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2015 Pictures of the month : DECEMBER Dec. 23 – Dec. 31:

2015 Pictures of the month : DECEMBER Dec. 23 – Dec. 31 vinhbinh January 12, 2016 1 2015 Pictures of the month : DECEMBER Dec. 23 - Dec. 31 http://www.slideshare.net/vinhbinh2010

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Ngame , originally from Senegal, thumbs up as he holds a photocopy of a winning lottery ticket of the Spanish Christmas' lottery draw on Dec. 22, 2015 in Roquetas de Mar, Spain. Local media reported that an unemployed Senegalese man named Ngame who was rescued by the Spanish coastguard after making a risky journey from Morocco eight years ago on a packed wooden boat, won 400,000 euros ($437,000) in Spain's annual Christmas lottery draw. AFP - Getty Images Dec. 22 , 2015 January 12, 2016 2

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The Washington Monument stands beyond a heavy fog clinging to the Potomac River as a cyclist makes his way along a riverbank path in Washington D.C. Unseasonably warm and rainy weather has created foggy conditions along the eastern seaboard, causing many holiday travel delays. KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 4

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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, stand around a large banner with Arabic writing that reads,"Muhammed " during the celebration of Moulid Al- Nabi , the birth of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in Sanaa, Yemen. STR / AP- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 5

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Amritsar, India Christians pay their respects at the illuminated St Mary's Catholic Church on Dec. 23, 2015. Despite Christians forming a little over two percent of the billion plus population in India, with Hindus comprising the majority, Christmas is celebrated with fanfare and zeal throughout the country . NARINDER NANU / AFP - Getty Images January 12, 2016 6 Dec. 23 , 2015

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Mountainous landscape in Pamplona is covered in a thick blanket of smog in northern Spain. JESUS DIGES / EPA- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 7

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Bicyclists and a jogger cross the Brooklyn Bridge in a heavy fog in New York. A weather pattern partly linked with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel, bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast. Mark Lennihan / AP- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 8

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A group of lemurs prepare to open a Christmas package filled with food at the zoo in La Fleche, France. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP - Getty Images-Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 9

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The child of Kurdish migrants stands outside a tent at the Grande Synthe migrant camp near Dunkerque in northern France. More than 2,000 migrants, mostly Iraqis and Kurds, live in the camp .- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 10

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People offer prayers beside the grave of Mehmet Tekin , 38, who was killed at his home in Cizre , during his funeral in Sirnak , Turkey. The number of Kurdish rebels killed in a massive Turkish military offensive in the restive southeast has jumped to 102, a security source told AFP. BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 11

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The sun rises by the lighthouse at Tynemouth , Northeast England as a storm is expect to hit Britain with rain and winds up to 70mph in the run-up to Christmas Day. Owen Humphreys / AP-Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 12

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Photographer Andrei Kasprishin Location BARNAUL, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Anita, a 22-year-old female macaque, performs before children as part of the New Year and Christmas celebrations, in Barnaul, Russia, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 13

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Photographer Khalid Al Mousily Location BAGHDAD, Iraq Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Displaced Christian children who fled Islamic State carry gifts given to them at Zayuna camp in Baghdad December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 14

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Photographer Khalid Al Mousily Location BAGHDAD, Iraq Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 A displaced Christian child, who fled Islamic State, poses for a photograph at Zayuna camp in Baghdad December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 15

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Photographer Handout . Location Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen December 23, 2015. The six Airmen lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram, Afghanistan December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys/455th Air Expeditionary Wing/USAF/Handout via Reuters Mourning in Bagram Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 16

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A U.S. service member salutes her fallen comrades during a memorial ceremony for six Airmen killed in a suicide attack, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys / AP- Dec 23 Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 17

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Photographer Reuters Photographer Location NEW CASTLE, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 A U.S. Air Force carry team moves a transfer case with the remains of fallen Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride of Statesboro, Georgia, during a dignified transfer at the New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, December 23, 2015. McBride was one of the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Doug Curran Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 18

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Photographer Stringer . Location CAPE TOWN, South Africa Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Workers remove the carcass of a whale on Strand Beach, near Cape Town, South Africa December 23, 2015. The South African beach, popular with Christmas holidaymakers, has been closed until the carcass of the beached whale is removed amid concerns its blood may attract sharks, the city said on Wednesday. Local media described it as a humpback whale measuring over 14 meters (46 feet) in length and said two sharks had been spotted in...more Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 19

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Photographer Vasily Fedosenko Location MINSK, BELARUS Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 A driver of a mobile shop from the Belarussian Republican Union of Consumer Societies dressed as Father Frost, equivalent of Santa Claus, helps a woman to carry products she bought on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, December 23, 2015. Belarussian Republican Union of Consumer Societies uses mobile shops to deliver products 2-3 times in a week to villages without stationary shops. REUTERS/ Vasily Fedosenko Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 20

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Photographer Kim Hong-Ji Location SEOUL, South Korea Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Chung Sang- hoon talks to his daughter and son at their apartment in Seoul, South Korea, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 21

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Photographer China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC Location SHENZHEN, CHINA Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 The 19-year-old survivor is carried on a stretcher after being pulled out by rescuers more than 60 hours after a landslide hit an industrial park on Sunday, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 22

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Photographer China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC Location SHENZHEN, CHINA Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 The 19-year-old survivor (C) is carried on a stretcher after being pulled out by rescuers more than 60 hours after a landslide hit an industrial park on Sunday, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 23

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location YUEYANG, CHINA Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 A giant inflatable Santa Claus is set up on a glass bridge during a promotional event to celebrate the upcoming Christmas, at Shiniuzhai tourist resort in Yueyang , Hunan province, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 24

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Photographer Stringer . Location RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Leandro Wendell dos Santos, 14, wearing a Santa Claus costume, plays with kids as he walks along the alley of the Mare slum complex to distribute presents to children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Fabio Teixeira Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 25

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Photographer Athit Perawongmetha Location Koh Samui , Thailand Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Myanmar migrant worker Zaw Lin (L) and Win Zaw Htun arrive at the Koh Samui provincial court in Koh Samui , Thailand, December 24, 2015. A Thai judge will announce the verdict against the two Myanmar migrant workers accused of killing two British tourists at the end of last year, following a trial that has been mired in controversy. REUTERS/ Athit Perawongmetha Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 26

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Aisha, 15, (R) a refugee from Raqqa, collects cannabis plants with other refugees during the harvest in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon on Oct. 19, 2015. Syrian refugees work to harvest and process spiky-leafed cannabis plants in neighboring Lebanon. Since the rise of ISIS, it is now a task that could put them, and their family back in Syria, at risk of harm including death because working with, getting close to or consuming drugs and alcohol is considered a sin in Islam, refugees say. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 27

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A Syrian refugee carries a bundle of cannabis on Oct. 19, 2015. He used to work with the Syrian government and fled Raqqa three years ago. He is wanted by ISIS and "Even when I'm far, I'm scared of them," he said. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 28

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Ali, a Lebanese farmer, drives a pick-up truck stacked with bundles of cannabis during harvest on Oct.19, 2015. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 29

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Cannabis plants grow in a field in the Bekaa valley on Oct. 4, 2015. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 30

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A refugee smells a cannabis bud while resting during the harvest. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 31

