Jerusalem — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past vandalized posters showing women in Jerusalem. Media reports state that in parts of the Israeli capital, women have been forced to use different pedestrian routes and services than men. Women have been made to use separate buses, clinics, and even the Israeli military has thought of moving serving female combat personnel because of objections by religious men serving alongside them. The changes are due to attempts by ultra-Orthodox rabbis trying to distance themselves from the change of lifestyle in a modern Israel and hold on to their secular values that include not mixing with members of the opposite sex in public
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR SULTAN / EPALink
Liege, Belgium — Shattered glass in a window after a shooting and grenade attack in Place Saint-Lambert, Liege. A wounded child died late Tuesday after the attack on a Belgian Christmas market, raising the death toll to five.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBIN UTRECHT / EPALink
Ramah, United Arab Emirates — An Emirati man holds a falcon during a falconry competition, part of the Third International Festival of Falconry.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM SAHIB / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Banda Aceh, Indonesia — Arrested punkers take a bath before they get moral education at a police school in the Lembah Seulawah, Banda Aceh. A total of 65 punkers were sent to the police school to get mental and spiritual guidance for 10 days before being returned to their home areas. The punkers were arrested by the government of Aceh for being against Islamic sharia law.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK / EPALink
A Coruna, Spain — A fishing boat leaves the A Coruna's port amid heavy swells even though Spanish authorities raised the red alert along the region's coast due to groundswell in the Galician region of northwestern Spain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CABALAR / EPALink
Giza, Egypt — Egyptians wait to vote for the second round of parliamentary elections at a polling station in Giza. According to media reports, polling stations in Egypt opened on Wednesday in the second round of voting in parliamentary elections, the first since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED ELFIQI / EPALink
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Fabien Mutomb, provincial vice president of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, lies on the ground, praying, as Congolese army soldiers break up a peaceful protest. Heads of the party marched through central Lubumbashi Wednesday in protest against the "fraud and cheating" in the Congolese elections, which took place on Nov. 28, and against the closure of their offices in the capital of the mineral-rich province of Katanga.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHIL MOORE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
London — A demonstrator uses a radio during a protest in central London over the election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / ReutersLink
Kiev, Ukraine — The lawyer of former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Nikolay Siryi, top, gets over a fence, blocked by Interior Ministry officers and supporters, to attend the hearings on Tymoshenko's appeal against her jail sentence at a court building in Kiev.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/RUSSIA / ReutersLink
Islamabad, Pakistan — A Pakistani girl plays with a Santa Claus doll in an alley of a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Branson, Mo. — Garnering national recognition for its holiday lights, Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas festival features a five-story special effects tree with a sound and light show, a light parade and more than 4 million lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PR NEWSWIRELink
Val Gardena. Italy — Bode Miller of the U.S. skis during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill Training.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom / Getty ImagesLink
Bangor, England — Dais Return, ridden by Jason Maguire, jumps the last fence to win the Alfa Aggregates Handicap Hurdle race at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Rickett / Associated PressLink
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