Bangalore, Dec 7: As the nation waits with bated breath for the result of the Assembly polls on December 8, Christmas fever has already stepped in. In the US the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held at the Ellipse in Washington, where President Barack Obama was seen with his family.
Meanwhile, in London the Dutchess of Cambridge toured the facilities at the Shooting Star House Children's hospice, where she viewed a music session and played with a frog hand puppet and a rattle, met with volunteers and had tea with some of the children and their families.
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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Sasha and Malia and Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson, call out as they light the National Christmas Tree during the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington.
A cameraman films the radiation head that was part of a radiation therapy machine. The truck that was hauling the equipment was found abandoned Wednesday about 40 kilometers (24 miles) from where it was stolen, and the container for the radioactive material was found opened.
In New York
A Bharhut Stupa Yaksi pillar sculpture from the Second Century B.C., India is shown. The statue is currently in Homeland Security Investigations custody pending forfeiture after was seized by ICE agents, before it could be sold by former art gallery manager Aaron Friedman.
Kate, the Duchess Of Cambridge reacts with a patient as she visits the Shooting Star House Children's hospice, in London .
Spain's Sara Hurtado and Adria Diaz perform during ice dance free dance of the Golden Spin figure skating competition in Zagreb, Croatia .