Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), speaks at the opening session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Doha, Qatar
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A child in the West Bank city of Ramallah wears a keffiyeh during a rally supporting the change in the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state".
Activists in India lit candles during an AIDS awareness campaign on the eve of World AIDS Day.
A protester kicks a tear gas canister back at police during clashes in Siliana, northwest of Tunis. Tunisian security forces dispersed several thousand protesters in the town that has seen days of clashes this week over economic problems.
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Enrique Pena Nieto took over as Mexican president on December 1, offering a shot at redemption for the party that shaped modern Mexico.
Tens of thousands of Islamists demonstrated in Cairo on December 1, in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is trying to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.
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Kainat Riaz reads a book after returning from school at her home in Mingora, Swat valley. Two Pakistani girls shot by a Taliban hit squad trying to kill their classmate, Malala Yousufzai, returned to school on November 29, under tight security.
Fireworks explode from a Christmas tree during the lighting ceremony at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Yousef Zalzaly, a Shia Muslim and a newly elected member of Kuwait's parliament, poses with supporters after election final results were announced on December 1.