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Around the world in 8 photos: images from around the world

Star Wars fever continues with fans dressing up for showings of the newest installment, smog blankets Beijing and holiday celebrations are in full-swing in images from around the world.

Victoria Castro, dressed as Star Wars character Queen Amidala, poses for a portrait before the first showing of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at Grand Cinemas in Sunnyside, Wash., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.
Image by Sofia Jaramillo/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP

Victoria Castro, dressed as Star Wars character Queen Amidala, poses for a portrait before the first showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Grand Cinemas in Sunnyside, Washington on Thursday.

A fire glow sky at sunrise over Tynemouth Priory on the north east coast as parts of Britain continue to enjoy unseasonably warm weather.
Image by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A fire glow sky at sunrise over Tynemouth Priory on the north east coast as parts of Britain continue to enjoy unseasonably warm weather.

A worker arranges about ten thousand discarded beverage cans to form a Christmas tree in front of a church in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.
Image by AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

A worker arranges about ten thousand discarded beverage cans to form a Christmas tree in front of a church in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday.

Cars clog a main road during peak hour in Beijing Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Residents in the Chinese capital are preparing for its second smog red alert as a wave of smog is forecasted to settle over the city from Saturday to Tuesday.
Image by AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Cars clog a main road during peak hour in Beijing on Friday. Residents in the Chinese capital are preparing for its second smog red alert as a wave of smog is forecasted to settle over the city from Saturday to Tuesday.

A Nepalese child sleeps on the arms of a woman in the city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Bhaktapur is part of UNESCO Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.
Image by AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

A Nepalese child sleeps on the arms of a woman in the city of Bhaktapur, Nepal on Thursday. Bhaktapur is part of Unesco Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.

Italian U.N. peacekeepers decorate a Christmas tree with helmets at their base in the southern village of Chamaa, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.
Image by AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari

Italian U.N. peacekeepers decorate a Christmas tree with helmets at their base in the southern village of Chamaa, Lebanon, Thursday.

The spotlit ancient Parthenon temple on the Acropolis appears behind strings of Christmas lights in central Athens, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Greeks are set to celebrate their sixth Christmas of austerity, as the country braces for more cutbacks demanded by international creditors in return for Greece's third bailout deal, signed in the summer.
Image by AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

The spotlit ancient Parthenon temple on the Acropolis appears behind strings of Christmas lights in central Athens, on Thursday. Greeks are set to celebrate their sixth Christmas of austerity, as the country braces for more cutbacks demanded by international creditors in return for Greece’s third bailout deal, signed in the summer.

A tourist sits next to Christmas decorations in front of the Monte Carlo Casino, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Monaco. Every year, Christmas decorations adorn Monaco city.
Image by AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau

A tourist sits next to Christmas decorations in front of the Monte Carlo Casino, on Thursday in Monaco. Every year, Christmas decorations adorn Monaco city.