Photos Of The 2014 Week 50

This week we have an oil spill in Bangladesh, protests about new pornography laws in London, the Afghan Bruce Lee, the breakup of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, the Grand Canyon filled with clouds, a big wave surfer in Nazare, and much more. [35 photos total]

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A polar bear plays with a pylon during celebrations marking its first birthday in an enclosure at Tierpark Hellabrunn zoo in Munich on December 9, 2014. (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) #
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Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais Camille Cerf takes a selfie photo with her smartphone right after winning the Miss France 2015 beauty contest on December 6, 2014 in Orleans. (Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, on December 11, 2014. Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011. (Reuters/Rafael Marchante) #
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Fans of Argentina's River Plate celebrate before their Copa Sudamericana soccer match finals against Colombia's Atletico Nacional in Buenos Aires on December 10, 2014. (Reuters/Agustin Marcarian) #
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Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa participate in a charity run down a slope at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, on December 7, 2014. Organizers say 250 skiing Santas raised $2,700 for charity at the event. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #





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People react as a man burns after he was set alight with the help of a fellow protester during a protest in Tuxtla Gutierrez, in the Mexican state of Chiapas on December 5, 2014. The man, a farmer, allowed a fellow demonstrator to set him on fire during a protest to demand the release of a colleague who was detained in May on suspicion of cattle rustling, local media reported. People helped put out the flames before the man was taken to hospital suffering from severe burns. (Reuters/Rene Arauxo) #
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A kindergarten, surrounded by rubble, at a demolition site in Xi'An, Shaanxi province, China, on December 8, 2014. According to local government, the kindergarten has been running without license and will be forced to shut down. (Reuters/Stringer) #
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This photo provided by the National Park Service shows dense clouds at the south rim of the Grand Canyon on December 11, 2014 in Arizona. A rare weather phenomenon on Thursday had visitors looking out to a sea of thick clouds. The total cloud inversion is expected to hang over the Grand Canyon just below the rim throughout the day. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Maci MacPherson) #
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An undated handout photo released by Santa Catarina State Police on December 6, 2014 shows a swastika at the bottom of a swimming pool in Vale do Itajai in Santa Catarina state, Brazil. According to local media reports, police officers in a helicopter taking part in an anti-kidnapping operation spotted the Nazi symbol by chance. A subsequent police investigation revealed that the swastika had been there for 13 years. No charges have been filed against the homeowner, who told police he was not promoting Nazism, as the pool was situated on private land. (Reuters/Santa Catarina State Police/Reuters) #
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Second place finisher Anna Fenninger of Austria takes the podium during the women's downhill in the FIS alpine skiing World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort on December 5, 2014. (Sergei Belski, USA TODAY/Reuters) #
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A visitor looks at stamps on display during the Malaysia 2014 World Youth Stamp Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on December 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) #
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A man runs with a "toro encuetado," a structure resembling a bull and covered with exploding fireworks, as part of the celebrations in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception on her feast day in Managua, Nicaragua, on December 8, 2014. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception is Nicaragua's patron saint. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) #
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Abbas Alizada, who calls himself the Afghan Bruce Lee, poses during a media event in Kabul December 9, 2014. From the ruins of an iconic bombed-out palace above Kabul, the young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail) #
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A nano Bible is displayed at TowerJazz Semiconductor in Migdal Haemek in northern Israel on October 29, 2014. The nano sized New Testament developed by an Israeli company has been nominated for the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Smallest Bible, the company said on Tuesday. Jerusalem nano Bible company said it developed a chip smaller than five by five millimeters, which contains the original Greek version of the New Testament (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
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A worker walks past a digger in the partially completed Crossrail rail tunnel that will become Bond Street station on December 8, 2014 in London, England. Crossrail is Europe's biggest infrastructure project. A total of 26 miles of train tunnels are being built beneath the streets of the capital by eight tunneling machines. When complete in 2018, ten new stations in central and southeast London will increase the capitals rail capacity by 10 per cent and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
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Homa Rashid, a lawyer and volunteer at the Vafa Animal Shelter, rests with a dog, in the city of Hashtgerd 43 miles (73 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, on December 5, 2014. More than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the Iran's only licensed animal refuge. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) #
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A demonstrator is taken away by policemen, at an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on December 11, 2014. Hong Kong authorities started on Thursday clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city's most economically and politically important district for more than two months as part of a campaign to demand free elections. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha) #
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Police officers stand in a line as they prepare to clear tents outside Hong Kong's Government complex on December 11, 2014 in Hong Kong. After more than two months and drawing crowds of over 100,000 the main Admiralty pro-democracy protest site is cleared away by bailiffs and police after a court injunction paved the way for officials to clear three parts of the site. (Brent Lewin/Getty Images) #
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Protesters rallying against police violence block both directions of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, California, on December 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) #
