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Egyptians read notes and messages in Arabic in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Egypt's political crisis shows no signs of abating as the opposition to the country's Islamist government levels new challenges against the legitimacy of a referendum on a draft constitution. Morsi also confronts criticism from the judiciary as prosecutors hold a sit-in to demand removal of a new prosecutor general he appointed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petr David Josek / Associated Press

Mourners grieve during the funeral of nurse Jacintha Saldanha at the Shirve Church cemetery near Mangalore. About 2,000 mourners have packed a Catholic church in southwest India for the funeral of the nurse, who was found hanged in London after taking a hoax call to the hospital treating Prince William's wife, the former Kate Middleton.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP / Getty Images

Relatives toss soil and flowers during the burial of nurse Jacintha Saldanha at her hometown. Saldanha, a nurse at a London hospital, was found hanging in her room days after she had been duped by a hoax call from an Australian radio station about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

Two women wearing wedding veils in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during a demonstration for the legalization of gay marriage and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED DUFOUR / AFP / Getty Images

Play is interrupted as a magpie and a seagull tussle during day four of the First Test Cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Blundstone Arena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt King / Getty Images

Supporters of South African President Jacob Zuma sing and dance outside the 53rd National Conference of the African National Congress. Some 4,500 ANC delegates are gathered to nominate candidates to fill the party's top six positions, with embattled President Jacob Zuma facing a leadership challenge from his deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP / Getty Images

Boats parked waiting for customers on the Nile River. Boat rides for many Egyptians are part of the night life culture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hassan Ammar / Associated Press

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb blast targeting the offices of a private logistics company in Kabul. At least 11 civilians were killed and 16 others were injured in two attacks in Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. SABAWOON / EPA

Filipino women celebrate during a demonstration outside the Philippine Congress in suburban Quezon City after hearing news that Philippine legislators passed a landmark law that would provide government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated Press

Supporters of South Korean presidential candidate Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party wearing Santa Claus costumes dance during her election campaign rally in Suwon. Park heads into Wednesday's presidential election under the weight of history. Not only is she the daughter of dictator Park Chung-hee who ruled with ruthless efficiency for 18 years, but she's trying to win power in a country still dominated by men.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash as it erupts in Tomohon North Sulawesi province. The volcano erupted with a loud blast and spewed volcanic ash. Mount Lokon has been on high alert status since July and has maintain high volcanic activity ever since.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

A Buddhist monk lights incense as he offers prayers at the Boudhanath Stupa in Katmandu. The Boudhanath Stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

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Monday’s Pictures in the News begins in Cairo, where Egyptians read notes and messages in Arabic in Tahrir Square. Egypt’s political crisis shows no signs of abating as the opposition to the country’s Islamist government levels new challenges against the legitimacy of a referendum on a draft constitution. Morsi also confronts criticism from the judiciary as prosecutors hold a sit-in to demand removal of a new prosecutor general he appointed.

In India, about 2,000 mourners packed a Catholic church for the funeral of the nurse who was found hanged after taking a hoax call to the London hospital treating Prince William’s wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Filipino women celebrated in the streets after hearing news that Philippine legislators passed a landmark law that would provide government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes during a demonstration outside the Philippine Congress in suburban Quezon City.

Elsewhere, two women wearing wedding veils in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during a demonstration for the legalization of gay marriage; Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb blast targeting the offices of a private logistics company in Kabul; and supporters of South African President Jacob Zuma sing and dance outside the 53rd National Conference of the African National Congress in Bloemfontein.

Add stops in Australia, Indonesia, Nepal and South Korea to round out the report.

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