Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland sits next to the Nobel diploma and medal placed on an empty chair to honor this year's peace prize winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
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Pro-democracy activists demonstrate after watching the live broadcast of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which honored jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in absentia.
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A firefighter searches for passengers inside a public bus that caught fire because of an electrical defect. No one was injured.
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Britain's Parliament buildings are seen through the broken glass of a phone booth in Parliament Square. A student protest Thursday over a tuition increase caused damage around Parliament.
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A ''Red Shirts'' anti-government protester prays at a memorial to people killed during a demonstration at a democracy monument. Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Bangkok demanding the release of their leaders, who were jailed following mass opposition demonstrations earlier this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP / Gtty ImagesLink
U.N. peacekeepers shoot rubber bullets at protesters as they ride through a barricade. Haitians are preparing for armed clashes as rival candidates call on supporters to take to the streets in a sharply disputed presidential election.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Guillermo Arias / Associated PressLink
Men play chess on a winter morning at the Szechenyi Bath and Spa complex.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERNADETT SZABO / ReutersLink
A girl takes pictures as she visits the Gallery of Russian Ice Sculpture.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mikhail Metzel / Associated PressLink
A woman removes icicles from a house.
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A man walks up a snow-covered hill in the Olympic park.
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Oprah Winfrey fans gather to catch a glimpse of the talk-show host during a public event at Federation Square.
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South Korean marines patrol along the beach of Yeonpyeong Island, which was the target of North Korean shelling in November.
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Kashmiris watch activists of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front march with torches during a protest to mark International Human Rights Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
Palestinian protesters confront Israeli soldiers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Assciated PressLink
Glass-maker and blower Will Shakespeare makes glass ornaments in his workshop at Shakespeare Glass and Gallery. He is hand-making over 100 glass baubles a day to deal with the Christmas demand.
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Students shout anti-government slogans as they protest a recent price hike in petroleum products by the government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Navesh Chitrakar / ReutersLink
Workers prepare the Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition "I Have No Enemies" for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel Peace Center. China is conducting a sweeping crackdown on dissent before Friday's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, casting the net wide to prevent friends and family from attending the ceremony in Oslo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toby Melville / ReutersLink
Bruce Irons of Hawaii surfs in a Round 1 heat at the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The Billabong Pipeline Masters is the final stop on the ASP Men's World Tour and the third and final jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kelly Cestari / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Haitians walk near a burning barricade next to posters of presidential candidates Jude Celestin and Michel Martelly at a street protest following presidential elections. Thousands of protesters rampaged through Haiti's capital and other cities Wednesday, hurling stones and wrecking property in a wave of unrest against election results they say were rigged by the ruling government coalition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eduardo Munoz / ReutersLink
Protesters demonstrate in Parliament Square. Angry demonstrators clashed with police in a student protest outside parliament as the coalition government faced its biggest test yet in a vote on proposals to triple university tuition fees.
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An overhead view shows a snow-covered labyrinth at the Erlebnispark Teichland theme park.
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Balkar men, dressed in national clothing, sit during a heavy snowfall as they take part in a protest rally in central Moscow. Six Balkar activists from Russia's north Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria have held more than a five-month-long rally by the Kremlin wall to protest against the policies of authorities in their native region, which, in their opinion, infringe upon their people's rights, local media reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Karpukhin / ReutersLink
Japan's Lilla Shinohara performs a pole dance at the International Pole Championship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toru Hanai / ReutersLink
British Canoeist Tom Brady paddles the course at the new 2012 Olympic canoe slalom venue near Waltham Cross. The Lee Valley White Water Centre -- the first brand-new 2012 venue to be completed -- was officially opened Thursday by Britain's Princess Anne.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated PressLink
Indians and tourists hold lamps and participate in a prayer meeting in memory of a blast victim at the terrorist bombing site. Police questioned two brothers Wednesday for alleged involvement in the blast that killed a toddler and triggered a stampede that injured dozens of people in a holy Indian city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
An activist of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party shouts slogans in support of a separate Telengana state during a sit-in protest. The demands for carving out the new Telengana state out of its southern region of Andhra Pradesh have erupted sporadically since the 1950s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated PressLink
