Photos Of The 2014 Week 47

This week we have big wave surfing in Portugal, a Beaujolais wine spa in Japan, a massive floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, a plane crash in Chicago, protests in Mexico City, real-life Mario Kart races in Tokyo, a descent into a mysterious hole in northern Siberia, a blizzard in New York state, and much more. [35 photos total]

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A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, New York, on November 19, 2014. An autumn blizzard dumped a year's worth of snow in three days on Western New York state, where five people died and residents, some stranded overnight in cars, braced for another pummeling that hit later in the week. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) #
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Storm clouds and snow blows off Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, on November 18, 2014. (Reuters/Lindsay DeDario) #
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Ghost statues by artist Jakub Hadrava are placed at the St. George's church near Plzen on November 16, 2014 in Lukova, Czech Republic. Artist Jakub Hadrava created 32 empty plaster life-size ghost statues, which symbolize Sudeten Germans who lived in the village. St. George's church, which was built in the north-western Bohemian region of the Czech Republic in 1352, fell into disrepair after the roof collapsed during a funeral service in 1968. Hadrava's aim is to make the church more attractive for visitors and to gain money for renovation work. According to voluntary church manager Petr Koukl, about 2,500 people from around the world have been visiting the church this year. (Matej Divizna/Getty Images) #
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Swans ride in a boat after they were rounded up from Hamburg's inner city lake Alster on November 18, 2014. Every year the swans are collected from waterways around the northern German city of Hamburg and taken to winter quarters where they are fed and cared for until the spring. (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer) #
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An Indonesian student protester runs after he caught fire while throwing a Molotov cocktail towards police during a protest against the new president's decision to hike fuel prices this week in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, on November 19, 2014. (Reuters/Yusuf Ahmad) #
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A member of an expedition group stands on the edge of a newly formed crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia, on November 9, 2014. A group of scientists and discoverers went on an expedition initiated by the Russian Center of Arctic Exploration to research the crater after pilots captured it on video in July of 2014 which attracted the attention of world public. (Reuters/Vladimir Pushkarev/Russian Center of Arctic Exploration) #
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A member of an expedition group on the edge of a newly formed crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia, on November 8, 2014. A group of scientists and discoverers managed to descend down to about 16 meters (52.4 feet) and reached the frozen surface of the base of the crater with a lake at least 10 meters (32.8 feet) deep below, according to Vladimir Pushkarev, head of the Russian Center of Arctic Exploration. Experts, including geologists and historians, have not come to a consensus about the origin of the funnel yet, Russian media report. (Reuters/Vladimir Pushkarev/Russian Center of Arctic Exploration) #
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Participants drive around Tokyo in Mario Kart characters for the Real Mario Kart event in Tokyo on November 16, 2014. The organizer calls for participants to this event held about once a month on Facebook, and Akiba Kart offers rental karts that can be driven on public streets. (Keith Tsuji/Getty Images) #
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A picture taken on November 9, 2014 in Cairo shows the Mohammed Ali mosque inside the Salaheddine Citadel. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A plume of volcanic ash and gas from Alaska's Pavlof volcano on the lower Alaska peninsula is pictured in this November 15, 2014 NASA satellite image. By November 15, Pavlof was lofting ash plumes to an altitude of 30,000 feet (9 kilometers), high enough to disrupt commercial airline flights. (Reuters/NASA) #
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Competitors pose during the Bodybuilding competition during the 2014 Asian Beach Games at Karon Beach on November 21, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #
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A man wearing a face mask stands on a bridge in front of the financial district of Pudong on a hazy day in Shanghai on November 17, 2014. (Reuters/Aly Song) #
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A reveler uses a jersey as a cape in front of a bull with flammable balls of tar attached to it's horns during the "Toro de Jubilo" fire bull festival on November 16, 2014 in Medinaceli, Spain. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) #
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Residents and tourists push a whale to try to return it to the ocean from Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua on November 14, 2014. They were unable to help the beached whale discovered Friday morning. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) #
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Scores of riot police march to confront protesters near the airport in Mexico City on November 20, 2014. Protesters, some with their faces covered in masks or bandannas, scuffled with police as they tried to block a main expressway to the Mexico City international airport. Protesters hurled rocks and fireworks at the police, at least one of whom was hit by the projectiles. Protesters marched in Mexico City to demand authorities find 43 missing students on Thursday, a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of the country's 1910-1917 Revolution. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) #
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A motorcycle burns after protesters threw Molotov cocktails at riot police near the airport in Mexico City on November 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) #
