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Soccer balls to the face, Santa hugging a shark (underwater!), Snow in Teas and smog in China. These are some of the best Associated Press photos of the past week.

12/7
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"Southampton's Luke Shaw, right, vies for the ball with Manchester City's Samir Nasri during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013."-AP

12/7
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"A lone vehicle is seen navigating icy road conditions on the fly over from IH-35W North to IH-35E South bound, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Denton, Texas. Icy sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said."-AP

12/8
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"Pro-European Union activists gather during a rally in Independence Square and Kreshchatik, the main street of Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The third week of protests continue Sunday with an estimated 200,000 Ukrainians occupying central Kiev to denounce President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn away from Europe and align this ex-Soviet republic with Russia."-AP

12/8
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"A contestant bites the tail of one of the bulls to make it run faster, as he races a pair of bulls at an oxen race competition held at a paddy field in Malappuram, Kerala state, India, Sunday, Dec.8, 2013."-AP

12/9
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"The skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District with the high-rise buildings is covered with heavy smog in Pudong in Shanghai, China, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The dirty air that has gripped Shanghai and its neighboring provinces for days is attributed to coal burning, car exhaust, factory pollution and weather patterns, and is a stark reminder that pollution is a serious challenge in China."-AP

12/9
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"A typhoon survivor walks past damaged trees at typhoon-ravaged Tolosa town, Leyte province, central Philippines, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. One month since Typhoon Haiyan, signs of progress in this shattered Philippine city are mixed with reminders of the scale of the disaster and the challenges ahead. Tens of thousands are living amid the ruins of their former lives, underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts."-AP

12/10
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"A woman passes a line of Ukrainian riot police guarding the Ukrainian presidential administration building in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Top Western diplomats headed to Kiev Tuesday to try to defuse a standoff between President Viktor Yanukovych's government and thousands of demonstrators, following a night in which police in riot gear dismantled protesters' encampments outside government buildings."-AP

12/10
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"A large flock of starlings fly illuminated by the setting sun near Bacau, north eastern Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Large numbers of starlings populate the vast cereal growing agricultural lands in eastern Romania, feeding on the seeds already laid in the ground."-AP

12/11
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"An aquarium staff member dressed in a Santa Claus costume embraces a Zebra shark as he swims with fish inside the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013."-AP

12/11
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"A Lebanese man walks in front of high waves crashing on the seafront, at the corniche in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Lebanon is under the effects of a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, dropped torrential rain and snow and pushed temperatures below freezing in northern Lebanon and some areas of the Bekaa Valley, which is dotted with informal Syrian refugee settlements."-AP

12/12
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"Brenda Soto dresses in a traditional Aztec costume while dancing outside of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Wichita, Kan. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, as part of the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. The holiday celebrates the Virgin Mary who's said to have appeared before Mexican farmer Juan Diego near Mexico City in 1531."-AP

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"A rainbow forms over the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, after the public viewing of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket lying in state finished for the day."-AP

12/13
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"A man brushes his teeth as he walks in a fog enveloped field early in the morning on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Many Indians still use short branches of the neem tree to brush their teeth instead of paste and brush."-AP

12/13
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"A man makes his camel sit at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Tourism in Egypt has dropped following unrest surrounding the July 3 popularly backed military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi."-AP