A firefighting aircraft flies over a forest fire on Mount Carmel near the northern city of Haifa. Firefighting aircraft from four countries flew into Israel to help battle a huge forest fire close to the northern city of Haifa that has killed at least 40 people and forced mass evacuations.
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An Israeli firefighter tries to prevent a forest fire in the Carmel Forest close to Haifa from spreading while the sky is tainted red from the smoke. A major fire in northern Israel spread through thousands of acres of land and resulted in the deaths of at least five people when a bus evacuating them overturned.
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A man cleans snow off a car at a car park at the Vienna International Airport. Heavy snowfall caused delays on flights and roads in Austria.
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Hoar frost clings to a spider's web around Pickmere Lake in the Cheshire countryside in Knutsford. After heavy snowfall across the country resulting in severe disruption to Britain's infrastructure, the country is now gripped by freezing temperatures.
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Archie Kirk plays in the snow as his school remains closed after the heavy snow of the last few days in Brighton. London Gatwick reopened after a two-day shutdown due to snow, but other British airports and rail services were closed again as the country's cold snap tightened its grip.
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A man in scuba diving gear wades through flood waters in St. Mark's Square in Venice. Flood waters rose to 136 centimeters (about 53 inches) above sea level and covered a large portion of St. Mark's Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manuel Silvestri / ReutersLink
Two Hamadryas baboons play with a Santa Claus cap at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg. During a premature St. Nicholas Day breakfast at the zoo, the animals received gift boxes with apples, nuts, almonds, hay and straw, paprika garlands and stuffed Santa Claus hats.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MALTE CHRISTIANS / EPALink
Palestinian children watch the funeral of Islamic Jihad militant Jalal Nasir in Jabalya. Israeli military forces killed two Palestinian militants, one of them Nasir, along the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Israeli army said.
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Palestinian stone-throwers run for cover as Israeli troops fire tear gas during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land to expand the Jewish settlement of Halamish, near the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABBAS MOMANI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Anti-riot policemen stand guard outside the entrance of Guinea's Supreme Court in the capital Conakry. Guinea's Supreme Court named long-time opposition campaigner Alpha Conde president, throwing out complaints of electoral fraud by his rival, former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Penney / ReutersLink
Tourists pose for photography beside Arturo Di Modica's "The Bund Financial Bull," which stands on the Bund in Shanghai. The artist, Arturo Di Modica, also created Wall Street's symbolic "Charging Bull" statue.
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A baby touches a Santa Claus figure at a Christmas store in Manila. A senior statesman of the Philippines' dominant Catholic Church has accused Santa Claus of stealing the true spirit of Christmas, which he said is deteriorating into a shopping frenzy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Walter Vargas of Los Angeles stands in a robot costume playing the role of an "unemployed fisherman robot" during an independent filming in Pasadena, Calif.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles TimesLink
Kevin Nestor, letf, Dominick Bei and Chris Berry get ready to attack the surf near the mouth of the Ventura River at the famed Surfer's Point in Ventura.
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Ultra-orthodox Jewish men watch as smoke from a wildfire rises into the sky. A large forest fire in northern Israel has reportedly killed at least 40 people, many of whom were prisoners who died when an evacuation bus went up in flames.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Uriel Sinai / Getty ImagesLink
A Jewish family lights candles on the second night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in their caravan home in the Chavat Gilad settlement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NATI SHOHAT / EPALink
People launch lanterns in Moscow as they celebrate Russia's victory in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Russia and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups today after an acrimonious bidding war marred by allegations of corruption and illegal deal-making.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFPLink
A cross-country skier navigates through heavy snowfall in the Thuringian Forest. Large parts of Germany were hit by heavy snowfalls and icy wind.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated PressLink
Surfers walk along a snow-covered path as they leave the waters of the Baltic Sea.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS / ReutersLink
Diver Thorsten Hoeppner, dressed as Santa Claus, feeds fish during a marketing event at the SeaLife Aquarium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS / ReutersLink
A man is detained inside an Ivorian Popular Front office in connection with one of a series of attacks among the country's rival political groups.
