A look back: Week in photos

Reuters: Jorge Dan Lopez
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McAfee gets a visitor

MSN News photo editors select the best pictures of this week. See gallery

Samantha Vanegas, the 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend of U.S. software pioneer John McAfee, enters a migrant shelter where he is being detained in Guatemala City on Dec. 12.

AP Photo: Jorge Saenz
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Flowers for the police

Activists hold up flowers in front of police officers during a demonstration marking International Human Rights Day in Asuncion, Paraguay, Dec. 10.

AP Photo: Ahn Young-joon
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North Korean missile launch

A South Korean man uses his smartphone to take a photo of a television screen reporting North Korea's rocket launch in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 12.

AP Photo: Narciso Contreras
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Streets of battle

Free Syrian Army fighters cover two dead bodies they found between rubble during heavy clashes with government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 10.

AP Photo: Al Powers
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A country Christmas

Lady Antebellum performs with Kristin Chenoweth during the American Country Awards on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas.

AP Photo: Nasser Nasser
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Surrounded in Egypt

Egyptian protesters push army soldiers standing guard in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Dec. 9.

AP Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Christmas for the monkeys

Squirrel monkeys investigate a Christmas stocking given to them at the London Zoo on Dec. 12.

AP Photo: Seth Wenig
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Strauss-Kahn settlement

Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel housekeeper who alleged she was sexually assaulted by former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, appears in court in New York on Dec. 10 after the two reached a settlement in her lawsuit.

AP Photo: Julie Jacobson
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Marquez charges forward

Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, lands a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their WBO world welterweight fight on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

AP Photo: Julie Jacobson
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Rodeo cowboy

Isaac Diaz of Davie, Fla., is thrown from Resistol's Top Hat during the saddle bronco competition on the sixth night of the National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 10 in Las Vegas.

AP Photo: Elaine Thompson
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Gay marriage celebrations

Terry Gilbert, left, kisses his new husband Paul Beppler after their wedding at Seattle City Hall, becoming among the first gay couples to legally wed in Washington state on Dec. 9.

Reuters: Brian Snyder
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Santa Speedo run

Participants in the annual "Santa Speedo Run," a charity race through the streets of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, leave the starting line Dec. 8.  

Reuters: Toby Melville
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Workers walk past clocks showing a time of 12 minutes past 12 noon on this century's last sequential date, in a plaza in the Canary Wharf business district of London on Dec. 12.

Reuters: Osservatore Romano
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Tweets from the pope

Pope Benedict XVI posts his first tweet, using an iPad tablet, after his Wednesday general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 12.

Reuters: Dominic Ebenbichler
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Snow globe

A snowboarder enjoys a sunny winter day in Austria on Dec. 12.

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