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The World in Photos this Week

Santa Claus takes the plunge, dogs race across the desert, and a volcano lights up the night sky.

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A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 108th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell on Dec. 25. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 108th edition of the "Copa Nadal" (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell on Dec. 25.

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Swiss guards arrive to take position before the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, by Pope Francis from the balcony of St Peter's basilica, on Dec. 25, at St Peter's square in Vatican.

Swiss guards arrive to take position before the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the world by Pope Francis from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, on Dec. 25 in the Vatican.

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Believers of Legio Maria of African Church Mission hold candles during their overnight Christmas Mass at the church near Ugunja, the western part of Kenya, early December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fredrik Lerneryd        (Photo credit should read FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of Legio Maria of African Church Mission hold candles during their overnight Christmas Mass at the church near Ugunja, in the western part of Kenya, early on Dec. 25.

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A child skips over bamboo skewered roasted pigs at a 'lechon' grill on Christmas Eve in Manila on December 24, 2017.
Locally known as 'lechon' or roasted suckling pig, the delicacy has been a famous part of Filipino Christmas and New Year celebrations which runs from December until the second week of January. / AFP PHOTO / GEORGE CALVELO        (Photo credit should read GEORGE CALVELO/AFP/Getty Images)

A child skips over bamboo-skewered roasted pigs at a "lechon" grill on Christmas Eve in Manila, Philippines, on Dec. 24.

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Penguins Dress Up For Christmas At Harbin Polarland

A penguin wears Christmas clothes at Harbin Polarland on Dec. 23, in Harbin, China.

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French President Emmanuel Macron stands by a birthday cake as he attends a Christmas dinner with some 700 French soldiers of France's Barkhane anti-jihadi force on Dec. 22, at the French air hub base for the Barkhane force in Niamey, Niger.

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Harlem Globetrotter's Hot Shot Swanson (#9) hangs upside down from the rim after being lifted in the air by teammates for a slam dunk during their game against the Washington Generals at the Barclays Center Dec. 26, in New York.
Known as the "Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball," Jahmani Swanson is only four foot five, but he's now a Harlem Globetrotter, electrifying fans in the culmination of a childhood dream. Signing with the world-famous exhibition team earlier this month for their 2018 world tour, the 32-year-old was mobbed on court by dozens of fans queueing for a photo or an autograph after his first appearance. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT / With AFP Story by Thomas URBAIN        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

The Harlem Globetrotters' Hot Shot Swanson (#9) hangs upside-down from the rim after being lifted in the air by teammates for a slam dunk during their game against the Washington Generals at the Barclays Center on Dec. 26 in New York.

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Colombian bullfighter Sebastian Ritter is hit by the bull during a bullfight at the Canaveralejo bullring in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia on Dec. 26, during the 60th Fair of Cali.

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Moroccans shout slogans and wave a national flag as they participate in a demonstration after the funeral of two brothers who died while digging in an abandoned coal mine in the northeastern city of Jerada, 60 kilometres southwest of Oujda in the Oriental region on Dec. 26, 2017.     (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Moroccans shout slogans and wave a national flag as they participate in a demonstration after the funeral of two brothers who died while digging in an abandoned coal mine in the northeastern city of Jerada, on Dec. 26.

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Arabian Saluki dogs race during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert near the city of Madinat Zayed, 150 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on Dec. 26. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Arabian Saluki dogs race during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert near the city of Madinat Zayed, 93 miles west of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 26.

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A picture shows ties hanged on the fence of the Kosovo government headquarters in Pristina on December 26, 2017. Around 300 ties were collected and placed on the fence of the government as a sign of protest against Kosovo's prime minister's decision to raise Governemnt salaries of the government including his own. / AFP PHOTO / Armend NIMANI

Ties hang on the fence of the Kosovo government headquarters in Pristina on Dec. 26. Around 300 ties were collected and placed on the fence of the government as a sign of protest against Kosovo's prime minister's decision to raise government salaries, including his own.

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This overhead view shows visitors looking at a 22.5m x 27m (wide) image of a Shiba Inu dog and her two cubs displayed to celebrate the upcoming "Year of the Dog" from the Chinese zodiac at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka Ibaraki prefecture, some 100 kilometres north of Tokyo on Dec. 29. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

This overhead view shows visitors looking at a 74-by-89-foot image of a Shiba Inu dog and her two cubs displayed to celebrate the upcoming "Year of the Dog" in the Chinese zodiac at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, some 60 miles north of Tokyo on Dec. 29.

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A goose arranges its plumage on Dec. 27, in Randersacker, southern Germany.   KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

A goose arranges its plumage on Dec. 27 in Randersacker, southern Germany.

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Syrian paramedics distract children inside an ambulance on the second night of an evacuation operation led by the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus late on December 27, 2017.
Aid workers have evacuated the first few ill patients from Syrian rebel bastion Eastern Ghouta under a deal struck after the UN said hundreds are in critical condition following a four-year government seige. 
 / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA        (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian paramedics distract children inside an ambulance on the second night of an evacuation operation led by the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, late on Dec. 27.

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Illustration taken with a long time exposure on Dec. 27, in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, shows four people drawing the year "2018" with sparklers. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Patrick Pleul / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Illustration taken with a long exposure on Dec. 27, in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, shows four people drawing the year "2018" with sparklers.

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A Palestinian fisherman paddles his boat at sunset off the coast of Gaza City on December 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

A Palestinian fisherman paddles his boat at sunset off the coast of Gaza City on Dec. 27.

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People take a bath in the natural hot water springs of Bormio on Dec. 27. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

People take a bath in the natural hot water springs of Bormio, Italy, on Dec. 27.

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This timed-exposure photo taken on Dec. 28 shows Mount Sinabung volcano spewing lava that lights up the night sky in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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People dressed as devils dance in the street under fire torches during the festival, Nit de Llufes on Dec. 28, in Barcelona, Spain.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

People dressed as devils dance in the street under fire torches during the festival of Nit de Llufes on Dec. 28, in Barcelona.

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Police stand by as demonstrators march during a protest against the pardon of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, on Dec. 28.

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A Mayan indigenous priest  takes part in a ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the signing of the peace in Guatemala after 36 years of civil armed conflict (1960-1996), at the archaeological site of Kaminal Juyu in Guatemala City on Dec. 29. ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images

A Mayan indigenous priest takes part in a ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the signing of the peace in Guatemala after 36 years of civil armed conflict (1960-1996), at the archaeological site of Kaminaljuyu in Guatemala City on Dec. 29.

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A supporter of the winner of Liberia's presidential elections George Weah wears an image of Weah as an earring during celebrations following the proclamation of the second round election results on Dec. 29, outside of Weah's headquarters in Monrovia. 
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A supporter of the winner of Liberia's presidential elections, George Weah, wears an image of Weah as an earring during celebrations following the proclamation of the second round election results on Dec. 29, outside of Weah's headquarters in Monrovia.

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People wearing skins take part in a new year and winter festival during which groups from northern Romanian villages are invited to sing winter carols and dance on Dec. 29, in the city of Vatra Dornei.  DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images

People wearing skins take part in a New Year and winter festival during which groups from northern Romanian villages are invited to sing winter carols and dance on Dec. 29, in the city of Vatra Dornei.

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Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the New Year in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Dec. 29. (MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the New Year in Sao Paulo on Dec. 29.

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