Voice of America
Novembre 2012
(290 foto)

1Saudi firefighters put out a fire after an explosion which severely damaged an industrial building in eastern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At least 22 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the capital, triggering the explosion that brought down the industrial building, Saudi state television reported. (Reuters)

2Bo, a 55-day-old baby Echidna known as a puggle, rests in the hands of vet nurse Annabelle Sehlmeier at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. (Reuters)

3People walk past a beach club destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Sea Bright, New Jersey, October 31, 2012. (Reuters)

4Farmers fill their bottles with water from a water tanker during a protest rally organized by the All India Farmers Union and the Indian Farm Worker Union in Delhi. Farmers asked for a list of their demands, which included a retirement fund for field workers and farmers, to be fulfilled. (Reuters)

5People walk under lanterns displayed on the eve of Seoul Lantern Festival in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

6Men dispose shopping carts full of food damaged by Superstorm Sandy at the Fairway supermarket in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn in New York, October 31, 2012. The food was contaminated by flood waters that rose to approximately four feet in the store during the storm. (AP)

7Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz celebrates after winning a match against Andy Murray of Britain during the Paris Masters tennis tournament, France. (Reuters)

8People carry their luggage in a flooded St Mark’s Square at night during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, Italy. The water level in the canal city rose to 140 cm (55 inches) above normal, according to a monitoring institute. (Reuters)

9A model presents a creation of Chinese designer Xu Ming for a Haute Couture collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing. (Reuters)

10Scene from the beautiful shores of Denmark (VOA reader sent via Instgram @felecool)

1Commuters wait for express buses to Manhattan from the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Four days after Sandy smashed into the Northeast, rescuers were still discovering the extent of the devastation, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies. (Reuters)

2Customers Kota Suzuki, left, and Mio Kawai wait in line to buy Apple’s iPad Mini at a store in Tokyo, Japan. The new, smaller version of the iPad tablet went on sale Friday. (AP)

3Employees of the Greek Technical Chamber hold a protest outside the finance ministry in Athens. Greece needs to push through spending cuts and tax measures as well as a raft of economic reforms to satisfy lenders and secure more bailout money next month to avoid bankruptcy. (Reuters)

4A Christian woman and her daughter put a candle on the grave of her relative at a cemetery as they observe All Souls Day in Kolkata, India. (Reuters)

5Iranian students show their palms which read in Persian,’Crazy of martyrdom’ (bottom, L) and ‘Nuclear scientist’ (bottom R) outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, during a rally to mark the 33rd anniversary of seizure of the embassy which saw Islamist students hold 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days. (AFP)

6A member of the jury, Jean-Luc Bodeux of Belgium, inspects a beer at the start of the Brussels Beer Challenge. Brewers from 16 countries gathered for a three-day beer-tasting contest. A jury of 40 international experts will select the best beer of the 500 showcased. (Reuters)

7Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to march during a rehearsal for the Nov. 7 parade in Red Square in Moscow. The parade marks the 71st anniversary of a parade on Red Square when soldiers went directly to the front during World War II. (AP)

8The Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran sails in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, New Zealand. The catamaran, skippered by Max Sirena, is the Italian challenger in the 34th America’s Cup that will be held in San Francisco in 2013. (Reuters)

9Sergei Voronov of Russia competes during the men’s short program at the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Shanghai. (Reuters)

10Space shuttle Atlantis make its way from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis will be on display in July, 2013. (AP)

11A street artist blows soap bubbles at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. (Reuters)

1Members of the Sabean Mandaeans, a pre-Christian sect that follows the teachings of John the Baptist, take part in a bathing ritual on the Tigris river in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

2Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik applies final touches to a sand art sculpture he created for the U.S. presidential elections, during a 15-day exhibition entitled ‘Imagination in Sand’ in Kolkata. (Reuters)

3Li Zijun of China competes during the ladies’ short program at the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Shanghai, November 2, 2012. (Reuters)

4U.S. soldiers aim their weapons as they expect a Taliban attack near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan. (Reuters)

5Brides run at the start of the ‘Running of the Brides’ race in Bangkok, Thailand. Some 20 brides and grooms in wedding dress took part in the race to win a wedding package worth about 600,000 baht ($19,501), according to its organizers. (Reuters)

6A cadet collapses during an annual ceremony for graduating cadets at the police school in Bogota, Colombia, November 2, 2012. (Reuters)

