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  • Members of the Up Helly AA Vikings from Shetland light their torches as they prepare to take part in a torchlit procession through the streets of Edinburgh in Scotland, Dec. 30, 2016, as the city begins to celebrate Hogmanay. The procession is the opening event of Edinburghs Hogmanay 2016/17. Over 40,000 people are expected to throng the streets of the capital to watch the torch carriers as they illuminate the city, culminating in a breath-taking fireworks finale.
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  • A fan poses dressed as a darts board outside Alexandra Palace ahead of the quarter finals of the 2016 William Hill World Darts Championship, Dec. 30, 2016, in London, England. The event is the world's biggest darts tournament, with 72 players from across the globe competing across 15 days of the knock out competition.
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  • "Galejadors" light bonfires to prepare breakfast in the forest during "La Festa del Pi," The Festival of the Pine, in the village of Centelles, Dec. 30, 2016, near Barcelona, Spain.
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  • People wearing bear fur costumes dance during the annual bear ritual gathering in Comanesti, Romania, Dec. 30, 2016. 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.
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  • New York City-based band, Marching Cobras, welcome the handfuls of confetti that are thrown as a test before New Year Eve from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee in Times Square, New York City, Dec. 29, 2016.
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  • Kyrgyz artists perform for an audience of children during an event to mark the upcoming New Year holiday in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Dec. 29, 2016.
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  • Indian artist Ranjit Dahiya (L) instructs a worker as they work on a wall mural of Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar in Mumbai, Dec. 29, 2016. Artists from the Bollywood Art Project (BAP), an urban public art project, aim to transform the walls of the city with graffiti art influenced by the 70-year old design tradition of hand painted Bollywood posters, as an ode to Indian Cinema.
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  • Norwegian Daniel Andre Tande soars through the air during his qualification jump of the ski jumping event in Oberstdorf, Germany, December 29, 2016. The first competition of the Four-Hills Ski jumping event takes place in Oberstdorf, before the tournament continues in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, (Germany), in Innsbruck (Austria) and in Bischofshofen (Austria).
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  • A temporary star made by fans in tribute to actress Carrie Fisher on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, Dec. 28, 2016. Friends, fans and Hollywood stars added their voices to a torrent of tributes for "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday at the age of 60 following a heart attack.
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  • An Indian man walks with an umbrella in the rain in a tea garden in Munnar, India, Dec. 28, 2016. Munnar, with its sprawling tea plantations, is a popular resort town in southern India.
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  • A man is ice-fishing at midday on the frozen Bothnia Sea, Dec. 28, 2016 in Vaasa, Western Finland.
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  • Indian officials and bystanders gather at the derailed train carriages in Rura, India, Dec. 28, 2016, following a train crash in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. At least two people died and 28 were injured after a train derailed.
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  • Revellers dressed in mock military garb take part in the "Enfarinats" battle in Ibi, Spain, Dec. 28, 2016. During this 200-year-old traditional festival participants known as Els Enfarinats (those covered in flour) dress in military clothes and stage a mock coup d'etat as they battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city town hall as part of the celebrations of the Day of the Innocents.
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  • A winter swim lover throws hot water into cold air in Heihe, China, Dec. 27, 2016.
  • A man demonstrates a toilet roll for wiping smartphones, installed by Japanese mobile phone company NTT Docomo, in a high-tech bathroom equipped with bidet and heated seat at Narita international airport in Narita, Japan, Dec. 28, 2016.
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  • A memorial depicting Nelson Mandela, was placed where he was arrested in 1962, near Howick, South Africa, Dec. 28, 2016. The first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, went on to spend 27 years in prison before being released and leading the country into its first four years of political freedom after the Apartheid system was abolished.
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  • Korea Future Technology tests South Korea's manned walking robot "Method-2," Dec. 27, 2016, in Gunpo, South Korea. Seoul-based robotics company Korea Future Technology has built a robot named Method-2, which can be controlled by a human pilot by using arm gestures.
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  • Participants dance during a Christmas ball in Saint Petersburg, Dec. 27, 2016. Cadets of the Naval Academy and Suvorov Military School and students of Academy of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet gathered for their first ball in the Saint George Hall of the Mikhailovsky Castle, restoring the old tradition of Russian officers and noble maidens.
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  • A street artist makes soap bubbles against the backdrop of the harbor in rainy weather in Hamburg, Germany, Dec. 25, 2016.
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  • Swimmers climb down ladders to the Vltava river for the traditional Christmas winter swimming competition in Prague, Czech Republic, Dec. 26, 2016. Enthusiast swimmers every year brave the cold waters of the Vltava river for a swim.
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  • A portrait of late British singer George Michael sits next to bouquets of floral tributes outside the singer's home in north London, Dec. 27, 2016, two days after the singer died. Tributes came from around the music world and tearful fans after British pop superstar George Michael, who rose to fame with a string of smash hits including "Last Christmas", died aged 53.
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  • Jana Mandana perfroms during the premiere of "Tierisch gut" at Circus Krone, Dec. 25, 2016, in Munich, Germany.
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  • An unidentified surfer wipes out, Dec. 25, 2016, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, following competition in Billabong Pipe Masters. Christmas Day at the pipeline was the best day of the winter season so far.
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