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More than 1,000 people from Occupy L.A., labor unions, unemployed workers and the clergy swarm the streets of downtown Los Angeles during a day of protest against banks and wealthy corporations November 17, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A group of demonstrators meditates near Occupy San Francisco's encampment in the city.


Catholic faithful pray toward a statue of the Virgin Mary at St. Michel Church in Benin. Pope Benedict XVI is returning Friday to Africa, the Roman Catholic Church's fastest-growing region whose pool of aspiring priests are helping to replenish orders in Europe, where congregations are dwindling.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press

Elderly residents are moved to a triage setup at a local church after a fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home in Sydney. The fire reportedly started in the early hours of the morning and at least three residents were confirmed dead.


A man lays flowers on a cross at Vukovar's memorial cemetery, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar. Croatian doctors have filed war crime accusations against 19 former senior Yugoslav army commanders for the relentless shelling of a hospital in Vukovar during an 87-day siege of the eastern Croatian town in 1991.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darko Vojinovic / Associated Press

A bee pollinates a flower in St James's Park in London. Britain continues to experience unseasonably mild weather, which is expected through the weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

A man does his morning exercises during sunrise at Kankaria Lake in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.


A woman is reflected in a mirror in the densely populated Spanish quarter of Naples. Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti and his new cabinet are facing their second vote of confidence to bring in new austerity measures to reduce Italy's debt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Actress Mavie Hoerbiger as Tinkerbell performs on stage during a dress rehearsal of "Peter Pan" at Burgtheater in Vienna.


Students look at a statue of a torture victim on display during the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, a non-governmental organization, will hold a trial Nov. 19-22 for former President George W. Bush and British ex-leader Tony Blair on charges of committing crimes against peace in the Iraq war.


Jennifer Dawes of Britain performs during the women's tumbling qualification in the Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.


Demonstrators in Boise sit in silence facing Idaho's Maximum Security Institution in protest against the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades. He was sentenced to death for killing 21-year-old Stacy Dawn Baldwin and 34-year-old Susan Michelbacher nearly 25 years ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Jaszewski / Associated Press

Union members of Korea Exchange Bank shout slogans during a rally in front of the Financial Services Commission in Seoul.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

Jeremy Browne, British minister of state for the foreign and commonwealth office, poses with a giant panda at the Ya'an Bifengxia base of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. Two giant pandas from the facility will be shipped to Britain, where they'll stay for 10 years. It's the first time China has sent pandas to Britain since 1974.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Li Qiaoqiag / Xinhua

Rural Sri Lankan women watch models present clothes they've made.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated Press

Participants in their underwear break a world record for the most number of people -- 57 -- to fit into an oversized pair of underpants. Thursday was Guinness World Records Day, in which the organization estimated that about 20,000 people around the world would attempt to break various records.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

For those of you who haven't heard of it, the sport is called sepaktakraw. As in volleyball, players attempt to bash a ball over a net into their opponents' side of the court. The twist: They can't use their hands. Here, in a preliminary sepaktakraw match at the Southeast Asian Games, a Thai player, left, kicks the ball while a Malaysian player tries to stop him. Simple enough -- right?


People break a world record as they take part in the world's largest and longest 3-D anamorphic street painting, which is almost 200 feet long with a surface area of about 9,600 square feet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

A woman tries to salvage her belongings after a fire in a slum. More than 250 shanties burned, the local fire department said.


Members of a family wade in the waters of the Arabian Sea as the sun sets at Juhu Beach.


Gnats gather on a bridge. The high number of gnats near lakes is considered to be a consequence of water pollution.


Bolshoi ballet dancer Maria Alash leaves the stage during a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Bolshoi Theatre.


How lucky is this? A crowd of 262 people dressed as leprechauns gather at the Canal Theatre to break a Guinness world record.


Waiters participate in the Carrera de Charolas -- the race of trays. The waiters attempt to race while carrying beverages on a tray.


