Pictures in the News | December 26, 2012

It’s the the day after Christmas and that means riders and hounds preparing for their traditional Boxing Day hunt in Lacock, England. Britain’s environment secretary, Owen Paterson, said a campaign to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, though he insisted the government still intended to let Parliament vote on lifting the ban.

In Asia, Indians participate in a candlelight vigil for the recovery of the young victim of a recent brutal gang-rape on a  bus in New Delhi; umbrellas hanging over a street in China’s Fujian province create a colorful display; and Bangladeshi livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years.

Elsewhere, an explosion at a building believed to be storing fireworks ignited a fire that ripped through a crowded neighborhood and injured at least 30 people in Lagos, Nigeria; participants brave the frigid waters of the Vltava River during a traditional Christmas winter swimming competition in Prague; and people walk past the Lenin Mausoleum, covered for reconstruction, in Red Square as the country debates whether to remove his body from the site in Moscow.