Patrons of New York City Ballet peer at a massive photograph on linoleum flooring featuring over 80 dancers arranged in an array of poses at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. The work of French-born artist JR, winner of the 2011 TED Prize and known for his large-scale photography projects, was made by staging a photo shoot of the dancers lying down while pushing and pulling on white crinkled paper.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated PressLink
Supporters wait for Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou to arrive in Los Angeles' Chinatown during his brief visit to Southern California.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles TimesLink
Signmaker Paul Greenstein gets a close look at a vintage marquee that formerly sat atop the Californian Hotel in Los Angeles. Greenstein will begin restoring the sign this week, and it will eventually grace the exterior of a new residential complex at the intersection of 6th and Bonnie Brae streets, the site of the old hotel.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles TimesLink
Lakers Manny Harris, left, and Pau Gasol battle for a rebound with the Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert at the Staples Center in L.A. on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles TimesLink
Icicles hang off a camellia bush in historic Forsyth Park after freezing rain hit Savannah, Ga. A winter storm brought snow, ice and brutal cold to the Deep South, a part of the country more accustomed to hurricanes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stephen B. Morton / Associated PressLink
Two hikers walk past snow-covered trees in the Thuringian Forest near Masserberg, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Schutt / Associated PressLink
Participants dressed as Vikings promenade around their longboat during Scotland's annual Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetlands and culminates with up to 1,000 "guizers" (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into their Viking longboat and setting it alight later in the evening.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Ballet dancers join Amnesty International activists outside the Russian Embassy in London as the dancers performed parts of "Swan Lake" before handing in a petition asking that Russian President Vladimir Putin "end his assault on freedom of expression and gay rights in Russia."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
An anti-government activist stands on a barricade of the opposition in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, as parliament launched a debate on whether to grant amnesty for detained protesters as the country's first post-independence president warned of civil war.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY GAPON / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An activist takes part in a protest in support of a union of Russian pilots at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport in front of the country's flagship carrier Aeroflot office. The pilots union accused Aeroflot of endangering passengers' lives by overworking staff in search for profit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Syrian man carries the body of a victim out of the rubble of a destroyed building following alleged air raids by government forces on the rebel-controlled part of Aleppo's Maadi residential district. The Syrian army is edging its way toward southeastern Aleppo as it battles rebel fighters for control of the northern city, a monitor and a pro-government daily said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZEIN AL-RIFAI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Vocational school students raise their fists during a rally to start job-hunting in Tokyo. Japan's jobless rate held at 4% in October, and the number of positions on offer for every 100 people seeking work rose to 98, the highest level since 2007 -- a sign of tightening in the job market that could put upward pressure on wages.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yuriko Nakao / BloombergLink
An Indonesian man wades through flood waters at a Chinese temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, two days ahead of the Chinese New Year. Flooding and landslides have killed at least 30 people in Indonesia since last week, including 11 in the capital of Jakarta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADI WEDA / EPALink
A French soldier of Operation Sangaris asks a man to put down his hammer and shovel during a patrol in Bangui, Central African Republic. Gunfire erupted in Bangui, still plagued by looting despite the security operations of French and African soldiers awaiting reinforcements from a European force whose engagement has been authorized by the United Nations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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