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A plain-clothes California Highway Patrol detective, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd identified him and his partner during an arrest in Oakland, California, December 10, 2014. Chief Avery Browne, commander of the California Highway Patrol's Golden Gate Division, said two plainclothes CHP detectives were surrounded by up to 50 demonstrators who ignored orders to back off, despite one of the officers first taking out his baton and identifying himself as police. (Reuters/Noah Berger) #
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A participant takes part in the first Belarussian eyelash extension Beauty Eyes championship in Minsk on December 7, 2014. (Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Firefighters stand on lanes of the 110 freeway near smoldering hot spots of a large fire that consumed an apartment building that was under construction in Los Angeles, California, on December 8, 2014. The blaze in downtown Los Angeles early on Monday shut down two major freeways, the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said. The fire was extinguished, but firefighters were still on the scene monitoring hot spots. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities in the fire. (Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn) #
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Carabiniers of Monaco's Prince Albert II fire canons to announce the birth of twins of Prince Albert II of Monoco and Charlene, in front of the Monaco Palace on December 10, 2014. Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth on Wednesday to a boy and a girl, the royal couple's first children, an aide to the royals said. According to Monaco's Constitution the boy, named Jacques, will be first-in-line to the throne, and not his twin sister, Gabriella. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard) #
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People push a car stuck on the A93 Braemar to Glenshee road as snow is forecast for much of the UK on December 8, 2014 in Glenshee, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #
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Navy divers attach a towing bridle to the Orion Crew Module during the first Exploration Flight Test of the NASA Orion Program following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex on December 5, 2014 in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles southwest of San Diego. The Orion spacecraft orbited Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing. (U.S. Navy via Getty Images) #
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A boy plays on a street in downtown Havana on December 5, 2014. (Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini) #
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A protester takes part in a demonstration against new laws on pornography outside parliament in central London on December 12, 2014. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
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A Palestinian militant from the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, marches during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movements creation, at the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Central Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Wind surrounds as Neil Sharrock with his dog Ted walk along the beach on December 10, 2014 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. (Nigel Roddis/Getty Images) #
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A man falls from the top of a residential building in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on December 8, 2014. According to local media, witnesses said that the man, who did not survive, slipped off from the edge of the building as he was shouting and stepping back from people trying to persuade him to leave the roof top. (Reuters/Stringer) #
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An oil slick lines the banks of the Shela River after an oil tanker sank in one of the world's largest mangrove forests, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, on December 12, 2014. The oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank Tuesday on the major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel. The slick had spread over up to 70 kilometers (45 miles) of the Shela river, threatening several types of animals including rare Irrawaddy dolphins, a senior official of the Bangladesh Forest Department said. (AP Photo/Khairul Alam) #
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Volunteers treat a severely injured motorbike accident victim on the side of the road on December 6, 2014 in Vientiane, Laos. Vientiane Rescue is an all-volunteer rescue squad established in 2007 primarily to provide ambulance services to the staggering number of road accident victims in the nation's capital. The severely underfunded group receives no government monetary support and operates on donations from the local and international communities. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images) #
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A man holds a girl as she tries to escape after realizing she was to to be married, about 80 km (50 mi) from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, Kenya, on December 7, 2014. As Pokot tradition dictates, the future husband arrived at her family home with a group of men to collect the girl. The men arrived with the last settled dowry of livestock for the girl's family. In this case it was 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, given during a period of several weeks. The remaining 10 cows were to be given the morning the girl was taken to her new home by her husband and the rest of the men. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home. In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence. (Reuters/Siegfried Modola) #
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Forest guard Rashila Ben holds a lion cub inside an animal hospital located in the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The sanctuary, which is home to India's Asiatic lions, occupies an area of 1,412 square km and employed female guards, for the first time in the country, back in 2007. According to one of the female guards, they earn a monthly salary of around $148 for working almost 12 hours a day, six days a week. Picture taken December 1, 2014. (Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee) #
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A man on horseback rides past a bonfire with his horse during the "Virgin's Conception" procession as part of the Los Escobazos Festival on December 7, 2014 in Jarandilla de la Vera, Spain. The origin of this festival is unconfirmed. Most believe that it comes from when goat shepherds came down from the mountains to celebrate the Virgin's Conception Day (December 8th) the night before. In order to see, they would light some branches of a brush called "Escobones" (Brooms). After a long season outside home, as a game, the shepherds entered the town hitting family and friends with the burning brooms. Each December the 7th, the festivity begins at nightfall when people light bonfires in the streets and hit each other with burning brooms. After this people take the "torches" to the religious procession where the Virgin Conception flag is carried by a man on horseback. Once it has finished, the party continues with people dancing, eating and drinking "pitarra" wines gathered at the remaining bonfires. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) #

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