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A man holds a picture of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, along with a candle and a flower, at a vigil to commemorate the anniversary of her death in 2007. Bhutto was killed in a suicide bombing after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi just weeks after she had returned to Pakistan after ending her self-imposed exile, which had lasted several years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Faisal Mahmood / Reuters

A cross-country skier makes his way through Times Square after a blizzard dropped almost 2 feet of snow on the city. The tail end of heavy storms affected holiday travelers, forcing New York airport closures and crippling road and rail traffic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stan Honda / AFP/Getty Images

Snow covers a sign marking the route to Logan Airport after a blizzard pummeled the northeastern U.S.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian Snyder / Reuters

A competitor in the 66th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race skirts a storm front near the Bass Strait. Thunderstorms and hail hit the area overnight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carlo Borlenghi / AFP/Getty Images

An attendee uses a computer in the lounge area of the 25th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. The annual four-day conference includes lectures and workshops, attracting an international audience of hackers, scientists and artists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Peter / Reuters

A worker lays out newly made red lanterns to dry at a factory in Shanxi province. The lanterns are being prepared for New Year celebrations and the coming Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 3.


Visitors walk across a transparent floor, looking down to a museum crypt at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral in Beirut. Evidence of eight occupations from the Hellenistic period to the present were found during excavations conducted by the Archaelogical Museum of the American University of Beirut and are being preserved in the crypt. It opens to the public Jan. 3.


Ukraine's former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko talks with his wife, Irina, before a court appearance in Kiev. Ukraine's security service detained Lutsenko on Sunday, the latest move in a crackdown on the previous government since President Viktor Yanukovich took power.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Reuters

A security guard working for a private armored car company, Tiger International, holds a photo of a colleague killed during a raid by NATO forces on the company's offices in Kabul. Afghanistan's NATO-led force disputed an Afghan government allegation that foreign forces had violated a security pact by conducting the night raid in which two guards were killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahmad Masood / Reuters

A trio of 8-week-old tiger cubs play with their mother at Assam State Zoo. The tiger population of the zoo increased to eight after the cubs' birth. Animal rights groups say the tiger population in India has fallen from 5,000 to fewer than 2,000 in the last five years, despite the allocation of 12,800 square miles of sanctuary land.


Elementary and middle school students rub their bodies with snow during a winter military camp conducted by retired Korean marines at the Cheongryong Self-Denial Training Camp. About 50 students took part to strengthen their mental and physical endurance.


Swans are fed in the city's Vistula River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Agencja Gazeta / Reuters

A beet harvester is used to clear snow blocking a country road near Cambrai in northern France. Heavy snow and frigid temperatures in Europe continue to disrupt air and land travel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pascal Rossignol / Reuters

People cross a broken bridge across the Yangon River at sunset.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

A snow-covered hill at Belmont Plateau makes for good twilight sledding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Rourke / Associated Press

The Georges Pompidou motorway, which runs alongside the River Seine, is closed to the traffic because of unusually high waters following heavy snowfalls. Visible in the distance are the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge, and the city's iconic Eiffel Tower.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Remy de la Mauviniere / Associated Press

A male cardinal resting on the branch of a frosted tree in West Des Moines adds a splash of color to the winter landscape.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

Figurines of chimney sweeps decorated with four-leaf clovers, believed to bring good luck for the New Year, are offered for sale at a Dusseldorf market.


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Today marks the anniversary of the assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 after her return to the country from a self-imposed exile. We begin today’s Pictures in the News with an image from a candlelight vigil for her in Islamabad.

A cross-country skier makes his way through New York City’s Times Square after snowstorms slam the Northeast; Korean students take part in endurance-strengthening exercises, covering themselves with snow at a military camp near Seoul; and in northern France, a beet harvester is pressed into service to help clear snow blocking the road between Honnecourt and Villers-Guislain.

In Afghanistan, an overnight raid by the country’s NATO-led force kills two contractors; Ukraine’s former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko prepares for an appearance in a Kiev court; and a museum crypt is about to be opened in Beirut with artifacts of eight occupations from the Hellenistic period to the present.

In China, colorful lanterns are prepared in advance of New Year celebrations; swans are fed in Krakow, Poland; and off the Australian coast, a competitor in the 66th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race skirts an ominous-looking storm front.

Images from Paris and Dusseldorf, and closer to home, Philadelphia and West Des Moines, complete today’s journey.

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