People gather around the vandalized Holy Thorn tree that was cut down overnight on Wearyall Hill. Police have begun an investigation into the vandalism of the iconic religious tree only a day after the annual ceremony to offer a sprig of the Holy Thorn to the queen for her dining table on Christmas Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images EuropeLink
An aerial view of homes submerged after the Guadalquivir river burst its banks due to heavy rainstorms this week, affecting some 455 homes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafa Alcaide / EPALink
Worshipers attend a Mass on the day of the Virgin of Caacupé outside the Caacupé cathedral, near Asuncion. Christians from all over Paraguay and neighboring countries attended, praying for jobs and good health in the coming year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariel Nunez / ReutersLink
A gondolier and passengers take in the Christmas lights along Bayshore Beach in Long Beach's Belmont Shore
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles TimesLink
An inmate waves a Chilean flag from inside San Miguel public prison in Santiago. Fire engulfed the prison in the Chilean capital early Wednesday, killing 81 inmates and critically injuring 14 others, prison officials said, in the worst-ever accident in the country's jail system.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IVAN ALVARADO / ReutersLink
Supporters of presidential candidate Michel Martelly demonstrate in Port-au-Prince. Supporters of eliminated candidates protested after officials announced that government protégé Jude Celestin and former First Lady Mirlande Manigat would advance to a runoff.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Guillermo Arias / Associated PressLink
A dog nicknamed Loukanikos (Sausage) barks at Greek riot police in central Athens. The dog, which has been pictured at demonstrations in Athens over the last two years, has become an Internet phenomenon following his appearances at major protests.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A woman walks though a mustard field with her children on the outskirts of Guwahati city. Farmers in the northeastern Indian state of Assam are expecting a good mustard crop this year thanks to favorable weather.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
Tombstones were desecrated at the New Jewish Cemetery in Riga. Unidentified vandals used white paint to draw swastikas on more than 100 headstones, the Latvian police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INTS KALNINS / ReutersLink
A visitor looks at fruits frozen in ice, part of a presentation at the Gallery of Russian Ice Sculpture in Moscow.
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Onlookers gather around the body of an elephant that was electrocuted by low-tension electric wires, during its burial ceremony at Nagaon district in India's northeastern state of Assam. In the past, hundreds of elephants have been killed as they cross the low-tension electric wire fencing along the villages.
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Supporters wave to Alassane Ouattara after he made a declaration concerning the disputed presidential election at the Golf Hotel. Top U.N. envoy Choi Young-jin said Wednesday that the opposition leader had won the election by an "irrefutable margin" as the international community stepped up pressure on incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to concede defeat.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated PressLink
The sticker affixed to a baby's forehead reads "Save Romania's future." Mothers and pregnant women staged a protest in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest after leaders decided to cut back the length of time new mothers are provided financial support from two years to one.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mihai Barbu / Associated PressLink
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi hands out donations to Buddhist nuns at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon. More than a thousand Buddhist monks and nuns gathered to receive a yearly donation from the organization. The donation included clothing, slippers, umbrellas and money.
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A red flag warns of shark sightings. Marine experts quizzed witnesses to the attacks as beaches in Sharm El Sheikh remained closed after a woman was attacked by a shark.
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Residents of a mobile home park view a big rig that ran off the side of the eastbound 210 Freeway in Lake View Terrace and slammed upside down against a row of trees bordering their homes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Pearl Harbor survivor John Hughes, left, and Lance Cpl. Zackary Morphew attend the 69th anniversary ceremony marking the attack on Pearl Harbor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marco Garcia / Associated PressLink
Aides of lawmakers from the opposition Democratic Party remove furniture which lawmakers of the ruling Grand National Party and their aides placed to block the members of the Democratic Party from trying to enter the main conference hall of parliament. The two sides collided Tuesday night over next year's budget plan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YonhapLink
A van believed to contain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven away from Westminster Magistrates Court after he was remanded in custody. A British judge denied Assange bail after the WikiLeaks founder told a London court he would fight efforts to extradite him to Sweden to face a sex-crimes investigation.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yui Mok / PA WireLink
Aurora, a 10-month-old female polar bear, lies in the snow at the Royev Ruchey Zoo. Aurora is one of two female wild polar bear cubs which were found in Russia's Taimyr Peninsula on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in early May and were later housed in the zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ilya Naymushin / ReutersLink
Frost clings to horse hair caught on barbed wire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darren Staples / ReutersLink
Members of the Carleton College swim team from Northfield, Minn., do laps as steam rises from the pool at the Ft. Lauderdale Aquatics Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Cavaretta / Sun SentinelLink
