We’re approaching the season of goodwill and moving towards 2013 rapidly, and the world seems to be on fire. Israel, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, South America, Greece, it is difficult to find a quiet and peaceful place nowadays, but we’re confident some of the images in this week 47 selection will bring a smile to your face.

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A shipyard worker looks for riot police at the Carranza bridge during a protest during the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz. RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

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People's shadows are seen from inside a hot air balloon as they make preparations during the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Leon. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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Car pushed out of Neukom family home is lodged in sand deposited by Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking, New Jersey. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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Kenyan police officers carry the slain body of their colleague killed by alleged Turkana cattle rustlers in a military-style ambush, near Baragoi in the north-western Samburu district. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Egyptian protesters shout slogans against Israel's ongoing military operation in Gaza Strip, in old Cairo. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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Hot-air balloons are seen during the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Leon. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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A man dressed as a friar jumps from a 13-meter high cliff during the Jump of the Friar, along Herradura Beach in Lima. MARIANA BAZO/REUTERS

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A Magellanic penguin is seen during sunset at the Punta Tombo fauna reservation in the Patagonian Argentine province of Chubut. STRINGER/ARGENTINA/REUTERS

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Hamas policeman guards the destroyed office building of Hamas PM Haniyeh after Israeli air strikes in Gaza. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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An explosion and smoke are seen after Israeli strikes in Gaza City. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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Government security personnel and officials at Phnom Penh airport are reflected on a marble pillar, as delegations arrive for ASEAN. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near Beersheba. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man watches as a truck transports Iron Dome anti-missiles batteries in Ashdod. DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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People receive food, clothing and other essential items in the Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

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An Israeli soldier stands next to an armoured personnel carrier at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip. RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

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Supports of the Shiv Sena party crowd around the vehicle carrying the body of Bal Thackeray during his funeral procession in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS

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U.S. President Barack Obama tours Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A Thunderbolt Craziness band member wears a metal suit as he forms a symbol from electric arcs using a metal stick while standing on tesla coils during a performance in Fuzhou. SHENG LI/REUTERS

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Palestinians gather around destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS

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The machine gun of a French gunner is reflected on the visor of his helmet during a flight above Kapisa valley. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

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Residents look for survivors inside the wreckage of a passenger mini-bus after it was hit by an explosion in the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A Palestinian stone-thrower uses a sling to throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli security forces during clashes near Ramallah. MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

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A woman who lost her daughter wails after looking at the wreckage of a passenger mini-bus (matatu) after it was hit by an explosion in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Friends Sherry and Amelia share a laugh at a bar on 6th Street in Austin, Texas. ADREES LATIF/REUTERS

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Secret Service agents stand watch as U.S. Vice President Biden visits the Hurricane Sandy damaged city of Seaside Park, New Jersey. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

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Jean-Francois Cope arrives at the UMP political party's headquarters in Paris. BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS

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Singer Rihanna performs during a concert as part of her 777 tour in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Justin Bieber performs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles. DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

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The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is seen shortly after it landed with the International Space Station (ISS) crew near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. SERGEI REMEZOV/REUTERS

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walk together during their meeting at her home in Yangon. Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERS

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A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. AHMED ZAKOT/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to extinguish fire from 15-storey commercial building after a fire broke out, in central New Delhi. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A woman escapes from a cloud of tear gas thrown by the police during the second day of skirmishes in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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Police dogs attack a man found stealing from ethnic Somali homes during the second day of skirmishes in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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A Palestinian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses international media offices in Gaza City. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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A Palestinian demonstrator wearing a rosary holds a stone during minor clashes with Israeli troops in protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank village of Bir Zeit, near Ramallah. MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

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A member of the Free Syrian Army receives treatment for a head injury near the town of Atareb. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Hindu devotees pray while standing in waters of Arabian Sea during Hindu religious festival Chhat Puja in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS

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Israeli soldiers walk in a field outside northern Gaza. AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

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An Israeli air force pilot poses near a F15-E fighter jet at the Tel Nof air base in central Israel. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A Hasidic Jewish man holds an Israeli flag as he dances with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with Gaza. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Demonstrators protest on Mohamed Mahmoud street to mark the one-year anniversary of fatal clashes on the street, near the Interior Ministry, in Cairo. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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People take photographs of hot air balloons in Metropolitano park during the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Leon, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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A model poses on a make-shift catwalk during a fashion show organised by environmental group Greenpeace titled 'Toxic Threads - The Big Fashion Stitch-Up', in Beijing. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Soldiers from Mexico's mounted cavalry unit are seen on their horses before a military parade to celebrate anniversary of Mexican Revolution at Military Camp Number One in Mexico City. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS

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Student Malam peers off the edge of a colonial-era dock on the island of Bolama. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

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Combo handout photos showing evidence recovered by Polish police of a planned attack in Warsaw. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Combination of photos shows Belgium's ministers during news conference on 2013 Belgian budget in Brussels. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Congolese Revolution Army rebel wearing a belt of ammunition, walks down a street in Goma, soon after the rebels captured the city from the government army. JAMES AKENA/REUTERS

