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.
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