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A shovel lies on a pile of cannabis inside a garage on Nov. 1, 2015. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 32

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A woman is covered in dust while sifting cannabis inside a garage on Nov. 1, 2015. The woman fled Raqqa two months before with her 5-year-old son; her husband and other son are still in Raqqa. She works harvesting many crops, including cannabis, to support her family and is hoping to bring them to Lebanon. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 33

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A woman (R), and her 13-year-old relative work sifting cannabis inside a garage. They are Muslim refugees from Raqqa province, de facto capital of ISIS fighters in Syria, and part of an extended family of about 25 that fled in the past few years to live in tents in the relative safety of this Lebanese village. She earns $16 a day processing the plant, which allows her to send some money back home to her family still in Raqqa. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 34

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Refugees rest near their tents in the Bekaa valley on Oct. 19, 2015. Lebanon hosts the highest proportion of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war as Syrians seek safety amid escalating air strikes on their battered homeland. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 35

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A refugee rests with his family inside his tent after a day's work. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 36

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A woman and two small children are seen resting near their tents. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 37

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A cannabis plant grows in the Bekaa valley on Oct. 4, 2015. Growing cannabis can be a lucrative business for landowners, even if it is illegal in Lebanon. "Any job in Lebanon makes you $700 per month, but working with drugs can get you $10,000 a day," says Sharif, a landowner and grower of cannabis. Reuters Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 38

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, Yemen Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Houthi militant stands guard as supporters of the Houthi movement sit during a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed in Sanaa, Yemen December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 39

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Photographer Handout . Location RUSSIA, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 The two sides of a new 100-rouble ($1.41) banknote, depicting a memorial to sunken ships in the port of Sevastopol and the Swallow's Nest, a cliff top castle near Yalta, are seen in this handout image provided by the Russian central bank December 23, 2015. Russia on Wednesday issued the new banknote dedicated to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula it annexed last year, in a move likely to anger Kiev which says it wants the territory...more Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 40

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Photographer Michaela Rehle Location EICHENAU, Germany Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Migrants Sulaiman Touba , 16, from Syria and his cousin Ali Khalil, 20, decorate a Christmas tree in their living room of a refugee camp in Eichenau near Munich, Germany, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 41

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Photographer Faisal Nasser Location RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Saudi women members of the Saudi Shura Council attend a session chaired by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, in Riyadh December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 42

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location KUNMING, CHINA Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 A man wears a monkey mask as a disguise as he receives a check of over 110 million yuan ($17 million) after winning a lottery jackpot in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 43

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Photographer Alexandre Meneghini Location HAVANA, Cuba Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Children play baseball on a street in downtown Havana, Cuba November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 44

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Photographer Antara Photo Agency Location WAJO, INDONESIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 A family member cries as she watches the arrival of bodies of victims of the sunken ferry Marina Baru , at the Shiva hospital in Wajo , in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, December 23, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto . REUTERS/ Yusran Uccang /Antara Foto Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 45

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Photographer Steve Marcus Location LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, 24, of Oregon, enters the courtroom for her initial appearance at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada December 23, 2015. The Oregon woman accused of plowing her car into a crowd on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, showed little emotion as she made her first court appearance on Wednesday to face charges including murder. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve...more Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 46

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Photographer Maxim Shemetov Location MOSCOW, Russia Reuters / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Russian honour guards march as they wait for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, Russia, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Dec. 23 , 2015 January 12, 2016 47

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A man eat fire performance in a street in Baclaran , Parañaque city, Metro Manila, Philippines . Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 49

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Faithful Christians attend the Christmas Eve mass in the city of Surabaya, Indonesia. Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 50

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A person in costume do Santa Claus holding guns stood on a boat are those who drag in the water, in Imperia, near the city of Genoa, Italy. Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 51

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Hundreds of volunteers wearing Santa Hat toss in a Christmas charity event when they gathered to give gifts to the poor at the center of the city of Seoul, South Korea. Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 52

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The Christmas tree is lit in the great Palace of Brussels in the Festival "winter wonders," which has a Christmas market and other events, in the Centre of Brussels, Belgium. Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 53

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A Christmas Eve mass took place in a Catholic Church authorities for permission to operate, in Beijing, China Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 54

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Photographer Ilya Naymushin Location KRASNOYARSK, Russia Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Ivan Timofeenko , co-founder of "Newton Park", a private interactive museum of science, dressed as Santa Claus, exhales a cloud of liquid nitrogen at a temperature of about minus 196 degrees Celsius (minus 320.8 degrees Fahrenheit), during the "Arctic" scientific show for school children at the "Square of Peace" museum center in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, December 24, 2015. A group of young engineers, scientists and...more Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 55

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location NEW YORK, UNITED STATES Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 A worker pushes water off the surface of the skating rink in Bryant Park during unseasonably warm weather on Christmas Eve in Manhattan, New York, December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 56

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Vehicles and debris scattered in an area near the city of Linden, Tennessee, Usa . A number of people were killed in the State of Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas when the storm as the storm into spring with warm weather left triggers rare cyclone season around Christmas in the South of the United States of America. Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 57

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Diana Davis looks for family photos after a tornado tore through Wednesday, as she sifts through the rubble of her father-in-law's home in Lutts , Tenn. READ: Death Toll Rises to 11 After Tornadoes, Storms Ravage South Larry McCormack / The Tennessean via AP Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 58

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A Lebanese Shiite woman waits with her daughter to take a picture with Santa Claus in front a Christmas tree in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Hassan Ammar / AP Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 59

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Photographer Vasily Fedosenko Location MINSK, BELARUS Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 A man dressed as Father Frost, equivalent of Santa Claus, gives a present to a boy on the eve of Christmas in a burn unit of a hospital in Minsk, Belarus December 24, 2015. REUTERS/ Vasily Fedosenko Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 60

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Josh Redmyer , a former Marine who served three tours in Iraq, poses with Milo, who he calls his "therapy dog," in Oroville, Calif. on Dec. 17, 2015. Redmyer , who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2009, received a less-than-honorable discharge in 2012. He is among the thousands of veterans who cannot receive veterans' health benefits because of a less-than-honorable discharge. Redmyer turns to Milo, who is a birthday present from his roommate, when he becomes despondent. Rich Pedroncelli / AP Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 61

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An armed police officer from the Snow Leopard Commando Unit stands guard next to a police van at the Sanlitun area, a fashionable location for shopping and dining, in Beijing, China. At least four Western countries took the unusual step on Thursday of issuing Christmas security warnings for Westerners in the popular Beijing diplomatic and entertainment district as police stepped up patrols. READ: Beijing Tightens Security as Embassies Warn Of Security Threats Jason Lee / Reuters Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 62

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The Kashmir people Muslim woman praying hands, spread when seeing a relic of Prophet Mohammad is seen in festivals Eid -e- Milad - ul-Nabi in Hazratbal Shrine on a cold winter morning in the city of Srinagar, India. Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 63

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Photographer Sheng Li Location HARBIN, CHINA Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Winter swimmers look on as a man (R) wearing a Santa Claus hat and beard jumps into a pool carved into thick ice covering the Songhua River, to celebrate the upcoming Christmas, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Sheng Li Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 64

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Photographer Issei Kato Location Tokyo, Japan Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Window cleaners dressed as Santa Claus and a reindeer pose for photographers as he cleans a glass window at an event to celebrate the upcoming Christmas at a shopping mall in Tokyo, Japan December 24, 2015. REUTERS/ Issei Kato Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 65

