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A reveler takes part in the battle of Enfarinats, a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on Dec. 28, 2013, in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups: a group of married men called Els Enfarinats, which take control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole host of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them, and another group called La Oposicio which tries to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

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A worshipper walks away after tossing offerings into the ocean during a ceremony honoring Iemanja, Goddess of the Sea, as part of traditional New Year's celebrations on the sands of Copacabana beach on Dec. 28, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Iemanja is a goddess from the African Candomble religion brought to Brazil by West African slaves. Devotees traditionally mark the day dressed in white while carrying a statue of Iemanja to the beach along with lighting candles and tossing flowers and other offerings into the sea.

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A Japanese diver cleans the glass of an aquarium as a manta ray swims beside her during year-end cleaning at the Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium in Tokyo on Dec. 28, 2013.

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People play in the spume on the beach of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, on Dec. 29, 2013, as they enjoy the sunny last Sunday of the year.

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Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on Dec. 30, 2013, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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A Bangladeshi youth throws sand onto a burning bus as he is joined by others trying to extinguish the fire in Dhaka on Jan. 2. The bus was believed to have been set on fire by those opposing the upcoming elections. Bangladesh's main opposition party has called for a non-stop blockade, rejecting plans for a Jan. 5 election and plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil.

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A police officer checks visitors at the Red Square in central Moscow on Dec. 31, 2013, after security measures were increased in the Russian capital following twin blasts in Volgograd. Read Shane Harris and John Hudson's report about how security at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will not be ramped up in response to the attacks.

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Palestinians wave their national flag as they await the release of Palestinian prisoners to Jerusalem on Dec. 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who returned to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. Be sure to read Aaron David Miller's article about whether Kerry is really on the cusp of a breakthrough in negotiations.

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French soldiers from the 1st Parachute Infantry Regiment (1er Regiment Chasseurs Parachutistes), part of the Sangaris operation, patrol the Fouh district in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Dec. 28, 2013. The United Nations said yesterday it would speed up planning for a possible U.N. peacekeeping force in the strife-ridden Central African Republic. Check out Colum Lynch's article on whether Samantha Power can wage a war on atrocities in the country.

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People react to the fireworks on the New Year's celebration at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 1.

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Indian policemen laugh as they participate in a "laughing yoga" session in Jalandhar on Jan. 1. The laughing yoga sessions have been introduced into the Punjab state police force as a stress management technique for its servicemen.

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A Nepalese mahout guides his elephant across the Rapati River at Sauraha in Chitwan, some 150 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu, during the Chitwan Elephant Festival on Dec. 29, 2013. The ongoing five day-long Chitwan Elephant Festival is celebrated with elephants, horses, and bullock cart races as well as an elephant beauty pageant.

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Banners promoting Bangladesh's Awami League party candidate and independent candidates hang above a street in Dhaka on Jan. 2. Bangladesh's main opposition party has called for a non-stop blockade, rejecting plans for a Jan. 5 election and plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil.

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Indian rescue personnel use a stretcher to carry a body near a charred carriage of the Nanded-Bangalore Express near Puttapartihi in Ananthpur District, some 300 kilometers south of Hyderabad on Dec. 28. 2013, after a fire engulfed the train. A fire on an overnight train killed at least 23 people in southern India as it ripped through a carriage packed with sleeping passengers, officials said.

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Egyptian Coptic children dressed as Santa Claus attend the New Year mass service at the Virgin Mary Coptic Christian church in Cairo's working class neighborhood Al-Warrak on Dec. 31, 2013.

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A Chinese man dives into icy waters at a frozen lake in Beijing on Jan. 2.

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A boy tows a self made raft after buying food in Vila Velha, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, on Dec. 28, 2013. At least 44 people have died and more than 60,000 have been left homeless following torrential rains over the past few weeks in southeast Brazil.

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Six year-old Lina Ismer, daughter of the Tierpark Stroehen animal park director, holds baby kangaroo "Karl Friedelich" in a woolen cap on Jan. 2 in Stroehen, northwestern Germany. After the little kangaroo's mother had died, Karl is raised now by the animal park director's family.

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A man stands near a cloud of tear gas fired by riot police on Dec. 28, 2013, at Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama, during a demonstration to protest after police arrested Ali Salman, head of the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

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