Belfast, Northern Ireland — Police came under attack for the fifth straight night as unionists protested against the City Council's decision to reduce the number of days on which it displays the British flag.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Faith / EPALink
Milan, Italy — A woman begs for money amid passersby. Unemployment in the 17 EU countries that use the euro rose to 11.8% in November, as the number of jobless people in the region rose to 18.8 million, the highest figure since the single currency was founded in 1999.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Antonio Calanni / Associated PressLink
Giglio, Italy — The Costa Concordia cruise ship lays aground near the port of the Italian island of Giglio. On Jan. 13, 2012, the giant Italian ship ran aground near a Tuscan island and pitched, leaving 32 people dead.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Oberhausen, German — A ray swims in an aquarium while a child touches the glass pane. Schoolchildren help count the residents of the different aquariums during an annual stocktaking.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Meissner / Associated PressLink
Istanbul, Turkey — Heavy snowfall blanketed Turkey's commercial hub, a city of 15 million, disrupting air traffic and land transport.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Kiev, Ukraine — People take pictures near real ice-covered flowers during the exhibition "Flowers of the Snow Queen."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Chuzavkov / Associated PressLink
Prague, Czech Republic — Classical music composer and presidential candidate Vladimir Franz answers journalists' questions after a rehearsal of his opera "War With the Newts" at the State Opera in Prague. The first Czech direct presidential election will be held Friday and Saturday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAL CIZEK / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Colombo, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan journalists and well wishers light candles in front of a photograph of slain editor Lasantha Wickrematunge in the capital,on the fourth anniversary of his death. International media rights groups criticized Sri Lanka for failing to identify the assassins of Wickrematunge, an anti-establishment editor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
New Delhi — An underprivileged Indian boy puts on a cap while attending a free school in the open on a cold morning. More than 100 people have died of exposure as northern India deals with historically cold temperatures.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated PressLink
Wandandian, Australia — Wearing protective clothing, a firefighter is almost surrounded by red hot flames as he protects a property affected by the Dean's Gully fire near the town of Wandandian. No properties have been lost in the Dean's Gully fire, apart from some farm sheds, which continues to burn out of control.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DEAN LEWINS / EPALink
Manila — Filipino devotees of the Black Nazarene watch a fire eater performing as they wait for the procession outside the Quiapo church. Devotees from different parishes and provinces are already beginning preparations for the feast of the Black Nazarene, which millions of Filipinos are expected to attend barefoot. The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-skinned statue of Jesus Christ brought by a priest from Mexico in 1606 and believed to have miraculous healing powers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPALink
Lviv, Ukraine — Ukrainians sing Christmas carols as they carry decorated stars of Bethlehem during a parade. Ukrainians celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Day according to the old Julian calendar on Jan. 7.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARKIIAN LYSEIKO / EPALink
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