Pictures of the Week: December 6 – December 13

South Africa Holds A National Day Of Prayer For Nelson Mandela
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Dec. 8, 2013. Parishioners attend church services at Regina Mundo Catholic Church as South Africans observe a national day of prayer for Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa.

From Obama’s selfie at Mandela’s memorial service and the execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle to the continuing protests in Kiev and Santa snuggling with a shark, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

(See also: 2013: The Year in 365 Pictures)

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