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Shoppers rush in at 4 a.m. at the Target store in the Burbank Empire Center for Black Friday deals the day after Thanksgiving.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Best Buy employees get pumped up for the early shoppers at the Burbank Empire Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Ilene Agan, 27, tries to get in touch with her fiancee, who is securing a shopping cart at the other side of the store for their loot at the Toys R Us in Torrance.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Shoppers ride the escalators at Toys R Us on Black Friday in New York. The start of the holiday shopping season traditionally begins on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when stores place many items on sale.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW GOMBERT / EPA

A surfer rides a wave at the Eisbach. In spite of the cold and snowfall, Eisbach surfers do not want to forgo their hobby.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARC MUELLER / EPA

The Chinese basketball team's captain, Wang Zhizhi, is thrown into the air as the team celebrates its win in the men's gold medal basketball match against South Korea at the 16th Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

An anti-North Korea protester threatens police trying to extinguish burning icons of North Korea during a demonstration in Seoul Fresh artillery shots were heard Friday on the tense South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, three days after it was devastated by a North Korean attack and hours after Pyongyang warned that the peninsula was on the brink of war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

A member of an animal rights activist group holds up a red-painted hand during a protest in front of Spain's culture ministry calling for the abolition of bullfighting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGIO PEREZ / Reuters

A giant Christmas tree stands in the middle of Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, ahead of the holiday season in the French capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters

Expedition 25 Soyuz commander Fyodor Yurchikhin is carried to a nearby medical tent near the town of Arkalyk. Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Wheelock and Shannon Walker returned from six months aboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 24 and 25 crews.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

Policemen arrive to take part in an operation against drug traffickers at the Complexo de Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro. Military armored vehicles Friday continued carrying police and navy personnel into the heart of gang strongholds, chasing gunmen into nearby shantytowns. At least 23 people have been killed in clashes since late Sunday, most of them suspected drug gang members, and police have arrested more than 150 people in raids on nearly 30 shantytowns in the northern and western parts of Rio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press

The dean of Westminster Abbey, John Hall, walks through the historic church in central London where Britain's Prince William is to marry his fiancee, Kate Middleton, on April 29.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

The Ferris wheel La Grande Roue is seen at night adjacent to the Obelisque on the Place de la Concorde in the center of the French capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

The light installation "kubik," which consists of illuminated water tanks, glows in the dark at Sigmund Freud Park, with the Votiv Church in the background. The installation has been in a number of other cities in Europe and will remain in Vienna through the end of the year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HERWIG PRAMMER / REUTERS

Passengers wait for trains at the city's Komsomolskaya subway station. The Russian government plans to sell the 79-year-old company that built Moscow's subway system. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wants to expedite the expansion of the capital's transportation network, with the goal of easing traffic congestion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg

Journalism students gather to remember the 57 people, 30 of whom were journalists, killed in the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre in Maguindanao province. Relatives of the victims of the country's worst political massacre made emotional appeals for justice as the nation marked the first anniversary of the killings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAY DIRECTO / AFP/Gety Images

Supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo at a political rally. The long-delayed presidential election was peaceful, but it did not produce a clear winner. A runoff between Gbagbo and opposition challenger Alassane Ouattara is set for Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: THIERRY GOUEGNON / REUTERS

A resident holds packets of water to sell. Supplies to fight Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic are being brought into the country's northern regions. Some Haitians blame United Nations troops for the outbreak.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS

Antiretroviral pills Truvada. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that gay men who took the drug daily significantly reduced their risk of contracting HIV.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Schalke's Spanish striker Raul, center, trains with teammates the day before their UEFA Champions League Group B match against Olympique Lyonnais.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty Images

Spain's David Ferrer serves to Sweden's Robin Soderling in their singles match at the ATP World Tour Finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / REUTERS

A turkey passes the time on the roof at the W Hotel in Washington, a day before being pardoned by President Obama at the White House. Two turkeys, named Tom One and Tom Two, are staying at the luxury hotel on the eve of the annual White House Thanksgiving holiday tradition. One of the birds will be chosen to be publicly pardoned while the other waits in the wings should the first bird get stage fright. After the ceremony, both birds will live at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

A skeleton made of recycled light bulbs and other electronic materials, intended to promote recycling, rests on a bench at an exhibit in Bucharest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press

One half of a double-wide mobile home rests awkwardly on the side of Interstate 75 after being blown off its trailer by high winds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Randolph / Bay City Times/AP

One of 102 turbines appears to float in the Irish Sea at the Walney Offshore Wind Farm west of Cumbria. The wind farm, developed by Danish firm Dong Energy, has created over 60 full-time jobs, and is expected to be completed by next year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images

A plume of smoke rises from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto the island, killing two people, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went on high alert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

South Koreans take a moment of silence for South Korean marines killed in a North Korean bombardment during a rally against North Korea's attack onto South Korean island, in Seoul. North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, military officials said, setting buildings on fire and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

