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News of the world, Dec 22

News of the world, Dec 22
Chris Harris as Dame Trott performs during the traditional pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk on stage at the Theatre Royal Bath on Dec. 20 in Bath, England. Many theatres in the UK are currently starting their pantomime seasons - which traditionally are musical-comedy theatrical productions incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, audience participation, and mild innuendo and which run over Christmas and into the New Year. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 22
A young boy tries to tell Santa Claus what he would like for Christmas on Dec. 20 at the Tysons Corner mall in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Santa has been extremely busy with requests with only five days to go until Christmas. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 22
Colours are presented during a memorial service at the Pan Am 103 Memorial Cairn at the Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 21 in Arlington, Virginia. Families and friends of the victims gathered to remember their lost loved ones and to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack by Libyan terrorists that brought down the flight over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 22
The Potala Palace is illuminated during the Randeng Festival (lamp lighting festival) held to commemorate the great Tibetan master Zongkaba, on Dec. 21 in Lhasa of Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Zongkaba was the founder of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This festival falls on Oct. 25 according to the Tibetan calendar. The activities of Randeng Festival celebration include lighting ghee lights and singing religious songs. (Getty Images)
News of the world, Dec 22
Former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda (2nd L) meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) at the Great Hall of the People on Dec. 22 in Beijing, China. Fukuda was in Beijing to attend the closing ceremony of the Sino-Japan Youth Friendship Year on Dec. 20 where he also met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. (Getty Images)

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