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Sally Hitchener, chaplain of Brunel University, poses for photographers outside Church House where the Church of England Synod is meeting to vote on the ordination of women bishops, in central London. ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS

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Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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Hernandez poses for photograph in his front yard as worker removes collapsed remains of portion of his home in New Dorp Beach. MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS

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Maintenance workers carry out maintenance review of 'Wallbergbahn' cable railway in Rottach-Egern. MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS

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Israeli border policemen guard during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers near Nablus. ABED OMAR QUSINI/REUTERS

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A private Israeli security guard sits on an armchair as he watches the fighting from a hill outside Gaza. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Andalusian horseman Felipe Vara, 23, poses during the Sicab International Pre Horse Fair in the Andalusian capital of Seville. Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS

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Rio de Janeiro Mayor Paes imitates the signature pose of Usain Bolt, as Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, Olympics czar for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, smiles during a visit at the work site of the Parque Olimpico Rio 2016 during a press tour in Rio de Janeiro. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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The sun rises over the banks of the Rio de La Plata, in Buenos Aires. ENRIQUE MARCARIAN/REUTERS

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Planes fly in formation over Mexican national flag during military parade in celebration of 102nd anniversary of Mexican Revolution on Zocalo Square in Mexico City. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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Nurses carry newborn babies as they take cover under a table during an earthquake drill at Manila Doctors Hospital in Manila. ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS

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Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a plane crashed in Sanaa. MOHAMED AL-SAYAGHI/REUTERS

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Israeli police survey the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Member of the European Parliament Licia Ronzulli of Italy taking part with her daughter Vittoria in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. VINCENT KESSLER/REUTERS

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Tops of high rise buildings stick out from a blanket of think fog covering Warsaw. STRINGER/POLAND/REUTERS

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An Andalusian horseman pulls a horse by the reins during the Sicab International Pre Horse Fair in the Andalusian capital of Seville. Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS

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A police officer walks in front of burning tires placed on a highway by members of Movement of Landless Rural Workers who are protesting for change in the process of land reform in Brasilia. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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U.S. President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha and Malia as he pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

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Hamas' leader in exile Meshaal speaks during a news conference about a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Gaza, in Cairo. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Balloon in the shape of Santa Claus gets inflated with helium ahead of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York. CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

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Vehicles are seen on the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, New Jersey. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

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Worker walks at a salt field at Palibelo village, on the outskirts of Bima, on Indonesia's Sumbawa island. BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

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A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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Kindergarden children look at a statue of a man responding to the call of nature at the Toilet Culture Park in Suwon. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A woman labourer carrying cement is silhouetted against the setting sun at the site of a commercial complex on the outskirts of Jammu. MUKESH GUPTA/REUTERS

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Blood drips from the nose of a Kashmiri Muslim boy while he flagellates his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. FAYAZ KABLI/REUTERS

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Israeli soldiers atop a tank at the Gaza border. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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The Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

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A hot air balloon carrying tourists flies over camels for sale at Pushkar Fair in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS

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A riot policeman clashes with an opposition supporter during a rally to mark the eighth anniversary of the Orange Revolution in Kiev. ANATOLII STEPANOV/REUTERS

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A student proteste gestures as demonstrators clash with riot policemen in Santiago. IVAN ALVARADO/REUTERS

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Buddhist monks attend the opening ceremony of the seventh congress of Vietnam's Buddhist Sangha Association in Hanoi. KHAM/REUTERS

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Paramilitary policemen stand guard in front of a section of wall surrounding the Forbidden City on a cold day in Beijing. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Camels walk as their herders lead them to an area to wait for customers at Pushkar Fair in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS

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Germany's Chancellor Merkel arrives at the EU council headquarters for an EU leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels. FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS

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French riot gendarmes fire tear gas canisters towards demonstrators during an evacuation operation on land that will become the new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Some dozens of Santas ring their bells while marching through Midtown Manhattan during the Volunteers of America's 110th Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade in New York. ADREES LATIF/REUTERS

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Protesters run from riot police during clashes at Tahrir square in Cairo. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

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Masai people gather for celebrations a day before the circumcision of three male youths from a village in Eremit. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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A naked man stands on a statue in Whitehall, central London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

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Mara Gonzalez, from Paraguay, performs a pole dancing routine to promote the Miss Pole Dance South America 2012 competition in Buenos Aires. ENRIQUE MARCARIAN/REUTERS

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A Shi'ite Muslim man is reflected in a mirror as he flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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The Winter Wonderland ferris wheel is reflected in puddles in London's Hyde Park. SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS

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A Masai man rides a motorbike as people gather for celebrations a day before the circumcision of three male youths from a village in Eremit. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Convergencia i Unio (CIU) party's candidate Artur Mas for Catalunya's regional government and Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida wave during a meeting in Barcelona. ALBERT GEA/REUTERS