Brazil

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

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

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in red to mark World AIDS Day in Rio de Janeiro...The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in red (top R) to promote the "Test, Treat, Live Better" awareness campaign marking World AIDS Day in Rio de Janeiro December 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (Brazil - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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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. 

Aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo state

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The Atibainha dam in Brazil, part of the Cantareira reservoir, has been hit by a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state. It is the area’s worst drought in 80 years and has left the Cantareira system, which provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record.

Residents of the building occupied by FLM (Front Fight for Housing) are held by police during confrontations after a building repossession September 16, 2014 in the city center of Sao Paulo, Brazil. About 70 people were detained by police.

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Residents of the building occupied by FLM (Front Fight for Housing) are held by police during confrontations after a building repossession on Tuesday in the city centre of Sao Paulo, Brazil

A firefighter adjusts his safety helmet as he tries to extinguish a fire at the park Floresta Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, 01 September 2014. Six teams, a helicopter and an aircraft were mobilized to contain the fire. The Brazilian capital suffers of current low humidity and a period of drought.

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A blaze engulfs part of a national forest in Brazil, the Floresta Nacional in Brasilia, as the nation’s capital is hit by a drought.

Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil looks at the ball as she serves to Belgium during their FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo August 22, 2014

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Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil serves to her Belgium opponents during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo 

Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli and Thaisa Menezes of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked  by Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey during their FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo

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Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli (L) and Thaisa Menezes (R) of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked by Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey during their FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo on Wednesday.

A fisherman gets ready to cast

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A fisherman gets ready to cast his line near the body of a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Macumba beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,.