7Shi’ite people perform the traditional Baraa dance as they celebrate Eid al-Ghadir in Sana’a, Yemen. The celebration marks al-Ghadir day, on which Shi’ites believe that Prophet Muhammad nominated his cousin, Imam Ali, to be his successor. (Reuters)

8Horses make a turn during the running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf thoroughbred horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, USA, November 2, 2012. (Reuters)

9The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope offers an impressive view of the center of globular cluster NGC 6362. The image of this spherical collection of stars takes a deeper look at the core of the globular cluster, which contains a high concentration of stars with different colors. Tightly bound by gravity, globular clusters are composed of old stars, which, at around 10 billion years old, are much older than the Sun. (ESA/Hubble & NASA)

1Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are driven around the Sir John Guise stadium during a cultural display of traditional village dancers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (AP)

2A worker removes snow, using a water hose, from a giant flower bed, which is decorated for the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. China continued to warn against blizzards, hiking the alert to the second-highest level on snowstorms that are expected to hit northern regions over the next few days. (Reuters)

3A member of the congregation prays for U.S. President Barack Obama to be successful in his bid for re-election, during a service at the St. Richard Catholic Church in Kogelo, western Kenya. (AP)

4Syrians take cover as a second bomb explodes while civilians were undertaking a rescue attempt in a nearby building that was hit by a previous bomb during an air raid by government forces in the northern city of Al-Bab, 40 kilometers north-east of Aleppo. (AFP)

5LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Alabama in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 3, 2012. (AP)

6Egyptian caretaker of the Coptic Church, interim Pope Bakhomious (C) holds a piece of paper with the name of Bishop Tawadros written on it, after it was picked by Bishoy Gerges in Cairo.  Coptic Orthodox church chose a new pope, Bishop Tawadros, in a sumptuous service. (Reuters)

7Driver Andre Convents, left, and his co-driver, name not available, check their 1904 Siddeley car after it broke down during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in London. Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles made their way on the historic 60-mile run from Hyde Park in London to coastal Brighton in southern England, in the world’s longest running motoring celebration spanning 116 years. (AP)

8Russian nationalists are reflected in a puddle as they attend a ‘Russian March’ demonstration on National Unity Day in Moscow. Russia marks the National Unity Day to elebrate the defeat of Polish invaders in 1612. (Reuters)

9A member of the Fire Dance Group performs a choreography with torches in the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania. (AFP)

1A Peruvian shaman makes a ritual of predictions for the 2012 U.S. election, at San Cristobal hill in Lima. (AFP)

2Russian soldiers wearing Soviet Union WWII military uniforms take part in a rehearsal of a military parade on the Red square in Moscow. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 71st anniversary of a historical parade of 1941, when soldiers left for the front line, as Nazi German troops were fighting with Soviet soldiers a few kilometers from Moscow. (AFP)

3Construction workers work on a flyover in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters)

4Presidential candidate, university teacher, painter and composer Vladimir Franz shouts during a meeting with supporters where he announces that he collected 88,388 votes which make him eligible for Czech Republic’s 2013 presidential election in Prague, Czech Republic. (AP)

5A badly damaged home is entangled with a vehicle along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of the Rockaway neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (AP)

6The 17-meter tall sculpture ‘Walking man’ by U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky is pictured in front of the world’s biggest reinsurer Muenchener Rueck (Munich RE (Muenchener Rueck)) office building in Munich, Germany. (Reuters)

7Debris flies as AJ Allmendinger (51) slides through the infield after colliding with Carl Edwards, rear, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, November 4, 2012. (AP)

8A Palestinian woman, reflected in a mirror from furniture strewn outside her home, stands in front of the rubble of her house after it was demolished by Jerusalem municipality workers in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Atur. (AFP)

9A seahorse (Hippocampus Reidi) is displayed during a news conference before the 2012 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo in Taipei, Taiwan. The 2012 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo will be held at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall from November 9 to 12. (Reuters)

10U.S. soldiers blows up a roadside bomb set up by Taliban fighters near the town of Walli Was in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, November 4, 2012. (Reuters)

1Voters cast their ballots at a polling site for the U.S. presidential election that was built to service residents of the Queens borough neighborhoods of Breezy Point and the Rockaways whose original site was damaged during hurricane Sandy in New York. (Reuters)

