Christmas and Solstice celebrations around the world, a successful launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, unseasonable, sometimes deadly weather in the United States, an Australian heatwave, smog in Beijing, a dancer in a rain room, and much more.
Firefighters work to douse the flames at the Portuguese Language Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 21, 2015. According to the fire department, one firefighter died.
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A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea, on December 20, 2015.
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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, on December 23, 2015.
Three-year-old Hanhan receives nebulizer therapy on the third day after China's capital Beijing issued its second ever "red alert" for air pollution, at the New Century International Children’s Hospital, in Beijing, China, on December 21, 2015.
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A man wears a mask as he rides in a home-made motorized vehicle during a polluted day in Beijing, China, on December 19, 2015.
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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, on December 23, 2015.
Palestinian stone throwers run to take cover after Israeli security forces fired tear gas canisters during clashes following a demonstration next to thecontroversial Israeli separation wall in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 18, 2015.
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A fisherman rides a boat at the Moe Yun Gyi wetlands in Bago Division, around 70 miles north of Yangon, Burma, on December 23, 2015.
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Susie Ro Prater leads the Shakti Sings choir as druids, pagans and revelers gather in the center of Stonehenge, hoping to see the sun rise, as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge near Amesbury on December 22, 2015, in Wiltshire, England. Despite a forecast for rain, a large crowd gathered at the famous historic stone circle - a UNESCO listed ancient monument - to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year - an event is claimed to be more important in the pagan calendar than the summer solstice, because it marks the 're-birth' of the Sun for the New Year.
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A girl dances in a rain room on December 18, 2015, in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. 3D trackers installed in the rain room monitor the dancer's motions, sending the coordinates to a control system which regulates the rain, keeping dancers dry.
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A heat-stressed koala hold still as a resident pours water on its back on December 19, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide is experiencing an extreme heatwave, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees C (104 F) for five consecutive days.
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A face of a worker is covered from a shawl as he makes statues from melted copper at a workshop in Lalitpur, Nepal, on December 23, 2015.
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Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, fire as they hold a position in the area of Sirwah, west of Marib city, on December 18, 2015. A Yemen ceasefire appeared to have collapsed as government forces captured two towns from rebels and an allied Arab coalition accused insurgents of escalating the conflict by firing ballistic missiles.
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Workers rotate bamboo skewered pigs as they are roasted over hot coals in Manila on December 23, 2015. "Lechon", or roasted pig, has always been regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Philippine Christmas season runs from December until the second week of January.
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Leon Perkins, 3, leans forward to take a bite of snow as he plays with his brother Conner, left, 2, and his father Erin, Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. The Seattle family headed to the mountains Tuesday to enjoy the new snow that fell overnight.
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The setting sun illuminates the silhouette of a rail bridge below a spectacular sky near Pocsaj, 268 km east of Budapest, Hungary, on December 23, 2015.
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Vehicles and debris are scattered in an area near Linden, Tennessee, on December 24, 2015. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South.
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Workers wave as they clean the windows of a building, dressed as Santa Claus, in Vina del Mar city, Chile, on December 23, 2015.
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Police block off a street as demonstrators, calling for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, march near downtown on December 18, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. A recently released video showing the shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke has sparked almost daily protests in the city. Demonstrators have accused Emanuel of trying to cover up the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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A remodeled version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the launcher’s first mission since a June failure in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The rocket carried a payload of eleven satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company. The first stage returned to land safely following launch.
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Cotton collects in the hair of a migrant worker from India as he makes a blanket from recycled cotton in Kathmandu, Nepal, on December 22, 2015.
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A one-day-old wild sea otter pup lies with its mother inside the Great Tide Pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, on December 21, 2015. It is not uncommon for sea otters to give birth in the tide pool's protected basin. The newborn pup is estimated to weigh a couple of pounds according to aquarium staff. #
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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, on December 23, 2015. The deadliest attack in Afghanistan since 2013 killed six U.S. troops on Monday, including a family man from Long Island, New York; a South Texan; a New York City police detective; a Georgia high school and college athlete; an expectant father from Philadelphia; and a major from suburban Minneapolis with ties to the military's LGBT community. They were killed when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base, the Defense Department said.
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An Iraqi Christian woman celebrates during Christmas Eve mass in the Al-Bashara Church in a Christian refugee camp in Irbil, northern Iraq, onDecember 24, 2015. Many of the worshippers are displaced from their homes after Islamic State militants swept through northern Iraq in 2014.
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Buyers look over machinery at the Ritchie Brothers Auction in Nisku, Alberta, Canada, on December 11, 2015. The world's largest industrial auctioneer stresses it sells more than oilfield equipment, but it is no secret that many sellers are oil companies reeling from the 18-month rout that has driven crude prices near 11-year lows this week.
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Tourists watch the Christmas Day sunrise behind Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 25, 2015.
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Children swim in a swollen creek under a flyover in Manila on December 19, 2015. Heavy rains pummelled the entire Philippines on December 19, flooding more areas as the government declared a "state of national calamity.”
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Revelers take part in the 26th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade as they burn a giant hand structure in Toronto, on December 21, 2015.
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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, attend the celebration of Moulid Al-nabi, the birth of Islam's Prophet Muhammad at a stadium in Sanaa, Yemen, on December 23, 2015.
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Italian U.N. peacekeepers set up a nativity grotto atop a U.N. vehicle at their base in the southern village of Chamaa, Lebanon, on December 17, 2015.
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A Muslim Lebanese woman takes a selfie with Christmas trees in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on December 24, 2015.
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Sand dunes in the Liwa Oasis, southwest of the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, on December 20, 2015.
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Fans gather for a Star Wars Lightsaber Battle, "The Light Battle Tour," at Pershing Square on December 18, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus lights flares as he sits on a boat in Imperia, near Genoa, Italy, on December 24, 2015.
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Workers polish a snow sculpture ahead of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, in this December 22, 2015 picture.