The Stirling Castle graveyard is wintry white after snow and sleet struck many parts of Scotland.
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Roofs are covered with snow in western Germany, where temperatures are forecast to stay near freezing in the days ahead.
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Bundled up to fight off the cold, a woman descends the colored steps of the Albertina museum.
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A man salvages his belongings after his home was damaged by heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces.
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The coffin of Mufti Ismail, a senior cleric of a prominent Islamic seminary, is carried by seminary students during his funeral. He was shot in what police say may have been a sectarian attack.
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A displaced girl peers through a curtain at a temporary shelter. Amnesty International estimates that 400 people are displaced daily in Afghanistan's conflict, with many facing hunger and destitution.
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Government soldiers hear to a military address outside the city of Goma. The army retook the provincial capital Monday after rebel fighters withdrew.
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Workers laid off from a door factory warm themselves while picketing to keep machinery from leaving the factory and to demand back pay.
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A man is helped aboard a Spanish emergency services boat off Spain's coast after Spanish and Moroccan forces intercepted four inflatable boats carrying would-be immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar.
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A visually impaired protester shouts slogans during a protest outside Greece's Health Ministry on the United Nations-proclaimed annual International Day of People with Disability.
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A 2-week-old Owa Jawa monkey clings to its mother at the Bali Zoo. Illegal poaching and a dwindling habitat have drastically reduced the population of Owa Jawa monkeys. The species can be found only in parts of Indonesia's West Java province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MADE NAGI / EPALink
Emily Carstairs of Australia competes at an ISAF Sailing World Cup event in the waters off Melbourne.
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An Egyptian woman prays in front of Egyptian security as they lay out barbed wire along streets leading to the Itihadiya presidential palace in the neighborhood of Heliopolis in Cairo. Opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were to march on the Itihadiya presidential palace to protest his power grab and a controversial draft charter as the country plunged deeper into crisis.
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Supporters chant as they raise their arms after Kenya's prime minister, vice president and trade minister among others announced a powerful alliance as running mates in upcoming Kenyan presidential elections due in March. Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka along with Wetangula and leaders of 10 other smaller parties, signed an agreement in front of thousands of supporters to form the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) party, which rivals another coalition between Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta with opposition politician William Ruto, both of whom face indictments at the Hague-based International Criminal Court.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFPLink
Navy Corpsman HM1 Patrick B. Quill hugs his 2-year-old son, Zach, during ceremonies at the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion where he and Marine Staff Sgt. Frankie J. Shinhost, left, and Major James T. Rose, right, each received the Silver Star on Monday at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
Pakistani security officials examine the site of a suicide car bomb attack on a police station outside the restive town of Bannu. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint outside a police station in northwestern Pakistan, wounding six people, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM ULLAH / AFPLink
An Afghan amputee waits for the doctor at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hospital for war victims and the disabled in Mazar-i Sharif. The ICRC Orthopaedic Project, which began in 1988 in Kabul, now has seven centers in various Afghan provinces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: QAIS USYAN / AFPLink
Bangladesh's largest Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami activists block a road with burning tires during a nationwide strike on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party called the strike to demand that authorities halt trials of its top leaders on charges of crimes against humanity during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
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A man wearing a Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, mask is escorted away by a police officer from the King Edward VII Private Hospital. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, spent her first night in the hospital after Monday's announcement of her pregnancy and the fact that she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.
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Farmers from Brazil's northeast hold up oxen skulls, representing animals killed by the drought, outside Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia. Brazilian farmers affected by the drought are asking the president to pardon their government bank debts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eraldo Peres / Associated PressLink
Workers fix electrical power lines during preparations for the Maha Kumbh festival on the banks of the River Ganges. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the festival in January 2013, which occurs every 12th year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Uniformed and plainclothes police officers stand outside a New York subway station after a man was killed after falling into the path of a train on Monday. Transit officials say police are investigating whether he could have been pushed onto the tracks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated PressLink
A rainbow is seen as two people walk in San Sebastian, Spain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAVIER ETXEZARRETA / EFELink
Thai Buddhist monks release lanterns during celebrations for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 85th birthday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wason Wanichakorn / Associated PressLink
People hold up candles and sing a song honoring King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony for his birthday at Royal Ground.
