A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Pet walk in the snow

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An Afghan man walks with his goat in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, where temperatures dropped to 34 degrees Fahrenheit.

AP Photo: Jacquelyn Martin
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A final salute

A soldier salutes as the remains of US Army Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, of The Colony, Texas, are carried to a transport vehicle upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Christmas day. Mondragon died in Afghanistan.

AP Photo: Julio Cortez
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Bird's eye view

A worker spreads salt at Military Park in downtown Newark, N.J., Wednesday. Snow, sleet, rain and wind hit the Northeast on Thursday, killing more than a dozen people and frustrating travelers trying to return home after Christmas.

AP Photo: Kevin Frayer
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Indian police take on protest

Protesters shield themselves from Indian police during a violent demonstration near the India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday. The gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus the previous week have sparked days of protest across the country.

AP Photo: Alexandre Meneghini
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Mayan calendar

Dancers perform as the sun rises at an archeological site in Teotihuacan, Mexico, on Friday. Dec. 21 was the conclusion of a 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar, which some interpreted as the end of the world and others believe marks the birth of a new and better age.

AP Photo: Mohammed Asad
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Egypt's new constitution

Essam el-Erian, vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, speaks at the Shura Council in Cairo on Wednesday. The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress.

AP Photo: Markus Schreiber
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A cold plunge for Mrs. Claus

Members of the ice-swimming club Berlin Seals take their annual Christmas swim at the partially frozen Oranke Lake in Berlin on Tuesday.

AP Photo: Joseph Kaczmarek
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Crossing the Delaware

John Godzieba, front right, portraying Gen. George Washington, walks with his troops toward the boat dock during a re-enactment of Washington's historic crossing of the Delaware Tuesday in Washington Crossing, Pa. A strong current kept the re-enactors from making the crossing to New Jersey.

AP Photo: Craig Ruttle
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Remembering Newtown at Christmas

Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early Christmas morning near memorials at the Sandy Hook firehouse. Gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14 and opened fire, killing 26, including 20 children, before killing himself. 

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Panda roll

Giant panda Wei Wei tumbles in the snow at Wuhan Zoo in Wuhan City, China, on Wednesday.




Rex Features: David Hartley
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Puppies for Christmas

Eight week-old crossbreed Staffordshire bull terrier and Yorkshire terrier puppies Kallie, Purdey, Elmo, Baffle and Jingle Bell at Dogs Trust in Salisbury, England on Monday.

Reuters Photos: Adrees Latif
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Sandy Hook firefighters

Sandy Hook Village firefighters observe a moment of silence near Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 21. One week after the school massacre, many Americans remembered the victims with a moment of silence, while the powerful NRA gun rights lobbying group prepared to plunge into the national debate over gun control. 

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Longest high-speed train

An attendant stands inside a high-speed train during a trip from Beijing to Zhengzhou, China, Saturday, as part of a new rail line. The world's longest high-speed rail line will open in China next week when the link between Beijing and the southern metropolis of Guangzhou is inaugurated.

Reuters Photo: Sebastian Scheiner
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Israel politicians

Israel's Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.

AP Photo: West Webster Fire Department
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Ambushed fireman

Webster, N.Y., firefighter Theodore Scardino was wounded when William Spengler, 62, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 killing of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and semiautomatic rifle before setting his house on fire to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn on Monday.

Reuters Photo: Jamie Germano, Democrat and Chronicle, handout
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Fire ambush

A house burns after William Spengler set it on fire and then shot and killed a responding police officer and a firefighter while injuring two other firefighters in Webster, N.Y., Monday. IMAGE

Reuters Photo: Ammar Awad
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Flying Santa

A boy holds a Santa Claus balloon as a convoy of cars transporting the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal crosses an Israeli checkpoint to the West Bank city of Bethlehem Monday. Twal crossed into Bethlehem to attend a procession outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

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Mrs. Claus knows how to dance

A dancer performs at an amusement park in Shanghai on Christmas Eve.

Reuters Photo: Ahmed Jadallah
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Free Syrian Army struggle

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover after firing at Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Monday. Syria special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed solving the country's conflict with President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, but the opposition expressed deepening frustration with the mission following what it called the latest massacre of civilians.

Reuters Photo: Adnan Abidi
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New Delhi funeral

Women console the wife of policeman Subhash Tomar during his funeral in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tomar died in a hospital after he was injured during a protest over a gang rape in New Delhi, local media reported. Indian authorities throttled movement in the heart of the capital on Monday, shutting roads and railway stations in a bid to restore law and order after police fought pitched battles with enraged protesters.

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Syrian Army rest

Free Syrian Army fighters rest in the old city of Aleppo December 25, 2012.

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Embracing the cold

Lyubov Valiyeva, a member of the Cryophil winter swimming club, plays in the snow by the bank of the Yenisei River, despite the air temperature of minus 13 degrees in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russian, on Wednesday. 

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