2A voter signs in to cast a ballot at the old Brown School in rural Wellsville, Kansas. (AP)

3A sign erected by a community group called Rebuild Rockaway shows voting locations in the Rockaway neighborhoods of the borough of Queens, New York, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (AP)

4Poll worker Bill Bryant tapes up a sign on a voting machine warning voters of the sensitivity of the touch screen during the U.S. presidential election in Pineville, North Carolina. (Reuters)

5Tonya Lewis, a supporter of President Barack Obama, rallies outside a polling station during the U.S. presidential election in Tampa, Florida. (Reuters)

6A Dalmatian dog watches as California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, votes at a fire station in Oakland, California. (AP)

7Life-sized standees of U.S. President Barack Obama, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney decorate the entrance of American Diner chain in Singapore, ‘Billy Bombers’. (AP)

8A child peeks from a voting booth as voters cast their ballots for the U.S. presidential election at the Mummers museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Reuters)

9Leslie Fabian reacts after successfully voting electronically on Election Day at the 24-hour Su Nueva Laundromat in Chicago’s 13th Ward. (AP)

10Sophomore David Ganjehlou signs a ‘Why I Voted’ poster after voting at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP)

11Voters line up to cast their votes at the Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP)

12People watch early election results displayed on a utility lift suspended from the front of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (AP)

1U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden wave at his election night party in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP)

2Relatives of U.S. President Barack Obama sing and dance as they run along a dirt road during celebrations of his re-election at his ancestral home village of Nyangoma Kogelo, 430 km (367 miles) west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. (Reuters)

3Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney embraces Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as Ann Romney and Janna Ryan embrace after Romney conceded the race during his election night rally in Boston. (AP)

4A waiter dressed as an ancient Chinese soldier stands with attendants during a performance at the China Huangshan Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition in Shexian county of Huangshan, Anhui province. (Reuters)

5Locals manoeuver their small vessels along the Mekong river in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Reuters)

6A Syrian family, who fled from the violence in their village, sit next to their belongings at a camp for the displaced, in the Syrian village of Atma, near the Turkish border with Syria. (AP)

7A visitor walks within an installation titled ‘Chairs’, made of wooden chairs by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata, during Abu Dhabi Art at Saadiyat island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Reuters)

8Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniform prepare to parade in Red Square in Moscow. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 71st anniversary of a historic World War II parade. (AP)

9Gaggle goose stand in a pasture near the village of Edlitz, in Lower Austria, some 75 km (47 miles) south of Vienna. (Reuters)

10French Labor, Employment and Social Dialogue Minister Michel Sapin (L) speaks with Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris. (Reuters)

11A multiple exposure photograph shows Britain’s Andy Murray as he serves to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their men’s singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals in the O2 Arena in London. (Reuters)

1Hostesses for the National Congress pose for a picture in front of the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at in Beijing. (AP)

2Snow blows past debris and nonfunctioning streetlights during a Nor’easter snowstorm in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City, November 7, 2012. The Rockaway Peninsula was especially hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. (AFP)

3Residents ride on a motorcycle at Now Zad district in Helmand province, southwestern Afghanistan. (Reuters)

4Residents walk among rubble after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, November 7, 2012. The mountain village, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the epicenter, suffered much of the damage with some 30 homes collapsing in its center. (AP)

5Italy’s Saad Assis takes cover as a bird flies over the Huamark Indoor Stadium disrupting their football match against Mexico of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. (AFP)

6Pakistani Muslims arrive to attend one of the world’s largest Islamic religious meeting, the Tablighi Ijtema, in Raiwind, near Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP)

7People enjoy being part of an installation by Argentinian artist and architect Tomas Saraceno, in Milan, Italy. ‘On Space Time Foam’ is a multi-layered aerial installation featuring surfaces of clear film suspended in the air for visitors to walk, crawl, lie in, and engage in, directly affecting one another with their movement or lack of it. (AP)

8A student protester throws a Molotov cocktail towards riot policemen during a rally against the government to demand changes in the public state education in Santiago, Chile. (Reuters)

9A fisherman takes a nap on a float made of plastic bottles, on the banks of the Arabian sea in Mumbai, India. (AP)

1An unidentified woman unsuccessfully tries to prevent workers from demolishing her home in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Police have supervised the demolition of some 44 homes since last week, saying they were constructed on illegally sold land. (AP)

2People walk past a front window of a department store in central Athens. Cash-strapped Greece will issue short-term debt on Tuesday in the hope of raising enough money to repay a key bond days later. (AP)

3Egyptian Muslims shout Islamic slogans during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo.  Thousands of ultraconservative Muslims rallied in the Egyptian capital, demanding the country’s new constitution be based on the rulings of Islamic law, or Shariah. (AP)

4Thai oarsmen row a royal barge during the Royal Barge Procession on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Golden barges shaped like swans and mythical sea creatures glided down the river that winds through the Thai capital in a 700-year-old ceremony, with more than 2,000 rowers taking part.

