A supporter of the upcoming referendum on southern independence adjusts a banner on a car during a rally in Juba.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GORAN TOMASEVIC / REUTERSLink
A family fishes in the waters of the Periyar river on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
Against the backdrop of the German city of Frankfurt an der Oder, two boys stand on the iced-over River Oder in Slubice, Poland, beneath a bridge spanning the two countries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMAS PETER / REUTERSLink
A worker cleans windows from a suspended platform on a building in London. British construction contracted last month for the first time since February 2010, suggesting the sector will make a small contribution at best to growth in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / REUTERSLink
Catholics attend Mass at La Vang Basilica in Vietnam's central Quang Tri province, part of a three-day conclusion to Holy Year celebrations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHAM / REUTERSLink
People take part in the 47th annual New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo. Almost 3,000 hopefuls participated in the event to celebrate the start of the New Year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Agathe, a cane toad, negotiates a toy scale during an animal inventory at the Hanover zoo. All inhabitants of the zoo will be counted, weighed and measured during the weeklong inventory. Agathe weighed in at a touch over 4 pounds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOLGER HOLLEMANN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Villagers warm themselves around a coal fire in Jharkhand state. Many parts of the country have been experiencing colder temperatures than normal for this time of year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Sevilla FC's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano trips and falls over Argentine defender Martin Demichelis of Malaga during the Spanish King's Cup quarterfinals return match at Rosaleda stadium. The game marked Demichelis' Spanish debut.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JORGE ZAPATA / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Mitsubishi's driver Guilherme Spinelli and co-driver Youssef Haddad, both from Brazil, compete during the fourth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Jujuy, Argentina, and Calama, Chile.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated PressLink
Three 7-week-old white lion cubs, the first to be born in South America according to zoo officials, make a cautious first public appearance at the Buenos Aires zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eduardo Di Baia / Associated PressLink
A sea of new cars are parked at the port in Rio de Janeiro. Sales of passenger vehicles and small trucks in Brazil grew 11% in 2010, hitting a record of 3.3 million vehicles sold during the year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A skier becomes airborne during a trial jump at the Four Hills Tournament of the Ski Jumping World Cup in Bischofshofen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BARBARA GINDL / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
80-year-old Ciuri Kakabadze, left, and 77-year-old Yuri Merabovpose smile as they win first prize in the Super Grandmother and Super Grandfather beauty contest in Tbilisi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANO SHLAMOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A vehicle drives down the flooded runway at Rockhampton Airport after the swollen Fitzroy River broke its banks and inundated much of the city. Hundreds of Australians scrambled in the rain to build levee banks and evacuate hospital patients as floods that have deluged and cut off 40 towns rolled downstream.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Demonstrators are sprayed by riot-police water cannons during a rally of about 500 students protesting the Islamic-rooted government in Ankara, Turkey.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEM ALTAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A worshiper lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in Israel's West Bank town of Bethlehem, ahead of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DARREN WHITESIDE / ReutersLink
The eyelashes of a horse at the eastern German ski resort of Oberhof are covered by frost.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS / ReutersLink
A man dressed as one of the Three Wise Men greets the crowd after arriving at Gijon port. Traditionally, children in Spain receive their Christmas presents on the morning of Jan. 6 delivered by the Three Wise Men.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ELOY ALONSO / ReutersLink
Druze Nabeeh Farhat, of Buqata in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, escorts his Syrian bride, Samar Khayal, through a U.N.-monitored checkpoint between Israel and Syria. Khayal abandoned her family in Syria to marry Farhat, a man she had never seen before, and to live in neighboring Israel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACK GUEZ / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A worker in India presses soil and salt crystals with his feet at a salt factory in Kharaghodha village, west of Ahmedabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMIT DAVE / ReutersLink
Tzvika, an injured female turtle, walks with the aid of her newly attached wheels at the Wildlife Hospital in the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv. About two months ago, Tzvika was run over by a lawn mower and suffered severe damage to her shell and a spinal injury that affected her ability to use her rear limbs. The wheels elevate the turtle to keep the shell from being worn down and enable her to walk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIR ELIAS / ReutersLink
A Hindu pilgrim adjusts her hair in Kolkata, India. Hindu pilgrims by the thousands are heading to the Gangasagar Mela, or Ganga Sagar Fair, in West Bengal to take a dip in the sacred waters of the Ganga River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Twelve-year-old Amri in Indonesia scavenges through trash in Medan, North Sumatra. Amri helps his family survive by looking for food and other goods in dumps.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUTANTA ADITYA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Fireworks erupt over massive ice sculptures during the opening of the 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China. The festival is an annual three-month event featuring hundreds of activities related to snow and ice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPALink
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