Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in Egypt, where Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei addresses a rally over President Mohamed Morsi decrees in Tahrir Square. Egyptians held rallies in several cities against Morsi’s decree broadening his powers and a constitution drafted by an Islamist-controlled constituent assembly. Also in Africa, Tunisia’s prime minister accused opposition parties and unions Thursday of provoking three days of violent clashes in Siliana and pleaded for patience while the government tackles the nation’s economic problems and hundreds of Congolese rebels withdrew from frontline positions around Goma as promised under a regionally brokered deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A Palestinian Christian youth hangs up the national flag on a cross as others pray at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church in the West Bank village of Burqin as Palestinians celebrated the U.N. General Assembly vote on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state.
Elsewhere, a model showcases a creation by French designer Maurizio Galante during the French Couture 2012 Singapore fashion show; students show their hands painted to look like red ribbons during a World AIDS Day event at a school in China; and students become emotional during a vigil for a student who died in an apparent suicide on a pedestrian bridge in Utah.