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A Nepalese Hindu devotee looks on while praying with fruits and coconuts to the setting sun by standing in Bagmati River during the Chhath festival in Kathmandu. The Chhath festival is observed by the Nepalese and Indian people for a prosperous life and goodwill among the people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA

An Indian boy stands at the window of his makeshift house in Mumbai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

People gather their belongings after offering prayers at sunset during the Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. At Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on Earth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated Press

A jogger chugs along the banks of the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive amid autumn colors in Philadelphia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Rourke / Associated Press

The sun sets behind Haixinsha Stadium shortly before the start of the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Athletes from 45 countries and territories will compete in 42 sporting disciplines through Nov. 27.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Torsten Blackwood / AFP / Getty Images

Pakistanis remove debris from a collapsed building in Karachi after an overnight bomb blast. Pakistan accused Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked bombers of attacking police in Karachi, stoking fears that Islamist networks are expanding their fight in the country's economic capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Asif Hassan / AFP / Getty Images

A Palestinian demonstrator from the West Bank village of Billin burns tires to protest Israeli construction plans in the separated territory. Tensions are running high in the region after Israel announced it will construct 1,345 housing units in East Jerusalem.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Atef Safadi / EPA

A protester clashes with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Maasarah, near the biblical town of Bethlehem. Israel says the network of steel and concrete walls, fences and barbed wire is needed for security, while the Palestinians view it as a land grab that undermines their promised state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abed al Hashlamoun / EPA

A Luciano Pavarotti "trash" sculpture is one of 10 art pieces depicting famous Italians displayed in the historic Piazza Trilussa during a "culture raid" by the My Trastevere. The point of sculptures, all made of rubbish, is "to save our culture and Italy's image around the world, including by giving a positive connotation to the serious trash problem by transforming it into art," a My Trastevere sign said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Massimo Percossi / EPA

A woman walks with her umbrella on Monastiraki square in central Athens.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

A farmer walks across a paddy in Sleman as heat clouds of ash continue to spew from Mt. Merapi. Indonesia's most active volcano sent ash high into the sky after a series of major eruptions, with an alert status remaining in force. Since Mt. Merapi began erupting in late October, 194 people have died and more than 360,000 have been forced to move into makeshift camps.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Roslan Rahman / AFP / Getty Images

Twenty-three-month-old Walker, the new polar bear at Highland Wildlife Park, has a swim before meeting with 30-year-old Mercedes for the first time in Kingussie, Scotland. The bears were both released Friday into the 4-acre main enclosure, which will be their home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images

Daniel Mukalay, left, the head of the Democratic Republic of Congo Police Special Services, and four other police office attend their trial for the slaying of human rights activist Floribert Chebeya in Kinshasa. Eight police officers, on trial in Kinshasa, are accused of killing leading Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya in June.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gwenn Dubourthoumeiu / AFP / Getty Images

Police gather at the scene where a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer was shot to death in Freedom Township. Police are searching for a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer who was investigating reports of illegal hunting activity before he was killed. State police say 27-year-old Christopher Lynn Johnson is being sought for questioning and should be considered armed and dangerous.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clare Becker / Hanover Evening Sun

An injured koala joey named Frodo keeps warm under a pink blanket as she recovers from several surgeries in Queensland. Australia Zoo vets say the baby koala, the victim of a vicious shotgun attack, is doing well after most of the 15 pellets found scattered in her tiny body were removed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AUSTRALIA ZOO

A Muslim pilgrim prays at the top of Noor Mountain, the location of the Hiraa cave. The Islamic pilgrimage, or hajj, draws 3 million visitors each year, making it the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hassan Ammar / Associated Press

Guests and employees of Royal Caribbean line the deck of the Allure of the Seas as she steams into her new home at Port Everglades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

A Yemeni boy shows one of the dresses he sells on the roadside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Artem Sedov, left, of Russia and Kenta Chida of Japan compete during the bronze medal final of the team foil competition at the 2010 World Fencing Championships at the Grand Palais.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACKY NAEGELEN / Reuters

A worker sets up a roller coaster on a site where a Christmas market will open later this month.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty Images

A majorette waits with members of her dance group as revelers across the country celebrate the launch of the carnival season at 11 minutes past 11 o'clock.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT SCHLESINGER / AFP/Getty Images

Giant pandas feast on carrots at Chimelong Giant Panda Center in Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park. The six, born in 2009, left their home in south-central China's Sichuan province for Guangzhou to add cheer to November's Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / REUTERS

