Members of the pro-Kremlin youth groups "Moldaya gvardiya" and "Nashi" ("Young guard" and "Ours") attend a rally marking the victory of the United Russia party in parliamentary elections in central Moscow. The ruling party of Vladimir Putin won the elections with a sharply reduced majority, a blow for Putin ahead of his planned return to the Kremlin in 2012.
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An Egyptian woman votes inside a polling station in Nasr City, a neighborhood of Cairo. A trickle of Egyptian voters headed to the polls Monday for two days of runoffs in the country's first parliamentary elections since President Hosni Mubarak's ouster. Islamist parties captured an overwhelming majority of the votes in the first round.
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Police officers arrest a Congolese man after a group of protesters from the Democratic Republic of Congo marched to the African National Congress headquarters in Johannesburg. The protesters, who rejected their country's presidential election as fraudulent, were demonstrating against what they say is South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's involvement in the election outcome.
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A Congolese money changer awaits clients on a Goma street. Money-changing stands are ubiquitous in the city, where U.S. dollars and francs can be used with equal facility. Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi says he rejects early election results showing President Joseph Kabila ahead, and fresh fears of violence were mounting.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Assange won his bid to continue his legal battle in Britain against extradition to Sweden on sex allegations brought by two women.
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A tractor's skid marks can be seen on a thin layer of snow on a field near Bertoldshofen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARL-JOSEFâ HILDENBRAND / EPALink
A motorboat sails through a frosty fog along the Yenisei River some 34 miles south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
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Dogs get gussied up to show off their skills during a dog show audition in Chengdu.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and her husband, Joachim Sauer, right, stand with Polish Ambassador Marek Prawda inside the installation "Concrete Poetry" by the Polish artist Stanislaw Drozdz during the "Door to Door -- Poland and Germany" exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The letters in the installation show the word "miedzy," which means "between" in Polish.
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Shiite Muslims, shown with a portrait of Ali, the prophet Muhammad's son-in-law, on their building, watch an Ashura procession in Istanbul. Ashura, one of the most important days in the Shiite calendar, commemorates the death of Hussein, Muhammad's grandson, in the 7th century battle of Karbala.
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Children reenact the battle of Karbala outside a mosque the day before Ashura. The event marks the death of the prophet Muhammad's grandson, the revered Imam Hussein, in modern-day Iraq roughly 1,300 years ago.
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Akjabor, a leader of the Amazonian Kayapo people, arrives at the Paris Natural History Museum for a visit with schoolchildren. The Kayapo Indians are one of the main native groups that remain in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated PressLink
A man reads the December issue of FHM India, a popular Indian men's magazine, at a stall in Mumbai. Pakistani actress Veena Malik, who is featured on the cover, is suing the magazine for millions of dollars, accusing it of publishing photos she says were doctored to make her appear nude, her lawyer said Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated PressLink
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