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A bronze sculpture called "Maman," by French-born U.S. artist Louise Bourgeois, is on display at Buerkli Square.


Demonstrators protest against collective-bargaining reforms in front of Spain's Labor Ministry.


A woman clips a picture of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to her clothes during a rally to show support for the embattled leader.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

A woman reenacts a crucifixion as part of a peace caravan led by poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was murdered by suspected drug-cartel hitmen. Hundreds are taking part in the weeklong procession to protest the country's drug war,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gael Gonzalez / Reuters

A recently hatched Atlas moth is on display at the local zoo.


A doctor checks the blood pressure of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is on a hunger strike to demand government accountability after a series of corruption scandals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated Press

People sit on a makeshift platform as their houses are filled with floodwater after a heavy monsoon rain.


Brazil's Carolina Salgado dives to return the ball as she and her sister, Maria, battle a U.S. team of Brooke Hanson and Laurie Fendrick at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Beijing Grand Slam.


A man looks at an art installation called "Sea Pink" at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.


A laboratory technician shows isolated E. coli bacteria at a Bulgarian Food Safety Agency laboratory. German vegetables caused an E. coli outbreak in Europe, investigators announced after tracking the bacteria from patients in hospital beds to restaurants and then farm fields.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oleg Popov / Associated Press

Workers embroider a cloth at a small-scale factory at Dharavi, one of the world's largest shantytowns.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press

Stranded passengers wait at Salgado Filho International Airport after flights in southern Brazil were suspended due to ash from the Puyehue volcano in Chile.


A woman holds a candle during a rally to urge the government to lower tuition for college students.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

A firefighter sprays water over charred ground after a blaze affecting over 5 square miles of Dorset's Upton Heath was brought under control.


Soldiers show off five alleged members of the Zetas drug gang to the press. More than 200 weapons were seized when the five were arrested at a navy checkpoint close to the city of Villa Union, in Mexico's Coahuila state near the southern border of Texas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexandre Meneghini / Associated Press

A Turkish soldier stands by as a group of Syrians wait for the authorization to enter Turkey. Hundreds of Syrians fled to Turkey on Thursday as elite Syrian troops moved to encircle a restive town ahead of a possible assault.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Burhan Ozbilici / Associated Press

A U.S. Marine in Afghanistan goes to pick up food supplies that were dropped via parachute outside Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand province. The smoke is from the parachutes, which the Marines burn after they're used.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press

Thai air force workers clear away mud as they excavate the wreckage of a U.S. P-51D Mustang on the outskirts of Bangkok. The plane was shot down during World War II while on a bombing run over Japanese-allied Thailand.


Villagers stand around cars that were caught in a landslide caused by a cloudburst in the Doda district, about 90 miles from the northern Indian city of Jammu. Four people were feared killed in the landslide.


Somalians demonstrate in support of Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.


Pilgrims cross the Quema River on their way to the shrine of El Rocio in the province of Seville. The annual El Rocío pilgrimage combines religious fervor and festive color.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcelo del Pozo / Reuters

A policeman helps Larry the Downing Street cat into No. 10 Downing Street, the residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron. The 4-year-old tabby was at London's Battersea Dogs and Cats Home before moving into government housing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

The locally famous cross-eyed opossum called Heidi peers out of her box before being taken to an enclosure at the newly built tropical hall of the Leipzig zoo. It is believed that Heidi's crossed eyes could have resulted from a poor diet when she was young, causing large fat deposits to form behind her eyes.


A white peacock spreads its feathers at the Nehru Zoological Park.


A South Korean tank fires smoke shells during a joint military drill with U.S. forces.


Children practice during a ballet class at the Croatian National Theater.


Transfer cases containing the remains of, from left, Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri of Chicago; Pfc. Christopher B. Fishbeck of Victorville, Calif.,; Pfc. Michael B. Cook of Middletown, Ohio; and Emilio J. Campo Jr. of Madelia, Minn., wait inside an Air Force C-5 cargo plane after their arrival in the U.S. The soldiers died in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

Lightning flashes across the sky during a thunderstorm over the central business district.


Lotuses blossom in a pond at the Old Summer Palace.


An employee of a foreign exchange trading company walks past a display showing the rate of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toru Hanai / Reuters

University students hold candles during a rally demanding cuts in tuition fees.


A woman looks out at the sea from the beach.


Sheep are sheared at Kilgram Farm.