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Photographer POOL New Location KIEV, Ukraine Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 People carry a coffin with a pig inside, while walking through the lines of law enforcement officers during a protest by farmers and their supporters against possible changes in the state budget and tax regulations in the agricultural sector, currently considered by the authorities, outside the parliament headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine, December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kravchenko /Pool Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 66

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Photographer Reuters Staff Location POSO, Indonesia Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Suwarni , 34, wife of Indonesian militant leader Santoso , poses for a picture in front of her house in Poso , Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, December 19, 2015. Indonesian forces are mobilizing for a manhunt in steamy jungles on the far-flung island of Sulawesi to flush Santoso , the country's most-wanted man, from his hideout and deal a pre-emptive blow to Islamic State. REUTERS/ Kan Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 67

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Photographer KCNA KCNA Location PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches maneuvers between KPA large combined units 526 and 671 at undisclosed location in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 24, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 68

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location SHENZHEN, CHINA Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Rescuers sleep among the debris of collapsed buildings during a break of rescue operations after a landslide hit an industrial park on Sunday, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 69

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Photographer Handout . Location JAZAN, Saudi Arabia Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Damage is seen at Jazan General Hospital following a pre-dawn fire in the port city of Jazan , Saudi Arabia December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Saudi Civil Defense/Handout via Reuters Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 70

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Photographer Handout . Location JAZAN, Saudi Arabia Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Damage is seen at Jazan General Hospital following a pre-dawn fire in the port city of Jazan , Saudi Arabia December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Saudi Civil Defense/Handout via Reuters Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 71

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Photographer Handout . Location JAZAN, Saudi Arabia Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Members of Saudi Civil Defence inspect the damage at Jazan General Hospital following a pre-dawn fire in the port city of Jazan , Saudi Arabia December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Saudi Civil Defense/Handout via Reuters Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 72

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Keeping the Jewish faith in Iran Photographer Reuters Photographer Location TEHRAN, Iran Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Iranian Jews pray at the Abrishami synagogue at Palestine Street in Tehran, Iran December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi /TIMA Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 73

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Photographer Reuters Photographer Location TEHRAN, Iran Reuters / Thursday, December 24, 2015 Iranian Jews have breakfast after their prayers at the Abrishami synagogue at Palestine street in Tehran December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi /TIMA Dec. 24 , 2015 January 12, 2016 74

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Photographer Reuters Photographer Location LORNE, AUSTRALIA Reuters / Friday, December 25, 2015 A woman tends to horses as children sleep on fold-out beds in the main street of Lorne during major bush fires south of Melbourne, December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Julian Smith/AAP Dec. 25 , 2015 January 12, 2016 76

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Photographer Eduardo Munoz Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Friday, December 25, 2015 A bubble breaks on a child during a warm day in Central Park, New York December 25, 2015. Much of the U.S. East Coast could see record high temperatures on Christmas Day and through the weekend even as a major winter storm looms for the southern Great Plains, forecasters said on Friday. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Dec. 25 , 2015 January 12, 2016 77

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Photographer Mohamad Torokman Location RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories Reuters / Friday, December 25, 2015 A Palestinian protester kicks a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli troops, near Israel's Ofer Prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman Dec. 25 , 2015 January 12, 2016 78

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Photographer Ognen Teofilovski Location Skopje, Macedonia Reuters / Friday, December 25, 2015 The full moon is pictured trough Christmas lights decoration in Skopje, Macedonia, December 25, 2015. The full moon is the last of the year, and is the first to occur on Christmas Day since 1977 - and there won't be another until 2034. REUTERS/ Ognen Teofilvovski Dec. 25 , 2015 January 12, 2016 79

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Photographer Andrew Winning Location LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Reuters / Friday, December 25, 2015 Swimmers prepare to take part in the annual Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup handicap race in the Serpentine River, in Hyde Park, London, December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Winning Dec. 25 , 2015 January 12, 2016 80

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Photographer Gene Blevins Location VENTURA COUNTY, United States Reuters / Saturday, December 26, 2015 Fire photographer Tod Sudmeier gets hit with flying embers from strong winds at the Solimar brush fire that started early Saturday morning in Ventura County, California December 26, 2015. A wildfire in Southern California burned over 1,000 acres of land, forced the closure of parts of two major highways and led to evacuations on Saturday, fire officials said. REUTERS/Gene Blevins Dec. 26 , 2015 January 12, 2016 82

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, SYRIA Reuters / Saturday, December 26, 2015 Internally displaced Syrians stand inside their makeshift shelter that is an underground cave in Om al-Seer, southern Idlib countryside, Syria December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 26 , 2015 January 12, 2016 83

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RAMADI, IRAQ - DECEMBER 26: Iraqi forces are seen as the operation aiming to re-seize the Ramadi from Daesh terrorist continue in el- Hoz neighborhood of Ramadi, Iraq on December 26, 2015. (Photo by Ali Mohammed/ Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Dec. 26 , 2015 January 12, 2016 84

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Photographer Ammar Abdullah Location ALEPPO, SYRIA Reuters / Saturday, December 26, 2015 A whirling dervish performs a traditional Sufi dance on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed's birthday in Aleppo, Syria December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah Dec. 26 , 2015 January 12, 2016 85

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Photographer Rodi Said Location KOBANI, SYRIA Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria head towards their positions during what they said was an offensive against Islamic State militants to take control of Tishrin dam, south of Kobani , Syria December 26, 2015. A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab rebel groups, supported by U.S. coalition planes, captured the dam on Saturday from Islamic State, cutting one of its main supply routes across the Euphrates, an...more Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 87

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Photographer Srdjan Zivulovic Location DOBOVA, Slovenia Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Members of Red Noses Clowndoctors entertains migrants before their departure to Austria at a registration center in Dobova , Slovenia, December 27, 2015. REUTERS/ Srdjan Zivulovic Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 88

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Photographer Jorge Adorno Location ASUNCION, PARAGUAY Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 A man sits near houses partially submerged in flood waters in Asuncion, December 27, 2015. More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains brought on by El Nino, authorities said on Saturday. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 89

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Photographer Edgard Garrido Location MEXICO CITY, Mexico Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Goyo , an eight-month-old mini pig, plays with a dog in Mexico City, December 21, 2015. Mini pigs can grow to about 30 kg (66.1 lbs ) in weight and about 35 cm (1.1 ft ) in height, according to the company Mini Pigs Mexico. The company says that the mini pigs' popularity as pets is growing and around 300 are sold every year in Mexico, with prices ranging from $350 to $1,600. Picture taken December 21, 2015. REUTERS/ Edgard Garrido Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 90

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Photographer Dado Ruvic Location SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 A Sarajevo TV tower is seen as smog blankets Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina December 27, 2015. With severe air pollution affecting the cities nestled among the mountains, the authorities have declared the first level of preparedness, advising the segment of the population that is at health risk to reduce movement in the mornings and evenings, appealing to drivers to use motor vehicles less and ordering heating utilities to lower...more Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 91

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Photographer Osman Orsal Location ISTANBUL, Turkey Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Syrian refugee boys pose as his mother takes part in an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 92

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Photographer Stringer . Location RAMADI, Iraq Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 A member from the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag in the city of Ramadi, December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 93