Protesters were ejected from the Cal State University Board of Trustees meeting as they shouted down the trustees over tuition increases. Once outside, the protesters confronted University Police and broke a glass door while demanding to be allowed inside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

French Bulldogs Luigi and Simone of Pasadena ride a wave in a wave tank during a casting call to find dogs to appear in a Rose Parade float alongside Tillman, the famous skateboarding dog at Fiesta Floats in Irwindale.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Tibetan expatriates and their supporters hold a hunger strike in the Netherlands to protest Chinese repression and curtailment of religious freedom in Tibet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VALERIE KUYPERS / European Pressphoto Agency

An Occupy Wall Street protester confronts New York police officers enforcing a no-sleeping rule in Zuccotti Park. Police had removed protesters from the park early in the morning. A judge ruled that protesters could return to the park but could not camp there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allison Joyce / Getty Images

An ethnic Miao man uses a sickle to shave another man's head.


A group of men carry pikes, spearlike medieval weapons, through the fog as part of a procession to Morgarten Battle Chapel. The annual procession commemorates the Battle of Morgarten of 1315, when the Swiss defeated a far larger Austrian force.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIGI TISCHLER / European pressphoto agency

A Jewish man strolls below the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Jews can visit the Temple Mount, accompanied by Israeli police, but are not allowed to pray in the compound.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR SULTAN / european pressphoto agency

Filipino riot police push back students attempting to block U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's convoy near the gates of the Malacanang presidential palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENNIS M. SABANGAN / European Pressphoto Agency

A sign posted on a city street delivers an anti-Nazi message in Zwickau, the reputed home of a terrorist cell blamed for a series of at least 10 killings, bank robberies and bomb attacks. The cell reportedly formed in Jena, went underground at the end of the 1990s and continues to be active from Zwickau.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BURGI / European pressphoto agency

Doctors protest public health cutbacks outside the Catalan Department of Health during the second day of a strike by health workers in Barcelona.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Ramos / Getty Images

Kyrgyz people pray at Ata-Beyit Cemetery at the graves of relatives killed during the April 2010 uprising that overthrew President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and installed a new government.


People leave floral tributes at a monument to students killed during an uprising almost four decades ago against the military junta that controlled Greece. Commemorations will culminate with a march on Thursday marking the 38th anniversary of the student revolt in 1973 that eventually led to the junta's ouster.


Teams from Libya's National Transitional Council dig up ordnance and weapons buried by the Kadafi regime at a military base.


A baby pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus) clings to its mother at the Zurich zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFFEN SCHMIDT / European pressphoto agency

Occupy Wall Street protesters rally in a small park on Canal Street. Police evicted the protesters from their base in Zuccotti Park overnight. The National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing the protesters to return with their tents to the park, where they have camped for two months. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on the protesters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Occupy Wall Street protesters kiss while standing atop a bus stop during the unannounced raid by police.


People meditate after returning to Zuccotti Park. Police in riot gear swept into the Lower Manhattan park to remove hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who had been camping there for more than eight weeks to protest income inequality. Authorities opened the park again for a short time, then closed it shortly after claiming more maintenance work needed to be done.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Foley / Bloomberg

Protesters clash with riot police as they try to march closer to the U.S. Embassy. The protesters staged a rally against the two-day visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to mark the 60th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty signed by the U.S. and the Philippines.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bullit Marquez / Associated Press

World Wildlife Foundation activists dressed as orangutans hang on ropes down the side of a clothing store in front of the Palace of Culture. The activists unveiled a large banner reading "Help!" down the side of a building to raise awareness on the loss of orangutan habitats.


A man walks by a graffiti-filled wall in the center of the city. The deep crisis and recession in Greece, coupled with heavy austerity, is an inspiration for street artists in the Greek capital.


A daisy is covered with hoar frost. After the frosty night, the day was expected to be sunny in North Rhine-Westphalia.


13-month-old elephant Rania stretches her trunk out to touch the nose of her mahut during the Sonepur Mela in India. The cattle fair, held in the Indian state of Bihar, has its origins in ancient times, when people traded elephants and horses across the auspicious river Ganges. The mela used to attract traders from places as distant as Central Asia. It is one of Asia's largest cattle fairs and lasts for two weeks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

A vendor hangs a Chinese paper umbrella onto a string at his stall in an antique market.