5The Great Hall of the People, venue of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, is seen reflected in the window of a bus as a delegate leaves in Beijing. (Reuters)

6Relatives of 10 farm workers murdered by a criminal gang attend a mass funeral in a park in Santa Rosa, Antioquia, Colombia. A drug-trafficking group massacred the 10 peasants on a farm Wednesday over an apparent extortion demand. (Reuters)

7About 800 schoolchildren and teachers from 14 schools form the shape of a Chinese white dolphin, along with the word ‘Protect’ and Chinese characters ‘Ocean’, at Repulse Bay in Hong Kong. (Reuters)

8A New York City police officer manages the line of cars waiting for gasoline.  A new gasoline-rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect Friday morning. (AP)

9Pope Benedict XVI is photographed with an iPad as he arrives to lead a special audience for members of Interpol taking part in the 81st Interpol General Assembly in Paul VI’s Hall at the Vatican. (Reuters)

10Canada’s Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers perform during the pairs short program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, (Reuters)

11An Indian man sells fake flowers for the upcoming Diwali holiday at a local market in New Delhi, India.

1Indian dancers perform during the inauguration of the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival in Kolkata. More than 185 films from 63 countries will be screened during the eight-day film festival which was inaugurated by Bollywood film actors Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachhan with others and the chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee. (AFP)

2Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov perform during the pairs free skating program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. (Reuters)

3British skipper Samantha Davies sails after crossing the starting line of the Vendee Globe sailing race off the Atlantic coast of the town of Les Sables d’Olonne, western France. (AP)

4Children color on The My Little Pony Coloring Book at The Hub’s Playdate Premiere Party in New York. The extra large coloring book was measured for the Guinness Book of World Records. (AP)

5Tiananmen Gate is reflected in a puddle after heavy rainfall in Beijing. The week-long Communist Party Congress, held every five years, will end with a transition of power to Vice President Xi Jinping, who will govern for the coming decade amid growing pressure for reform of the communist regime’s iron-clad grip on power. (AFP)

6Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill gives final touches to his new creation, an image of U.S. President Barack Obama made with vegetables, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. (Reuters)

7Actors dressed as Roman Centurions parade on the red carpet for Benur during the Rome International Film Festival in Rome. (AFP)

8Somali civilians are seen at Lido Beach, a popular destination on a Friday which is a traditional day of rest, at the Somali capital Mogadishu, November 9, 2012.

9Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Natalie Achonwa (11) works to pull down a rebound against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Carrier Classic college basketball game being played on board the U.S.S. Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina on November 9, 2012. (Reuters)

10Military personnel and volunteers wipe off condensation in an attempt to dry the damp court before the start of the men’s NCAA college basketball game between Ohio State and Marquette in the Carrier Classic aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, November 9, 2012. (AP)

11British actor John Rhys-Davies, left, and Hungarian actor Ivan Kamaras have a chat during the shooting of a scene of the film Ice Age 2 at the 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base in Szolnok, 100 km southeast of Budapest, Hungary, November 9, 2012. (AP)

1‘Funkenmariechen’, young majorette dancers, put the fingers in their ears during a cannon cracker at the start of the carnival season in Erfurt, central Germany. (AP)

2A Free Syrian Army fighter plays with a cat in Khan al-Assal area. (Reuters)

3Demonstrators are seen on the streets as violence breaks out at a parade celebrating Poland’s national holiday in Warsaw. The police used truncheons to try to break up a crowd of right-wing extremists who were pelting them with firecrackers and lumps of concrete. (Reuters)

4A woman dries used polythene sheets after washing them on the bank of the river Buriganga in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Reuters)

5A runner slips on the wet street at the start of the 1 kilometer (.6 mile) race for parents and their children during the Beirut Marathon in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP)

