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A Kurdish boy protects himself against the cold as heavy snow hits the city of Sirnak, southeastern Turkey, on Jan. 1, 2016.
Clouds of smoke rise from the 63-story Address Downtown Dubai hotel in Dubai on Jan. 1, the day after it caught fire.
Swimmers plunge into the water during the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's Day swim in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he celebrates the solemnity of Mary the Mother of God Mass and the celebration of the 49th World Day of Peace in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
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The first sunrise of 2016 appears as New Year's Day dawns in Jiujiang, east China.
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Maurizio Palmulli dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge in Rome. Three men dived into the muddy waters from the bridge, continuing a New Year tradition which dates back to 1946.
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Israeli police respond at the scene of a shooting attack in a bar in central Tel Aviv. A hunt was launched Friday for a gunman who killed at least two people and injured seven others outside a cafe-bar in downtown Tel Aviv.
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Ukrainian nationalists hold torches during a march in Lviv to mark the 107th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera. A leader of anti-Soviet fighters during World War II, Bandera was allegedly assassinated by the KGB in 1959.
A couple watches fireworks just after the start of the new year at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
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