A Falcon 9 rocket is launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket's maker, SpaceX, reports that the mission is its first commercial launch from its central Florida launch pad and the first commercial flight from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in over four years.
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Ben Stiller poses for a fan picture amid a crowd gathered to see the star leave his handprints and footprints outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
A young protester with the EU flag painted on his face attends an opposition rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Ukraine's prime minister Wednesday warned the opposition to end mass protests over a rejected deal with the EU, saying the reasons for demonstrating were now exhausted and protesters could be held criminally responsible.
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Protesters warm themselves by a fire in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Opposition forces failed to oust the government in a parliamentary no-confidence vote Tuesday, leaving political tensions and a standoff between protesters and the country's leaders unresolved.
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Damascus bike shop owner Ali Jumaa is a happy man despite the civil war raging across Syria: With checkpoint-weary locals in the capital increasingly swapping their cars for bicycles, business has never been better. "Bike sales are exploding," he said with a big smile.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUAI BESHARA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets of Tripoli. Lebanon decided to put the northern port city under the direct command of the Lebanese army in a bid to contain clashes linked to the war raging in Syria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEL KARROUM / EPALink
A member of a veterinary team shouts to others to clear the area as they prepare to revive a tranquilized elephant during a collaring operation near Kajiado, in southern Kenya. Kenya Wildlife Service and the International Fund for Animal Welfare are fitting elephants with GPS-tracking collars, enabling the monitoring of migration routes and to help prevent poaching.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated PressLink
Santa Claus from Lapland watches as Hungarian Roma dancers perform in Kaposmero, Hungary. The Finnish Santa Claus visited the locality inhabited 94% by Roma in one of the country's poorest regions. The visit was organized by government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FERENC ISZA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev takes part in a training session in a pool at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Center in Star City outside Moscow. Artemyev is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome in March.
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Rabbis and prisoners mark Hanukkah at the notorious Butyrka remand prison in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
People walk past a polar bear sculpture in central Moscow. The sculpture was mounted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to mark the start of an international polar bear forum in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
The mother of a man, who was injured early Wednesday after protesters threw a petrol bomb inside a bus, cries as the man is treated at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's opposition for the fifth consecutive day blocked roads, railways and waterways to protest government plans to hold a general election on Jan. 5, the latest turn in a violent political crisis that has paralyzed the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A.M. Ahad / Associated PressLink
Anti-government protesters remove chains on a gate as they attempt to enter the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPALink
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