A Siamese crocodile is seen at the Tropiquarium of Servion near Lausanne. The freshwater species, native to Asia, is critically endangered and has already vanished from many regions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP/Getty Images

An elderly Romanian man holds a religious picture outside the church of St. Mina. Thousands wait for hours for a chance to touch the remains of the saint who, according to Romanian popular belief, offers protection against thieves or helps retrieve stolen goods and even helps thieves overcome temptation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press

Ma'a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team sprints during a training session at Peffermill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Walter / Getty Images

Honorary Gdansk citizen, French composer, performer and music producer Jean Michel Jarre takes part in a concert during the celebration of Poland's independence day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROMAN JOCHER / EPA

The silhouette of Dresden's skyline is reflected in the River Elbe at sunset.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BURGI / AFP/Getty Images

Crosses of Remembrance, bearing the names and pictures of soldiers who have died, are pictured in the Field of Remembrance, at Westminster Abbey in central London. Britain's Prince Philip inaugurated the memorial and placed a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior inside the abbey.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARL COURT / AFP/Getty Images

Retired Philippine military officer Michael Angelo Siscar pays his respects at the grave of Darrel Wiseman of Illinois, a World War II soldier and friend of his father, at the American Cemetery in the Philippine capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAY DIRECTO / AFP/Getty Images

A poppy is pictured among the names of Commonwealth soldiers who died in World War I during a ceremony for Armistice Day, marking the 92th anniversary of the end of World War II at the Menin Gate in Ypres. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers from several countries died during the Battle of Ypres.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YVES HERMAN / Reuters

Participants look at a slogan made of candle lights in front of the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome on the eve of the opening of the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima. The past Noble Peace prize recipients including the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Shirin Ebadi will attend the 11th annual summit, which will focus on nuclear nonproliferation issues in Hiroshima, where the atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. near the end of World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM KYUNG-HOON / Reuters

French President Nicolas Sarkozy lays a wreath during the Armistice Day ceremony at the statue of former French Prime Minister George Clemenceau in Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GONZALO FUENTES / Reuters

An oil-slicked Chinese crew member from a cargo ship is rescued by a Japan coast guard patrol vessel in the sea near Japan's southern island of Iriomote. A search was launched off southern Japan for 20 Chinese seamen from the cargo ship that went missing, with rescuers from Japan, China and Taiwan taking part. Five crew members have already been found.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

Protesters sit down during a demonstration against the G-20 summit in Seoul. As many as 10,000 laborers and activists planned a march toward the National Museum of Korea, where President Lee Myung Bak will host dinner for the G-20 leaders, including President Obama.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seokyong Lee

Anti-G-20 protesters clash with South Korean police in the first day of the 2010 G-20 Summit in Seoul. World leaders have converged on Seoul for the fifth meeting of the G-20 group of nations to discuss the global financial system and world economy. South Korea is the first non-G-8 country to host the G-20 summit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

A police officer stands on duty outside the Conservative Party headquarters following a mass protest in central London. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned as unacceptable the violence at a demonstration against his government's plans to increase tuition fees for students. Protesters broke into the headquarters of Cameron's governing Conservative Party on Wednesday, smashing up the glass reception area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters

Muslim pilgrims make their way to Hera cave on 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 / Reuters

Farmers listen to a speaker during a protest. Hundreds of farmers marched toward parliament demanding higher compensation for land acquired by the government for a new nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADNAN ABIDI / Reuters

A Palestinian woman walks past a mural depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Palestinians mark the sixth anniversary of Arafat's death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / Reuters

Sumerah, 3, collects water from a well at a camp for flood victims in northwest Pakistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ AZIZ / Reuters

A woman walks past a soon-to-open Gap store in Beijing. The U.S. clothing retailer Gap opens its first store in China in Shanghai, calling it a major step in an international expansion aimed at doubling the proportion of its revenue from outside the United States.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / Getty Images

President Obama arrives at a Veterans Day event at the U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison in Seoul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM YOUNG / REUTERS

The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan follows the Carnival Splendor cruise ship, without power and being towed by a Coast Guard tugboat about 100 miles off the coast of Mexico. The carrier has provided bottled water and food to the luxury liner on its slow journey back to port.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Dozens of children who have come down with cholera, a water-borne disease that causes severe dehydration, await treatment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The Canton Tower illuminates the sky over the city during preparations for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE CLARKE / AFP/Getty Images

Christmas lights at the Parisian department store Printemps Haussmann illuminate the night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julien M. Hekimian / Getty Images

