Each weekday we sift through hundreds of wire photos and those shot by our staff photographers to bring you our favorites. At the end of the week we gather up all these photos into one gallery to highlight the best images of the week. Not surprising for this time of year, winter-themed photos are in abundance but we found them interesting nonetheless. Protests also rocked Italy, Greece and England and photographers were there to capture the emotions. Be sure to see the not-so-serious images too, such as a cross-eyed opossum and Santas on motorbikes.