6People practice yoga in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan. (Reuters)

7A villager rides a horse carriage on the road between the southern border town of Ceylanpinar and Viransehir in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. (Reuters)

8Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo falls during the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, Spain. (Reuters)

9Britain’s Prince Charles attends the Armistice Day Commemoration at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are touring New Zealand to commemorate the diamond jubilee of his mother Queen Elizabeth. (Reuters)

10Cadets of Japan’s Military Defense Academy compete in their traditional ‘Botaoshi’ game, in which players try to pull down the opposing team’s pole, at the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the academy in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. (Reuters)

1Neglected locked bicycles with weeds growing through the frames are seen on a side street in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, Germany. (Reuters)

2Tami Shadadi surveys the damage to her house in the southern town of Sderot after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza. (Reuters)

3Fishing boats anchor on the Red river under the Long Bien bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam. Long Bien bridge was built in 1903 with the architectural concept of the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel across the Red River to connect two parts of Hanoi. (Reuters)

4Stuntwomen from the Breitling Wingwalking team perform on two Boeing Stearman open-cockpit biplanes during a rehearsal as part of the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. (Reuters)

5Workers load a container on a truck at a port in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)

6Journalists inspect the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster during its unveiling in Singapore. (Reuters)

7Streets damaged during Hurricane Sandy are seen in Ortley Beach, New Jersey. (Reuters/Governor’s Office)

8Models, wearing bodysuits to represent a painter’s palette, pose before a presentation to launch the ‘Joy The Finale’ band, led by Brian MacFarlane, for Carnival 2013 at its headquarters in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. (Reuters)

1A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Karachi. (AP)

2Believers attend a religious procession to commemorate ‘The Day of 100,000 Martyrs’ in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Reuters)

3A donkey collapses from the heavy weight of bricks at a brick factory in Baghdad’s southeast suburb of Nahrawan, Iraq. (AP)

4Syrian rebels of the Halab al-Shabah battalion under Al-Tawhid brigade take position during clashes with regime forces in Al-Amariya district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)

5All shops are supposed to close at 11 pm local time in Hanoi, Vietnam, but the Old Quarter never sleeps at that time. (Phuong Nguyen/Vietnam/VOA reader)

6Visitors look at the paintings ‘Water, 1998' (L), ‘Memory-3' (2ndL), ‘Memory-4' (2ndR) and ‘Memory-2' (2000) by artist Yue Minjun of China during the press visit of the exhibition ‘Yue Minjun, L’Ombre du fou rire’ at the Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France. (Reuters)

7Kyrgyz couples take part in a mass wedding ceremony in the capital Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Thirty-five couples took part in the mass wedding sponsored by a state company. (AFP)

8Two mountain goats, Asiatic Ibex, stand in their enclosure in Berlin’s Zoo, Germany. (AFP)

9Two people and a dog sleep on a mattress outside a shop with a poster which reads ‘Looking for humans (part time, full time)’, in Perpignan, France, November 11, 2012. (Pascal Grandperrin/France/VOA reader)

10A masked Bahraini anti-government protester carrying petrol bombs confronts riot police firing tear gas to disperse participants in a mourning procession for a teenager whose death the opposition blames on police in Muharraq, Bahrain. (AP)

11Stars swirl behind a sign of a ranch near Olsburg, Kansas, USA. (AP)

1Delegates attend the closing ceremony for the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP)

2A walker passes pollarded trees, typical for the lower Rhine area, with yellow leaves on the river Rhine bank in Duisburg, Germany. (AP)

3A toddler brandishes a red flag during a general strike in Porto, Portugal. The second general strike in eight months in Portugal, where the government intends to intensify austerity measures next year, left commuters stranded as trains ground to a virtual halt and the Lisbon subway shut down. (AP)

4A Yemeni man, right, uses his mobile phone to take photos of his friend as they gather near the historical site of Bab al-Yemen in the the old city of Sana’a. (AP)

5Belarusian Emergency Ministry employees cut open metal barrels that were used to hold pesticide and were found buried in a forest near the village of Novaya Strazha, some 200 kms (125 miles) southwest of Minsk. (AP)

6Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi scatters rose petals at the memorial to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi. Suu Kyi is on a six-day visit to India. (Reuters)

7Fruit bins burn at a packing store in Wolesley, about 120km north of Cape Town, South Africa. The fire, which burnt more than 15,000 wooden bins is thought to be connected to the farm workers’ strike. (AFP)