Graffiti by Taliban fighters remain on the walls of a compound now used as a command center for the U.S Marine Corps' 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, in southern Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FINBARR O'REILLY / REUTERS

One-hundred yuan bills are stacked and bound at the Korea Exchange Bank in Seoul where the G-20 summit is taking place.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEE JAE-WON / REUTERS

Tombstones for fallen Canadian soldiers are seen in the "Field of Honour" at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAUN BEST / REUTERS

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) take a stroll around the city's zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGIOS KEFALAS

Nam Hyun Hee, left, of South Korea and Katja Wachter of Germany compete during the bronze medal final in the team foil competition at the 2010 World Fencing Championships at the Grand Palais.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACKY NAEGELEN / REUTERS

Model Candice Swanepoel walks on stage during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP/Getty Images

A pair of boxer shorts belonging to Bernard Madoff are displayed by an auctioneer during a preview of the U.S. Marshals Service "Madoff II Auction" in Brooklyn. More than 400 pieces of seized personal property, jewelry, and antiques from Madoff and his wife will be auctioned later in the week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JESSICA RINALDI / REUTERS

Demonstrators attack the windows of Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest against an increase in university tuition fees. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year -- three times the current rate.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dominic Lipinski / Associated Press

A worker sorts plastic bottles at a recycling center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIANAN YU / Reuters

A policeman patrols around the venue of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit. Foreign and trade ministers from the 21-member APEC forum began talks on creating a vast free trade area that would link the world's three biggest economies -- the United States, China and Japan-- and some of its fastest-growing emerging markets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / Reuters

The faces of G-20 leaders are projected onto a sculpture in front of the COEX convention center, the site of the G-20 summit. World leaders will converge for the fifth meeting of the G-20 group of nations to discuss the global financial system and world economy. South Korea is the first non G-8 country to host the G-20 summit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

Surrounded by scaffolding, "Goldelse" stands on top of the Victory Column. The gold coat of the statue of Victoria has been restored. The golden dress alone needed 1,200 grams of gold.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAINER JENSEN / EPA

U.S. artist Seth Kirby views part of his "Joshua Light Show" at the "High Society" exhibition. Illicit drugs may be a scourge of modern life but the use of mind-altering substances is threaded through human history and cultures, including betel nut in Asia, coca leaf in the Andes and espresso coffee in Europe. With illegal drug use on the rise and trade in banned products worth some $320 billion a year, according to U.N. estimates, a new exhibition at London's Wellcome Collection seeks to put today's "high society" into perspective.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters

Soldiers and rescue workers transported by a military vehicle search for more victims of the Indonesian volcano eruption. Mt. Merapi showed lethargic signs on Wednesday but authorities would not lower the alert status because of its intense seismic activities, the head of the country's vulcanology agency said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIGIT PAMUNGKAS / Reuters

U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines box in a tent used as a makeshift gym in their base in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FINBARR O'REILLY / REUTERS

A huge wave driven by strong winds in the Atlantic is poised to hit a lighthouse in northern Portugal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ESTELA SILVA / LUSA

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-Sun

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 Press

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 / Reuters

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 Press

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 / Reuters

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 / Reuters

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 Press

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 Images

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 Images

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 Press

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 / Pool

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 Press

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 Images

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 / EPA

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 / Reuters

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 / Reuters

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 Press

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 Images

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 Images

Riverside Police Department officer Derek Kopitch lets his emotions show while he helps at a roadblock next to Fairmont Park, where fellow officer Ryan Bonaminio was killed by a suspect he had pulled over for a traffic offense on Monday. Using dogs and metal detectors, officers from Riverside were conducting an extensive search of the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and a duty for Muslims at least once in a lifetime.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED SALEM / Reuters

France's Maureen Nisima, left, and Russia's Tatiana Logounova during their women's single epee semifinal in the fencing World Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Burhan Ozbilici / Associated Press

German police officers try to clear the street of sheep and goats in the village of Laase, near the interim nuclear waste storage facility in the northern German town of Gorleben. The controversial shipment of Castor containers with spent German nuclear fuel arrived in Dannenberg on Monday and will be loaded onto trucks to go to the Gorleben intermediate storage facility after leaving a French reprocessing plant in La Hague by train.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI / Reuters

Lightning flashes across the sky as severe thunderstorms hit Sydney.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

Waves crash against the seawall on the San Lorenzo beach in the northern Spanish city of Gijon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ELOY ALONSO / Reuters

