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Pedestrians walk through a snow covered park as temperatures hover around zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

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Pedestrians walk through snow in temperatures of zero Celsius at a park in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Monday.

A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building's steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania's cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year's period. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building’s steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania’s cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year’s period. 

A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter's facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe's services sector to cross-border competition.

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A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe’s services sector to cross-border competition

A king penguin looks over at a man dressed as Santa Claus who wears a scuba mask as he poses in their tank at the Marineland animal park in Antibes...A king penguin looks over at a man dressed as Santa Claus who wears a scuba mask as he poses in their tank at the Marineland animal park in Antibes, December 19, 2014.     REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

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A king penguin looks over at a man dressed as Santa Claus who wears a scuba mask as he poses in their tank at the Marineland animal park in Antibes 

An artist of the Cirque du Soleil performs during the show "Quidam" at the Meo Arena pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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An artist of the Cirque du Soleil performs during the show “Quidam” at the Meo Arena pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal 

A Russian sailor looks through a porthole of the Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire...A Russian sailor looks through a porthole of the Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, December 18, 2014. A ship carrying the Russian sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the French port of Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow. The sailors arrived in late June at the shipyard to begin training on a first carrier, named Vladivostock, which France was due to deliver to Russia by the last quarter of 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS MILITARY POLITICS)

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Sailors on board Russian Navy frigate Smolny as the ship leaves the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, in Saint-Nazaire, western France. A ship carrying the sailors, who have been training for months on a French-built Mistral helicopter carrier, left the port on Thursday, with it still unclear whether Paris will finally deliver the ship to Moscow.

A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk December 18, 2014.

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A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday

A child runs in front of Ferris wheel on...A child runs in front of Ferris wheel on December 16, 2014 in downtown Nice, southeastern France. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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A child runs in front of Ferris wheel in downtown Nice, southeastern France. 

Couples dance a tango in front of Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, December 17, 2014. At the rear edge of the square more than 2,000 people, who came to Rome from all over Italy for the 78th birthday of Pope Francis, danced in "A tango for Pope Francis" event as music blared.

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Couples dance a tango in front of Saint Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. At the rear edge of the square more than 2,000 people, in Rome to celebrate the 78th birthday of Pope Francis, danced in “A tango for Pope Francis” event as music blared

Central Bank of the Russian Federation

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Russian currency dropped to 100 roubles to the euro on Tuesday, after Russia’s central bank made a surprise move on Monday night to raise interest rates to 17%

A miner emerges from an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez December 15, 2014. For the past four years, war veteran Ramiz Rizvic with his son and some family members, have been extracting coal from this illegal and unsafe mine using primitive and makeshift tools.

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A miner emerges from an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez yesterday. For the past four years, war veteran Ramiz Rizvic with his son and some family members, have been extracting coal from this illegal and unsafe mine using primitive and makeshift tools. Each of the workers earns the equivalent of $12 for a 12 hour shift at 200 meters (655 ft) deep. They sell each 50 kg (110 lb) sack of their coal for about 4$. High unemployment levels in the former Yugoslavian republic has helped the proliferation of this kind of illegal mining.

This image released by NASA December 15,...This image released by NASA December 15, 2014 shows the easily recognized boot of Italy, with Sicily at its toe, spread across this panorama taken October 21 by astronauts aboard the International Space Station(ISS). On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines, but also in the Po River Valley of northern Italy(L). Some of the brightest clusters of lights are Rome and nearby Naples, with island cities of Cagliari on Sardinia and Catania on Sicilynow well-known as the hometown of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. The small, dark, circular patch dangerously close to Catania marks the unpopulated slopes of the active volcano Etna. Hazy lights, as over the Po valley and Rome, probably indicate thin clouds above. The island of Malta appears at the lower right. The airglow line is vivid in this night shot. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA   == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA  "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Handout/AFP/Getty Images

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This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.

A supporter of Zaman holds a copy of the...A supporter of Zaman holds a copy of the newspaper behind a Turkish flag during a demostration against the arrest of journalists outside the Istanbul police headquarters on December 15, 2014. The Turkish government faced accusations of eroding democracy and press freedoms after over two dozen people were arrested in raids against media critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporter of Turkey’s Zaman demonstrate against the arrest of journalists, outside the Istanbul police headquarters. The Turkish government has been accused of eroding democracy and press freedoms after over two dozen people were arrested in raids against media critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Union members clash with police in Brussels during a national general strike which was called for by the different unions to protest against austerity measures.

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Union members clash with police in Brussels during a national strike, which was called to protest against austerity measures.

Austria's Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women's World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden,  Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Brem  came third

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Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem during the second run of the women’s World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden on Friday. Brem ended up in third place

A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region, December 12, 2014. According to Russian media, over 50 trucks arrived in Donetsk while another 80 trucks arrived in Luhansk

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A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday

Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade union organisations to protest against the government's economic policy, on december 12, 2014 in Rome. Unions protest against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's emblematic Jobs Act legislation approved this month which aims to shake up Italy's labour market by making it easier for companies to hire and fire.

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Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome

A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany.

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A Christmas star on top of a sales booth is pictured against the colorful morning sky at the Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany

Two cyclists are reflected in a puddle shortly after a storm on the banks of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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Two cyclists are reflected in a puddle shortly after a storm on the banks of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco, Thursday, Dec.11 , 2014.  For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate. Monaco's Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality's future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco's laws of succession.

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Monaco guards arrive for a ceremony announcing the birth of Monaco royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier, outside the Palace in Monaco on Thursday