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Team Canada forward Brett Ritchie, right, battles for the loose puck with Russia goalie Andrei Makarov, left, during first period IIHF World Junior Championships hockey action in Ufa, Russia.


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Palestinian fishermen prepare their nets as the sun sets on a beach in Gaza City, on the last day of the year.


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A Free Syrian Army fighter pulls a boy off the street as a sniper fires during fighting with forces loyal to President Bashar el-Assad in Aleppo city, Syria.


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Palestinian youths are silhouetted as they hang a string of Fatah flags during a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.


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Visitors look at a sand sculpture designed to celebrate the 2013 new year by sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik on the beach in Puri, India.


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Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year.

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People celebrate on New Year’s Eve in Red Square in Moscow.


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People skate on an ice rink Sunday night in Chicago, Illinois.

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The ski hill at Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre in Toronto opened for the season on Monday.

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Visitors explore the 20-foot high Ice Castle at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Ice Castle is made of icicles organically grown from four million gallons of water and then fused together.

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Mike Kuzia of Detroit blows his horn during New Years Eve celebrations in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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A couple watches the light of the setting sun on the snow-covered North Shore mountains for the final time in 2012 as they walk along Kits beach in Vancouver, B.C.

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Revellers write the number 2013 with sparklers during the Hogmanay (New Year) street-party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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People skate at Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall as they join the crowds gathering to celebrate New Years Eve.


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