A huge wave driven by strong winds in the Atlantic is poised to hit a lighthouse in northern Portugal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ESTELA SILVA / LUSALink
A truck hauls this year's Christmas tree for Springfield's Holiday in the City celebration down North Street. The evergreen is more than 30 feet tall and 24 feet wide.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marshall Gorby / Springfield News-SunLink
Tins of Spam sit on a dock before being loaded onto a plane bound for the cruise ship Carnival Splendor, which is stranded at sea. The Navy is sending 70,000 pounds of food to the ship, which is without power after an engine room fire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregory Bull / Associated PressLink
Crew Chief Mathew McIntosh, left, watches as U.S. Marines and members of the Afghan army carry an injured Afghan boy to a helicopter during a Medevac mission in southern Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER ANDREWS / ReutersLink
A Buddhist monk takes a photo amid the ruins of Bagan in central Myanmar. The majority of the buildings there were built in the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Na Son Nguyen / Associated PressLink
A machine gunner from the First Battalion, Eighth Marines Bravo Company wears a bandolier of bullets around his neck at his base in Talibjan after a patrol in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FINBARR O'REILLY / ReutersLink
A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca. The haj is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and a duty for Muslims who can perform it.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED SALEM / ReutersLink
Guineans supporting presidential candidate Alpha Conde line up outside Matoto's city hall where some election results are tabulated in Conakry. Guineans cast their ballots Sunday in a vote that has been delayed many times following violent ethnic clashes pitting the nation's two largest ethnic groups against each other. The ethnic divide between the supporters of rival candidates Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde has overshadowed what was supposed to be a historic vote for the African nation of 10 million.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated PressLink
Riot police stand next to an anti-nuclear protester holding a sign reading "Gorleben 21" as protesters block the track of the Castor transport of nuclear waste in Gorleben. The Castor transport of nuclear waste later arrived at its storage site in Gorleben, following days of furious protests that delayed the shipment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARSTEN KOALL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Volunteers dressed as clowns entertain patients at the K.E.M hospital. The International Clown Festival 2010 started in Mumbai on Nov. 5 featuring 12 award-winning clowns around the world. Clowning includes mime, pantomime, music, physical comedy, magic, balloon sculpting, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics and nonverbal entertainment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
One of the five new Bornean River turtles walks near a 10-euro cent coin in its enclosure at the Zoo-Aquarium in Berlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Sohn / Associated PressLink
Britain's Prince Harry laughs as an air horn given to him to start a military charity march malfunctions, during the opening of the Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance, at Wootton Bassett. The prince, who has served in Afghanistan, planted a cross dedicated to his friend Lance Corporal of Horse Jonathan Woodgate, 26, who was in the Household Cavalry Regiment with Prince Harry, and who was killed on foot patrol in Afghanistan earlier this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Birchall / PoolLink
A Belarus worker places the remains of 920 German soldiers and officers who were killed during various World War II battles, as they are prepared for a burial ceremony at the German military cemetery in the village of Shchatkovo. The German soldiers were killed during the World War II campaign in Belarus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
Afghan workers pluck saffron flowers on a farm in Herat. Around 2,500 farmers in eight provinces are working on saffron farms for export mostly to India and some European countries. The trade in saffron is estimated to be of an annual value of more than $200 million to Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majid Saeedi / Getty ImagesLink
An Egyptian man carries a sheep ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations at a local market in Kerdasa. Muslims worldwide prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha with the sacrificial killing of goats, cows or camels. The slaughter commemorates the biblical story of Abraham, who was on the verge of sacrificing his son to obey God's command when God interceded by substituting a ram in the child's place.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED EL FIQI / EPALink
A person steps over a plaque with a historical quote during the opening ceremony of an exhibition marking the day of the spontaneous opening of the former Bornholmer Strasse border-crossing in Berlin. Thousands of East Berliners gathered spontaneously at the Boese Bridge (Boesebruecke) border crossing on the night of Nov. 9, 1989, after a Politbureau news conference that appeared to loosen travel restrictions for East Germans citizens and they demanded to be allowed into West Berlin. The inscription reads: "We are flooding now! We are opening everything! (Stasi officer)."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMAS PETER / ReutersLink
A man on a bicycle rides through a street in Yokohama's Chinatown, south of Tokyo. Yokohama will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting this weekend, giving Japanese and Chinese leaders another chance to grapple with tensions over territorial claims.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / ReutersLink
Tourists walk through a garden as partially dried leaves of Chinar trees are seen in foreground on the outskirts of Srinagar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
Tourists take pictures of a flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice. The high water, a convergence of high tides and a strong sirocco wind, stood at 115 centimeters (about 45 inches) at 11:20 a.m.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty ImagesLink
France's Cecilia Berder reacts during the Fencing World championships women's team saber semi-final match against Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERTRAND LANGLOIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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