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Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service secure on December 27, 2015 the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Jihadist fighters abandoned their last stronghold in Ramadi today, bringing Iraqi federal forces within sight of their biggest victory since last year's massive offensive by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 94

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TOPSHOT - Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service search a heavily damaged building on December 27, 2015 in the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Jihadist fighters abandoned their last stronghold in Ramadi today, bringing Iraqi federal forces within sight of their biggest victory since last year's massive offensive by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 95

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Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism search a building on December 27, 2015 in the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Jihadist fighters abandoned their last stronghold in Ramadi today, bringing Iraqi federal forces within sight of their biggest victory since last year's massive offensive by the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 96

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Photographer Khalil Ashawi Location IDLIB, SYRIA Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Boys stand at a ground damaged by what activists said were air strikes carried out yesterday by the Russian air force at a school in Jerjnaz town in Idlib province, Syria December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 97

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Photographer Handout . Location UNKNOWN, Syria Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry December 25, 2015, shows air strikes carried out by Russia's air force hitting militants' vehicles, which, according to the ministry, carried oil, at an unknown location in Syria. Russian air forces have not hit civilian targets since they started a bombing campaign in Syria nearly three months ago, a senior Russian officer said in an interview with Rossiya 24...more Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 98

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Photographer Stringer . Location TAIZ, Yemen Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Fighters of the pro-government Popular Resistance Committees militia carry a cannon as they transport it in parts to Yemen's southwestern war-torn city of Taiz December 26, 2015. Picture taken December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 99

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Photographer XXSTRINGERXX xxxxx Location MYTHOLMROYD, United States Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 A building that collapsed during flooding is seen in the town of Mytholmroyd , northern England, December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Yates Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 100

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location ENSHI, China Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 Tourists react as they walk above a tea plantation in Enshi , Hubei province, December 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 101

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location BEIJING, China Reuters / Sunday, December 27, 2015 People skate on a lake at Taoranting Park during a hazy day, in Beijing, China, December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 27 , 2015 January 12, 2016 102

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Iraqi soldiers walk inside the government complex, that was recaptured from the Islamic state (IS) militants, in central Ramadi, west of Iraq, 28 December 2015. Iraqi troops recaptured the center of Ramadi, capital of the flashpoint western province of Anbar, from Islamic State militants. The recapture of Ramadi, which fell to Islamic State in May, is the most significant advance by government forces since they took the northern city of Tikrit at the end of March. EPA/STR Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 104

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Members of the Iraqi security forces hold an Iraqi flag with an Islamic State flag which they had pulled down at a government complex in the city of Ramadi, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 105

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Photographer Andrew Yates Location YORK, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Members of the emergency services ride a boat through floodwater on a residential street in York after the river Ouse burst its banks, in northern England, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Yates Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 106

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Photographer Sana Sana Location HOMS, SYRIA Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Syrian army soldiers and civilians inspect the site of two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 28, 2015. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 107

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Photographer Reuters Photographer Location IDLIB, SYRIA Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 An injured girl sits in a bus evacuating fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shi'ite towns of al- Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib , Syria, as they wait to cross to Turkey from the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Bab al- Hawa , December 28, 2015. Under the deal, the fighters from the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group and other local Syrian rebel factions holed up in Zabadani for months have...more Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 108

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Photographer Jaime Saldarriaga Location CALI, Colombia Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Picador Diego Ochoa reacts while being pinned under a horse as a bull charges at it during a bullfighting festival at the Canaveralejo bullring in Cali, Colombia, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 109

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location PETAH TIKVA, Israel Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Court security guards watch as Israeli ultra-nationalists (R) protest against interrogation methods used by Israel's domestic security service, against suspects in a fatal arson attack in a West Bank village five months ago, during a court hearing in the case in Petah Tikva , Israel December 28, 2015. With Israel hinting indictments over the arson in the village of Duma, which killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe and his parents, may be...more Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 110

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Photographer Jorge Adorno Location ASUNCION, PARAGUAY Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Inscription on a wall of a flooded house reading "love" is seen through a window in Asuncion, Paraguay December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 111

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Photographer Kevork Djansezian Location PASADENA, UNITED STATES Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Volunteers work on floats at the Phoenix Decorating Company's Rose Palace in preparations for the Rose Parade on New Years Day in Pasadena, California December 28, 2015. REUTERS/ Kevork Djansezian Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 112

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Photographer Stringer . Location BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Nur Elita , an Acehnese woman, screams during caning as part of her sentence in the courtyard of Baiturrahman mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's Aceh province December 28, 2015. Nur Elita received five strokes of the cane for having pre-marital sex with her boyfriend, according to local media. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, where Islamic law is implemented, according to local media....more Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 113

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Photographer Jimmy Jeong Location VANCOUVER, Canada Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Tima Kurdi (middle) holds her nephew Sherwan Kurdi as she welcomes her brother Mohammed Kurdi (not shown) and his family at Vancouver International airport in Vancouver, Canada December 28, 2015. The Kurdis ' brother Abdullah and his family tried to make the crossing from Turkey to Greece on an overcrowded boat. It capsized, and his wife and children drowned. The horrific image of three-year-old Alan's death became an iconic symbol...more Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 114

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Photographer Lucas Jackson Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 A man tapes messages related to U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump onto the side of a truck before they are shredded during "Good Riddance Day" in New York December 28, 2015. Good Riddance Day is an event held in New York just before New Years Eve for people to shred pieces of paper representing their bad memories or things they want to get rid of before the New Year. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 115

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Photographer Eduardo Munoz Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 People take part in a protest against the police in Manhattan, New York, December 28, 2015 after a grand jury cleared two Cleveland police officers on Monday in the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Rice was brandishing a toy gun in a park, and a prosecutor said there were a series of mistakes but no criminal activity. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 116

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Photographer Vincent West Location BERANGO, SPAIN Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Firefighters walk through smoke while fighting a forest fire near the Basque town of Berango , near Bilbao, northern Spain, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Vincent West Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 117

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Photographer Reuters Photographer Location GWANGJU, South Korea Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 Former South Korean "comfort women" watch a news report as they wait for the result of meeting between foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan at the "House of Sharing," a special shelter for former "comfort women", in Gwangju , South Korea, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Hong Ki-won/ Yonhap Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 118

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Photographer Darren Staples Location YORK, United Kingdom Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 A family are rescued from their flooded home by a mountain rescue team in York city center, Britain December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 119

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Photographer Jonathan Ernst Location KAILUA, UNITED STATES Reuters / Monday, December 28, 2015 President Barack Obama waves to onlookers after his putt at the 18th green as he finishes a round of golf with friends at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 120

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Victims of a Boko Haram attack wait for treatment at a hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months Monday with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers, witnesses said. At least 50 people were killed and the death toll could go higher. (AP Photo/ Jossy Ola) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 121

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A pedestrian walks along the banks of the Neris river as temperatures dipped to -3 degrees Celsius (26,6 degrees Fahrenheit) in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, Dec. 28 , 2015. (AP Photo/ Mindaugas Kulbis ) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 122

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Two cars are submerged in floodwater in a park Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Kimmswick , Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency due to wide spread flooding around the state that has closed many roads. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 123

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Wind blown waves from Lake Michigan break around the Shedd Aquarium as a winter storm moves across Illinois Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Chicago, bringing high winds, icy precipitation and waves up to 20-feet high along the shores of the great lake. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast ) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 124