A worker takes a nap as fish are dried at a salted-fish processing facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irwin Fedriansyah / Associated Press

A Hindu priest along with supporters of yoga guru Baba Ramdev shout slogans before burning an effigy with pictures of government officials. The demonstration targeted the forceful eviction of Ramdev and his followers from a camp erected to protest government coruption.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated Press

Children wait before a performance to mark World Oceans Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

Environmental activist Elise Nabor, dressed as Barbie and driving a skiploader, is stopped by an El Segundo police officer a half-block away from the Mattel headquarters in El Segundo, where fellow Greenpeace activists climbed down the 15-story building and displayed a giant banner protesting the toy company's use of paper packaging material from the Indonesian rain forests.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

This natural-color satellite image, provided by NASA, of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle eruption in Chile shows the ash plume from the volcano as it blows first northeast, then southeast across Argentina toward the Atlantic Ocean.


Lightning strikes the 623-foot high Turning Torso building.


Tribesmen loyal to dissident tribal leader Sheik Sadiq Ahmar inspect damage at his house.


Smoke rises after a NATO airstrike.


Serbian fans cheer after a flair was lit during a soccer match against Australia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Brownbill / Associated Press

Atsuto Uchida fights for the ball during a soccer match between the Czech Republic and Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

Indian television star and yoga guru Baba Ramdev displays how much weight he has lost from a hunger strike in protest of government corruption.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated Press

A cygnet -- also known as a baby swan -- sits on the back of an adult on the Outer Alster lake.


Seal pups enjoy the water at a rescue facility's pool.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heribert Proepper / Associated Press

A diver feeds a rare 16-foot-long whale shark during training for a feeding show at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium.


St. Bernards and staff members of the Barry Foundation head to the Great St. Bernard Pass while returning from their winter quarters in Martigny. The dogs will spend the summer on the pass and return to Martigny by the end of the year.


Smoke billows into the sky during an electrical storm after the eruption of the volcano Puyehue. The eruption prompted the government to evacuate 3,500 residents from the area while ash blanketed towns nearly 100 kilometers away in Argentina.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Basualto / European Pressphoto Agency

Military police investigate a partially submerged DHL cargo plane that crashed Monday just off the coast. The plane came to rest with its nose buried in shallow water at low tide near a major high school. Authorities said the four-man crew survived and was taken to a hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joel Bouopda Tatou / Associated Press

Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a Manhattan courthouse with his wife, Anne Sinclair, after pleading not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press

A group of grim-faced hotel housekeepers waits at the courthouse for the arrival of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Greenhouses of the Gaertnerhof Bienenbuettel organic farm in the state of Lower Saxony were closed by health officials on suspicion that the farm's vegetable sprouts might be the source of the outbreak of enterohemorrhagic E. coli bacteria that has infected more than 2,000 people and killed at least 22 in Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joern Pollex / Getty Images

Greenhouse employees add to a mound of cucumbers destined for destruction after sales collapsed on Romanian markets due to the fear of E. coli contamination. The outbreak has caused chaos among Europe's vegetable growers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP / Gety Images

Father Sergiy, a Russian Orthodox priest, blesses the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft on the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome. The rocket with three crew members is scheduled to blast off on a mission to the International Space Station from Baikonur on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Ilnitsky / European Pressphoto Agency

Ashfaq, 10, carries his 2-year-old brother, Farhaan, through a flooded street in their slum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Danish Siddiqui / Reuters

Actor Will Smith has his tie adjusted before shooting a scene for "Men In Black III."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Supporters of yoga guru Baba Ramdev cover their mouths with black cloth in silent protest at the Patanjali Yogpeeth ashram after government troops used truncheons and tear gas to break up an anticorruption demonstration there over the weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manan Vatsyayana / Agence France-Presse / India

A young man pushes furniture onto a fire blocking a street in the Ain Helweh Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Sidon during a "Day Of Rage," on which all Palestinian factions in Lebanon were called upon to show their support for those killed the day before when Israeli troops opened fire on protesters attempting to cross the cease-fire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahmoud Zayyat / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images

A South Korean Christian woman prays during a rally denouncing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's rule on Memorial Day in South Korea. About 30,000 members of a South Korean civic conservative organization gathered to hold a commemorative rally for those who died in the Korean War.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

The winning boat leader reaches for the finish line flag during the traditional annual Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon boat races are in remembrance of Chu Yuan, an ancient Chinese scholar-statesman, who drowned in 277 BC while denouncing government corruption.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

A caretaker holds a pair of 3-month-old female cheetah cubs at the at Kenya's wildlife service orphanage. The two cubs were brought to the orphanage at Nairobi National Park after they were abandoned by their mother in Tsavo East, south of Nairobi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sayyid Azim / Associated Press

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  1. December 13, 2011, 4:40 am


    By: danieltguta

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