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Best pictures from December 8

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A man photographs Christmas trees in front of the church Sunday, December 8, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Que, one for every of the 47 victims of a train derailment carrying crude oil that burned most of the historical downtown in July.

Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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England's Matt Prior plays a shot during the fifth day's play in the second Ashes cricket test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval December 9, 2013.

DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A performer blows fire from his mouth as he performs outside the headquarters of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the celebrations in New Delhi December 8, 2013. India's Congress party was headed for a bruising defeat in key state elections, including in the capital, early results showed on Sunday, underlining the struggle it will face to cling to power in a national election due by May.

AHMAD MASOOD/REUTERS

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A rag picker takes a nap on a sack filled with used plastic bottles, at the side of a road in New Delhi December 8, 2013.

ANINDITO MUKHERJEE/REUTERS

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A contestant bites the tail of one of the bulls to make it run faster, as he races a pair of bulls at an oxen race competition held at a paddy field in Malappuram, Kerala state, India, Sunday, Dec.8, 2013.

T.Mohandas/AP

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Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles drops back during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.

Matt Rourke/AP

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Brayden Gillen, 5, says hello to Santa Claus as he makes an appearance in the main tank of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

Jeremy Portje/AP

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Revellers dressed as Santa Claus warm-up before the "Santa's Fun Run" event in Riga December 8, 2013. Proceeds from this event will be donated by the Riga International Rotary Club to an orphanage in Daugavpils.

INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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A woman stands next to a photograph of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Center Of Memory in Johannesburg, December 8, 2013. South African anti-apartheid hero Mandela died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home on December 5 after a prolonged lung infection.

RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

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People covered with body paint and fake blood lie on the ground to form a bull's figure in protest against bullfighting in downtown Lima December 8, 2013. The protest was staged as the Plaza de Acho bullring in Lima hosts an international bullfight season during the months of November and December. The banners bear the names of organizations against bullfighting.

ENRIQUE CASTRO-MENDIVIL/REUTERS

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Kevin Ludwig and Christine Beck practice acroyoga during the "True Grit!" beach burn in Monterey, California, December 7, 2013. The Monterey burn, which includes music, dance, art and self expression, is an official regional event of Burning Man that is held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

MICHAEL FIALA/REUTERS

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An anti-government protester uses a hand clapper as they listen to a speaker while camping at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The main opposition Democrat Party resigned from parliament on Sunday to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of a government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.

Manish Swarup/AP

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Philadelphia Eagles personnel clear snow before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.

Matt Rourke/AP

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Police officers attend a visitation for Toronto Police Const. John Zivcic at Delmoro Funeral Home in Toronto, on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Zivcic died in a car accident and his funeral will take place on Monday.

Matthew Sherwood/The Globe and Mail

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A Free Syrian Army fighter, part of the Rayat Al Sham Al-Islami Brigade, reacts as he fires a mortar shell towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the 80th Brigade base in Aleppo, December 8, 2013.

MOLHEM BARAKAT/REUTERS

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Anti-government protesters participate in a rally in Bangkok December 9, 2013.

DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

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People line up for the 26th annual turkey giveaway at Honest Ed's in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

Matthew Sherwood/The Globe and Mail

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