Rupert, a 7-month-old dachshund, licks the face of volunteer Santa Patrick Ashton during a fundraising event for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Pet owners brought their animals for a chance to pose for a photograph with Santa Claus, with half the proceeds of photo sales going to support the shelter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric S. Swist / Conroe [Texas] CourierLink
Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather after learning of the death of their leader, Kim Jong Il.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
The news of Kim Jong Il's death was just as big in South Korea, where people in Seoul Station read copies of a newspaper's extra edition devoted to the development.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chiho Jeong / BloombergLink
Televisions at an electronics shop in the South Korean capital carry news reports of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Competitive cyclist Tino Zieger casts a long shadow as he trains in the snowy landscape of the eastern Ore Mountains.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BURGI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Protesters try to salvage burning documents from the Egyptian Scientific Complex, which is in danger of collapsing after it was almost gutted by a fire that broke out during clashes with army soldiers Saturday near Tahrir Square. Protesters blame troops for the fire in the historical complex, established during the three year-occupation of Egypt by France in the late 18th century.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Nasser / Associated PressLink
Afghan schoolchildren, refugees of the fighting in their country, sit on the ground of their classroom during a math class at their school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
An Indian girl offers flowers to Disney fairy tale character Princess Cinderella during a goodwill tour of India with Prince Charming.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAGADEESH NV / European pressphoto agencyLink
Marcel Hirscher of Austria celebrates on the podium after winning the Men's Ski World Cup Slalom.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ETTORE FERRARI / EPALink
Trevor Hill has all his turkeys in a row for the annual Christmas Poultry Auction at Murton Livestock Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Clarke / Getty ImagesLink
Residents of Wukan, a fishing village in the southern province of Guangdong, carry banners as they protest what they consider illegal land grabs and the death of a local leader while he was in police custody.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A resident walks away from her wrecked house, swept away by Typhoon Washi floodwaters and left hanging on a concrete wall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Children in flood-stricken Iligan City beg for food from a passing bus. Drinking water and body bags have been rushed to the southern Philippines, where more than 650 people have been killed by the typhoon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENNIS M. SABANGAN / EPALink
Santa scuba diver Spencer Slate eyes a goliath grouper while diving in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Slate, owner of a Keys dive shop, dons the costume for holiday season outings to provide photo opportunities for his customers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Care / Florida Keys News BureauLink
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