nov. 30 as fires burn at the local garbage dump in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Many children work part-time evening shifts at the dump to help support their families, while also attending school during the day. The ancient temples of Siem Reap attract millions of visitors, but 28.3 percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day, according to a 2011 UNDP Human Development Report. (Photo: Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
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Global Buddhist Congregation
The Dalai Lama greets an elderly Buddhist monk on Nov. 30 at a multi-faith prayer gathering at Gandhi Smriti prior to his keynote speech at the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi, India. The mission of the meeting, which will be attended by religious leaders from 32 countries, is to set up an international forum to promote global peace, stability and prosperity through collective action, while rejecting prejudices, exploitation and violence.
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A employee demonstrates the functions of Toyota Motor Corp.'s Fun-Vii concept vehicle during a preview event on Nov. 28 ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. "We thought it would be fun to put a smartphone on four wheels," said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation.
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Washington gets into the holiday spirit
The Capitol Christmas tree, a 65-foot white fir tree from California, is installed on Nov. 28 at the foot of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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Climate talk demonstration
Zulu members of The Trans African Climate Caravan of Hope chant slogans on Nov. 28 during the U.N. Climate Change conference in Durban, South Africa. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters gathered at the opening of climate talks are calling for climate justice.
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Sit-in against nuclear waste
German policemen carry away an anti-nuclear activist participating in a mass sit-in on the train tracks — part of a route used to transport nuclear waste — on Nov. 27 in Harlingen, near Gorleben, Germany. A train carrying containers of processed, spent nuclear waste left from La Hague in France for its journey to Gorleben's temporary nuclear waste storage facility in Germany. At least 5,000 protesters attempted to blockade the route. (Photo: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
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Silhouetted ski jump
Severin Freund of Germany is silhouetted as he soars through the air on Nov. 27 during the large hill individual ski jumping event at the FIS World Cup Nordic Opening 2011 in Kuusamo, Finland.
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Taking a dip in the sea
Sailors and Marines participate in a swim call from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex on Nov. 25. Essex is conducting operations in Celebes Sea in the Western Pacific Ocean.
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Fire in the sky
Fire and lava spews from the erupting Tungurahua volcano on Nov. 28 near the town of Juive Grande, Ecuador. The stratovolcano has erupted several times since becoming active in 1999.
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World AIDS Day
A man in drag watches on Nov. 30 as participants release balloons next to a sea of candles at the conclusion of a march to mourn AIDS victims in Berlin. Several hundred people, mostly members of the city's LGBTQ community, participated in the march one day before World AIDS Day. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)