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Best pictures from December 25

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People enjoy a snow-covered Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago, which becomes a great photo opportunity for visitors, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Two bursts of light snow are likely to total 1 to 2 inches area-wide, making this the snowiest Christmas in the Chicago area since 2002 when 2 inches fell.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) as he attends a meeting at party headquarters in Ankara December 25, 2013. Erdogan said his ruling AK Party will not tolerate corruption on Wednesday after three cabinet members resigned over a high-level graft probe.

UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A Swiss Guard stands as Pope Francis delivers his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2013. Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers.

ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, rushes to collect flowers from well-wishers as she leaves a Christmas Day morning service at the church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, eastern England, December 25, 2013.

ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS

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Indian children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sculpture titled World Peace by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik ahead of Christmas at a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare.

Biswaranjan Rout/AP

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A Christian man prays during Christmas mass in a church in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population among a Hindu majority, the holiday is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.

Anupam Nath/AP

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Snow-covered Lake Michigan is seen Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Chicago. Two bursts of light snow are likely to total 1 to 2 inches area-wide, making this the snowiest Christmas in the Chicago area since 2002 when 2 inches fell.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

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Tree limbs and downed hydro wires remain blocking Orchard Park Drive in Scarborough, on Wednesday December 25, 2013 in the aftermath of a large ice storm which hit the GTA on Saturday December 21, 2013.

Jon Blacker/The Globe and Mail

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A South Sudan army soldier holds a cigarette and his weapon in Bor, 180km (108 miles) northwest from capital Juba December 25, 2013. South Sudanese troops have retaken the flashpoint town of Bor in Jonglei state, a week after the town fell to rebels loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar.

JAMES AKENA/REUTERS

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Palestinian children play in front of their house in Jabalya refugee camp northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Israeli air and ground forces launched a series of attacks Tuesday on targets across the Gaza Strip, killing a young girl and wounding several others in response to the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian by a Palestinian sniper.

Khalil Hamra/AP

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A Free Syrian Army fighter monitors the street through a hole in the wall inside a damaged building on the frontline of Old Aleppo December 25, 2013.

STRINGER/REUTERS

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Members of the Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) ice swimmers club take a dip in Lake Orankesee during their traditional Christmas swimming event in Berlin, December 25, 2013.

THOMAS PETER/Reuters

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Father Larry Dunham leads the Christmas Eve midnight Mass at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington December 25, 2013.

JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/Reuters

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A worker carries roasted pig outside a store in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. Roasted pig is traditionally served during a Christmas eve dinner called "Noche Buena" in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

Aaron Favila/AP

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A Filipino girl sells toys as a crowd gathers at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines to celebrate Christmas day on Wednesday Dec. 25, 2013. Christmas is one of the most important holidays in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

Aaron Favila/AP

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Bedouins gather around the grave of Salah Abu Latif during his funeral in the Bedouin city of Rahat, southern Israel, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Latif was killed by a Palestinian sniper as he was working on the fence between Israel and Gaza. Israeli air and ground forces launched a series of attacks Tuesday on targets across the Gaza Strip, killing a young girl and wounding several in response to the deadly shooting of the Israeli civilian yesterday.

Oded Balilty/AP

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