Occupy DC protesters shout slogans after erecting a huge tent over the statue of US Civil War Major General James Birdseye McPherson at the McPherson Square Park in Washington, DC.
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A masked protester participates in Occupy DC in McPherson Square in Washington, DC. The US Park Police have announced that that they will be enforcing the no camping law which protesters claim police will use to shut the Occupy sight down.
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An Occupy DC demonstrator walks at the camp in Freedom Plaza in Washington as they prepare for the deadline to leave the Occupy DC encampment.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Luis Magana / Associated PressLink
Visitors make their way through a frozen wonderland at the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, whose 17-day run is underway.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Nepalese student activists wear blindfolds, gags and chains during a protest in part against the withholding of information to the media by the government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPALink
A man shovels snow at a Turin park as Europe continues to shiver under the coldest weather it has seen in years. Extreme temperatures from the Balkans to Moscow have killed more than 40 people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DI MARCO / EPALink
Trees are covered in frost after temperatures in Germany fell into the teens.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: UWE ZUCCHI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Ukrainian nationalists carrying torches participate in a march commemorating the anniversary of a 1918 battle near the small city of Kruty, where 300 students, cadets and schoolboys were killed fighting the regular Red Army to protect the new Ukraine's People Republic against Bolshevik aggression.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIY DYACHYSHYN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Egyptians shout slogans in opposition to the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces during a protest at Tahrir Square. Hundreds took part in the rally demanding that the SCAF give up power.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Amr Nabil / Associated PressLink
Former Taliban militants line up with their weapons before giving them up during an official reconciliation ceremony with the Afghan government. Mullah Abdullah, a Taliban commander, recently made peace with the government and brought 30 of his followers along.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hoshang Hashimi / Associated PressLink
The bones of 14 women killed by the forces of Gen. Francisco Franco in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War are unearthed from a mass grave in southwest Spain. In May 2011 the government published for the first time a map locating more than 2,000 mass graves of war victims.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Protesters wear masks during a national strike called by unions to protest EU-ordered austerity measures just hours before an EU summit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VIRGINIE LEFOUR / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Commuters walk through empty hallways at what is normally Belgium's second-busiest train station. Public transportion across the country is paralyzed by a strike protesting EU-imposed austerity measures.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yves Logghe / Associated PressLink
A security guard walks away from a man setting off firewords to mark the opening of business after the Lunar New Year holidays in Wuhan.
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Serbia's Momir Ilic, left, is stopped by Denmark's Lars Christiansen and Mikkel Hansen, right, during the men's EHF Euro 2012 Handball Championship final. Denmark defeated the host Serbians for the gold medal, 21-19.
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A Sadhu, a Hindu holy man, bathes ritually at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the annual 45-day fair of Magh Mela.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Fishermen arrange their nets on their boat as the sun sets on Maung-Ma-Kan beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khin Maung Win / Associated PressLink
Karen National Union soldiers march in a parade as part of observances of the 63rd anniversary of the Karen Revolution in Myanmar's Karen State, near the Thai border. The KNU is waging the world's longest-running insurgency, launched in 1948, shortly after the nation then known as Burma won its independence from Britain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFPLink
Young boys take part in a Viking procession during the annual Up Helly Aa festival in Scotland's Shetland Islands. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Vikings in the Shetlands and culminates with up to 1,000 "guizers" (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longboat to set it afire later in the evening.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY BUCHANAN / AFPLink
Men dressed in sheepskin costumes take part in a traditional annual march in the Pyrenees Mountains of northern Spain. The local ritual is meant to purify the farmland from evil spirits and to welcome the coming spring.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alvaro Barrientos / Associated PressLink
Artists from the state of Assam pose during the media preview for the annual Surajkund Crafts Fair, which attracts artisans from across the country and other Asian nations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFPLink
Yemeni women take photographs during a ceremony honoring Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakul Karman, who at 32 is the youngest person to win the Peace Prize and the first Arab woman to receive a Nobel in any category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFPLink
Early morning sunlight filters through a tree in the Hauz Khaz neighborhood of New Delhi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFPLink
Devotees gather at the shrine of the Muslim saint Mian Mir Sahib to commemorate the 368th anniversary of his death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFPLink
Riot police carry away a protester at an opposition rally in central Moscow. Supporters of various opposition parties gathered for a rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which gives citizens the right to peacefully gather and hold rallies and marches.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI KOCHETKOV / EPALink
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady answers questions during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David J. Phillip / Associated PressLink
Squirrels raid a bird feeder for food amid freezing temperatures in Warsaw's Lazienki Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFPLink
Skiers make their way through the snow-covered landscape in eastern Germany. The Siberian cold front "Cooper" (named for the Mini Cooper after an advertising agency bought the naming rights in Germany) brought icy temperatures to some parts of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN SCHUTT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A woman is dressed for the cold in the center of the city in Ukraine, where 43 people have died of hypothermia over the last six days as the country has suffered a severe period of cold weather. More than 800 people sought medical help for frostbite and hypothermia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFPLink
Icicles hang on a rock as the sun sinks in the west in the Thuringian Forest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated PressLink
Ducks take off from a pound on a cold winter's day. Eastern Europe's cold snap has seen temperatures plunging to 17 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
