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A girl plays with a curtain of water at Madureira park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 25, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

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A girl plays in a curtain of water at Madureira park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

A pedicab ("bicitaxi" in Cuba) with a US flag drives along a street of Havana, on January 16, 2015.  The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement.

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A pedicab (bicitaxi in Cuba) with a US flag on a street in Havana. The US is to ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties since announcing a historic rapprochement

A truck from the Alabama Department of Transportation, followed by traffic, spreads sand on the northbound lanes of the Hudson Memorial Bridge spanning the Tennessee River, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Decatur, Ala.   A wintery mix of precipitation was expected throughout the day.

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A truck from the Alabama Department of Transportation, followed by traffic, spreads sand and grit on the northbound lanes of the Hudson Memorial Bridge spanning the Tennessee River on Thursday in Decatur, Alabama

Hairdresser Lisandra works on a woman's extensions as others wait their turn in Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Lisandra attends her clients on the sidewalk outside her home. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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On the street outside her home, hairdresser Lisandra works on a woman’s extensions as others await their turn in Old Havana, Cuba.

New York State Police Troopers stand outside St. Ignatius Loyola Church during the funeral service for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo in New York...New York State Police Troopers stand outside St. Ignatius Loyola Church during the funeral service for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo in the Manhattan borough of New York, January 6, 2015. Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party's liberal wing who turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency, died on January 1 at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY)

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New York State Police Troopers stand outside St. Ignatius Loyola Church during the funeral service for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo in the Manhattan borough of New York. Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing who turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency, died on January 1 at his home in Manhattan. 

Ixil Indians wait outside the courtroom in Guatemala City where Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt is facing charges of genocide and crimes against. Rios Montt was convicted for the massacre of thousands during his 1982-83 regime in what was considered a historic 2013 ruling. But his 80-year sentence was later overturned and a restart to the trial ordered.

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Ixil Indians wait outside the courtroom in Guatemala City where Efrain Rios Montt, Guatemala’s former dictator, is facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Mr Rios Montt was convicted for massacring thousands of people during his 1982-83 regime, in what was considered an historic 2013 ruling. But his 80-year sentence was later overturned and a retrial ordered

A Spanish recortador jumps over a bull during a show in Cali

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A Spanish recortador jumps over a bull during a show in Cali, Colombia.

A bicycle is parked under pictures of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, brother of Fidel and Cuba's president, and revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (L-R) in an office in Havana December 19, 2014. With Washington agreeing to restore full diplomatic ties that were cut in the early 1960s, Cuba's communist government may not be able to blame its old Cold War nemesis so readily. Cuba has repeatedly sought to dispel the idea that it secretly wanted the embargo in place, saying if the Americans believed that they should challenge Cuba by lifting it.

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A bicycle is parked under pictures of Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, brother of Fidel and Cuba’s president, and revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in an office in Havana on Friday. Washington has agreed to restore full diplomatic ties that were cut in the early 1960s, with its old Cold War nemesis

A man dressed as Santa Claus zip lines away from Sugar Loaf mountain after riding on top of a cable car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The cable car company surprised tourists with a visit from Santa to celebrate Christmas.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus zip lines away from Sugar Loaf mountain after riding on top of a cable car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. The cable car company surprised tourists with a visit from Santa to celebrate Christmas

Alan Gross is greeted with hugs after arriving at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in this White House handout photo...Alan Gross is greeted with hugs after arriving at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in this December 17, 2014 White House handout photo. The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.  Gross spent 5 years as a prisoner in Cuba. REUTERS/Lawrence Jackson/White House/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba for five years, arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The US and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old enemy. 

A man waits in line for one of 5,000 holiday food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California December 17, 2014. Glide's foundation serves a cross-section of homeless and low-income people, and provides a variety of services including free meals.

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A man waits in line for one of 5,000 food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California on Wednesday

Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in this view from Sausalito, Calif.  A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry. Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting outages are widespread across the Bay Area due to weather, but officials weren't immediately available to give a specific number of outages.

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Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain on Thursday, in this view from Sausalito, California. A storm expected to be one of the worst in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power and delaying travel by air, train and ferry.

A woman walks between palm trees before sunrise on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

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A woman walks between palm trees before sunrise on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday

Street artist Cezar Vanuty, with Santa hat, performs with knives on a street in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

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Street artist Cezar Vanuty, wearing a Santa hat, performs with knives on a street in Brasilia, Brazil on Tuesday

Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minn. competes in the saddle bronc riding during the fifth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas

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Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minnesota competes in the saddle bronco riding during the fifth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas

A police officer walks among crosses planted by the NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) on Copacabana beach, in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro December 9, 2014. Rio de Paz placed 152 black crosses symbolising the same number of police officers killed in the last two years in Rio de Janeiro, according to NGO.

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A police officer walks among crosses planted by the NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) on Copacabana beach today in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Paz placed 152 black crosses symbolising the same number of police officers killed in the last two years in Rio de Janeiro, according to NGO.

Members of the glaciology unit of Peru's national water authority walk on the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The glaciology unit is studying the measurement of ice thickness. According to Alejo Cochachin, coordinator of the glaciology unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 meters between 1980 and 2014. Peru's glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70 percent Peruís 30 million people who inhabit the countryís Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Members of the glaciology unit of Peru’s national water authority walk on the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru. The glaciology unit is measuring ice thickness and according to Alejo Cochachin at the unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 metres between 1980 and 2014 

NASA Prepares For Orion Test Launch...CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - DECEMBER 05:  In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bright lights illuminate the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA's Orion spacecraft mounted on top is seen in the early hours of the morning atCape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 on Decemeber 05, 2014 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Orion is scheduled to launch and make its first flight test later in the morning. The spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean. No one will be aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

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Lights illuminate the Delta IV rocket that blasted the Orion spacecraft into space at 7.05am US eastern time on Friday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of about 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean 

Llamas are seen in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco. Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Peru's top tourist attraction, with the government limiting tourists to 2,500 per day due to safety reasons and concerns over the preservation of the ruins.

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Llamas are seen in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco. Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Peru’s top tourist attraction