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Penguins clad in Christmas-themed outfits walk during an event at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.


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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, whose future as mayor lies in the balance since being found guilty in a conflict of interest case, made a brief statement to the media at City Hall in Toronto but did not take any questions.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Anti-Mursi protesters throw stones during clashes with riot police at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a fifth day on Tuesday, stepping up calls to scrap a decree they say threatens Egypt with a new era of autocracy.


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Cassandra Castro, right, kisses her husband, Spc. Phillip Castro during a homecoming ceremony for soldiers with Fort Carson's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo. The soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mark Reis/The Colorado Springs Gazette/AP

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Joggers stand amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in Kolkata, India.


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A man dressed in tradtional Perchten costume and mask performs during a Perchten festival in the western Austrian village of Heitwerwang, some 90 km west of Innsbruck. Each year in November and January people in the western Austria regions dress-up in Perchten (also known in some regions as Krampus or Tuifl) costumes and parade through the streets to perform a 1500 year-old pagan ritual to disperse the ghosts of winter. Each handmade traditional costume, consisting of up to 14 separate sheep or goat skins, takes three dress makers one day to produce, and costs between 500 - 600 euros.


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A scavenger collects plastic materials to be sold to recycling plants, on a garbage-strewn canal in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tatan Syuflana/AP

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Scuba Claus shows off a starfish as he dives in the Strait of Georgia exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver. Scuba Claus dives on weekends at 12:30 in the Strait of Georgia exhibit and from December 21-24, he will dive every day.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Contractors that have been hired locally work to clean sand, deposited by the storm surge of superstorm Sandy, out of a pool in the Queens borough region of the Rockaways in New York.


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Philadelphia Eagles fans react to the Eagles' loss to the Carolina Panthers during their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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