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An Aldabra giant tortoise feasts on food treats at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Animals at the Taronga Zoo were given food treats as part of their Christmas celebrations.

DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS

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In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. after a shooting at the school.

Shannon Hicks/AP Photo/Newtown Bee

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Danny Queck of Germany jumps during the training and qualification day at the Ski jumping FIS World Cup in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Sigi Tischler/AP

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Protesters play with a ball in front of a tank securing the area around the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Opposing sides in Egypt's political crisis were staging rival rallies on Friday, the final day before voting starts on a contentious draft constitution that has plunged the country into turmoil and deeply divided the nation.

Petr David Josek/AP

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A man warms his hands as he sits next to a fire during cold weather in Lahore.

MOHSIN RAZA/REUTERS

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A person swims as people walk on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during winter in central Beijing.

JASON LEE/REUTERS

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A protester shows his chained hands during a demonstration against a constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt. Opposing sides in Egypt's political crisis were staging rival rallies on Friday, the final day before voting starts on a contentious draft constitution that has plunged the country into turmoil and deeply divided the nation.

Petr David Josek/AP

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Christmas lights are displayed above Oxford Street, London.

PAUL HACKETT/Reuters

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Israeli women of the Women of the Wall organization pray just outside the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city. Security guards at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, usually search worshippers for weapons upon entering. But on Friday, they were on the lookout for a seemingly inoffensive possession: Jewish prayer shawls. The shawls are ubiquitous at the holy site, and under Orthodox tradition, are worn only by men. When several dozen women draped in them attempted to enter the area, their multicolored garments were confiscated.

Dan Balilty/AP

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Citizens of Newtown gather at Saint Rose of Lima church to hold a vigil for the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Neville Elder/The Globe and Mail

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