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An image provided by the European Space Agency shows the aurora australis as seen from the Cupola observatory platform on the International Space Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ESA / AFP/Getty Images

Lightning flashes over Mina as more than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims began the final rituals of the hajj before they leave Mecca, Islam's holiest city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSTAFA OZER / AFP/Getty Images

Israeli students take part in a protest against the government's decision to grant stipends to ultra-Orthodox Jews who study the Torah.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMIR COHEN / REUTERS

Police patrol the city's central rail terminal amid heightened security at airports and train stations, after evidence is found of planned terrorist attacks, including one this month.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people march to commemorate a 1973 student revolt against a U.S.-backed junta; they also brandish banners protesting the financial crisis gripping the nation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP/Getty Images

Cast members of Cirque Du Soleil kick off their final season of the holiday show "Wintuk" before renaming 33rd Street in Manhattan "Wintuk Way."

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

Spider-Man makes an appearance at an unveiling of "Spider-Man, You're Hired," a special print and digital comic book promoting New York City's free job placement resources.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STAN HONDA / AFP/Getty Images

Chenglong Zhang of China competes on the vault during the apparatus final at the artistic gymnastics on Day 5 of the 16th Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jamie McDonald / Getty Images

A traditionally styled "caganer" ceramic figurine of SpongeBob SquarePants. In a Christmas tradition dating to the 18th century, Catalonians hide the figurines, which symbolize fertility, hope and prosperity for the coming year, in nativity scenes and invite friends to find them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LLUIS GENE / AFP/Getty Images

A participant in an attempt to set a world record in watersliding dives into the nearly 1,200-foot slide at Thermal Bath in Erding. Students at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces and sport funding group Neubiberg are attempting to slide for 24 hours, to break their previous record set in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK LEONHARDT / EPA

J-10 fighter jets perform at Airshow China 2010. The country won orders for 100 of its planned domestically built passenger jets, challenging industry giants Airbus and Boeing in what will soon become the world's largest aviation market.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Raindrops form on rose hips in a park in eastern Germany with a forecast of more inclement weather to come.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / AFP/Getty Images

Residents watch the flood waters in the village of Lostwithiel near St. Austell. Parts of Cornwall were hit by heavy overnight rain that caused flooding and disruption.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

A welder works on the steel frame of a highway bridge under construction at sunset.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS

One of 168 bottles salvaged from a 200-year-old shipwreck off the Aland Islands is on display in Mariehamn. It's believed to have been bottled in the late 18th or early 19th century and as such could be the oldest sparkling wine in the world.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva / REUTERS

Students demonstrate in the center of Rome against university reforms and budget cuts imposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right government. More than 100 rallies took place in Italy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / Getty Images

Indian Muslims pray at the Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, during morning prayers on Eid al-Adha in New Delhi. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, by slaughtering sheep and cattle in remembrance of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

A man floats on his back in the waters of the Dead Sea close to En Gedi. Its surface and shores are 1,385 feet below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land. The Dead Sea is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7% salinity. This salinity makes for a harsh environment, where animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER WEIKEN / EPA

People climb rock walls at a gym in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The free rock climbing facility, located in the cellar of an apartment building, is part of a program supported by the local municipal authorities, the School of Rescuers, to allow amateur rock climbers to practice their sport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / Reuters

Residents mourn for their relatives at the entrance of the burnt apartment building in Shanghai. China has launched a nationwide crackdown on fire risks after an apartment block blaze in Shanghai that killed at least 53 people, warning officials they could be held responsible.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALY SONG / Reuters

A street performer and his monkey seek alms in Hyderabad, India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press

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Pictures in the News | Nov. 17, 2010

An ethereal image of the wispy, colorful aurora australis, or Southern Lights, taken from space begins our Pictures in the News journey today.

In Athens, thousands march to commemorate a 1973 student revolt against a U.S.-backed junta; fighter jets take part in Airshow China 2010; in Germany, security is tightened at railway stations and airports after evidence is found of a possible terrorist plot.

Italian students protest university reforms imposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi; Hurricane Danielle swirls; Muslims gather at one of India’s largest mosques for morning prayers on Eid al Adha in New Delhi; and in Prague, residents remember the 21st anniversary of the fall of the Communist government in the former Socialist Czechoslovakia.

SpongeBob SquarePants pops up yet again, this time as a traditional figurine to be buried in a nativity scene in Catalonia. Don’t ask. Cast members of Cirque du Soleil in comical canine costume grace the New York sidewalk, not far from an appearance by Spider-Man promoting the launch of a new job-seekers’ comic book — good work if you can get it.

Images from China, England, Israel and Saudi Arabia are part of our journey, and a cache of what could be the world’s oldest sparkling wine is salvaged from a 200-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Finland.

One wonders what the finish would be like.

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