A bust of the Chinese philosopher Confucius lies on the ground in an abandoned stone-carving workshop in a town about 155 miles southwest of Beijing. The small town in Hebei province has a history of stone carving dating back more than 2,000 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID GRAY / ReutersLink
Actor David Warren, who has been playing Santa for the past 10 years, uses a computer monitor with a camera to fix his beard during a break at Santa's Grotto in Selfridges department store.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUZANNE PLUNKETT / ReutersLink
Italian police officers celebrate outside police headquarters following the arrest of Michele Zagaria, 53, the most senior boss of the Camorra crime organization who was still at large. Police found him by digging through to a secret bunker near Naples. He had been on the run for 16 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SALOMONE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Pedestrians walk around Christmas decorations on the Rua Augusta, Lisbon's main shopping street. The downtown streets usually are ablaze with Christmas lights in December, but this year the city has put on a somber show that matches the somber mood of austerity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Armando Franca / Associated PressLink
Students from Nepal Tarun Dal, the youth wing of Nepali Congress Party, wave flaming torches during a protest over a prison brawl in which five people, including the district president of Tarun Dal, were injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAVESH CHITRAKAR / ReutersLink
Demonstrators watch on Market Street as police and city workers dismantle the Occupy San Francisco encampment at Justin Herman Plaza.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHEN LAM / ReutersLink
Filipino militant students clash with anti-riot police officers during a march toward the presidential palace, where they planned to camp out.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENNIS M. SABANGAN / EPALink
Shaun Wells of Australia competes on day five of the ISAF Sailing World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Dadswell / Getty ImagesLink
Young people take part in an Indian army recruitment rally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUKESH GUPTA / X01838Link
Kenyan doctors sing slogans on the third day of a nationwide strike. The doctors are demanding a salary hike of 300% from the government, paralyzing health facilities around the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOOR KHAMIS / ReutersLink
Pakistani children look out through the main door of their shanty.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fareed Khan / Associated PressLink
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