An attendee tests a touch screen display demonstrating the power of Intel's second- generation core processors at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs Jan. 6-9.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBYN BECK / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man is reflected in an electronic quotation board in Tokyo. Japanese shares surged 1.44% to end the day at an eight-month high, lifted by the strength of Wall Street stocks and optimism for a U.S. recovery.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Riot police stand guard near the Orthodox church where Saturday's bomb attacks took place during Orthodox Christmas Mass. Egypt tightened security around churches on Thursday, the eve of Coptic Christmas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ASMAA WAGUIH / REUTERSLink
Januar, a 3-day-old Sumatran elephant, stands close to his 22-year-old mother, Kartini, at the Taman Safari park in Bogor. The park has 45 Sumatran elephants after the addition of the newborn pachyderm.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUPRI / REUTERSLink
Southern Sudanese boys living in north Sudan stand outside their house at the Hadj Yoasf district in Khartoum.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH / REUTERSLink
People shop at an open-air vegetable and fruit market in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMIT DAVE / REUTERSLink
German Foreign Minister and Free Democrat Party leader Guido Westerwelle delivers an address during the FDP's traditional epiphany meeting in Stuttgart.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEX DOMANSKI / REUTERSLink
A man is licked by his horse after the annual race on Epiphany Day in the village of Pietrosani. Epiphany Day falls on Jan. 6 each year and celebrates the end of the Christmas season in Romania.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BOGDAN CRISTEL / REUTERSLink
Bulgarians jump into icy water to compete in finding a cross in the middle of a lake in Sofia on Epiphany Day. It is believed that the man who is the first to grab the cross, which is thrown into the water by an Eastern Orthodox priest, will be healthy throughout the new year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bulgarian men perform the traditional Bulgarian "Horo" dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha river in the town of Kalofer, as part of the Epiphany Day celebrations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Greek Orthodox swimmers hold a wooden cross in the Bosphorus river's Golden Horn after a Mass as part of celebrations of Epiphany Day at the Church of Fener Orthodox Patriarchiate in Istanbul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSTAFA OZER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
People celebrate Christmas in Bishkek. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians in the the Middle East, Russia and other Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 16th century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics, Protestants, Greek Orthodox and commonly used in secular life around the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Participants jump with their their sled to the finish line of the traditional horn sledge race in a valley near the Bavarian village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. More than 90 sleds took part in the event.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
The welcome sign on the outskirts of Rockhampton, Australia, is surrounded by floodwaters. All eyes are on the community as it braces for the swollen Fitzroy River to reach its peak amid the flood crisis in Queensland that has caused 10 deaths and affected more than 200,000 people across an area as large as France and Germany combined.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jonathan Wood / Getty ImagesLink
A sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smokes marijuana at a transit camp. Pilgrims are arriving in Calcutta before proceeding onward for an annual holy dip at Gangasagar, the confluence of Ganges River and Bay of Bengal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bikas Das / Associated PressLink
Divers perform with Beluga whales at Harbin Polarland, a polar animal aquarium and amusement park in Harbin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPALink
A firefighter pulls a stag with a rope on the iced-up Tenderingsees lake in Voerde. Tossing a lasso cowboy-style, a member of the local fire department in Huenxe helped to rescue a herd of deer from the ice-covered lake. Five animals broke through the ice and were stuck, according to a representative of the fire department.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
A police officer patrols during an operation to take control of the Morro Sao Joao slum. Rio de Janeiro's police say they've taken over three adjacent slums as part of an ongoing program to increase security and clamp down on drug trafficking.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
Hamas lawmaker Jamal Natish, right, greets Ahmed Iwaiwai, one of six Hamas detainees freed from a Palestinian Authority prison by order of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Shiyoukhi / Associated PressLink
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