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Afghan security personnel are seen through the shattered windshield of a damaged car after a suicide car bomb attack near the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, and said the target of the suicide bomber was a convoy of foreign forces. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 125

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Families of wounded Syrian opposition fighters wait for their release at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa , Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Syrian opposition fighters, some on wheelchairs, stretchers or crutches left the Syrian mountain resort of Zabadani toward the Lebanon border, where they will be flown to Turkey. The evacuation is part of a U.N.-backed truce deal reached in September for two key Syrian battleground areas that will see the transfer of thousands of Shiite and Sunni civilians and fighters from one area to another. Arabic on the papers read, "Father, we are waiting for you, I am Mena," right, and " Aglak Al- Garhy from Al Zabadani ." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 126

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Japan's Kento Sakuyama soars through the air during a trial jump at the first stage of the 64. four hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf , Germany, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 127

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In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed a cyclist pedals in downtown Milan, Italy, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Milan has ordered Monday a no-car day to combat pollution, which has hit unhealthy levels for weeks mainly because no rain has fallen to wash away the smog. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni ) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 128

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An Indian boy, seeking alms dressed as Hindu monkey god Hanuman, walks between two buses halted at a traffic intersection in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 129

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A Bangladeshi roadside vendor wears sunglasses to attract customers to his shop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad ) Dec. 28 , 2015 January 12, 2016 130

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A woman throws a piece of bread toward seagulls as she travels over the Bosporus, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/ Emrah Gurel ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 132

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Against a gray winter sky, volunteers use shovels atop a pile of sand as they help fill sandbags Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in St. Louis. Flooding across Missouri has forced the closure of hundreds of roads and threatened homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 133

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A Palestinian girl walks past a wall with an elephant painting in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. In the dead of night, unknown people, believed to be Muslim extremists, sprayed the face of the elephant to hide it to agree with one of the stricter interpretations of Islam. A group of two dozen artists has painted the walls, doorsteps and facades of all the houses along a one-mile-long (1.5 kilometer-long) edge of the camp, including in the area where Hamas chief Ismail Haniya lives. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 134

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The profile of Milan's Duomo cathedral, Italy, is seen through the smog that hovers over the city, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. The lack of rain and winds has brought pollution levels in Italyís business capital to exceed levels considered healthy for more than 30 straight days, prompting officials to ban private cars from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 28 through Wednesday Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 135

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A Pakistani child injured in a suicide attack admits at a local hospital in Mardan , Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in a northwestern Pakistani city on Tuesday, killing more than a dozen people and wounding tens. A breakaway Taliban group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 136

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Worshippers gather around a huge incense burner as they offer their prayers at Sensoji Buddhist temple in the Asakusa district, in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. Asakusa draws many tourists from across the world. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 137

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An Indian man selling balloons awaits customers as a giant wheel is illuminated behind at the Mahim fair in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. The ten days-long fair that is held annually in honor of 13th century Sufi saint Makhdoom Ali Mahimi . (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 138

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A man grieves during their funeral procession of four militia members of a Shiite group, Nujaba movement of Islamic Resistance, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. The Shiite fighters were killed in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, two days ago when they were fighting with the Syrian army against Syrian opposition, their comrades said. (AP Photo/ Anmar Khalil) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 139

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Customers line to stock up for the New Year in GUM Department Store in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. For most Russians, it's not New Year's without a Salad Olivier, a dish meant to augur prosperity. This year, soaring food costs mean the tradition can also be a painful reminder of how rapidly many Russians' wealth is fading amid recession and Western sanctions. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 140

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Former South Korean sex slave Park Ok- seon , right, who was forced to serve for the Japanese Army during World War II, wipes her tears as she is comforted by South Korean high school students at the House of Sharing, the home for the living sex slaves, in Gwangju , South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. A day after trumpeting an "irreversible" settlement of a decades-long standoff over Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's WWII military, there's relief among South Korean and Japanese diplomats, fury among activists and many of the elderly victims and general public indifference in both countries. (AP Photo/ Ahn Young- joon ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 141

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Mother, center, and father, third right wearing white, of the Indian student who was the victim of a fatal gang rape on a moving bus in 2012 pay respects at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. The parents of the victim joined by others have demanded setting up of fast track courts to offer speedy justice to sexual assault victims. (AP Photo / Tsering Topgyal ) Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 142

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Photographer Ammar Abdullah Location IDLIB, SYRIA Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Injured Sunni Muslim rebel fighters who were trapped in Zabadani , arrive at Bab al- Hawa near the Syrian-Turkish border December 29, 2015. A U.N. operation to evacuate around 450 Syrian fighters and their families from two besieged Syrian areas was completed on Monday with the arrival of planes carrying them to Beirut and Hatay airport in Turkey, U.N. and airport sources said. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 143

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Photographer Henry Romero Location MEXICO CITY, Mexico Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 People and children react as artificial snow falls during an event called "Snow Parade" along a street near Mexico City's historic Zocalo square December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 144

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Photographer Ruben Sprich Location GURTEN, Switzerland Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 The top of a skyscraper peeps through the fog in the early morning in Bern, Switzerland December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 145

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Photographer Parwiz Parwiz Location JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Taliban militants (R), who were arrested by Afghan border police, stand during a presentation of seized weapons and equipment to the media in Jalalabad, Afghanistan December 29, 2015. REUTERS/ Parwiz Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 146

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Photographer Parwiz Parwiz Location JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A Taliban militant, who was among those arrested by Afghan border police, looks on during a presentation of seized weapons and equipment to the media in Jalalabad, Afghanistan December 29, 2015. REUTERS/ Parwiz Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 147

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location YUNCHENG, China Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 People watch dogs fight during a dog-fighting competition in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, China, December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 148

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Photographer Khuram Parvez Location PESHAWAR, Pakistan Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Rescue workers move a man who sustained injuries in a suicide attack at a government office, to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/ Khuram Parvez Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 149

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Photographer Andrew Yates Location YORK, United Kingdom Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A resident cleans up after flood waters receded on Huntington Road in York, Britain December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Yates Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 150

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Photographer Mark Wessells Location CAPE TOWN, South Africa Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A white lion named Brutus is seen at the Drakenstein Lion Park near Cape Town, South Africa December 29, 2015. Brutus, who fathered three "miracle" cubs despite having had a vasectomy in his youth, is going back to the vet to have the operation a second time. Brutus and his partner Nala , who live at the Drakenstein Lion Park, stunned staff at the sanctuary when she gave birth to the cubs just before Christmas. REUTERS/Mark Wessels Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 151

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Photographer Stringer . Location OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore sits on stage at his swearing-in ceremony in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Sophie Garcia Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 152

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Photographer China Stringer Network Location JINAN, China Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 An overpass lit in blue is seen during a hazy day in Jinan, Shandong province, China December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 153

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Photographer Vincent West Location BERANGO, SPAIN Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A man stands in the middle of a burnt forest following a bush fire near the Basque town of Berango , near Bilbao, northern Spain, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Vincent West Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 154

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Photographer Jaime Saldarriaga Location CALI, Colombia Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Colombian bullfighter Paco Perlaza performs a pass during a bullfighting festival at the Canaveralejo bullring in Cali, Colombia, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 155