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An effigy depicting Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto is set on fire during a massive march in Mexico City on November 20, 2014. Protesters marched in the capital city to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government. Mexico officially lists more than 20 thousand people as having gone missing since the start of the country's drug war in 2006, and the search for the missing students has turned up other, unrelated mass graves. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) #
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Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side on November 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) #
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Men push a log out of the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria on June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa's rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye) #
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An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. (Reuters/Nacho Doce) #
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Members of the Druze community watch the funeral of Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Nahad Seif in the northern village of Yanuh-Jat on November 19, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four rabbis and a Druze police officer in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) #
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A paraglider flies behind the Christ the Redeemer statue above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
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Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, on November 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
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Devotees walk along the bridge at the premises of the Pashupatinath Temple, during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu on November 21, 2014. The festival is celebrated by the worshipers by lighting oil lamps and scattering seven types of grains known as "sat biu" honoring the departed along a route at the temple. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Jonatan Leliebre, 10 (left), and Oscar Torres, 9, exercise before a wrestling practice session at an old Basque ball gymnasium in downtown Havana, Cuba, on October 30, 2014. (Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini) #
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An 85-meter-high floating Christmas tree is assembled at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 19, 2014. The tree is recognized as the world highest floating Christmas tree by the Guinness World Records and will be inaugurated on November 29, 2014. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A young Hong Kong couple who did not give their names wear gas masks as they pose for a wedding photographer prior to their marriage next to the tents used by pro-democracy demonstrators at the Admiralty protest site on November 14, 2014 in Hong Kong. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #
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Joe Bernard, left, and Justin Sian kiss after being married at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, Montana, on November 20, 2014. A federal judge had just struck down the state's ban against gay marriage. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown) #
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A foal, right, walks on the land next to a mare as fog covers the landscape during a foggy autumn sunrise in Ezquiroz, near Pamplona, northern Spain, on November 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #
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Rosa Lozano, from Washington, left, translates the speech into Spanish as Lita Trejo, from El Salvador, and Texas Democratic State Rep. Ramon Romero, listen to President Obama's speech on a tablet, during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 20, 2014. President Barack Obama announced executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
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A member of the Iraqi police special forces holds his weapon as he rides a car during a parade in Iraq's holy city of Najaf before heading to fight ISIS jihadists on November 19, 2014. The previous week Iraqi forces broke a months-long siege on the nearby Baiji oil refinery, the country's largest, and joined up with elite troops who had been holding off ISIS onslaughts for months. (Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Electricity workers use a long bamboo ladder to fix an electrical cable in downtown Hanoi on November 20, 2014. World Bank has recently approved a loan of 500 million USD to Vietnam to improve the country's capacity, efficiency and reliability of electricity transmission system in key areas including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and the Central Region. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Miss Bourgogne, Marie Reintz (left) and Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin pour 2014 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau wine into a "wine spa" in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, on November 20, 2014, after an embargo on the wine was removed. A total of seven million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are expected to be imported into Japan this year. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled "godman" take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana on November 18, 2014. Followers of the guru, armed with clubs and stones, defied rounds of teargas from Indian security forces on Tuesday, preventing police from arresting the controversial guru who is wanted on murder charges. Police eventually broke through the human chain of men, women and children around the fortress-like, sprawling hermitage where the 63-year-old Satguru Rampalji Maharaj lived in the state of Haryana, 170 km (105 miles) northeast of New Delhi. (Reuters/Stringer) #
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Big-wave surfer Andrew Cotton of Britain drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal, on November 20, 2014. (Reuters/Rafael Marchante) #

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