A medical worker, in costume and face paint, is among protesters outside Paris' Palais Garnier Public- and private-sector workers were demonstrating against the French government's new pensions-reform law that increases the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN LANGSDON / EPA

Young girls wait to perform for visiting parents during an annual function at a school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AJAY VERMA / Reuters

A green tree python takes a rest at the zoo in Wuppertal. The snake is home to the rainforests in northern Australia and starts its life in shades of yellow, orange or red, before turning green as it reaches maturity.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated Press

A woman clears debris from the office of Irish Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey. The office was vandalized and painted with the word "traitors" in the aftermath of Ireland seeking a $135-billion bailout.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Morrison / AP

An Afghan archaeologist examines Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar. The archaeological dig is located at the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine. The Chinese-government-backed mining company China Metallurgical Group Corp., which won the contract to exploit the site, has given archaeologists three years to finish the excavations. Archaeologists fear that the 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery will probably be largely destroyed once work at the mine begins.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAH MARAI / AFP / Getty Images

A fisherman carries a swordfish to the local fish market in Aden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED DABBOUS / Reuters

Police officers walk among clothes, shoes and personal belongings strewn on a bridge after the devastating stampede in Phnom Penh. Frantic relatives scoured makeshift morgues in the Cambodian capital after almost 350 revelers perished in the huge stampede on the overcrowded bridge during a water festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOANG DINH NAM / AFP / Getty Images

Riot police try to disperse striking municipality garbage collectors during an anti-government rally in Athens. The government, already facing public discontent over austerity measures, has pledged to implement more measures and structural reforms to combat its debt crisis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN KOLESIDIS / Reuters

Police officers carry a suspected drug trafficker after a shootout as they conduct a raid on drug gangs at the Mandela 2 slum in Rio de Janeiro. Authorities in Rio de Janeiro struggled on Tuesday to control a third day of violence apparently orchestrated by drug gang members who had attacked police stations and burned cars in the Brazilian city. The wave of violence raises further questions over the beach-side city's ability to host safely the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics Games, which it was awarded just over a year ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGIO MORAES / Reuters

A young man fishes at sunset on the Grey River in Greymouth. Residents and family are awaiting news on the fate of 29 miners trapped in a mine explosion north of Greymouth. Leading figures in the community say hope remains for those trapped underground in the Pike River mine on South Island.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Hunter / Getty Images

A woman admires flacons on display at the Osthaus Museum in Hagen, Germany. The exhibition, "Flacons -- Haute Couture of Scents," presents the history of perfume and consists of more than 2,000 historical and modern flacons.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPA

Rena Joshita of Japan tumbles at the finish line in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Beside her is Wallapa Punsoongneun of Thailand.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP / Getty Images

Bangladeshi acid-attack survivors Durjoy, 6, from left, and Hasina take part in an awareness rally about violence against women in Dhaka. The rally was organized by Campaign to Work With Men and Boys, a national network. Acid attacks against females are common in Cambodia, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other nearby countries.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW BIRAJ / Reuters

Student protesters target a police van during a demonstration against an increase in university tuition in central London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anthony Devlin / Associated Press

An aerial view of destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells the day before.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DONG-A ILBO / AFP / Getty Images

The South Korean Coast Guard evacuates residents from Yeonpyeong Island after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells the day before.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

A boy carries a poster of antiterrorist squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, on the banks of the River Tawi in Jammu. A 10-day long prayer ceremony will begin Thursday on the banks of the river in remembrance of the martyrs and victims of the Nov. 26, 2008 attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated Press

A farmer carries a harvest near Guwahati, India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / EPA

Members of a marching band and devotees reach for free food during a procession to mark the martyrdom of the ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur in New Delhi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

A woman walks past "The Dead Smile" display by artist G.R. Iranna during the "Finding India" exhibition at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art. Irrana's artwork is said to represent acting blindly, choosing a path without understanding and its implications. Iranna has had solo exhibitions in Egypt, the United States, Hong Kong, Germany and the United Kingdom.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICKY LOH / Reuters

Orthodox Coptic Christian men cover their faces after Egyptian riot police fire tear gas canisters in Cairo. Hundreds of Christians clashed with riot police in a protest over church construction in which one person was killed and dozens were wounded, witnesses and security sources said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ASMAA WAGUIH / Reuters

Palestinian Omar Salahat, 74, from the West Bank village of Al-Badhan, weaves a reed basket to sell in the market in his village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED OMAR QUSINI / Reuters

A vendor of colorful stars awaits customers at the Christmas market on the Alexanderplatz.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

Holiday lights illuminate the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees as evening rush-hour traffic jams the famous thoroughfare in the heart of the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Locals travel on a vehicle sporting a banner of Jude Celestin, a candidate in Haiti's presidential election Sunday. A raging cholera epidemic in the country may deter some voters from participating.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eduardo Munoz / REUTERS

Under a light dusting of snow, evening traffic fills the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 from Shoreline to downtown Seattle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Siegel / Associated Press

