Only three more weeks until we say goodbye to 2012 and say hello to 2012. This is our selection of the coolest pix of week 49. Stay tuned for the 2012 review next week.

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A member of Ras Kambani, a local militia allied with the Kenya Defense Forces in Kismayo city, sits guard over a meeting at the seaport. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Members of the business community in Kismayo attend a meeting with foreign journalists to discuss the recent liberation of the city by al-Shabab. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Hernandez, an HIV-positive patient, rests on a bed at the Hospital Manolo Morales in Managua. OSWALDO RIVAS/REUTERS

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Derailed freight train cars sit semi-submerged in the waters of Mantua Creek after a train crash in Paulsboro. ANDREW BURTON/REUTERS

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Actor Hugh Jackman poses for a portrait while promoting his movie Les Miserables in New York. CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

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Excavators are used to demolish a house standing alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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A terminally ill patient rest in a hospice for those dying of AIDS at a Buddhist temple Wat Prabat Nampu. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual 6-km Santa Run in Battersea Park. PAUL HACKETT/REUTERS

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Pope Benedict XVI caresses a young tiger as he leads a special audience for circus artists and music bands at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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A woman covered with mud checks her look in a mirror on the shore of the Dead Sea, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS

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Construction workers walk over Titlis Cliff Walk suspension bridge in front of the peak of Mount Titlis near the Swiss mountain resort of Engelberg. ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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A car drives during sunset on a road near the Turkey-Syria border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province. LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS

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Skiers sit in a chairlift at the Mount Titlis skiing area near the Swiss mountain resort of Engelberg. ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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Pope Benedict XVI looks on through the incense smoke as he leads a Vespers mass in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS

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Palestinian Hejazi stands in front of the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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Police huddle behind burning shields during a protest against Mexico's new President Enrique Pena Nieto in downtown Mexico City. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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Members of Hamas' national security forces demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony at the site of destroyed security compound in Gaza. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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Police officers and firefighters gather in front of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Otsuki. KYODO/REUTERS

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Labourers work on an under-construction pontoon bridge spanning the river Ganga ahead of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, as the sun sets in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. JITENDRA PRAKASH/REUTERS

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Children ride sledges down an hill as the first snowfall of the season hits Brussels. FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS

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A beater holds dead pheasants after a hunt in Lewknor, southern England. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

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Palestinian members of al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement, take part in an anti-Israel parade in Gaza City. MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS

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Los Angeles police and robbery homicide detectives investigate the shooting scene where four people were shot and killed in Northridge California. GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS

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U.S. President Obama and first lady acknowledge the crowd as they attend the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. JASON REED/REUTERS

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An aerial view shows an illegal mine in the jungle in the south of Venezuela. JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

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Government army FARDC soldiers use mobile phones to record a video in the town of Sake, some 27 km (17 miles) west of Goma. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Syrians try to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike. LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS

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Members of the public help to move a turtle killed by poachers near Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa. Joseph Okanga/REUTERS

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A Bedouin encampment of the Jahalin tribe is seen in front of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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Britain's Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital in London. NEIL HALL/REUTERS

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Surfer walks out into the ocean at Rockaway Beach in the Queens Borough of New York. ANDREW BURTON/REUTERS

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A woman takes a picture of a sunrise from the balcony of her hotel in Brasilia. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

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German Bundeswehr army paramedics carry a wounded ANP officer on a stretcher out of an U.S. Army Blackhawk MEDEVAC helicopter in Kunduz. FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

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A woman asks a protester if he feels the cold during a demonstration against social services cuts, in front of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. VINCENT WEST/REUTERS

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Worker checks mushroom beds at a private farm, workshops of which are located inside hangars of a former Soviet missile military base, in the village of Minoity. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A man crosses a canal on a rope bridge on the outskirts of Jammu. MUKESH GUPTA/REUTERS

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Palestinian security guards pray at a soccer stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during an eight-day conflict, in Gaza City. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

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German Chancellor and leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel reacts after her re-election as party leader during the CDU's annual party meeting in Hanover. KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS

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Anti-Mursi protesters run from smoke from a tear gas canister thrown by riot police, during clashes in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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Egypt's riot police stand behind a barbed wire fence closing off the road before a demonstration, in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A boy plays with the fruit of the guarana plant at a farm in Maues. STRINGER/BRAZIL/REUTERS

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A labourer works at a steel factory in Dalian. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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A civilian runs to take cover as Lebanese soldiers on their military vehicles patrol the Sunni Muslim Bab al-Tebbaneh neighbourhood, in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, during clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A general view of the Christmas fair held in front of the Palace of Culture in Warsaw. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A reveller performs during a clown parade in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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A NASA handout image of the continental United States at night shows a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. NASA/REUTERS

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NASA satellite image of North, Central and South America at night. NASA/REUTERS

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles during a reception during an interval in the Queen's Medal for Music presentation and concert at the Barbican Centre in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

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Art patrons are reflected in an Untitled piece by Anish Kapoor at Art Basel in Miami Beach. ROBERT SULLIVAN/REUTERS

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Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi throw molotov cocktails and stones at anti-Mursi protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo,. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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REUTERS NEWS PICTURES - IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2012. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A general view of mosques and the great pyramids before sunset in Cairo. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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A security walks next to the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Anti-Mursi protesters clash with supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi with molotov cocktails and stones outside the presidential palace in Cairo. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS

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Migratory birds fly above men rowing a boat on the Yamuna river in the old quarters of Delhi. AHMAD MASOOD/REUTERS

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A man stands near makeshift tents surrounded by a destroyed banana plantation in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley in southern Philippines. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Firefighters practice during a chemical plant fire protection drill at a firefighter training base in Chongqing Municipality. SHI TOU/REUTERS

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A man stands near the National Congress building, designed by Brazilian architect Niemeyer, in the Ministries Esplanade in Brasilia. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Britain's Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS

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German Chancellor Merkel goes to shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during a news conference at Chancellery in Berlin . WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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View of Et Si? Installation by artist Daniel Knipper during the rehearsal for the Festival of Lights in central Lyon. ROBERT PRATTA/REUTERS

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A worker of German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp controls a blast furnace in Duisburg. INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS

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Mekki, a Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back which he says were inflicted by Greek nationalists in Athens. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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German Bundeswehr army soldiers walk in front of an armoured personnel carrier Marder in their combat outpost OP North, near Baghlan. FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

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Guards carry the coffin of Niemeyer at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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People look at a dead 20-ton 41-foot male fin whale, washed up on the beach near luxury homes in Malibu. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Spectators watch fireworks during a Christmas light illumination ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS

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Japan's PM Noda speaks to Japan Self-Defense Forces soldiers in front of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) land-to-air missiles unit, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Participants of 'Strut the Streets', an annual swimwear parade, look at a man pole dancing in central Sydney. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS

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A sculpture depicting a giant glass of beer is seen in a park as snow falls in central Brussels. FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS