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Day in pictures

Empty snow covered street in Racine, Wisconcin, US

A major storm blankets the US Midwest with snow, cutting power to tens of thousands of homes, forcing hundreds of flights to be cancelled and giving school children an early start to their holidays.

A pedestrian in Sofia

A pedestrian is reflected in a puddle as he passes by a tree decorated with Christmas lights in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

A cyclist makes his way through fog on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India

A villager pedals his way through fog on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India.

Belfast city centre at night

Belfast's City Hall and the Big Wheel light up the evening sky during the festive season in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as shoppers walk through the continental Christmas market in the city centre.

Penguins dressed in Santa Claus costumes at a park in South Korea

Penguins dressed in Santa Claus costumes in South Korea, a country where Christmas has become increasingly popular.

A sand sculpture in Melbourne, Australia

A sand sculpture exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, which took artists three weeks to construct.

A caddie retrieves a ball from a tree for Thailand's Prom Meesawat in Bangkok

A caddie retrieves a ball for Thailand's Prom Meesawat at the Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok.

Hindu devotees have their heads shaved in Vijayawada, India

Hindu devotees get their heads shaved before they perform at a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kanaka Durga in Vijayawada, India.

Tochal mountain area

Iranians spend time in the snow on Mount Tochal, north of the capital, Tehran.

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