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A timed exposure through a fisheye lens captures the path of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster and Soyuz TMA-03M spaceship carrying a new crew to the international space station after blastoff from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. The Russian rocket carried new crew members Donald Pettit of the United States, Oleg Kononenko of Russia and Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press

An exiled Tibetan holds a ceremonial flower as she prays during a religious talk by the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ashwini Bhatia / Associated Press

Christian pilgrims light candles at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, in preparation for the Christmas holiday on Sunday,


A girl sleeps with a biscuit in her mouth at an evacuation center after being forced from her home by devastating flash floods that have taken more than a thousand lives and are spreading the threat of disease including cholera and typhoid in the Philippines .


Mourners follow a hearse carrying the casket of former Czech President Vaclav Havel through central Prague on the way to Prague Castle. Havel died Sunday at the age of 75. The body of the former playwright was moved from a church to Prague Castle, where it will lie in state until his funeral and burial Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIP SINGER / European pressphoto agency

A Romanian veteran tries to light a candle next to a carnation at University Plaza while an honor guard participates in ceremonies marking 22 years since the uprising that toppled the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were arrested during the 1989 uprising and executed on Christmas Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT GHEMENT / European pressphoto agency

North Koreans crowd Kim Il Sung Square in official mourning before a large portrait of a smiling leader Kim Jong Il, whose death from a heart attack was announced over the weekend. Eleven days of mourning will conclude with Kim's funeral on Dec. 28.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KCNA / European pressphoto Agency

Police detain a protester outside the Duma which was in session for the first time since disputed elections. The pro-Kremlin United Russia Party won a majority of seats, though mass election violations have been alleged.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI KOCHETKOV / European pressphoto agency

A woman walks by a defaced mural depicting former war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic in downtown Belgrade. A Serbian court called for questioning of the former Bosnian Serb general in February in a retrial of 10 people accused of helping him evade justice.


Mintu the dog, mother of seven puppies, nurses a young monkey in Bishwanathpur village, northeast of Dhaka.


Villagers chase a wild elephant after it wandered through their settlement, destoying some homes. Encroaching human settlement has pushed into the endangered elephants' natural habitat, resulting in damage to crops in some areas.


Soldiers carry Zeinab Shogery, 58, who is unable to walk, from a polling station after she cast her ballot in the runoff of Egypt's first parliamentary election since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Nasser / Associated Press

On a cold and foggy morning, Indian soldiers stretch with their rifles as they rehearse for next month's Republic Day ceremonies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

A Syrian sodier is thrown into the air during a rally at Umayyad Square. Meanwhile, according to anti-government activists, troops assaulting a northwest town with machine guns and mortars have killed dozens in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muzaffar Salman / Associated Press

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We have liftoff to begin Wednesday’s Pictures in the News as a Soyuz TMA-03M spaceship carrying a new crew to the international space station streaks from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch comes amid a period of trouble for Russia’s space program, which provides the only way for crews to reach the space station since the United States retired its space shuttle program in July.

Christian pilgrims light candles at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Mourners in the Czech Republic follow the casket of former President Vaclav Havel through central Prague to Prague Castle, where the former playwright will lie in state until his funeral on Friday.

Elsewhere, North Koreans are observing 11 days of mourning after the death of their leader, Kim Jong Il (see gallery); Russian police detain a protester outside the Duma, which was holding its first session since disputed elections; and Pakistani Christians finish decorating a Christmas tree at St. John’s Cathedral in Peshawar.

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  1. December 21, 2011, 7:05 pm

    […] and his colleagues, Don Pettit of the …Russia's sputtering scientific pushWashington PostPictures in the News December 21, 2011Los Angeles Times (blog)Soyuz launch will return ISS to full staffUSA TODAYFox […]

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