Syrian youths carry the books which they collect amidst the rubble following an airstrike of Syrian Air Forces on December 20, 2013 in al-Sukari neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria. The strikes in several districts of Aleppo have killed a total of 17 people including children with barrel bombs.
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Camels walk along sand dunes in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, as the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival takes place on December 22, 2013. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB
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A Christian priest and worshipers attend a Sunday mass at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA
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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos oil company chairman who was charged with embezzlement and tax evasion, speaks to the media at his first press conference since his release from a Russian prison two days before on December 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Khodorkovsky flew to Berlin and was received by former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and has also been reunited with his family. Khodorkovsky spent 10 years in prison until his unexpected pardon by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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A Shinto priest walks across embers during a fire walking ceremony to pray for good health and safety life at Kabasan Saenazumi Jinja shrine in Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture on December 22, 2013. The shrine held the festival every year on the day of the winter. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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People view a large snow sculpture with the 117-meter-long and 26-meter-high at the 26th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park on December 22, 2013 in Harbin, China. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is one of the largest ice and snow festivals in the world and is a popular winter destination for both Chinese and foreign visitors.
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An Indian resident bathes on a roadside in New Delhi on December 22, 2013. Biting cold sweeping across northern India has intensified, with high altitude areas experiencing fresh snowfall and strong icy winds. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN