In this Friday photo released by the National Park Service, visitors to Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park look out over a rare total cloud inversion. The phenomenon, caused by cold and warm air masses interacting, left the Grand Canyon peaking above a sea of clouds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Erin Whittaker / National Park ServiceLink
Palestinian men guide a donkey cart loaded with boxes near the northern Gaza refugee camp of Jabalia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFPLink
Members of Faith and Action in the Nation's Capital lead a camel and a donkey in a live Nativity procession on Capitol Hill. The group has been holding such processions for the last few years, with actors portraying Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM WATSON / AFPLink
Residents of Damara in the Central African Republic head for the city of Bangui. The Central African Republic needs foreign financial assistance as well as troops, its prime minister told AFP on Monday as French forces deployed in a bid to halt spiraling violence. Speaking in Bangui before flying to Paris for a 40-nation France-Africa summit, Nicolas Tiangaye said more than just military help was needed to pull his country back from the brink.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIA KAMBOU / AFPLink
A protester faces riot police as thousands rally outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. The Ukrainian government survived a no-confidence vote after the prime minister apologized for a brutal police crackdown on protests that were sparked by the ex-Soviet state's rejection of a historic EU pact.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VIKTOR DRACHEV / AFPLink
Thai anti-government protesters drag away parts of police barricades before entering the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. The protesters proclaimed their victory after police took down barriers and allowed them to enter key government installations. Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said the fight against "parliamentary tyranny" was not yet over and urged his followers to continue fighting to rid the country of the influence of fugitive former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPALink
Cranes salvage the last car from a train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York City on Monday. Federal authorities began righting the cars Monday morning as they started an exhaustive investigation into what caused a Metro-North commuter train rounding a curve to derail, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others. A second "event recorder" retrieved from the train may provide information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated PressLink
Rescuers prepare to lift a damaged police helicopter from the roof of the Clutha Pub on Monday in Glasgow, Scotland. Nine bodies have been recovered in the wreckage of the pub, which was destroyed when the helicopter crashed onto its roof Friday night.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images EuropeLink
A police officer holds his son's hand outside a church during the funeral for Michael Feeney, 10, in Ridgewood, N.J. Michael was named Ridgewood's honorary police chief for the year before succumbing to cancer last week. He had been struggling for four years with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare, aggressive and often fatal bone cancer that usually develops in children and young adults.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Evans / Associated PressLink
Fans gather at a memorial of flowers, candles and written remembrances to "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas on Rye Canyon Road on Monday in Santa Clarita. Authorities say speed may have been a factor in the car crash that killed Walker and Rodas. Walker was apparently the passenger in the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles TimesLink
Isabel Cochon is the mother of Arrel Christopher Cochon, who died in September of an Ecstasy and methamphetamine overdose after collapsing at Insomniac Inc.'s Nocturnal Wonderland concert in Devore.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
Bicycles are stacked on top of each other inside the ECO Cycle system at the Konan Hoshi No Koen park in Tokyo. The underground bicycle parking system was developed by construction solutions company GIKEN. The system is designed to tackle the over-crowded bike parking issues in urban areas of Japan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Keith Tsuji / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
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