A homeless man bundled up in plastic bags faces the cold weather in downtown Los Angeles. (Nick Ut/AP)

International POW 17 – 23 Dec

As we approach Christmas, and because we are now in the holiday season, make sure that after checking this week’s POW, to take a decision and make someone happy or at least make a stranger smile.

A Yemeni girl waits her turn to receive a polio vaccination during a polio immunization campaign at a health center in Sanaa, Yemen. A three-day anti-polio immunization campaign to vaccinate children under five years old began on Monday. (Hani Mohammed/AP)

A Palestinian family sits in a tent after their house was flooded following huge storms that left the Gaza Strip under flood waters in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Abed / AFP – Getty Images)

Thick fog covers Lahore, Pakistan. At least 11 people were killed and 67 injured overnight in Punjab province due to transport accidents related to the fog. (Omer Saleem / EPA)

The moon is seen through a Christmas decoration along a road in the village of Xylofagou, Cyprus. (Petros Karadjias/AP)

A homeless man bundled up in plastic bags faces the cold weather in downtown Los Angeles. (Nick Ut/AP)

A Tunisian man pretends to use a loaf of bread as a weapon in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia to mark the third anniversary of the Tunisian uprising. Several political groups gathered at the square where Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation on Dec. 17, 2010 triggered mass protests against social marginalization and government corruption in Tunisia. (Aimen Zine/AP)

Dee Sinclair, who bills himself as the real black Santa, delights 4-year-old Joe Morris IV, in Atlanta. Fusing the icon of the long-white beard and red suit from American artist Norman Rockwell and later Coca-Cola, in recent years the new Santas incorporate their own ethnic take on the Christmastime figure with various interpretations. (John Bazemore/AP)

Bangladeshi police baton charge an activist to stop him from marching towards the Pakistani Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The activists were protesting against the Pakistan parliament’s resolution expressing concern over last week’s execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah for war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan.  (A.M. Ahad/AP)

A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Participants jump into a pool of water cut out from the ice during the Polar Plunge at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska. The annual Polar Plunge fundraiser will help raise money for Special Olympics Alaska. (Mark Thiessen/AP)

Hot air balloons with tourists fly over ancient pagodas and temples in Bagan, Myanmar. Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites and tourist attractions in Myanmar has over 2,000 preserved temples and pagodas built between 11th-13th century.(Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

Palestinians dance the Dabka, an Arab folk line dance, with mock weapons made from wood at a rally marking the 46th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in the West Bank village of Maythalun, near Jenin. Arabic on banner reads “Our choice: Resistance, Unity, Liberation. Remember the anniversary of the longest-held captive, Mohammed Raja Nuirat (Abu Rifat).” (Mohammed Ballas/AP)

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