A vehicle clears a ski slope of freshly fallen snow at the resort of Grimentz. Swiss ski resorts for weeks had longed for snow to open their winter season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT / EPALink
The Russian team trains before the sixth FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Feng Li / Getty ImagesLink
A man holds a cross as he prays during a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of of the founding of the St. Mary's Cathedral.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Soe Zeya Tun / ReutersLink
Pilgrims crawl carrying candles in their hands inside the Church of the Virgen de lo Vasquez. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Christians make the pilgrimage to the sanctuary, walking for up to 32 miles to reach the shrine, with some of them covering the final three miles or so barefoot or on their knees, to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and to pay homage to the Virgin with their penances.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eliseo Fernandez / ReutersLink
A rickshaw puller gets his beard dressed by a roadside barber on the outskirts of New Delhi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PARIVARTAN SHARMA / ReutersLink
Relatives mourn during the funeral of a Palestinian killed in an Israeli strike in Gaza City. Two Gaza militants were killed in the strike, Palestinian medics said, with Israel saying one of them had planned a deadly bombing in Eilat in 2007.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Congolese riot policemen patrol in Kibumba border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, ahead of the announcement of last week's election results, with observers warning the conflict-prone country could descend into chaos no matter who is declared the winner. President Joseph Kabila is poised to claim a new five-year term Thursday when officials announce the winner of national elections, a result the opposition is likely to contest both in court and on the street.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMON MAINA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A supporter of Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is grabbed by a Congolese riot police officer outside his candidate's headquarters. Partial results issued by Congo's electoral commission overnight make it all but certain that President Joseph Kabila will be declared the winner, setting the stage for possible clashes between his backers and those loyal to the main opposition candidate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated PressLink
Occupy DC demonstrators protest outside the Treasury building.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Luis Magana / Associated PressLink
An Iraqi police officer mans a checkpoint decorated with plastic flowers. American forces are now in the midst of the final stage of withdrawal from the war-torn country, with all troops scheduled to depart by Dec. 31.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty ImagesLink
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