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Explosive floating Christmas trees and light labyrinths. Photographers around the world captured some incredible scenes this past week, here are what we think were best.

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"Fireworks explode over a floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake at the annual holiday tree lighting event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013."-AP

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"In this photo made by combining 264 20 second exposures, stars leave rings of light behind as they wheel around Polaris, the North Star, over Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap offers prime stargazing on clear, moonless nights. Polaris is not the brightest star in the sky, but it stays glued north, while its neighbors rise and set."-AP

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"Participants compete in the Shanghai International Marathon in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013."-AP

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"A protester uses a chain as he and others clash with police outside of the presidential administration building in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine's capital on Sunday. Thousands of demonstrators tried to storm the nearby presidential administration building, but were driven back by riot police using tear gas and flash grenades, which produce a loud bang but are not intended to cause injury. The standoff continued, with more demonstrators arriving."-AP

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"A plane takes off from the Los Angeles International Airport as clouds reflect the color of the sunset on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles."-AP

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"A Sri Lankan couple spends a moment at the Indian Ocean promenade at Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The promenade stretches for half a kilometer (0.3 miles) along the coast in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo."-AP

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"A woman passes a large menorah on Independence Mall on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Philadelphia. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, an eight-day commemoration of rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians."-AP

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"A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The rocket is carrying its first commercial payload, a communications satellite."-AP

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"A protester collects firewood for heating in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Ukraine's opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary no-confidence vote Tuesday, leaving political tensions unresolved and a potential standoff between protesters and the country's leaders looming."-AP

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"The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in New York, in this view in which the lens was zoomed during the exposure. Some 45,000 energy efficient LED lights adorn the 76-foot tree."-AP

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"Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden plays a ball on the 8th hole during the 2nd round of Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013."-AP

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"Thai military personnel and civilians hold candles as a mark of respect during Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday celebrations, in Bangkok, Thailand , Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday marked his 86th birthday with a call for national unity, but failed to offer guidance on how his polarized nation might find its way out of its bitter political conflicts."-AP

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"A girl picks up a poster showing the face of Nelson Mandela after it fell to the ground, as she and others celebrate his life, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied."-AP

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"People walk in the Light Labyrinth in the Wilanow Palace Garden in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. The Labyrinth, made of over 150,000 color lamps and based on themes from "Alice in Wonderland" is a winter attraction for children."-AP