Photos Of The 2013 Week 51

One more selction after this one and we can say goodbye to 2013. I hope it was as good for you as it was for us. [70 photos total]

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The Eiffel Tower is lit up in a memorial to late former South African President Mandela, during a rehearsal in Paris (JACKY NAEGELEN/REUTERS) #
Riot policemen rest near a large Thai national flag outside the Government House in Bangkok (CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/REUTERS) #
Pope Francis has his skull cap removed by a child during an audience with children in the Vatican (GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS) #
Ukrainian riot police stand behind shields as they block street between pro and anti-government protestors in central Kiev (MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS) #
Palestinians walk down a street in the West Bank city of Ramallah after a snowstorm (MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS) #
The funeral cortege carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela drives through Mandela's homeland just outside the village of Qunu (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
Former South African President Nelson Mandela's flag-draped coffin arrives at the Mthatha airport (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS) #
Christmas decoration are seen at a shopping mall in Dortmund (INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS) #
Remembrance wreaths rest in front of graves at Arlington National Cemetery (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS) #
Free Syrian Army fighters fire a rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Old Aleppo (MOLHEM BARAKAT/REUTERS) #
LAPD officer holds shotgun surrendered during gun buyback program, in Los Angeles, California (KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/REUTERS) #
Pro-European integration protesters hold up their mobile phones during a concert in a camp at Independence Square in Kiev (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
Robertson and Corey wrestle during SantaCon in San Francisco (STEPHEN LAM/REUTERS) #
A homeless person smokes as revelers dressed as Santa Claus for SantaCon walk past during snowfall in New York (EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS) #
Still image taken from video shows China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, moving onto the lunar surface (REUTERS TV/REUTERS) #
A local boy, Anda, looks out from his hut's window at the burial ground of late former South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of his funeral in Qunu (YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS) #
U.S. Senator McCain waves to pro-European intergration protesters during a mass rally at Independence Square in Kiev (GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS) #
Todorov, a Roma from the Bulgarian city of Plevna, walks past a graffiti at a former ice factory that serves as his home in Berlin (THOMAS PETER/REUTERS) #
Bulgarian Roma warm themselves at open fire in former ice factory, now his home, in Berlin (THOMAS PETER/REUTERS) #
A man weeps as he watches the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on a large screen television in Cape Town (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
Displaced refugees camp at an airport in Bangui (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
Syrian refugees sit by their tent in a Syrian Refugee camp on the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
A Christmas tree is seen in front of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
African migrants walk on a road after choosing to permanently leave their open detention facility, which began operating last week in the southern Israeli desert (AMIR COHEN/REUTERS) #
A skater speeds on rain-wet ice on lake Orlangen, south of Stockholm (TT NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS) #
Members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club warm up before swimming at the beach at Coney Island in New York (ERIC THAYER/REUTERS) #
The Obama family check out the funny face by one of a team of elves in Washington (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS) #
Still image taken from video shows China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, on the lunar surface (REUTERS TV/REUTERS) #
A cow, which escaped from a truck, attacks a farmer trying to catch it in Liangdun (CHINA DAILY/REUTERS) #
A 9-metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria (THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS) #
A crushed U.S. military helicopter is seen in Miura, south of Tokyo (KYODO/REUTERS) #
Worker collects items to pack into boxes at Amazon's logistics centre in Graben (MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS) #
German Chancellor Merkel chats with party fellows and SPD members after coalition government agreement signing ceremony in Berlin (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/REUTERS) #
Austrian former finance minister Fekter cries during the handover ceremony in the Finance Ministry after a new coalition government was sworn in Vienna (HEINZ-PETER BADER/REUTERS) #
A protester lights candles during a candlelight vigil to mark the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape, in New Delhi (ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS) #
Members of Palestinian civil defence paddle a boat to evacuate people from their houses that are flooded with rainwater, in the northern Gaza Strip (MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS) #
