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South African mourners, wave and shout as the hearse carrying the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela passes through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, on Dec. 12. Mandela passed away on the evening of Dec. 5, 2013 at his home at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa.
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A family watches an address by U.S.President Barack Obama during the official memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Dec. 10, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Earvin Nierva kisses his bride Riza on Dec.7 as they pose for their wedding pictures beside damaged homes and a ship that washed ashore when Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban, Philippines a month earlier. As residents of the area, the newly-wed couple decided to have the photo shoot at the area to symbolize that they can overcome tragedy and to urge residents to "stand up and rise again."
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz walks the sidelines as snow falls during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, on Dec. 8, in Philadelphia.
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A man carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood on Dec. 9.
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Turkish riot police take cover as Kurdish protesters shoot fireworks at them during clashes in Istanbul on Dec. 7. Two protesters were killed on Dec. 6 in armed clashes that erupted over claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed.
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The skyscrapers of London's Canary Wharf business district peek through the fog on Dec. 11.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and rabbis gather during a demonstration to support Ultra-Orthodox Jews who were detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment center near Haifa, Israel, on Dec. 9. Israeli police say more than a thousand people protested in support of the ultra-Orthodox Jews.
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U.S. President Barack Obama greets Cuban President Raul Castro as Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff looks on, at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Dec. 10. Obama shook the hand of Castro at the memorial, a rare gesture between the leaders of two nations at loggerheads for more than half a century.
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A baby palm cockatoo, also known as the Goliath Cockatoo, is presented at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, on Dec. 5. It is the first of its kind to be born in Czech Republic and the first in Europe since 2010. It was born on October 1, 2013 and remains nameless until the gender is known.
Female Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi stand inside a defendants' cage in a courtroom in Alexandria, Egypt, on Dec. 7. An Egyptian appeals court sentenced 14 women to a suspended year for protesting in support of the ousted Islamist president, overturning a harsh sentence of 11 years that had caused an outcry.
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Pro-European Union activists wave flags as riot police pull back from Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on, Dec. 11. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych.
A car drives in front of waves crashing against rocks in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Dec. 11 during a winter storm that brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to the country.
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A Christian man chases a suspected Seleka officer in civilian clothes with a knife near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic on Dec. 7. The CAR was plunged into turmoil in March when an alliance of Seleka rebels, who are from the country’s Muslim minority, seized power and went on a months-long rampage of looting, raping and killing. Both Christian and Muslim mobs went on retaliatory lynching sprees as French forces deployed to the capital to ease the tension. The Seleka man was taken into custody by French force who fired warning shots to disperse the crowds.
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A severely wounded man lies unattended in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Dec. 5, following a day-long gun battle between Seleka soldiers and Christian militias. Gunfire and mortar rounds erupted in the town, leaving scores dead and wounded. To try to put an end to sectarian violence, the U.N. Security Council passed a motion allowing French troops to deploy to the country in order to protect civilians and insure security by all necessary means.
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A train passes through "Morant's Curve" offering a beautiful view of the frozen Bow River and the Canadian Pacific Railway at Banff National park near Lake Louise, Canada, on Dec. 6.