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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
A Christmas star hangs on an illuminated tree at the Brandenburg Gate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAY NIETFELD / EPALink
People struggle against wind and drifting snow. Forecasters have issued a class 2 storm warning for central and southern Sweden.
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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
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
The moon over northern Germany.
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Aubrey Harper hugs a reindeer decoration as her father puts up Christmas lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JERONIMO NISA / The Decatur DailyLink
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
A man takes a nap on an iron beam attached to a pier as a porter walks past.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated PressLink
Ruth Nicolaci, left, hugs her son, volunteer firefighter Lt. G. Bourne Knowles, on Wednesday, after the family's landscaping business was destroyed by fire. Knowles was among those who fought the four-alarm blaze.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Pereira / Standard Times of New BedfordLink
An Egyptian army tank is seen Thursday behind barbed wire securing the presidential palace while protesters on the other side chant slogans against President Mohammed Morsi. The army gave protesters a deadline to leave the area after fierce street battles that left several people dead and hundreds injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Nasser / Associated PressLink
Lebanese clergymen pay respects to the late Ignatius Hazim, patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox Church, during a mass Thursday at Saint Nicolas Church. After a funeral procession in Beirut on Sunday, his body is to be taken to Syria for burial. Hazim was 92.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated PressLink
Lenlen Medrano and her child, survivors of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, prepare to be transported across a surging river on a zip line. The storm left more than 300 people dead and nearly 200,000 people homeless.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFPLink
Survivors of Typhoon Bopha line up for relief supplies at an evacuation center Thursday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bullit Marquez / Associated PressLink
Free Syrian Army fighters aim their weapons at the entrance of a building during heavy clashes with government forces Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Narciso Contreras / Associated PressLink
Horse riders play a friendly game of buzkashi, the national sport of Afghanistan, in which players compete to place a goat carcass into a circular goal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Musadeq Sadeq / Associated PressLink
A man rides a horse Thursday on a Mumbai beach on India's Arabian Sea coast.
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Boys play in the old part of the northern Afghanistan town of Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh province. Once known as the "mother of cities," the ancient city of Balkh was a popular destination along the ancient Silk Route. Balkh was destroyed by Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan. Its ruins are a tourist attraction today.
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A man washes his face after completing a race during a physical training session organized by a private institute to prepare applicants in the British Gurkha soldier recruitment process. Of more than 3,000 Nepalese taking part in the process, about 125 will be chosen to join the British Army, a selection that carries much prestige in Nepalese society.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPALink
Davidson College students toss powder in the air before the tip-off of Davidson's basketball game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Wednesday. Charlotte won 73-69.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Siner / Charlotte ObserverLink
The University of Florida's Patric Young and Florida State's Okaro White compete for the ball at the start of the schools' basketball game Wednesday. Florida won 72-47.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Sears / Associated PressLink
A spectator falls onto the field as he attempts to catch the ball during the Big Bash League cricket match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Barbour / Getty ImagesLink
Wes Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas, rides Freckled Doll in the bareback riding competition during the first night of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julie Jacobson / Associated PressLink
New members of the Indian Border Security Force take part in a parade after completing 38 weeks of training and being inducted into the paramilitary force.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, right, and Rabbi Segal Shmoel install a giant Hanukkah menorah at the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated PressLink
People walk through Trocadero Square as mist envelops the top of the Eiffel Tower.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFPLink
Japanese macaque, commonly referred to as "snow monkeys," bathe in an open-air hot spring at the Jigokudani Monkey Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFPLink
Gunter Hersch, a worker at the landscape park Miniwelt, cleans a model of the U.S. Capitol after a heavy snowfall. The park presents about 100 detailed buildings at 1:25 scale.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated PressLink
Passersby with umbrellas walk past snow-covered bicycles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HORST OSSINGER / DPALink
A woman carrying a bag full of relief goods walks amid debris, the aftermath of a powerful typhoon that struck the region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TED ALJIBE / AFPLink
A rebel fighter carries his son after Friday prayers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ODD ANDERSEN / AFPLink
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