Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status for one of the country's most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days.
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An elderly woman walks on a field covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Sukanalu, Indonesia. Powerful bursts of hot ash and gravel erupted from the rumbling volcano in western Indonesia on Monday, a day after authorities had raised the volcano's alert status to the highest level.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binsar Bakkara / Associated PressLink
Rescuers search for survivors after an oil pipeline exploded in Qingdao, China. The death toll from the blast that occurred in Huangdao district on Friday morning has risen to 52, with 11 others still missing.
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People gather around the sheep pens as they listen to the auctioneer in the auction hall at the South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor Auction Centre in Bridgwater, England. The South West Winter Fair, which is held at one of the largest livestock markets in the U.K., has rapidly become the region's largest livestock shows and is seen as the last in the agricultural calendar before the Christmas festivities.
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Ukrainian Greek Catholic prelates attend a ceremony headed by Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the translation of the relics of St. Josaphat to the Vatican Basilica, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Medichini / Associated PressLink
A woman touches a spider monkey at the Rehabilitation Center and Primate Rescue in Peaflor, Chile.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hector Retamal / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Young women wear green and yellow hats during the traditional Catherinette fashion presentation in Paris. A Catherinette is a traditional name for an unmarried 25-year-old woman. Catherinettes are supposed to wear a hat made by friends on St. Catherine's Day, celebrated on Nov. 25.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ian Langsdon / EPALink
A cross on the summit of the Pizalun mountain over the village of Mastrils, Switzerland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BALZARINI / EPALink
A Libyan man stands in a building used by Ansar al-Sharia militia after it was torched by residents in Benghazi. Military governor Colonel Abdullah al-Saidi declared a "state of alert" after jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia attacked Libyan special forces in Benghazi, sparking an all-out battle in which at least five soldiers died, in what was the first such confrontation between the army and Libya's top jihadist group.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abdullah Doma / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed when Typhoon Haiyan struck.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noel Celis / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Afghan policemen enjoy a quiet moment as they smoke a water pipe at their checkpoint overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai cast fresh doubt on the future presence of thousands of American and allied forces by rejecting a recommendation by an Afghan assembly of dignitaries to quickly sign a long-delayed security pact with the United States.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
A Pakistani child is vaccinated against polio by a health worker in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Saturday, militants kidnapped four school teachers who were working on a polio vaccination drive in Khyber's Sipah village. Militants have killed more than a dozen polio workers and police protecting them over the last year and they claim the health workers are spies and the vaccination is meant to make Muslim children sterile.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Anti-government protesters sit inside the Finance Ministry building in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters entered the ministry compound Monday in an escalating campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sakchai Lalit / Associated PressLink
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