Thousands of lights illuminate the home of Massimiliano Goglio, which he transforms each year into "Casa di Babbo Natale," or Santa's house.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIZIANA FABI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A pedestrian uses a mobile device on Oxford Street in front of an advertisement for a lingerie store. British retailers hope Christmas sales will rescue a year in which high unemployment and the debt crisis have blighted consumer spending.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Simon Dawson / BloombergLink
Eggs thrown by anti-gay protesters strike gay-rights activists staging a "kiss-in" outside Russia's parliament, where legislators planned to debate a bill imposing sanctions for providing minors with information on homosexuality. The legislative debate later was postponed until next month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREY SMIRNOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A worker applies finishing touches to the Santuario de la Esperanza (Sanctuary of Hope) during preparations for the celebration of the end Friday of the so-called Maya Long Count Calendar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PEDRO PARDO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Children play on the wreckage of a downed B-52 aircraft on display at the B-52 Victory Museum as Vietnam marks the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Christmas bombings of Hanoi by U.S. forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOANG DINH NAM / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Afghan police stand guard during the burning of confiscated opium. A United Nations agency last month reported that Afghans expanded their poppy fields by 18% this year as high opium prices continued to make the crop attractive.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABDUL MUEED / EPALink
Mourners arrive for the funeral of first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, one of 26 people killed in last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Students and activists carry candles while protesting a gang rape of a medical student on a New Delhi bus that has sparked fresh concern for women's safety in in the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A model wears a creation of Israeli designer Hagit Witman for her label, Fishndag, in a show during Tel Aviv's fashion week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariel Schalit / Associated PressLink
Disc jockey Gerard Ekdom broadcasts from inside a glass house during a Dutch radio station’s fundraiser for the Red Cross. During the annual event, dubbed Serious Request, three DJs stay in the structure for six days without eating solid food.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADE JOHNSON / EPALink
A man walks past riot police as government workers rally during a 24-hour strike called to protest new austerity measures by Greece's government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPALink
Jellyfish are on display in an aquarium at the Darwineum, a zoo in Rostock that has had 120,000 visitors since opening in September.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BERND WUESTNECK / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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