Firefighters work on a multiple-alarm dwelling fire on Charles Street in the Mount Vernon district.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerry Jackson / Baltimore SunLink
Afghan boys collect wood to feed a fire to warm themselves in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Hot-air balloons take off in the early morning along Luxor's West Bank. The balloons fly during an hourlong over Luxor's famous Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut's Temple.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohamed Omar / EPALink
Spain's bullfighter Julio Benitez, known as El Cordobes Hijo, falls during a bullfight at the Monumental Bullring during the city's annual fair. Benitez was not injured and continued the bullfight.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patricio Realpe / Associated PressLink
A pedestrian walks past devil pinatas as a vendor peddles on the streets. On Tuesday, Guatemalans will celebrate the annual "Burning of the Devil," setting fire to effigies and trash as a symbolic cleansing of evil spirits.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Leclair / ReutersLink
View of the erupting Tungurahua volcano from the village of Cuive Grande. Ecuadoran authorities downgraded a warning late Saturday on a possible major eruption. The alert status was reduced from the maximum red to orange as activity eased, the national civil defense office said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodrigo Buendia / AFPLink
A pedestrian, seriously injured by a thrown rock, lies in the street as riot police pass by during a protest in central Athens to mark two years since the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy, which sparked Greece's worst riots in decades. Police closed roads and deployed several thousand officers throughout the city amid the event to commemorate the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
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A climber dressed as Santa Claus waves as he hangs on top of the Kollhoff-Tower at Potsdamer Platz. In the background is the Philharmonic building.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hannibal Hanschke / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A Palestinian youth carries his board as he prepares to surf during sunset.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahmud Hams / AFPLink
A boy stands on a container in a flooded street after heavy rains in the southern India city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Babu / ReutersLink
As talks are held in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program, protesters held demonstrations in front of the United Nations. Delegates from Iran, the European Union, the United States, Russia, Britain, France and Germany were meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief negotiator.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
Rabbi Chanoch Gechtman lights a menorah in front of the Gateway of India to celebrate Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the revolt of the Maccabees against the Syrian-Greek forces that had been occupying the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An oak leaf creates an unexpected work of art.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIGEL RODDIS / ReutersLink
A Sotheby's employee poses with a book of Shakespeare's plays set to be auctioned Tuesday. The "first folio" dates to 1623 and contains 451 of the original 454 leaves.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man views a 1937 SS100 Jaguar 2.5-liter roadster, displayed in Mercedes-Benz World prior to its auction. The car is featured in Bonhams auctioneers' sale of "Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia," held Monday at Mercedes-Benz World, and is expected to fetch about $360,000.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesLink
Greek riot police face off with hundreds of youths in central Athens who staged a protest over the police killing two years ago of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The protesters threw rocks and bricks at banks and shop windows as riot police lobbed tear gas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMELA PANTZARTZI / EPALink
Police stand guard in front of a branch of the Bank of Greece as demonstrators throwing paint and stones marked the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a 15-year-old, which then triggered the country's worst riots in decades.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / ReutersLink
Men help clear the rubble from the site of a suicide bombing in the Mohmand region in northwestern Pakistan. Suspected Taliban suicide bombers reportedly killed 41 people at the office compound of a top government official.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR/PAKISTAN / ReutersLink
A supporter of Ivory Coast opposition leader Alassane Ouattara throws maize onto a fire. International mediators tried to intervene Sunday in Ivory Coast's growing political crisis after both candidates in the disputed election said they were now president, raising fears the country could again be divided in two.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Schalk van Zuydam / Associated PressLink
Continental Airlines' lawyer Olivier Metzner answers journalists questions at Pontoise courthouse, north of Paris, after the verdict in the trial to determine who was to blame for the Air France Concorde crash in 2000 that killed 113 people. The court fined Continental Airlines $266,860 after finding the U.S. carrier "criminally responsible" in the deadly crash caused by a piece of metal on the runway.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCK FIFE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Local residents remove rubble, looking for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy storms in Medellín. One person was confirmed dead -- and 200 missing -- after the mudslide. Worsening rains in recent days have spurred a declaration of a state of emergency in several regions of Colombia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Indian activists of the Hindu Bajrang Dal Party participate in a torchlight procession marking the 18th anniversary of the Babri Masjid Mosque demolition by Hindu fundamentalists. Hindu hardliners demolished the mosque in 1992, claiming it was built on the site of the birthplace of the Hindu God Ram, sparking off nationwide Hindu-Muslim riots.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARINDER NANU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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