Pictures of the Week: December 6 – December 13

People release a balloons into the air in front of the Eiffel Tower to support four French journalists who are held hostage in Syria
Jacky Naegelen—Reuters
Dec. 6, 2013. People release balloons into the air in front of the Eiffel Tower to support four French journalists who are held hostage in Syria, in Paris.

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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