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Photographer Ricardo Moraes Location RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda carries offerings for Iemanja , goddess of the sea, in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 29, 2015. Worshipers present gifts to the sea goddess at the end of every year, to give thanks and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. REUTERS/Ricardo Morae Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 156

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Photographer Peter Nicholls Location LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A cyclist rides through Primrose Hill in the early evening in London, Britain, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 157

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location NEW YORK, UNITED STATES Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 New York Bill de Blasio speaks to police officers as they take part in a graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 158

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Photographer Frank Polich Location CHICAGO, UNITED STATES Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Janet Cooksey (L), birth mother of Quintonio LeGrier , walks away from an interview while a friend holds pictures of LeGrier shortly before a candlelight vigil in honor of Bettie Jones, a mother of five, and college student LeGrier , in front of Gwendolyn Brooks Academy in Chicago, Illinois, December 29, 2015. LeGrier , an alumnus of Gwendolyn Brooks, and Jones were killed early Saturday by an officer responding to a call that LeGrier ...more Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 159

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Photographer Pascal Rossignol Location GRANDE-SYNTHE, France Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A young girl from Kurdistan leaves her tent in a muddy field called the Grande- Synthe jungle, a camp of makeshift shelters where migrants and asylum seekers from Iraq, Kurdistan and Syria gather in Grande- Synthe , France, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 160

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Photographer Pascal Rossignol Location GRANDE-SYNTHE, France Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Mud-covered boots and wood pallets are seen outside tents where migrants prepare food in a muddy field in Grande- Synthe , France, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 161

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Photographer Pascal Rossignol Location GRANDE-SYNTHE, France Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 A 42-year-old man, who identified himself as Adam, a migrant from Kurdistan, sits in an abandoned van that he uses for shelter in Grande- Synthe , France, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 162

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Photographer Pascal Rossignol Location GRANDE-SYNTHE, France Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Migrants stand in the mud near a tent with the message, "Open the Border" that is located in a field in Grande- Synthe , France, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 163

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, Yemen Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 People stand around a crater caused by a Saudi-led air strike on the outskirts of Sanaa December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 164

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location UNION, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Missouri, December 29, 2015. A storm system that triggered deadly tornadoes and flooding in the U.S. Midwest and Southwest pushed north on Tuesday, bringing snow and ice from Iowa to Massachusetts and another day of tangled air travel. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 165

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location UNION, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Missouri December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 166

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location UNION, United States Reuters / Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Missouri December 29, 2015. A storm system that triggered deadly tornadoes and flooding in the U.S. Midwest and Southwest pushed north on Tuesday, bringing snow and ice from Iowa to Massachusetts and another day of tangled air travel. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 29 , 2015 January 12, 2016 167

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Photographer Stephen Lam Location SAN QUENTIN, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Robert Galvan, who is on death row for murder, exercises at the Adjustment Center yard during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California December 29, 2015. Picture taken December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 169

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Photographer Stephen Lam Location SAN QUENTIN, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Douglas Clark, 67, who has been on death row for 33 years for murder, gestures from a cell at the Adjustment Center during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 170

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location NEW YORK, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Ryan Lemm , 4, salutes as he is carried by New York Police Department officer John McCrossen as he watches the casket of his father, NYPD officer Joseph Lemm , who was killed on duty in Afghanistan, following funeral services in the Manhattan borough of New York, December 30, 2015. McCrossen was Lemm's partner in the NYPD Warrant Squad. Lemm was one of six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan. ...more Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 171

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Photographer Pascal Rossignol Location CALAIS, France Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A migrant walks between makeshift shelters near an embankment with the message, "We Have A Dream" below a fence topped with razor wire in the "new jungle", a field where migrants and asylum seekers gather in Calais, France, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 172

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Photographer Stringer . Location MANILA, PHILIPPINES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A female rebel fighter of the New People's Army (NPA) aims a pistol during an event commemorating the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines, in Ifugao province, north of Manila December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harley Palangchao Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 173

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Photographer Asmaa Waguih Location CAIRO, Egypt Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A boy plays near tombstones in the Cairo Necropolis Egypt, October 23, 2015. In the sprawling Cairo Necropolis, known as the City of the Dead, life and death are side by side. Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of greater Cairo estimated at about 20 million, people count themselves lucky to have a place to call home in the graveyards that date back hundreds of years. REUTERS/ Asmaa Waguih Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 174

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, Yemen Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Officials inspect damage at a Coca-Cola beverage factory after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Sanaa, Yemen December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 175

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Photographer Thomas Peter Location TOKYO, JAPAN Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A man prays outside the Sensoji temple ahead of the New Year holidays in Tokyo, Japan December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 176

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Photographer Kim Hong-Ji Location SEOUL, South Korea Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Students hold portraits of deceased former South Korean "comfort women" during a weekly anti-Japan rally in front of Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 177

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Photographer Rupak De Chowdhuri Location KOLKATA, India Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A boy bowls while playing cricket in a public park amid heavy fog on a cold winter morning in Kolkata, India, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/ Rupak De Chowdhuri Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 178

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Photographer Stringer . Location TADCASTER, United Kingdom Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A collapsed bridge over the River Wharfe is seen in the market town of Tadcaster , North Yorkshire, Britain December 30, 2015. A section of the bridge, which dates back to the 1700s, collapsed on Tuesday as heavy rain continues to hit the north of England. REUTERS/Craig Brough Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 179

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Photographer Baz Ratner Location ROSH HAAYIN, Israel Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 An Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) employee holds a coin found during excavations in Rosh Ha'ayin , east of Tel Aviv, Israel December 30, 2015. The IAA said on Wednesday that a 2,700-year-old farmhouse and a 1,500-year-old church with a mosaic floor were discovered during excavations ahead of the construction of new neighborhoods in Rosh Ha'ayin . The silver coin, dating back to the 4th century and bearing a likeness to the Greek...more Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 180

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Photographer Navesh Chitrakar Location KATHMANDU, NEPAL Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Gurung girls wearing traditional costumes dance while taking part in a New Year parade in Kathmandu, Nepal December 30, 2015. REUTERS/ Navesh Chitrakar Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 181

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURYA man carries an injured child in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 182

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Fireworks ahead of Malaysia's Petronas towers in a new year's Eve in Kuala Lumpur. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 183

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Explosive fireworks shoot out from the highest skyscraper Taipei 101, Taiwan, celebrate the new year in Taipei. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 184

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Fireworks lit the skies of cities in Hong Kong to celebrate the new year 2016. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 185

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The children of Indonesia in a parade for the last time the sun set in the year 2015 on the island of Bali. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 186

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Palestinians celebrate the last day of the year at the seaport in Gaza City. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 187

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A man with Frost clinging on the run along the banks of the river Neris as the temperature dropped to-18 º C in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 188

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People celebrate the new year on the Lan Kwai Fong of Hong Kong. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 189

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Peter Prevc athletes of Slovenia unleashed fly in the air in the second stage of the trial jump tournament ski jumping Four hills far 64th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 190

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These teens play throw snow in Sultanahmet Square of Istanbul, Turkey. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 191

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People going through the security checkpoint at the venue of activities to celebrate the new year at the Brandenburger Tor gate in Berlin, Germany. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 192

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The payment for repair of roads to pump flood waters out of highway 55, in Arnold, Missouri, Usa . The river rises in the Midwest have forced hundreds of people to evacuate, threatening dozens of levees and caused by traffic vehicles, boats or trains almost stalled in the area of the city of St. Louis. Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 193