A baby sleeps on a hammock.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heng Sinith / Associated Press

A woman strolls in Via Condotti, a street of luxury shops. Both the center-left Democratic Party and ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Peoples of Liberty Party said they fully backed Italy's premier-designate Mario Monti. But investors worried that they might pull their support in the future if austerity measures proved unpalatable, undermining the success of much-needed reforms.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

String-puppets hang in a mask shop as people pass by.


The Patrouille Acrobatique de France team performs at the Dubai Airshow in the Gulf emirate, where aircraft manufacturers are vying to increase their share of the Middle East market, which they expect to continue to boom over the next two decades.


Police detain a demonstrator at the Occupy Oakland encampment. Oakland officials began clearing out the weeks-old encampment early Monday after issuing several warnings to demonstrators.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

Protesters stage a mock marriage as police conduct the eviction of the Occupy Oakland campsite.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters

A Yemeni child receives a polio vaccination at a health center as part of a nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting more than 4.5 million children younger than 5.


Pakistani villagers stand near the wreckage of a fighter jet that crashed near the capital of Islamabad. Pakistan's air force says its jet crashed during a training mission because of a technical problem. The pilot was killed in the crash, officials said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ghulam Shabbir / Associated Press

A group of flamingos gathers on the coast of Nea Kios in Nafplio in southern Greece. Flamingos use the wetland as a rest stop during their winter migration south.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Evangelos Bougiotis / European Pressphoto Agency

A man holds a Palestinian flag as another inspects a Hamas compound damaged in an Israeli air strike. Reports state that the airstrike killed a police officer and wounded four others.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ali Ali / European Pressphoto Agency

Belarussian Emergency Ministry workers collect used pesticide at a burial site in a forest near the village of Savichi. About 950 tons of pesticides, including DDT, were extracted from the ground, loaded in plastic barrels and prepared for transportation for utilization in Germany, according to participants.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Guinean lawyers take part in a march. Lawyers started Monday on an unlimited strike as they call to sue Conakry's governor, Sekou Resco Camara, whom they accuse of illegally confining three human rights activists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cellou Binali / AFP/Getty Images

"Tiger and Turtle," a sculpture designed by Heike Mutter und Ulrich Genth that resembles a roller coaster, is silhouetted against the blue sky. Pedestrians are allowed to walk on parts of the sculpture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated Press

A man drinks coffee in an empty coffee bar. The European Union warned that the 17-country Eurozone could slip into "a deep and prolonged recession" next year as the debt crisis shows alarming signs of spinning out of control. Spain has suffered a long economic crisis with more than 5 million unemployed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alvaro Barrientos / Associated Press

Mt. Nyamulagira in eastern Congo is seen erupting. Virunga National Park is inviting tourists on an overnight trek to view a spectacular eruption of the mountain, where rivers of incandescent lava are flowing slowly north into an uninhabited part of the park but pose no danger to its critically endangered mountain gorillas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cai Tjeenk Willink / Associated Press

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The Occupy movement made headlines as police moved in and cleared out encampments in New York and Oakland. In Los Angeles, the demonstrators shut down an intersection in the city’s financial district, prompting police to move in and make 73 arrest. See gallery.

On Friday, Croatians observed the 20th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar, where more than 1,600 people were killed and 2,500 wounded during the siege that became the symbol of Croatia’s fight for independence from the former Yugoslavia; union members of Korea Exchange Bank shout slogans during a rally in front of the Financial Services Commission in Seoul; and Catholic faithful pray to a statue of the Virgin Mary in Benin, where Pope Benedict XVI will make his return Friday to Africa, the Roman Catholic Church’s fastest-growing region.

Protesters clashed with riot police outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila to protest the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton arrived to mark the 60th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty signed by the U.S. and the Philippines; activists dressed as orangutans from the World Wildlife Fund unveiled a large banner reading “Help!” down the side of a building to raise awareness of the loss of orangutan habitats in Poland; and teams from Libya’s National Transitional Council collect unexploded ordnance buried  by the Kadafi regime at a military base near Tripoli.

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