Pictures in the News | Dec. 16, 2013

Monday’s Pictures in the News begins in the Southland, where more than 500 Santa Clauses, a few reindeer and one gingerbread man poured into downtown Los Angeles and surrounding bars of interest for SantaCon L.A. 2013. More photos

Pretoria, South Africa: Helicopters carrying the South African flag fly over a  bronze statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela, which was unveiled on the lawns of the Union Buildings, where Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

Catania, Italy: Mt. Etna, Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption near the Sicilian town of Catania.

Kiev, Ukraine: An activist plays the piano for Pro-European Union supporters. Ukraine’s opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government.

Add stops in Nepal, Cambodia, India, China and Germany to round out the report.