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People wearing bear furs perform during a festival of New Year ritual dances attended by hundreds in Comanesti , northern Romania, Wednesday, Dec. 30 2015. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, toured from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil, in the present the tradition has moved to Romania's cities too, where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda ) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 194

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A fireman uses a water hose on a forest fire on a mountain between the Basque villages of Bakio and Bermeo , northern Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Spain has suffered forest fires in the north of the country during the last week with the mild winter season. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 195

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Workers sweep confetti on the floor of the Korea Exchange after the year's market closing ceremony under a screen displaying stock prices in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Asian shares were mixed in Wednesday trading, with only some markets cheered by an overseas rally. The screen reads: "Adieu, 2015."(AP Photo/ Ahn Young- joon ) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 196

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Paul Dusablon , left, and Richard Kotva row from the Circle K at Springdale Park after helping the owner move electronics off the floor inside the convenience store, in Fenton, Mo., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 197

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, center, is caught in a camera flash as he is helped arriving for a court appearance, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Elkins Park, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 198

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A child sits next to the empty toy displays at the Toys R Us store in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Fourteen years after it began wowing millions of tourists with its indoor 60-foot Ferris wheel and a growling 20-foot Tyrannosaurus, the giant Toys R Us flagship store in Times Square closes its doors Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer ) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 199

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Supporters of All Parties Hurriyat Conference(APHC) shout pro-freedom slogans as Indian policemen detain them during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The protest was held against an alleged killing of a woman and her four year old son by a member of the Village Defence Committee (VDC), a body of civilian volunteers armed by the Indian government to fight insurgents. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin ) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 200

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A man waves a flag as a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama passes during a family vacation, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Waialua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci ) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 201

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Kashmiri fishermen row their boats on the way to work on a cold morning in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec, 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 202

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Residents move amidst rubble near a burning vehicle in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 203

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A man carries an injured child amidst rubble in a damaged site from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 204

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A man carries an injured child amidst rubble near a burning vehicle in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 205

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Residents walk amidst scattered copybooks in a damaged site from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 206

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A man carries an injured child amidst rubble near a burning vehicle in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 207

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Residents walk amidst scattered copybooks in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 208

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A youth carries a tray of traditional sweets in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 209

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Men put off a fire in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 210

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A man inspects a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 211

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Photographer Bassam Khabieh Location DAMASCUS, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A man carries an injured boy amidst rubble in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma , eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 212

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Photographer Pascal Rossignol Location GRANDE-SYNTHE, France Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Ranj (R) and Hardi , both Kurds, pose beside a wood fire near their shelter in a muddy field in Grande- Synthe , France, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 213

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, YEMEN Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A guard walks at a Coca-Cola beverage factory after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Sanaa December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 214

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, Yemen Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Officials inspect damage at a Coca-Cola beverage factory after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Sanaa, Yemen December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 215

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, YEMEN Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A view of a Coca-Cola beverage factory after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Sanaa December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 216

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, Yemen Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A view of a Coca-Cola beverage factory, as seen through a damaged wall, after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Sanaa December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 217

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Photographer Khaled Abdullah Location SANAA, Yemen Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A worker inspects damage at the Coca-Cola beverage factory after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Sanaa December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 218

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location ARNOLD, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Volunteers set up a wall of sandbags and series of pumps to create a barricade preventing the rising water from flooding a home after several days of heavy rain in Arnold, Missouri, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 219

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location ARNOLD, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Volunteers create a wall of sandbags to protect homes from flooding after several days of heavy rain in Arnold, Missouri, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 220

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location ARNOLD, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Volunteers prepare to transport sandbags which will be used to protect homes from flooding, after several days of heavy rain in Arnold, Missouri, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 221

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Photographer Kate Munsch Location ARNOLD, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A volunteer sets up a sump pump in the basement of a flooded home after several days of heavy rain in Arnold, Missouri, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kate Munsch Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 222

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Photographer Mark Makela Location ELKINS PARK, United States Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) arrives with attorney Monique Pressley (R) for his arraignment on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania December 30, 2015. Cosby was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol, marking the first criminal case against a once-beloved performer whose father-figure persona was already left...more Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 223

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Photographer Henry Romero Location PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A resident pointing a building where Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya Couch stayed in the Pacific beach resort of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico December 30, 2015. The wealthy Texas teenager who fled with his mother to Mexico avoided an ostentatious lifestyle in the pair's last days at a beach getaway full of hotels, restaurants and bars popular with American tourists, according to people who saw them.The fugitive pair opted for a...more Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 224

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Photographer Rodi Said Location QAMISHLI, SYRIA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Injured people wait to get treated inside a hospital in Qamishli , Syria December 31, 2015. Twin suicide bombings hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said. REUTERS/ Rodi Said Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 225

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Photographer Carlo Allegri Location NEW YORK, UNITED STATES Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A woman stands near the mostly empty shelves of the Toys "R" Us flagship store that has closed permanently in Times Square in Manhattan, New York December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 226

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Photographer Mark Blinch Location Toronto, CANADA Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Andrea Constand , who accuses Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her, walks her dogs in Toronto, Canada December 30, 2015. Cosby, who cultivated a father-figure image over decades, was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004 in the first criminal case against the comedian accused of misconduct by dozens of women. The accuser in the case, Constand , a former basketball team manager at Temple University...more Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 227

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Photographer Darren Staples Location DUMFRIES, United Kingdom Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 A flooded street is pictured in Dumfries, Scotland December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 228

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Photographer Pichi Chuang Location TAIPEI, Taiwan Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Freddy Lim, a candidate to the 2016 legislative election and singer of death metal band Chthonic, performs during a concert to boost his campaign in Taipei, Taiwan, December 26, 2015. REUTERS/ Pichi Chuang Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 229

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Photographer Darley Shen Location JIANLI, China Reuters / Wednesday, December 30, 2015 The Eastern Star, the cruise ship which went down in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in June, is seen in Jianli , Hubei province, China December 30, 2015. A formal inquiry has concluded that freak weather led to the sinking of a Yangtze River cruise ship in June that killed 442 people and recommended that the captain be investigated for possible crimes, media reported. REUTERS/Darley Shen Dec. 30 , 2015 January 12, 2016 230

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Photographer Ahmed Jadallah Location DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 A fire engulfs The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 232

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Photographer Ahmed Jadallah Location DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People run away as a fire engulfs The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 233

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Photographer Ahmed Jadallah Location DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People run away as a fire engulfs the nearby The Address Hotel (not pictured) in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 234

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Photographer KCNA KCNA Location PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts as he pays his last respects to Kim Yang Gon in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 31, 2015. Kim Yang Gon , a senior North Korean official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un died in a car accident, state news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest dramatic death or disappearance in the close circle of deputies to the...more Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 235

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Photographer Thomas Peter Location TOKYO, JAPAN Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Shinto priests walk to the main shrine for a ritual to usher in the New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 236

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Photographer Darren Staples Location NEWTON STEWART, United Kingdom Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 A footbridge lies littered with debris following flooding at Newton Stewart in Scotland, December 31, 2015. Torrential rain and gale force winds have battered northern Britain cutting power to thousands of homes and forcing some to evacuate flooded streets in the third major storm in a month. REUTERS/Darren Staples Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 237