8Fans queue in Leicester Square, London, after camping out for the night ahead of the UK premiere of the movie ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2' at a cinema. (AP)

9Elementary school children wade through a river to go to school in the village of Nagari Koto Nan Tigo in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province. School children from around 46 families in the village are forced to cross the river every day because there is no bridge, villagers said. (Reuters)

10Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. representative-elect for Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, is pictured with other female members of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Duckworth, a helicopter pilot in the Iraq war, who was shot down and lost both her legs in an attack, became the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois. (Reuters)

11Omani fans hold portraits of Sultan Qaboos bin Said as they attend the 2014 World Cup Asian zone group B qualifying football match between Oman and Japan in Muscat. (AFP)

12The moment of totality of a solar eclipse at Cape Tribulation in Queensland state, Australia. Starting just after dawn, the eclipse cast its 150-kilometer (95-mile) shadow in Australia’s Northern Territory, crossed the northeast tip of the country and was swooping east across the South Pacific, where no islands are in its direct path. (AP/Tourism Queensland)

13A warped house, inspired by drawings of Polish illustrator Jan Szancer, is pictured on the main street in Sopot, a Baltic sea resort, Poland. (AFP)

14The crowd around the tree as it is lit during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. (AP)

1An Israeli sapper inspects the damage in a house hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malah. (AFP)

2A Palestinian man sits amid the rubble in his bombed house following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. (AFP)

3A Capitol Police Officer stands guard as Congressional freshmen of the 113th Congress pose for a class picture on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Washington DC. (AFP)

4A t-shirt printing shop worker makes a shirt featuring US President Barack Obama and asking him to take a stand for Burma, in Yangon. (AFP)

5The Communist Party of China’s new Politburo Standing Committee, the nation’s top decision-making body (L-R): Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng and Wang Qishan meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP)

6An exiled Tibetan wearing a Xi Jinping mask is surrounded by Tibetan flags during a protest in Dharmsala, India against Chinese policies. (AP)

7A protester holds a picture of Savita Halappanavar outside University Hospital Galway in Galway, Ireland, where an Indian woman died after being denied pregnancy termination, sparking an outcry from voters and criticism from the Indian government. The Irish government Thursday pledged to urgently clarify its vague abortion laws. (Reuters)

8A protester argues with a policeman during an anti-austerity rally in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. (Reuters)

9A Bosnian Muslim man watches the inauguration ceremony of Husein Kavazovic at Begova mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia. (AP)

10A visitor walks past a sculpture called Yellow during the media preview of The Art of the Brick exhibition in Singapore. The exhibition, which features U.S. artist Nathan Sawaya, starts from November 17, 2012 to April 14, 2013 at the Art Science Museum. (Reuters)

11A monkey and a chimpanzee made of chocolate by French chocolate maker Patrick Roger are displayed in his shop in Paris. (Reuters)

1A photographer aims his lens through a crack between the doors of a hallway leading to the room where a closed hearing for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the U.S Consulate attack in Benghazi, was taking place in Washington D.C. (Reuters)

2Israeli soldiers patrol near the border with the Gaza Strip. Israeli tanks and troops massed outside Gaza and the military said it was calling up 16,000 reservists, signs of a possible imminent invasion of the Palestinian enclave after 48 hours of air strikes. (Reuters)

3A Palestinian holds a green Islamic flag during clashes with Israeli troops at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

4Amy Neukom removes sand from her parent’s home destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking, New Jersey. (Reuters)

5A visitor looks at a butterfly Caligo Eurilochus in the museum of live butterflies in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors are allowed to walk among the butterflies on display in the museum, which holds around 20 different tropical species. (Reuters)

6A shopkeeper waves an American flag at a roadside shop in Rangoon, Burma. U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Burma on Monday, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the country. (AP)

7A car is seen at sunset with Alps surrounded by heavy fog hanging above Lake Geneva above Riex near Lausanne, western Switzerland. (AFP)

8A child street vendor stands in front of a poster for Sierra Leone’s ruling party presidential candidate Ernest Bai Koroma in Freetown. Incumbent President Koroma will face off against former junta leader Julius Maada Bio in polls Saturday. (Reuters)

