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Pictures in the News | December 12, 2012

Wednesday’s Pictures in the News begins in France with an aerial photo of tracks left by skiers in the French Alps. Recent snowfalls have encouraged skiers to hit the slopes and the Val d’Isere authorities have opened some slopes early. In neighboring Switzerland, tourists cross the Titlis Cliff Walk, a rope bridge that crosses a 1,600-foot deep abyss.

Wednesday’s date is 12/12/12 and couples around the world are tying the knot.

Nominees for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are announced  in West Hollywood and the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center in New York City.

North Koreans successfully fired a long-range Unha-3 rocket from a launch site near the border city of Dandong.

Elsewhere, Kenyan dancers perform during an independence day celebration; a Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in Aleppo (more photos); and a portrait of legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar is placed under a tree as part of a makeshift memorial at his music center in New Delhi.