Police officers clash with supporters of the native Indian community during a protest outside the Indian museum in Rio de Janeiro (PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS) #
North Korean girls carry firewood as they walk on the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju (JACKY CHEN/REUTERS) #
A pair of 10-day-old sibling lion cubs are seen in their play area at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park animal care center in San Diego, California (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
NASA handout of giant asteroid Vesta surface (NASA/REUTERS) #
A giant panda plays after snow at a zoo in Kunming (CHINA DAILY/REUTERS) #
A Newari woman, with her lips and face painted to depic a deity, sits inside a house before a parade to celebrate the Yamari Puni festival in Kathmandu (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
Women arrive for treatment at a mobile clinic, provided by the Afghan Family Guidance Association, in Kabul (MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS) #
Medic connects electrodes to the head of Piccard pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse before the start of transatlantic 72 hour flight simulation in Duebendorf (ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS) #
Tower of Allerheiligen church in Reitham and mountains of lake Tegernsee area are silhouetted against sky in Warngau (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
Sculptor Partanen of Finland carves a sculpture at the Brussels Ice Magic Festival (FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS) #
A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the 'Step into the Void' installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps (ROBERT PRATTA/REUTERS) #
Ukrainian President Yanukovich gives a wink to his Russian counterpart Putin during a signing ceremony after a meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission at the Kremlin in Moscow (SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS) #
Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid leave the court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, Lima (MARIANA BAZO/REUTERS) #
Reno Police guards the entrance of the Renown Regional Medical Center during a lockdown in Reno (JAMES GLOVER/REUTERS) #
Visitors look at penguins wearing Santa Claus and Christmas tree costumes during a promotional event for Christmas in Yongin (KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS) #
A member of China's national pole dance team performs at a park after the city's first snow this winter in Tianjin (CHINA DAILY/REUTERS) #
The moon is seen over the border fence between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave Melilla (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
Skiers ride a ski lift on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border (NIR ELIAS/REUTERS) #
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir wipes his face during a news conference in Juba (GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS) #
Firefighter Brian Hughes fires a flare during a burn out operation in Big Sur, California (MICHAEL FIALA/REUTERS) #
Members of the Guarani Nandeva tribe stand guard at the entrance to one of the 14 farms they have been occupying in Japora (LUNAE PARRACHO/REUTERS) #
Customers puff on e-cigarettes at the Henley Vaporium in New York City (MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS) #
Window cleaners dressed as Santa Claus and a reindeer pose for photographers during an event to celebrate Christmas in Tokyo (YUYA SHINO/REUTERS) #
A passenger plane flies past the moon on its final descent to Heathrow Airport in London (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
The family of Lee Rigby stand as a police spokesman reads a statement on their behalf outside the Old Bailey after two men were found guilty of murdering Rigby, in central London (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #
Kate Smith and Matt Messina perform in a boat during a rehearsal for Chicago Opera Theater's production of Orpheus & Euridice at the Welles Park swimming pool in Chicago (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS) #
Huge waves crash onto Viavelez's seafront in the northern Spanish region of Asturias (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
A girl removes dust from scarf as she works to earn money by carrying bricks at brick factory in Lalitpur (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
A young boy scrapes ice off his mother's windscreen on a frosty morning in west London (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #
A members of the emergency services walks in front of a bus which crashed into a tree in Kennington, south London (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
A flock of migrating cranes is seen at the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel (NIR ELIAS/REUTERS) #
Clara Gantt the 94-year-old widow of U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Gantt weeps in front of her her husband's casket after it was lowered from the plane before dawn on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport (POOL/REUTERS) #
A man watches the sun set on Venice Beach in Los Angeles (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS) #
A demonstrator reacts at a fountain that emulates the Iguazu Falls during a rally commemorating the 12th anniversary of the social and economic crisis that led to Argentine former President Fernando De la Rua's resignation, in Buenos Aires (MARCOS BRINDICCI/REUTERS) #

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