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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 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 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 on Thursday
Street artist Cezar Vanuty, wearing a Santa hat, performs with knives on a street in Brasilia, Brazil on Tuesday
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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 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. 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
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
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in red to promote the “Test, Treat, Live Better” awareness campaign marking World Aids Day in Rio de Janeiro.
The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, sits next to the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Friday
A clown sits on a park bench at sunrise before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning
A man walks past a burning building during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri early on Tuesday morning. Gunshots were heard and bottles were thrown as anger rippled through a crowd outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after authorities on Monday announced that a grand jury voted not to indict a white officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teen
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An employee with the City of Dubuque Park Division gets in position to cut down a branch of a tree being removed from Washington Square on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together with their translators at Zhongnanhai leaders compound before their private dinner on Tuesday
Tyler Lewis practises Parkour in downtown Seattle, Washington. Parkour originated in France in the 1980s as military obstacle course training and has now become a recognised sport
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Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania, is hoisted onto a platform on Friday in New York City
Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday night, capturing control of the Senate from the Democrats
The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf’s rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York Pennsylvania.