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Around the World With the Week's Best Photos

Jolly Jog

Special celebrations took place across the globe this week, with people everywhere honoring holiday traditions and commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela. Santa-themed runs, giant tree installations, and glowing lights channeled the Christmas spirit, and the Obamas hosted a Hanukkah reception at the White House. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton tried her hand at puppeteering, and Hillary Clinton received a top honor for her women's rights efforts. See all that and more with the week's best pictures from around the world.