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Mountaineering club members of Hanyang technical high school in South Korean wear Santa Claus costumes as they reach the summit of Dobong Mountain.


Yemeni anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration after the weekly Friday prayers in Sanaa. The protesters reject an amnesty given to President Ali Abdullah Saleh against prosecution in a deal that eases him out of office.


Indian children perform the bharatnatyam, a classical Indian dance, during opening ceremonies for the 45th Senior National Indian-Style Wrestling Championship in Hyderabad. About 400 wrestlers from across the country are participating in the three-day event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kumar A. Mahesh / Associated Press

A fire eater's street performance, "Ritual Cyborg," choreographed by Indonesian artist Sabil, is among the events at the Jakarta Biennale 2011 art festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dita Alangkara / Associated Press

A jogger cross the path of presidential bodyguards who ride in formation to rehearse for the Republic Day parade on a foggy morning in New Delhi. Though India is known for its hot summers, temperatures fall sharply for a few weeks in December and January.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated Press

In this image provided by NASA, the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth's horizon. It was photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, commander of Expedition 30 to the International Space Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / NASA

Emergency workers look for more victims at the site of a pipeline explosion in Dosquebradas, in the Risaralda Department of Colombia. At least eight people were killed and about 60 were injured by the blast, which apparently was caused by gasoline thieves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JJ Bonilla / AFP / Getty Images

Soldiers carry the coffin of former Czech President Vaclav Havel in a state funeral at St. Vitus Cathedral. Havel was the leader of the peaceful anti-communist "Velvet Revolution." He died Sunday at age 75.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petr David Josek / Pool / Associated Press

Police block villagers after a large crowd formed at the scene of environmental protests over the past few days in the town of Haimen, Guangdong province. Demonstrations over a power plant in southern China turned violent for a second straight day Dec. 21 when police fired tear gas and beat protesters, witnesses said. At least six people were said to have been injured in the clashes with police.


Children play around a vehicle that lies half-buried in the mud of the Banica River near the mountain community of Valenica. The southern end of the island felt the brunt of Typhoon Washi with widespread destruction from heavy rains, wind and flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hersley Ven Casero / For The Times

An Indian man stands near his belongings as they were burned by police who evicted him from squatting on a street in New Delhi. Though India is famous for its brutally hot summers, temperatures fall sharply for a few weeks in December and January. Poor people, particularly those living on the streets, are the worst hit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

A woman walks with an umbrella during heavy snowfall in Sofia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP

Iraqi security forces gather the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. A wave of bombings ripped across the city Thursday morning, killing and wounding hundreds of people, Iraqi officials said, in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months. The bloodbath comes just days after American forces left the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hadi Mizban / Associated Press

A North Korean soldier, right, and a South Korean soldier stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, where there were scenes of mass grief following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Washington said it wants to work with the new regime when the mourning period ends next week.


A Cypriot woman is comforted in her mourning as she holds a picture of the loved ones she lost in Cyprus' worst air crash, during a demonstration outide the attorney general's office in Nicosia. Four people and defunct Cyprus budget carrier Helios Airways were acquitted of manslaughter over the country's worst air crash, which killed all 121 people on board in 2005, after a trial lasting more than two years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andreas Lazarou / AFP

A man is seen through the year-end illumination "Blue Forest" at Shiodome business and shopping district. Caretta Shiodome is a multipurpose complex with restaurants, shops, and theaters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franck Robichon / EPA

A Christian pilgrim walks through the Church of the Nativity. Every year pilgrims travel to the church at Christmastime where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Uriel Sinai / Getty Images Europe

Lighting artist Bruce Munro demonstrates his latest installation, "Star-Turn," at a one-night event in front of the Holburne Museum. The event, in aid of Help For Heroes, saw sponsored riders pedaling the contraption from dusk on the shortest day, to the following dawn. "Star-Turn" joined Munro's fiber-optic "Field of Light," which has been installed in the museum gardens and remains in place until Jan. 8th.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Druids, pagans and revelers cheer as the sun rises at Stonehenge. The unseasonably warm weather encouraged a larger-than-normal crowd to gather at the famous historic stone circle to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Pope Benedict XVI receives the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greetings at the Clementina Hall. During his traditional Christmas speech to the cardinals and bishops, Benedict XVI talked about the economic and financial crisis of the past year as well as being accepted by others and said "Faith makes one happy from deep within."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Vandeville / Pool

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

Police shove a protester as they move to evict Occupy Denver demonstrators from Civic Center Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Petty / Denver Post

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dances with Rabbi Cunin of Los Angeles Chabad during a menorah lighting ceremony at City Hall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il lies in state at a memorial palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

A crowd of North Koreans weep as they mourn the death of leader Kim Jong Il.


Officials work at the site of the crash of a single-engine airplane that killed five people, including two children. The flight originated in Atlanta, stopped in Jackson, Miss., and was headed for Waco, Texas, when it crashed in a field.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave McDermand / The Bryan-College Station Eagle

Fog surrounds men walking near the Presidential Palace on a cold morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

A tree stands in a snow-covered field at sunrise.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Widmann / Associated Press

Indonesian punk rock fans, their head shaved, stand in lines before prayer at a police school where they are being detained, part of efforts by authorities to restore what they say are moral values.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heri Juanda / Associated Press

Members of a People's Liberation Army honor guard prepare for a welcoming ceremony for Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at the Great Hall of the People.


Afghan refugee children play in an alley of a slum on the outskirts of the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

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] Courier

Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather after learning of the death of their leader, Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

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 / Bloomberg

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 Press

Competitive cyclist Tino Zieger casts a long shadow as he trains in the snowy landscape of the eastern Ore Mountains.


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 Press

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 Press

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 agency

Marcel Hirscher of Austria celebrates on the podium after winning the Men's Ski World Cup Slalom.


Trevor Hill has all his turkeys in a row for the annual Christmas Poultry Auction at Murton Livestock Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Clarke / Getty Images

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.


A resident walks away from her wrecked house, swept away by Typhoon Washi floodwaters and left hanging on a concrete wall.


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.


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 Bureau

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1 Comment

  1. March 5, 2013, 10:39 am

    The officer on the right is sure getting a kick out of this assault in progress. Way to be professional DPD, keep on serving the public.


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