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Police clash with demonstrating students outside the Greek Parliament in the latest protest against proposed austerity measures.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated PressLink
An Indian naval commando uses a smoke canister during a rehearsal for Navy Day celebrations. Navy Day is celebrated on Dec.4.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated PressLink
Demonstrators hold a rally to protest against a proposed new tax code.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GLEB GARANICH / ReutersLink
Los Angeles County coroner's officials remove the body of a suspect in the killing of publicist Ronni Chasen. Police say the suspect shot himself to death in a Hollywood apartment building.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles TimesLink
A 3-year-old boy looks out from the door of a classroom in Tenglong kindergarten, a school for children of migrant workers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
An employee of Komodo Island National Park keeps watch as a Komodo dragon walks on a beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MADE NAGI / EPALink
A boy jumps into the water at dawn on the island of Abu Yasser.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM SAHIB / AFP/Getty IMagesLink
Table Mountain is bathed in red light for World AIDS Day 2010. More than 80 iconic landmarks across 13 countries joined to promote awareness of the ongoing fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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Rose petals cover the names of AIDS victims engraved at the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
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The London Eye is illuminated in red in support of World AIDS Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clive Brunskill / Getty ImagesLink
A volunteer pastes an AIDS ribbon on a poster during a World AIDS Day event. China has reported more than 68,000 AIDS-related deaths as of the end of October, up by nearly 20,000 from 2009.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Lee / ReutersLink
British artist Peter Greenaway's multimedia installation transforms Leonardo da Vinci's iconic painting, the Last Supper, into a colorful event at the Park Avenue Armory.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Gendarmes parade on National Day, which commemorates the 1918 union of Transylvania and Romania.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
German skier Katharina Duerr trains for the FIS Ski World Cup at Lake Louise.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFPLink
At Knowle Park in Kent, a deer finds itself covered in snow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN KINGTON / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A brave ant investigates a Bejuquillo Cafe snake, Oxybelis aeneus, at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI CORTEZ / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A red ribbon hangs from the Puerta de Alcala to commemorate World Aids Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated PressLink
Vasundhara Das, center, Bollywood actress and singer, participates in a candlelight vigil at an AIDS awareness rally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aijaz Rahi / Associated PressLink
An outdoor shelter meant to resemble a condom is the site of a Budapest World AIDS Day commemoration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERNADETT SZABO / ReutersLink
Children who have the virus that causes AIDS take part in an awareness campaign.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / ReutersLink
An artist takes part in an AIDS rally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MURAD SEZER / X90138Link
Rabbis set up a huge menorah in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin ahead of the start Wednesday night of Hanukkah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
U2 lead singer Bono performs in the opening show on the Australian leg of the band's 360 Degree World Tour at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN SMITH / EPALink
Young men in Russia dress up as Father Frost.
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A man crosses a bridge over the Naviglio canal amid a brief snowstorm.
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Terraced paddy fields are covered in morning mist in Yuanyang. China will increase grain supplies, open up more land for planting vegetables and crack down on hoarding as the government steps up efforts to combat rising inflation.
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An engineer clears snow off the nose of a plane at Edinburgh Airport. The airport was closed Wednesday because of heavy snow. At Gatwick, south of London, all flights also were grounded. Meanwhile, the worst early-winter weather in almost two decades caused severe delays on roads and rail lines.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MOIR / ReutersLink
Police beat a protesting motorized-rickshaw driver as the drivers blocked a portion of a Manila road, causing heavy traffic. Several people were hurt when the dispersal turned violent, with police firing tear gas and the drivers throwing stones. The protest was triggered by a decision by Manila city hall to ban the rickshaw -- the cheapest mode of transportation for many inner-city residents -- from the city's major roads.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAY DIRECTO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Brazilian riot police check the scene after exploding the bunker of a suspected drug lord in the Vila Cruzeiro shanty town. The military and police last week began a gang sweep of the area, which authorities say has become one of the most feared and lawless parts of Rio. The operation was seen as a key step in securing Rio ahead of its hosting duties for World Cup events in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANTONIO SCORZA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
The blades of wind turbines appear above the morning haze in northeastern France after subzero temperatures hit the region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VINCENT KESSLER / REUTERSLink
Pedestrians walk past a new mural by graffiti artist Kenny Scharf. The mural, on Bowery Street, is part of a project in which various artists are invited to decorate the wall.
