A miner uses a pole to extract sulphur from a pipe at the flow crater during an annual offering ceremony on the Ijen volcano in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Ijen crater rises to 2,386 meters, with a depth of more than 175 meters, making it one of the world's largest craters. Sulphur mining is a major industry in the region, made possible by an active vent at the edge of a lake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ulet Ifansasti / Getty ImagesLink
Children participate in the annual posada with other parishioners of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles. The procession, commemorating Mary and Joseph's search for shelter before Jesus' birth, was led by Archbishop Jose Gomez, who sees a parallel in today's quest for immigration reform.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Renneisen / For The TimesLink
The Grinch, a.k.a. Maj. Lou Caputo of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, gives a motorist an onion for speeding through a school zone in Marathon, Fla. During the holiday season, the Grinch gives motorists who travel 5 mph or less above the school zone speed limit the option of a traffic citation or an onion.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Newman / Associated PressLink
Ukrainian opposition activists hold a protest in front of Rinat Akhmetov's office in Kiev, the capital. Rinat Akhmetov is Ukraine's richest man and the main sponsor of President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling Regions Party.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Mathieu Dechavanne stands in a glass cage named Pas dans le Vide (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak, 12,604 feet above sea level in the French Alps. From the platform, visitors can enjoy an unobstructed view of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, from the platform.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexis Moro / Associated PressLink
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. slides around a gate during the first training session for the FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill in Val d'Isere, France
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The distraught mother of a 27-year-old Pakistani man who was stabbed to death in Greece is taken away from the Athens court where two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of murder in her son's death are on trial.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Whirling dervishes perform at the Galata Mevlevihane (Lodge of the Dervishes) in Istanbul, Turkey. The dervishes are adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding. Those who whirl, like planets around the sun, turn dance into a form of prayer.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GURCAN OZTURK / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Young faithful attend Pope Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franco Origlia / Getty ImagesLink
Supporters of Madagascar presidential candidate Hery Rajaonarimampianina attend his last rally in Antananarivo ahead of the election Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER JOE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
People seek safety at a U.N. compound in Juba, South Sudan, after what President Salva Kiir characterized as a failed coup attempt. Several people were reported wounded, and hundreds of others sought refuge from heavy fighting in the streets of the capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A pole dancer practices despite newly fallen snow during a promotional event by members of China's national pole dancing team and pole dancing students at Tianjin. China set up its first national pole dancing team in Tianjin in 2012 in order to compete in the World Pole Dancing Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Penguins dressed in Santa Claus costumes are paraded at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognizes Christmas as a national holiday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty ImagesLink
A man sifts through debris near a boat that is stranded far from the shore in Tacloban, Philippines, where the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan has climbed to more than 6,000 people five weeks after the biggest storm in recorded history hit the island of Leyte. More than 27,000 people were injured by the typhoon, which also forced some 3.9 million from their homes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Prins / Phil PrinsLink
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