Congressional members and staffers observe a moment of silence on the steps of the Capitol for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital after an assassination attempt.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERSLink
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pause after observing a moment of silence with staffers on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting.
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A book for condolences to honor the six people killed in the shooting in Tucson was placed in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
People attempt to extinguish a fire at a cold storage facility. The fire broke out after an ammonia gas leak and spread to an adjacent cotton warehouse.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI / REUTERSLink
Protesters vandalize a car as they block roads around the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up violent investors after stock trading was halted when prices went into free fall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW BIRAJ / REUTERSLink
A southern Sudanese woman shows her inked finger after voting at a polling center on the second day of a landmark independence referendum.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A musher's dogs express their enthusiasm during the fourth stage of the La Grande Odyssee 2011, an eleven-day race through the French Alps covering more than 600 miles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Bahrain's midfielder Abdullah Omar, right, challenges South Korea's midfielder Park Ji-Sung as they head the ball during their 2011 Asian Cup Group C match at Al-Gharafa Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM JAAFAR / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Women in kimonos ride a roller coaster on Coming of Age Day at an amusement park in Tokyo. The event is held annually on the second Monday of January to congratulate all who have reached the age of 20 over the last year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM KYUNG-HOON / REUTERSLink
With cold weather continuing to affect northern India, tourists take a foggy boat ride on Sukhana Lake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AJAY VERMA / REUTERSLink
A Sikh fire breather performs during a religious procession to mark the anniversary of the birth of guru Gobind Singh in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Guru Gobind Singh was the last and the 10th guru of the Sikhs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUNISH SHARMA / ReutersLink
A man holds his child in front of a festive illumination in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Monday marks the last day of the Russian 10-day-long Christmas and New Year's holiday period.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / ReutersLink
The yacht Sunseeker 88 is being transported to the fairgrounds in Dusseldorf. With a length of 27 meters, the boat will be the biggest yacht on display during the Jan. 22-30 Boot 2011 yacht and water sports trade fair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
Residents inspect a road that collapsed when a flash flood swept through Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. Residents of low-lying parts of Australia's third largest city, Brisbane, sandbagged their homes against rising waters as torrential rains exacerbated record floods that have paralyzed the coal industry in the northeast and now threaten tourism.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alicia Morrison / ReutersLink
An Indonesian village is covered by mud flow from Mt. Merapi in Yogyakarta. A series of volcanic eruptions that began in late October has resulted in more than 350 deaths in central Java.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALTAMIRA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A woman with her daughter casts a vote at a polling station during the second day of voting for the independence referendum in Juba. Southern Sudan is participating in an independence referendum following a historic 2005 peace treaty that brought an end to decades of civil war between the Arab north and predominantly Christian and animist south.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images EuropeLink
The Virgin Mary statue appears to watch as a tethered construction worker nears the Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes, France. Construction at the shrine is expected to continue through early February.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Edme / Associated PressLink
People walking to work across London Bridge are silhouetted against the sun rising behind Tower Bridge in London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated PressLink
An Indian police officer shoots a leopard as it attacks a bystander in Karad. The leopard had already injured a number of people in a rampage, local media reported. It is still not clear where the leopard came from.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
The White House flag flies at half-staff after the Tucson shooting rampage in which six people were killed and 14 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty ImagesLink
Journalists get a look the new Porsche 918 RSR sports car during the first press preview day at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STAN HONDA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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