Iranian women attend a ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile at Khomeini's mausoleum. Bells chimed across Iran to mark Khomeini's return from exile in 1979, the trigger for a revolution which spawned an Islamic state now engulfed in a deep political crisis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATTA KENARE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A newly hatched turtle makes its way to the open sea at a remote sanctuary in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao. Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection program starts to pay off, environmental group Conservation International said
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A.G. SANO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A member of the Viking Jarl Squad attends the annual Up Helly Aa Festival in the Shetland Islands. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetlands and has employed this theme in the festival since 1870. The event culminates with up to 1,000 "guizers" (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking long ship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Julian Assange, the 40-year-old WikiLeaks founder, arrives at the Supreme Court. Assange's legal team is making a final effort to avoid his extradition to Sweden. Assange is wanted by Swedish authorities over sex crimes allegations stemming from a visit to the country in 2010. He denies any wrongdoing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated PressLink
A man looks at Shuikou Reservoir smothered by water hyacinth in Gutian county in southeastern China's Fujian province. The free-floating water plant chokes the surface of water bodies it occupies, driving local fish farmers out of business.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
A man wrapped in a sleeping bag during near-freezing temperatures walks past a graffiti-covered wall. An International Monetary Fund debt inspector said in a newspaper interview published Wednesday that negotiations for landmark debt deals with Greece will be concluded in a "matter of days" but pressed the recession-hit country to lower employment costs and even slash the minimum wage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated PressLink
Dancers from Uzbekistan wearing traditional clothing laugh as they put on makeup before performing at the opening of the Surajkund Fair. The fair is held for two weeks and features culture and crafts from all of India's states, its South Asian neighbors and other countries in the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Scott Floyd of Des Moines rides his wagon down the bike path with his dogs Ringo and Bugz near the Raccoon River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodney White / The Des Moines RegisterLink
A model displays an Autum/Winter design by Francis Montesinos during Madrid's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated PressLink
The groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil climbs on handler John Griffiths after the rodent was said to have seen his shadow, supposedly forecasting six more weeks of winter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Swensen / Getty ImagesLink
A woman on a bus looks out through a largely ice-covered window. The death toll from a weeklong deep freeze in Eastern Europe has risen to 122 people, many of them homeless, while at least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by snow in Serbia's mountains, authorities said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / Associated PressLink
Members of the Beach Bums chapter of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club take their annual dip the cold (for Florida) water of the Atlantic Ocean.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Cavaretta / Sun SentinelLink
With a lighthouse in the foreground, the Costa Concordia lies on its side almost three weeks after running aground at the entrance to the port of the island of Giglio, where bad weather has forced a suspension of efforts to keep fuel and other pollutants from leaking into the pristine water.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pier Paolo Cito / Associated PressLink
Giorgia Bronzini of Italy falls down in the second stage of the Tour of Qatar women's cycling race in al-Shamal, north of the capital Doha.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karin Jaafar / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man outside a morgue after learning that a relative was killed in violence Wednesday at a soccer stadium that left at least 74 people dead.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
A scuffle breaks out at an election rally addressed by Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi, the son of the late Indian leader Rajiv Gandhi. India's biggest state, Uttar Pradesh, will choose its state assembly in a test of the popularity of the Congress Party.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated PressLink
Supporters of Mayawati, the chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, wave as she arrives to address an election rally. Mayawati, a former schoolteacher who uses only one name, has risen in India's political landscape by appealing to those relegated to the bottom of Hinduism's caste structure.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
A worker carries party flags to be put up at the venue of a rally that will be addressed by Mayawati, the chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
An elephant from the Lord Jagannathji Temple in Ahmedabad gets its daily wash.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sam Panthaky / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man cleaning leaves on the rooftop of a garage near 8th Street and Hope is silhouetted against the supergraphic on the wall of Macy's Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
A woman is glimpsed on a bus moving through heavy snow in Belgrade. The snow triggered traffic chaos in Belgrade and other Serbian cities, complicating relief efforts as Eastern Europe's harshest cold snap in decades spreads to the north of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darko Vojinovic / Associated PressLink
Schoolchildren cycle on freshly fallen snow between Franeker and Harlingen in Friesland. Snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures are on record in the region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN / EPALink
Frozen lake water offers gleaming surface travel in Lembruch. Severe cold has killed more than 100 people across Europe, where temperatures have in some areas plummeted to below minus 35 degrees Celsius.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER KRATO / EPALink
As Super Bowl excitement heightens, members of the press take photos of the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl XLVI media center in Indianapolis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A performer takes part in a traditional dance during a ceremony anticipating the Lantern Festival in Beijing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIEGO AZUBEL / EPALink
Egyptian protesters carry a wounded man during clashes with the security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
A protester shows tear gas cartridges shot by the riot police during clashes near the Interior Ministry in Cairo. Protests have followed the deaths of more than 70 people in clashes between rival soccer fans following a match in Port Said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carsten Koall / Getty Images EuropeLink
An Indian disaster response worker inspects a derailed passenger train in Sathisarapa on the outskirts of Guwahati. Reports state that three people were killed and more than 50 injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPALink
Alatasi Tupou of Samoa tackles a man who came onto the field during play at the Rugby Sevens tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTY MELVILLE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Firefighters work at the scene of a fire that broke out at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg. There are apartments on the second floor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darrell Sapp / Pittsburgh Post-GazetteLink
A Japanese family participates in a traditional bean-throwing ceremony, said to cleanse the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN / EPALink
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