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Mandarin Oriental lights up Christmas with 20-meter tree
Mandarin Oriental, Taipei yesterday put up a sparkling Christmas tree at The Arcade entrance on Dunhua North Road. The tree is 8 meters wide and 20 meters tall and features 28 candy-shaped LED lights.
 
Crispy Christmas trees: Staged fire shows potential risks
It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno.
 
Amputees who played computer games using a virtual, on-screen arm, experienced relief from the phantom pain that often afflicts people who have lost a limb, scientists said Friday.
 
Thousands gather under rain for Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting
Thousands of rain-drenched revelers gathered in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.
 
In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there's a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings.
 
Revelers cheer amid police at Macy's turkey day parade
Santa Claus, giant cartoon balloons and whimsical floats were protected by sand-filled dump trucks and bomb-sniffing dogs as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade wound its way through the streets of Manhattan under heavy security.
 
Gambia gears up for election
A performer wearing a traditional kankurang mask, ceremonial attire of the Manding tribe worn during circumcisions and propitiatory ceremonies, dances in Brikama, Gambia, Nov. 24, during a rally ahead of the ruling APRC (The Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction), attended by the incumbent president, ahead of the Dec. 1 presidential election.
 
A giant Charlie Brown balloon will join 1,000 clowns and a dozen marching bands along a parade route lined with spectators and police in plainclothes for the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
 
Youthful cheer
Members of a cheerleading team warm-up during the Russian Cheerleading Championship of students in Moscow on Sunday, Nov. 20.
 
Frosty reception
Four-year-old Scarlett points to the teeth of a polar bear head ice sculpture at the launch of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland's Magical Ice Kingdom in London, Thursday, Nov. 17. This year's Winter Wonderland starts on Nov. 18 and lasts until Jan. 2.
 
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