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An AIDS ribbon hangs from the North Portico of the White House in recognition of Wednesday's World AIDS Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM YOUNG / REUTERSLink
Protest graffiti is seen on the base of Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square during a demonstration against government plans to triple university tuition. More than a thousand students took to the streets of the British capital on the third day of protests this month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARL COURT / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Students opposed to spending cuts marched in Rome on Tuesday and were blocked by police near Parliament, where legislators voted on education reform that has sparked some of the biggest protests in decades.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Remo Casilli / REUTERSLink
U.N. peacekeepers secure an area during peace talks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A steelworker washes up after a shift at the Ittehad mill. Workers involved in steel making and casting work just one-hour shifts because of the extreme heat and the concentration required.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A railway station escalator in west Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / REUTERSLink
An Egyptian police officer riding a camel guards the pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK BAZ / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Fish form a circle in a container at Central Europe's biggest fishpond complex, located on the Great Hungarian Plain east of Budapest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LASZLO BALOGH / REUTERSLink
A long night exposure shows the revolution of the Ferris wheel at the Alexanderplatz Christmas market.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, is silhouetted at sunset.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARWAN NAAMANI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A parhelion (sundog), combined with a halo, is seen over Lake Malaren in central Stockholm. This weather phenomenon is created by the sun shining through ice crystals in the atmosphere. Stockholm is experiencing temperatures below minus -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HENRIK MONTGOMERY / EPALink
A snowy owl in Essen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
People go for a walk through the snow-covered landscape near the southern city of Freiburg. Many parts of Germany are experiencing cold weather with snowfall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLF HAID / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Activists hold a candlelight ceremony in Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura. The AIDS awareness campaign precedes World AIDS Day on Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAYANTA DEY / ReutersLink
A bride, draped around a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower in a Ukrainian park, throws her bouquet.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
U.S. Navy crew members coordinate with Super Hornet aviators as the fighter attack aircraft is prepared for launch from the deck of the USS George Washington during a joint military exercise in South Korea's West Sea. The U.S. and South Korea conducted military exercises amid a tense atmosphere after the recent attack by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated PressLink
An activist from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party looks through the window of a prison van after being arrested by police during a strike in Dhaka. Public transportation was disrupted and some shops and offices closed on Tuesday as BNP, the main opposition party, staged a nationwide strike to denounce the recent eviction of party leader Begum Khaleda Zia from her home.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW BIRAJ / ReutersLink
Police officers scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in Leeds. Organizers had called for students to take to the streets in a "national day of action" against the Conservative Party-led coalition government's plans to almost triple tuition fees to up to $14,500 a year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIGEL RODDIS / ReutersLink
Italian student demonstrators clash with police in a protest against the government-proposed education reforms. Lawmakers on Tuesday are voting on a contested reform bill many students and educators say will give the private sector too much involvement in the state university system.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luca Bruno / Associated PressLink
A Hungarian fisherman collects fish at Central Europe's biggest fish-pond complex, in Hortobagy, part of Hungary's Great Plain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LASZLO BALOGH / ReutersLink
Contestants and surfers line up for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Mavericks surfing contest. The official contest window is Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, with the actual dates determined by the 24 contestants voting after they study the conditions.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sachi Cunningham / Los Angeles TimesLink
A commuter waits for a train at the Monument underground station. The British capital's 3.5 million subway commuters struggled to get to work as London Underground workers staged a 24-hour strike over plans to cut 800 jobs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Alden / BloombergLink
Shoppers mill past Christmas lights on fashionable South Molton Street. Despite the global economic downturn and frigid weather, retail sales have generally been good, attributed in part to the imminent rise in the VAT (value added tax) from 17.5% to 20% on the first of the year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesLink
Space-themed Christmas decorations hover over Carnaby Street, the shopping thoroughfare made famous during the so-called Swinging '60s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesLink
From a distance of 19,000 miles, NASA's Cassini spacecraft imaged the cratered plains of the trailing hemisphere of Rhea, one of Saturn's moons and 949 miles in diameter. Several of the moon's fractures, appearing as wispy bright lines, can be seen on the left.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / ReutersLink
