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A member of the pro-Kremlin youth movement Stal (Steel) wearing a Darth Vader mask participates in a post-election rally. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was satisfied with the performance of his party in Russia's parliamentary election even though it lost a significant number of seats, adding that a drop in support is "inevitable" for any ruling party.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergey Ponomarev / Associated Press

Supporters of the ruling United Russia Party celebrate election results at a rally. United Russia retained solid control of parliament despite obtaining a shade less than half the vote in the election.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI KOCHETKOV / European pressphoto agency

Police detain an activist during a rally protesting the election results and government policies. Opposition leaders organized a second mass protest in two days against Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule despite warnings of a police crackdown and the jailing of one of the organizers.


Children wait for sweets to be tossed out during the eighth National Santa Claus Congress organized under the auspices of Children's Ombudsman Marek Michalak at the Center for Education and Regional Promotion.


People walk past a Christmas tree erected on Cathedral Square in the Lithuanian capital.


An art installation of Bavarian costumes made of red plastic stands out against blowing snow as winter weather takes hold in Germany's western Allgaeu region.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / European pressphoto agency

A soldier holds a girl as members of the 25th Infantry Division returning from Iraq are greeted by family and friends at Wheeler Army Airfield. Communities in Hawaii are welcoming soldiers home from overseas deployment while preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary Wednesday of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Nishimura / Getty Images

Shia Muslim women grieve ceremonially during a religious procession of the Ashura mourning period in New Delhi. Hundreds of Muslims in New Delhi and thousands around India took part in processions marking the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, when they remember the killing of Imam Hussain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammed, who was martyred at the Battle of Karbala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

A Pakistani Sunni Muslim spits fire during an Ashura procession.


Artist Stephen Maxwell Campbell works on his latest canvas in the Castlefield industrial heritage area of Manchester. Campbell paints his scenes using his own homemade paint and uses a distorted photographic perspective to some of his work. He has been commissioned by art galleries, libraries and private collectors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

A Spanish military officer participates in the raising of the Spanish flag during celebrations of the 33rd anniversary of the adoption of the national constitution.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated Press

Kosovar laborers work on a new construction site at the Drenas Business Park. Serbia has recognized Kosovo's independence by accepting an EU-brokered agreement on joint management of disputed border crossings.


A woman screams amid the dead and injured after an explosion at a shrine in central Kabul where Shia Muslims were marking the Day of Ashura.


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Tuesday’s Pictures in the News begins in Russia, where the ruling United Russia Party celebrates victory in parliamentary elections at a rally in central Moscow. United Russia retained solid control of parliament despite obtaining a shade less than half the vote.

In Afghanistan, at least 30 people are killed in an explosion at a Kabul shrine where Shia Muslims had gathered to mark the Day of Ashura.

Elsewhere, communities in Hawaii welcome soldiers home from Iraq while preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Wednesday; an art installation of Bavarian costumes made of red plastic stands out in blowing snow in western Germany; and children wait for sweets at the National Santa Claus Congress in Poland.

Add stops in England, Spain and Hawaii to round out the report.

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