Photos: Odd news around the world

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3D painting of Mao

A selection of odd and unusual images from around the world this week, including ... See gallery

A girl poses for a photograph next to a 3D painting of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong at an exhibition in Binzhou, Shandong province, Dec.15, 2013. Dec. 26 marks the 120th anniversary of Mao's birth.

Reuters: Francois Lenoir
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Ice sculptor

Sculptor Jonathan Bouchard of Canada poses near a sculpture at the ice bar of the Brussels Ice Magic Festival Dec. 17, 2013. Some 20 artists from all over the world used 420 tons of ice to make sculptures of characters from comic strips.

Reuters: Stephen Lam
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Morphsuits dressed holiday reveler

A holiday reveler dressed in a Morphsuits costume exits a hotel during the annual SantaCon event in San Francisco on Dec. 14, 2013.

Reuters: Stephen Lam
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SantaCon wrestling

Jill Corey (below) reacts while wrestling with Dan Robertson as holiday revelers dressed as Santa Claus gather in Duboce Park during the SantaCon event in San Francisco December 14, 2013.

Reuters: Thomas Peter
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Manga character photo shoot

A Roma squatter (top R) watches performer Shisha Rainbow (L) pose as a manga character during a photo shoot in a derelict factory in Berlin on Dec. 9, 2013. Germans, Brits, Danes, Austrians and Dutch are having second thoughts about a second wave of eastward EU enlargement in 2007, which made such poor countries members of the bloc but with a seven-year delay for access to some countries' job markets.

Reuters: Eric Thayer
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Feeling the warmth

A member of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club raises his arms toward the sun at the beach at Coney Island in New York on Dec. 15, 2013.

Reuters: Marko Djurica
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Colorful moustache

A pro-European integration protester, whose moustache matches the colors of the Ukrainian flag, smiles during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Dec. 16, 2013.

Reuters: Robert Pratta
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Don't look down

A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the 'Step into the Void' installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps on Dec. 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000 meter drop below. The glass room will open to the public on Dec. 21, 2013.

Reuters: Mike Segar
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Holding hands

People dressed as Mickey Mouse and Elmo hold hands as they cross a street in midtown Manhattan in New York City on Dec. 16, 2013. The duo collects tips by posing with tourists in and around Times Square.

Reuters: China Daily
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Snow performance

A member of China's national pole dance team performs at a park after the city's first snow this winter in Tianjin on Dec. 18, 2013.

Reuters: Kim Hong-Ji
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Penguins in costume

Penguins wear Santa Claus costumes during a promotional event for Christmas at an amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul on Dec. 18, 2013.

Reuters: Eric Thayer
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Polar Bear Club warmup

Members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club warm up before swimming at the beach at Coney Island in New York on Dec. 15, 2013.

Reuters: Ilya Naymushin
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Sailing Santa

A member of the "Skipper" yacht club, dressed as Santa Claus, sails his trimaran to mark the ending of the sailboat season during heavy snowfall. The air temperature was above minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit) on the Yenisei River, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Dec. 18, 2013.

Reuters: Stringer
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Bronze statue?

A woman looks up at an artist dressed as a bronze statue while wearing a face mask along a street in Wuhan, Hubei province on Dec. 19, 2013.

Reuters: David W Cerny
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Caged Santa

A man dressed as Santa Claus poses in a cage during a performance at Prague Zoo in Prague on Dec. 19, 2013. The traditional belief in the Czech Republic is that the Baby Jesus (Jezisek) brought children gifts. The zoo held a performance to deride the increasingly popular "American" image of the red-robed jolly Santa.  

Reuters: Vincent West
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Street theater

Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO's of the Basque Country in Bilbao on Dec. 19, 2013. The organization, an umbrella group for 84 Basque NGO's, performed Quien es Quien (Who's Who), an improvised theatrical piece, dressed as bankers, the wealthy and military personnel, handing out fake money to motorists and passers-by. The action was designed to draw attention to what the coordinator claims are the causes of poverty and inequality in the world.

Reuters: Jim Young
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Dry-ice filled swimming pool

Kate Smith floats in the dry-ice filled swimming pool during a rehearsal of Chicago Opera Theater's production of "Orpheus & Euridice" in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 18, 2013. The performance is sung in English and performed in and around a swimming pool.

Reuters: Tyrone Siu
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Kim Jong Un lookalike

Australian-Chinese Howard, 34, a North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lookalike who does not disclose his last name, is paid to participate in a protest urging North Korean government to improve human rights and abolish political prisoners camp immediately. He's seen here in Hong Kong on Dec. 15, 2013.

Reuters: Pilar Olivares
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Batman superhero

An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman walks in front of the Maracana stadium during a protest outside the nearby Indian museum in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 17, 2013. Some 50 people gathered to show their support as firefighters attempted to remove native Indian Urutau Jose Guajajara, who spent more than 26 hours in a tree inside the museum compound. He's protesting the demolition that's happening as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup, according to local media.

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