An elderly Afghan man, walking with the help of crutches, is silhouetted against the headlights of a vehicle in the old part of Kabul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

A silhouetted dove appears to fly through two rainbows over Sofia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASSIL DONEV / EPA

Shadows are cast on a mud compound wall by Afghan National Army soldiers playing volleyball at their base in Talibjan in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FINBARR O'REILLY / Reuters

Activists and survivors of Bhopal gas disaster sit at a protest against visiting President Obama in New Delhi. The 1984 gas leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in the Indian city of Bhopal killed about 15,000 people and sickened some 500,000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated Press

A veteran holds crosses and poppies as former soldiers and dignitaries gather at Princess Street Gardens as the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance is opened. The garden was opened following the laying of wreath by the president of the Royal British Legion Lt. Gen. Alistair Irwin, ahead of Armistice Day on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Antinuclear protesters sit around a fire as they block the train tracks near Harlingen. After a weekend of heavy protests, which at times turned violent as police with truncheons charging demonstrators, protesters aimed to block a train carrying a cargo of nuclear waste from France to Germany to the underground storage facility in Gorleben.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOCHEN LUEBKE / EPA

A Yemeni woman walks by dresses for sale at shops in an alley of a market in the old city of San'a.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Mt. Merapi spews volcanic material, as seen from Wukirsari, Indonesia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Associated Press

Omega, a 12-year-old chimpanzee, bares his teeth through his cage in a zoo in the southern Lebanese village of Ansar. In his younger years, Omega used in one of the local restaurants to entertain people and was made to smoke cigarettes and serve water pipe to customers. After he grew stronger, he was locked up and taken to a zoo, where he has lived in a 40-square-yard cage for 10 years. Organizers of Omega's evacuation say it marks the first time a chimpanzee has been rescued in Lebanon, a country with virtually no animal-rights laws. Omega is being sent to a sanctuary in Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated Press

A hint of winter arrived in Freiburg in the Black Forest region of southern Germamy in the shape of light overnight snowfall broken only by the tire marks of motorists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLF HAID / EPA

A man worships at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. In the first election in 20 years, 40,000 polling places were to be open for 10 hours. The election has been heavily criticized by opposition politicians and the West. In India, during his four-nation trip in Asia, President Obama termed Myanmar's election "anything but free and fair."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Getty Images

A Myanmar refugee, who crossed over from Myanmar to Thailand when a battle erupted between Myanmar's soldiers and rebels, carries his relative at the Thai border town of Mae Sot. A clash erupted between ethnic minority Karen rebels and government soldiers in Myanmar's Myawaddy town opposite the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM / Reuters

Firefighters battle a blaze caused by an explosion on train cars transporting oil in Bialystok. Two oil tanker train cars blew up, and more than a dozen others were set ablaze after two trains crashed into each other. One person was hurt before firefighters extinguished the fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AGENCJA GAZETA / Reuters

This NASA Earth Observatory image as seen from the International Space Station shows Egypt, whose population is concentrated along the Nile Valley. The Nile River and its delta look like a brilliant, long-stemmed flower.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HO / AFP / Getty Images

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Each week we bring you the best images from around the world in our Week in Pictures photo gallery.

This week marked the 92nd anniversary of the end of World War I, and we have images of Veterans and Armistice Day ceremonies from around the world. In the Philippines, a retired military officer pays respects to a U.S. serviceman at the American Cemetery in Manila; in Belgium, a poppy is pictured among the names of Commonwealth soldiers who died in World War I during the Battle of Ypres; and an anti-nuclear slogan made of candles lights up the front of the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

World leaders were met by protesters in Seoul this week for the G-20 summit; Palestinians in the Gaza Strip mark the sixth anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death; and anti-nuclear protesters continued to block the transport of nuclear waste from France to northern Germany. On the animal front, a koala in Australia, the victim of a vicious shotgun attack, keeps warm under a blanket as she recovers from surgery to remove 15 pellets lodged throughout her tiny body; giant pandas take a break for lunch in China; and a 12-year-old chimpanzee named Omega is liberated from a 44-square-yard cage in Lebanon to a sanctuary in Brazil.

In the news, Pakistanis remove debris from a collapsed building in Karachi after an overnight bomb blast, Palestinians burn tires during  demonstrations against the Israeli construction of the separation barrier in the West Bank and the trash problem in Italy has been transformed into art as a “trash” sculpture portraying Luciano Pavarotti graces Rome’s Piazza Trilussa.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg — visually speaking — go ahead and start chipping away.

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