Mumbai, India — A supporter of activist Anna Hazare wears a mask depicting the India Against Corruption leader on the first day of a public three-day fast by Hazare and members of his group to protest a proposed new law against graft. At least 40,000 people a day are expected to attend the fast as lawmakers in parliament debate the legislation, which Hazare regards as too weak. The latest high-profile protest by Hazare, a 74-year-old army veteran, comes amid questions over the integrity of his anti-corruption movement and criticism that he is circumventing the democratic process.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFPLink
Cambridge, England — Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, leaves Papworth Hospital, where he received treatment for a blocked artery, to return the Sandringham Estate to join other members of the royal family.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty ImagesLink
Arlington, Va. — Members of a Marine Corps honor guard hold folded U.S. flags during the funeral of Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Bell at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. Bell, an artilleryman with the 2nd Battalion of the 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., was on his fifth deployment in 10 years when he was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alex Wong / Getty ImagesLink
New York — Workers carry the number "2" to the top of One Times Square while preparing for the big countdown and ball drop to mark the arrival of 2012 at midnight Saturday night.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Kempin / Getty ImagesLink
Islamabad, Pakistan — Supporters of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party launch air lanterns to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of former premier Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated while campaigning for a return to power.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ NAEEM / AFPLink
Chitwan, Nepal — Nepalese mahouts guide an elephant across the Rapati River as participants gather for the eighth International Elephant Race in Chitwan, about 150 kilometers southwest of Katmandu.The three-day elephant festival is celebrated with elephant, horse and bullock cart races as well as elephant soccer and an elephant beauty pageant. Mahout is a Hindi-derived word for an elephant keeper or driver.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFPLink
New Delhi — Rickshaw drivers warm themselves around a bonfire on a cold morning as northern India continues to endure bitter cold, with the nationwide death toll rising to more than 100, according to news reports.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — A Kyrgyz girl joins crowds gathered at a holiday display including a New Year's tree at Ala-Too Square at the center of the nation's capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO / AFPLink
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