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 PressLink
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 agencyLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI KARPUKHIN / ReutersLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BARBARA OSTROWSKA / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
People walk past a Christmas tree erected on Cathedral Square in the Lithuanian capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
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 agencyLink
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 ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
A Pakistani Sunni Muslim spits fire during an Ashura procession.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
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 PressLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMEND NIMANI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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