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Thai Buddhist monks release lanterns in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, during celebrations of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 85th birthday.
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The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was lit by House Speaker John Boehner and Ryan Shuster, 17, of Colorado Spring, Colo., not pictured, on the Capitol grounds in Washington, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The tree is an Engelmann spruce from Colorados White River National Forest.
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A woman hangs laundry from a window in a poor area of Bucharest, Romania, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Romania will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday, Dec. 9.
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Santeria priestess Chuchita touches a slaughtered goat's head with the tip of her tongue during a sacrificial Santeria ceremony in honor of Saint Barbara's feast day, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. In Cuba, the Catholic saint is associated with the Santeria diety Chango, the orisha of lightning, fire and war. Believers pay tribute to Saint Barbera and Chango every Dec. 4 with offerings of flowers, fruit, burning candles, the beating of drums and animal sacrifices.
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And overcast sky hangs over a man as he rests beneath the sculpture "Cupid's Span'" Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Rincon Park in San Francisco. The Bay area has endured unsettled, rainy weather for a week.
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Galatasaray fans light flares at a soccer game with Sporting Braga during the Champions League Group H match, at the Municipal stadium, in Braga, Portugal, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.