Tungurahua volcano spews molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ash near Banos. Tungurahua, which means "Throat of Fire" in the local Quechua language, has been classified as active since 1999 and produced a strong eruption in 2008. It is one of the country's eight active volcanoes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
A snow-covered cabin, illuminated by holiday lights, glows on the shoreline of Lake Louise after sunset.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Blake / ReutersLink
Snow covers the landscape at the Schlaubetal natural park. Meteorologists expect the cold weather to continue, with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Pleul / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
American flamingos, native to Central and South America, negotiate their snow-covered enclosure at the city's zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Wolf / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man passes between two works of art by Piet Mondrian: "New York City," left, and "Composition No. 2," part of the Mondrian/De Stijl exhibition at the city's Pompidou Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacques Demarthon / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
An internally displaced person sells mobile phone chargers as Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs and a joint UN/AU negotiator and Darfur chief mediator visit the Kalma camp outside Nyala town in South Darfur.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / ReutersLink
Spanish bullfighter David Fandila "El Fandi" falls during a bullfight at historic Plaza de Acho.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pilar Olivares / ReutersLink
A child walks through election ballots scattered on the ground in a building used as a polling station for the national election.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesLink
With temperatures well below freezing, a towboat attempts to break the ice on the Neva River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander Demianchuk / REUTERSLink
A worker handles molten steel at Ittehad Steel Mill Islamabad. Workers involved in steel-making and casting at the mill work in one-hour shifts because of the extreme heat and the concentration required to work safely.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carl De Souza / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Stable hand Audrey Stevenson looks out a window at Riverside Livery Denny after a night of heavy snowfall. Motorists were stranded and hundreds of schools closed as the United Kingdom continued to shiver in the grip of freezing temperatures and heavy snow. Forecasters warned there was no sign of a let-up in the icy conditions, with several more inches of snow expected to fall in the northeast and parts of eastern Scotland over the coming days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Milligan / Associated PressLink
Snow covers the fields around the Mourne mountains near the village of Hilltown. Heavy snow falls brought many parts of the province to a standstill.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Morrison / Associated PressLink
Laborers move a pontoon to construct a temporary bridge for the Magh Mela festival on the Ganges River in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of devotees take a dip in the waters of the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JITENDRA PRAKASH / ReutersLink
Reunification activists denounce the war games between South Korea and the United States during a candlelight vigil in Seoul. Troops geared up Monday for new artillery drills on a front-line island targeted by a deadly North Korean bombardment last week as South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed tougher retaliation for any future aggression from North Korea.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated PressLink
An Italian soldier disinfects a pile of garbage in Quarto near Naples. About 400 soldiers on Monday started to clear tons of uncollected garbage in the streets of Naples.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ciro De Luca / ReutersLink
Lithuanian and French soldiers carry a coffin containing the skeletal remains of 18 Napoleonic soldiers during a ceremony to bury their remains at Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius, 200 years after a desperate attempt to invade Russia. Experts have determined the soldiers were members of infantry, hussar and dragoon units, members of Napoleon's defeated army that invaded Russia in 1812, and were found recently during a road-building project.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mindaugas Kulbis / Associated PressLink
Masked protesters display a giant cigarette during a protest against the government ban on smoking in buildings in Jakarta. As smoking has declined in many Western countries, it has risen in Indonesia; about 63% of all men light up and one-third of the overall population smokes, an increase of 26% since 1995.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dita Alangkara / Associated PressLink
An Afghan girl takes refuge at a camp in Herat, west of Kabul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reza Shirmohammadi / Associated PressLink
U.S. soldiers of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Batallion Charger Company, blow up a wall of a compound around Kop Ahmed camp near Kandahar. Afghan relations with the United States will not be affected by leaked U.S. criticism of President Hamid Karzai as an "extremely weak" and conspiracy-prone leader, his spokesman said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Protesters shout slogans against a proposed tax law in Kiev. Thousands of people gathered in Ukraine's capital Monday on the eighth day of demonstrations against the tax law, part of a nationwide wave of protests, the biggest since the Orange Revolution of 2004.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Chuzavkov / Associated PressLink
Boats from a sailing school leave the harbor area for a lesson in Nice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lionel Cironneau / Associated PressLink
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