Students from the Adolf Fredrik music school perform at a St. Lucia concert at the Stockholm Cathedral for more than a thousand spectators. Each Dec. 13, Sweden observes St. Lucia's day, a celebration of light that centers around a Sicilian martyr.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
People enjoy night skating at an ice rink installed in the city's central Plaza Bolivar, with the cathedral in the background.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GUILLERMO LEGARIA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Clay figurines for use in holiday decorations are displayed at a street market in El Salvador's capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSE CABEZAS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Protesters hold signs asking for peace and a stop to violence during a march after Mexico's ongoing war against drug cartels escalated. Others marched holding signs lauding a slain drug lord.
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British police detain a demonstrator outside the Business and Innovation Ministry in central London during a protest opposing cuts in education grants for disadvantaged students.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW WINNING / REUTERSLink
Riot police block Manezh Square in central Moscow to prevent soccer fans and Russian nationalists from clashing with natives of the North Caucasus over the death of a Spartak Moscow supporter, fatally shot last week in a street fight.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS SINYAKOV / REUTERSLink
Trees and grass along Lake Michigan are covered in ice after wind gusts of 40 mph blew waves onto the shore as temperatures dropped into the low teens. Snow, frigid temperatures and high winds caused more than 1,500 flights in and out of the city's airports to be canceled and wreaked havoc across the Midwest.
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Blowing snow obscures a road in Ohio's rural Lorain County. A overnight snow storm with high winds disrupted road and air travel and caused the closure of many schools in northern Ohio.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Duncan / Associated PressLink
U.S. Marines begin the day at British Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province. The U.S.-led NATO alliance in Afghanistan warned today that foreign soldiers will face further violence in 2011, capping what has been the deadliest year of the war thus far.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man reads a sign informing passengers about a work stoppage at a shuttered entrance to the Syntagma metro station. Public transport and media workers launched a week of anti-austerity strikes expected to ground flights, disrupt services and allow uncollected trash pile up on the streets during the holidays.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / REUTERSLink
A worker at a wholesale iron market inspects his wares. Iron ore exports from India's key Karnataka state are likely to fall 67% for the year ending in March, 2011, due to a ban on exports that has hit supplies to the global market and hardened prices. India is the world's third largest supplier of iron ore.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI / REUTERSLink
A flock of black skimmers huddle together for warmth as they face an icy wind on Ben T. Davis Beach. Overnight temperatures in Florida are predicted to drop into the upper 20s as a cold front moves through the state.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris O'Meara / Associated PressLink
A Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft is transported to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome. The three-man space mission, with U.S. astronaut Cady Coleman, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratiev, is scheduled to blast off for the International Space Station on Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DMITRY KOSTYUKOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A gallery assistant views Mick Inkpen's "Kipper and Wibbly Pig," left, and Paul Mellia's "Thomas the Tank Engine" at Sotheby's auction house. The pieces are part of a collection of illustrations from childrens' television and literature to be sold this week to help raise funds for the House of Illustration, a new project in Kings Cross offering illustrators a place to work and exhibit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEON NEAL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Afghan Shiite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in a mosque in Kabul. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, when a period of mourning is observed in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated PressLink
A worker, hands covered in gunpowder, prepares fireworks at a makeshift factory in Bocaue. Many Filipinos flocked to the province of Bulacan, where many fireworks are made, to buy pyrotechnics despite the government's campaign against the use of such explosives, which cause deaths and injuries during Christmas and New Year revelries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHERYL RAVELO / ReutersLink
South Korean postal workers dressed as Santa Claus leave the post office headquarters to deliver Christmas gifts to poor people for their charity campaign in Seoul. The campaign, which involved some 50 letter carriers, will be expanded into nine cities until the end of this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
French police lead rescued children from a school in Besancon, where a 17-year-old boy armed with two swords had taken a number of children hostage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TRIAS PHILIPPE / EPALink
A couple strolls through the year-end lights display "Blue Ocean" at the Shiodome business and shopping district in Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCK ROBICHON / EPALink
Animal-rights activists from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals take part in a demonstration in Taksim Square in the center of Istanbul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSTAFA OZER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man walks aboard a motorboat covered with heavy hoarfrost on a bank of Yenisei River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / ReutersLink
Anti-nuclear activists roll symbolic nuclear-waste barrels to the constituency office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Stralsund. The action is a protest against the upcoming transport of nuclear waste to an interim storage site.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERND WUESTNECK / EPALink
Activists from the Ukrainian female-rights organization Femen rallied near the Ukrainian government's headquarters to protest the absence of female ministers in the Ukrainian Cabinet in Kiev.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GLEB GARANICH / ReutersLink
Police and rescue workers are seen through a damaged school bus as they survey the site of a bomb explosion in Peshawar. A bomb hit the school bus in the northwestern Pakistani city on Monday, killing a passerby and wounding two young female students and two others, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ AZIZ / ReutersLink
Striking public transport workers shout slogans as they protest outside the Transport Ministry in Athens.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPALink
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