Skaters in the British capital take part in the Big Ice Dance Workout at the launch of Skate at Somerset House. The workout is a new feature of the ice rink, an annual event since 2000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images

Lee Eun Im of South Korea competes in the women's heptathlon 100m hurdles event at the 16th Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Parks / AFP/Getty Images

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves against Spain's David Ferrer in a singles match at the Barclays ATP World Tour Tennis Finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Glyn Kirk / AFP/Getty Images

A photographic print of Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn is held during a press preview at Christie's. The sale of 150 photographs at the famed auction house later this week includes works from the private collections of James Danziger and Norman Hall, as well as images by Irving Penn, David Bailey, Rankin and Norman Parkinson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP/Getty Images

A health worker on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince wears protective gloves, jacket and mask. Haitian health officials have said at least 1,344 people have died from a worsening cholera epidemic that has ravaged the country since mid-October.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hector Retamal / AFP/Getty Images

A schoolboy walks on a bridge in Mamba village outside the capital of Antananarivo. Voters in Madagascar approved a new constitution that will allow Africa's youngest leader to stand in presidential elections scheduled for May 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

A man walks with his umbrella during a heavy rain in Pristina.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMEND NIMANI / AFP / Getty Images

An honor guard carries the remains of army Specialist Michael L. Stansbery at his burial service at Arlington National Cemetery. Stansbery, 21, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, died July 30 near Kandahar, Afghanistan from injuries sustained after his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images

Mai Nakagawa and Sayaka Shibusawa of Japan compete in the women's synchronized springboard diving final at Aoti Aquatics Centre on Day 10 of the Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Pretty / Getty Images

First-year students from St. Andrews University indulge in the foam-fight ritual on Raisin Weekend at the Scottish university. On this weekend, traditionally, a gift of raisins (now foam) is given by the new students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance, and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Europe

Protesters hold a mask of a monster symbolizing Ukraine's tax police at a rally in central Kiev. Thousands of angry Ukrainians protested on Kiev's central square against a tax bill that would increase taxes for small business.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Chuzavkov / Associated Press

A lion cub plays with its mother, Stefani, at the zoo in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Twin lion cubs were born in captivity at the zoo a month ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP / Getty Images

Residents grill fish along a highway in Buluan town on the island of Mindanao as part of the 37th founding anniversary of the province. The event was intended to alter the image of the region, marred by the Maguindanao political massacre a year ago. Thousands of tilapia were grilled along a stretch about 2 1/2 miles in the hopes of establishing a Guinness World Record.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFP / Getty Images

Relatives of journalists killed in the Nov. 23, 2009, Maguindanao massacre hold a vigil in General Santos City. The massacre occurred when a group that included 32 journalists was headed to file for the candidacy of a political rival to a local mayor. Fifty-seven people were kidnapped and brutally killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL BERNALDEZ / AFP

Afghan youths play at Nader Khan Hill, overlooking Kabul. NATO's top civilian representative told the BBC kids' news show "Newsround" recently that Afghan children "are probably safer here than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities." The former British ambassador to Kabul was responding to a question regarding Afghan children who had told the program that they felt unsafe on the streets because of the risk of bomb attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAH MARAI / AFP / Getty Images

A firefighter stands at the entrance to a restaurant and apartment building in central Tampere after a fire raged through the building in the early hours of the morning. Police were investigating the possible cause of the blaze, which killed at least three people in the building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pekka Sakki / Associated Press

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Black Friday is where we pick things up — and drop things down, as in tons of cash — on one of the the craziest shopping days of the year, which for many begins long before dawn. It’s the unofficial start of the holiday spending frenzy, when retailers go into the black  and a lot of shoppers go into the red. There has to something ominous about it.

We also have surfers in the snow in Munich, Germany; the Chinese basketball team celebrating  its gold medal win against South Korea at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou; and increasing tensions in South Korea, where an anti-North Korea protester threatens police trying to extinguish burning icons of North Korea during a demonstration in Seoul.

Elsewhere, acid-attack survivors in India take part in an awareness rally about violence against women in Dhaka; students protest an increase in university tuition in central London; and cleanup and evacuations continue on Yeonpyeong Island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea shelled the island Tuesday, killing four people.

In London, we have Westminster Abbey, chosen as the church for the royal nuptials in April. And in Paris, the Ferris wheel, La Grande Roue, glows at night on the Place de la Concorde, as does a touring art installation of water-filled containers in Vienna.

In Bucharest, Romania, a skeleton made from light bulbs and electronic parts, part of a city exhibit to promote recycling, rests comfortably on a park bench, while in Washington, a pair of turkeys stay at a luxury hotel ahead of the traditional White House Thanksgiving pardon.

Also, Berlin and Paris are ablaze in color for the holiday season; skaters in London take part in the first Big Ice Dance Workout at Somerset House; while elsewhere in the city, more than 100 photographic works of art go on the auction block.

This is just a glimpse of the week. As always, there is so much more.

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