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Christmas lights in Paris

Paris gets into the festive mood by switching on Christmas lights on the Champs-Elysees.

A woman gets a special Christmas haircut and makeover during a promotional event in a shopping centre in Hong Kong

Meanwhile, a shopping centre in Hong Kong offers customers festive haircuts and makeovers. Christmas celebrations start early as businesses compete for shoppers.

A photo from a match between Leicester City and Cardiff City in Leicester

"Football tango" - players try to win an aerial battle during a match in Leicester, England.

Artist William Burge from Houston, Texas sits in his car "Phantoms" at a presentation before the Essen Motor Show 2007 in Germany

Artist William Burge from Houston, Texas sits behind the wheel of his "art car" based on a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. He will be showing it at the Essen Motor Show in Germany next month.

Indonesian environmental activists dressed as trees protest in central Jakarta against the destruction of Indonesia's forests

A group of environmental activists protests against the destruction of forests in Indonesia, which they say is mostly due to illegal logging and palm oil plantations.

Newly appointed cardinals applaud during a Pope Benedict XVI mass in their honour in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

A special mass is held in the Vatican to celebrate 23 newly appointed cardinals, who will act as the Pope's principal advisers.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy take their seats at a lunch in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits down to lunch with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, after witnessing the signing of trade contracts worth almost 20bn euros in Beijing.

The Royal British Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic team fly over Malaysia's Petronas twin towers as they arrive in Kuala Lumpur

The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic team makes a splash on the skyline of Kuala Lumpur as it flies in to take part in the Langkawi International Air Show.

An Afghan girl holds a toy in Paktika, Afghanistan

An Afghan girl holds a toy received from US soldiers who have been delivering aid, including blankets, shoes and radios to villagers in Paktika, Afghanistan.

Pakistani families are evacuated from the conflict area of Matta, in Pakistan's troubled Swat valley

Families flee Pakistan's Swat valley after government troops launched a major ground offensive against pro-Taleban militants.

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