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Photographer Sertac Kayar Location DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse Kurdish demonstrators during a protest against the curfew in Sur district and security operations in the region, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey December 31, 2015. REUTERS/ Sertac Kayar Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 238

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia's largest city ushers in the New Year, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 239

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia's largest city ushers in the new year, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 240

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia's largest city ushers in the New Year, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 241

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Photographer Charles Platiau Location PARIS, France Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Revelers gather near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France, during New Year celebrations, early January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 242

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Photographer Toby Melville Location LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel to mark the beginning of the New Year in London, Britain, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 243

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Photographer Toby Melville Location LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel, the Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament to mark the beginning of the New Year in London, Britain, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 244

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Photographer Russell Cheyne Location EDINBURGH, United Kingdom Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over the castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 245

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Photographer Mohamed Abd El Ghany Location CAIRO, Egypt Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Egyptians celebrate in front of great pyramids during New Year's day celebrations on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 246

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Photographer Alkis Konstantinidis Location ATHENS, Greece Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop Acropolis hill during New Year's day celebrations in Athens, Greece, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/ Alkis Konstantinidis Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 247

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Photographer Leonhard Foeger Location VIENNA, Austria Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Revellers watch as fireworks explode in front of Vienna's city hall as Austria's capital ushers in the New Year, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 248

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Photographer Dado Ruvic Location SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode during New Year celebrations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 249

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Photographer Hannibal Hanschke Location BERLIN, Germany Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode next to the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate during New Year celebrations in Berlin January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 250

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Photographer Russell Cheyne Location EDINBURGH, United Kingdom Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People dance in the streets during the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 251

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Photographer Tatyana Makeyeva Location MOSCOW, Russia Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks light the sky over Kremlin during celebrations of New Year's Day in central Moscow, Russia, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 252

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Photographer Jason Lee Location BEIJING, China Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Dancers perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 253

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Photographer Edgar Su Location Singapore, SINGAPORE Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode in Marina Bay against the skyline of Singapore during New Year's Day celebrations January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 254

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Photographer Edgar Su Location Singapore, SINGAPORE Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Tens of thousands of floating "wishing spheres" carrying people's New Year wishes line the Marina Bay against the skyline of Singapore December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 255

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Photographer Juan Medina Location MADRID, SPAIN Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People wait in a line to access Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol square, after it was cleared to allow controlled access by New Year's revelers, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 256

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Photographer Thomas Peter Location TOKYO, JAPAN Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People hold balloons to release them at the turn of the New Year at a hotel in front of the landmark Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 257

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Photographer Ezra Acayan Location BULACAN, PHILIPPINES Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode during New Year celebrations outside the Philippine Arena in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, north of Manila January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 258

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Photographer Ezra Acayan Location BULACAN, PHILIPPINES Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Revelers watch as fireworks explode during New Year celebrations outside the Philippine Arena in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, north of Manila January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 259

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Photographer Danish Siddiqui Location MUMBAI, INDIA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 A man lights firecrackers on the street during the New Year celebrations in Mumbai, India, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 260

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Photographer Pierre Marsaut Location SOFIA, Bulgaria Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode in the sky during New Year celebrations in Sofia, Bulgaria, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Marsaut Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 261

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Photographer Ilya Naymushin Location DIVNOGORSK, Russia Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 The numbers "2016" are written in the air with a sparkler on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Taiga district, near the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 262

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Photographer Andrew Kelly Location NEW YORK, United States Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People take a selfie during New Year celebrations in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 263

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Photographer Ahmed Jadallah Location DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over Dubai's Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world, during New Year celebrations January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 264

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Photographer Ahmed Jadallah Location DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over Dubai's Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world, during the New Year celebrations January 1, 2016, as the Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block, which had been engulfed by a fire, can be seen on the left. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 265

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Photographer Kim Hong-Ji Location SEOUL, South Korea Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 A woman takes photographs of balloons released by people in Seoul, South Korea, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 266

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Photographer Kim Hong-Ji Location SEOUL, South Korea Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 A couple kisses inside a giant inflatable ball during a countdown event in Seoul, South Korea, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 267

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Photographer Tyrone Siu Location HONG KONG, China Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during a pyrotechnic show in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 268

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Photographer Tatyana Makeyeva Location MOSCOW, Russia Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Revelers celebrate New Year's Day in central Moscow, Russia, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 269

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Photographer Pichi Chuang Location TAIPEI, Taiwan Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Fireworks explode from Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101, in Taipei, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/ Pichi Chuang Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 270

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Photographer Thomas Peter Location TOKYO, JAPAN Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People release balloons at the turn of the New Year at a hotel in front of the landmark Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 271

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Photographer Amit Dave Location AHMEDABAD, India Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 School students offer prayers for the world peace in the upcoming year of 2016 in Ahmedabad, India, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 272

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Party-goers wear 2016-themed hats as they wait to ring in the new year at the Sydney Harbour in Australia December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 273

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Photographer Jason Reed Location SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 A woman rides on the shoulders of her partner as they watch the first sunrise of the new year hit the water on Australia's Bondi Beach in Sydney, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 274

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Photographer Yuya Shino Location ODAWARA, JAPAN Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 People look at the sun during sunrise in Odawara , Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/ Yuya Shino Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 275

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Photographer Leonhard Foeger Location VIENNA, Austria Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Austrian armed police officers stand in front of Vienna's city hall as Austria's capital ushers in the New Year, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 276

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Photographer Francois Lenoir Location BRUSSELS, Belgium Reuters / Thursday, December 31, 2015 Belgian police officers patrol on Brussels' Grand Place, December 31, 2015, after Belgian police held three people for questioning on Thursday, as part of an investigation into an alleged plot to carry out an attack in the capital on New Year's Eve. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 277

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Tourists take a selfie as Mount Bromo spews ash during an eruption in East Java, Indonesia, Dec. 31. Indonesia's Mount Bromo is on the second highest alert level as its activity has increased in the last two months. Fully Handoko / EPA Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 278

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A man and his dog enjoy a snowy day on the Bosphorus near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec. 31. Hundreds of flights in and out of Turkey were canceled for Thursday and Friday at Istanbul's two airports after the city was blanketed by heavy snow, which also forced the closure of schools and brought chaos to the roads. TOLGA BOZOGLU / EPA Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 279

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A migrant family walk after receiving free food as they wait to travel to Greek islands by dinghies, near Cesme , Izmir, Turkey, on Dec. 31. More than a million people hoping to escape war and poverty have made their way into Europe this year, according to migration monitors, but attention has been focused on two more common routes — across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece or across the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. Emre Tazegul / AP Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 280

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People watch as flames rip through the hotel on New Year's Eve. People were already gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught fire. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. KARIM SAHIB / AFP - Getty Images Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 281

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Kaleo Woods is packed into a pen with other revelers while waiting for midnight in Times Square in New York on Dec. 31, 2015. Around 1 million people are expected to converge on Times Square for the annual New Year's Eve celebration. This year's festivities will also be attended by nearly 6,000 New York City police officers, including members of a specialized counterterrorism unit. Seth Wenig / AP Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 282

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A couple watches fireworks just after the start of the new year at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Thursday in Pictures: December 31 Dec. 31 , 2015 January 12, 2016 283 THE END Dec.23 – Dec.31 2015

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