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A Venice gondolier dressed as Santa Claus

A Venice gondolier begins his Christmas celebrations early.

US soldier

A US soldier looks at the light provided by a flare outside Baghdad.

Hurricane Epsilon is listed on a wall-sized map at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida

Epsilon has strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane - the record 14th to form in the Atlantic this year.

Ayesha Al-Qubaisi

Emirati Ayesha Al-Qubaisi competes in a shooting event at the West Asian Games in Qatar.

A Sotheby's employee carries 'Elderly Woman in a White Bonnet' by Rembrandt.

Sotheby's auction house in London unveils a rediscovered work by the Dutch master Rembrandt

Striking workers shout slogans during an anti-government rally in Seoul

Union members demonstrate in South Korea over labour rights for non-regular workers.

The world's tallest and shortest working Santa Clauses pose in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

The world's tallest and shortest working Santas pose in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

Palestinian man looks at Fatah faction candidate lists

A Palestinian man looks at Fatah faction candidate lists during elections in the West Bank town of Dura.

Fans leave tributes to footballer George Best outside his father's home in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Fans continue to leave tributes to footballer George Best outside his father's home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ahead of his funeral on Saturday.

A US skier in Colorado

A member of the US freestyle team trains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The commemoration of the 1805 Austerlitz battle in central Paris

French enthusiasts mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's victory at the battle of Austerlitz in central Paris.





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