Bangkok — Thai Buddhist monks release lanterns during celebrations for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 85th birthday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wason Wanichakorn / Associated PressLink
Bangkok — People hold up candles and sing a song honoring King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony for his birthday at Royal Ground.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Athit Perawongmetha / Getty ImagesLink
New Bataan, Philippines — Residents clean their sofa next to their damaged house a day after Typhoon Bopha hit the province. At least 274 people have been killed and hundreds remain missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Berlin — A Christmas star hangs on an illuminated tree at the Brandenburg Gate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAY NIETFELD / EPALink
Stockholm — People struggle against wind and drifting snow. Forecasters have issued a class 2 storm warning for central and southern Sweden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDERS WIKLUND / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Soest, Netherlands — A woman's face is painted as a Black Pete, a companion of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, in a costume rental shop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAS CZERWINSKI / EPALink
York, England — Drummers from the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment arrive at York Minster for a homecoming service. The soldiers recently completed a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, where they lost seven comrades, including six in one Taliban attack.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty ImagesLink
Schwerin, Germany — The moon over northern Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS BUTTNER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tanner, Ala. — Aubrey Harper hugs a reindeer decoration as her father puts up Christmas lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JERONIMO NISA / The Decatur DailyLink
Mumbai — An Indian wrestler watches at an akhada, a traditional gymnasium. The International Olympic Committee suspended India's national Olympic committee because of government interference in its election process, a major embarrassment for the world's second-most populous nation.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated PressLink
Yangon, Myanmar — A man takes a nap on an iron beam attached to a pier as a porter walks past.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated PressLink
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