9Eleven of the 23 surviving members of the ‘Compagnons de la Liberation’ take part in a ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. The ceremony marks the transfer of the Council of the Order of the Liberation, created 75 years ago by General Charles de Gaulle to honor the French Resistance Fighters, to the seven cities which are so honored. (Reuters)

10Workers put together displays for Sotheby’s Latin American Art auction in New York. Artist Claudio Bravo’s piece entitled ‘Angelis’ (center) is expected to fetch between $900,000 to $1.2 million during the auction November 19-20. (Reuters)

11People walk past separatist banners in Barcelona, Spain. Recent polls show more than half of Catalans want to break away from Spain, the highest level in history. The banner reads, ‘Don’t gamble, vote independence.’ (Reuters)

12Taiwanese artist Chen Forng-shean looks through a magnifier at his creation, a miniature resin figurine of a snake chasing an elephant, on top of a pencil in Taipei. Chen, who was inspired by the book ‘Le Petit Prince,’ created the figurine to welcome the upcoming Lunar Year of the Snake. (Reuters)

1US President Barack Obama (L) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) look at a reclining Buddha during a visit the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)

2A man stands mesmerized in downtown Zagreb as he watches candles making the name of the Croatian town of Vukovar, lit annually to commemorate the 21st anniversary of its fall to Serb forces, one of the darkest chapters of Croatia’s 1991-1995 war. (AFP)

3A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. (AP)

4Indian mourners gather during the funeral of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. (AP)

5A member of the Sikh Nihang Army – traditional Sikh religious warriors – Baba ‘Jagir’ Singh, wears a turban of some 300 meters in length as he pays homage at the Sikh Shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the occasion of Martyrdom Day – Jyoti Jot Divas – of Guru Gobind Singh and Sikh warrior, Shaheed Baba Deep Singh. (AFP)

6A Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) worker stands amidst piles of tamper-evident envelopes containing election results from individual polling stations, at an NEC warehouse in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP)

7An Indian worker from the Power Department makes adjustments to electrical power lines during preparations for the Maha Kumbh festival 2012-13 at Sangam in Allahabad. (AFP)

8Cheng Pen (top) and Hao Zhang of China, perform in the Gala Exhibition event at the ISU Figure Skating Eric Bompard Trophy, Paris, France. (AP)

9A man looks at jellyfish at an aquarium inside of Beijing zoo in Beijing, China. (AP)

1A police dog attacks a man found stealing from ethnic Somali homes during the second day of skirmishes in the Eastleigh neighborhood of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. (Reuters)

2Indian firefighters battle a large fire in the Himalaya House office tower in the business district in New Delhi. (AP)

3An Israeli soldier sleeps on top of a tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border ahead of a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave. (AFP)

4A Palestinian demonstrator wearing a rosary holds a stone during minor clashes with Israeli troops in protest against Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank village of Bir Zeit, near Ramallah. (Reuters)

5Recovery vehicles surround the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft seen shortly after landing with the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams near the town of Arkalyk, northern Kazakhstan. (AP)

6A Filipino protester wears a mask bearing a slogan as tobacco farmers and cigarette vendors join a rally outside the Philippine senate in suburban Manila, November. (AP)

7Hindu devotees perform religious rituals as they offer prayers to the Sun God at Sangam during Chhath festival in Allahabad. (AFP)

8A North Korean performer, who plays the role of the female lead Song Chun Hyang, skates with live pigeons chasing her during a theatrical performance of the classic Korean Tale of Chun Hyang at the Pyongyang Circus Theater. (AP)

9A visitor looks at Rita Mae West room by Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) during the press visit of the exhibition Dali at the Centre Pompidou modern art museum, or Beaubourg, in Paris, France. (Reuters)

1A view of the central Gaza Strip as seen from a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would be a ‘willing partner’ in a cease-fire with Gaza’s ruling militant group Hamas. (AP)

2Afghan soldiers line up during the handover ceremony between the French army and ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab. French combat troops are due to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of the year. (Reuters)

3People browse local weekly news journals reporting U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Burma at a newsstand in Rangoon. Obama paid the first visit by an American leader to the long-isolated Asian country on Monday. (AP)

4Palestinians pray during the funeral of Salem Paul Sweliem inside the Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza City. According to the family, the 52-year-old Greek Orthodox Christian carpenter was killed during an Israel Air Force strike on a high-rise building, in which Ramez Harb, a senior figure in Islamic Jihad’s military wing, was killed. (AP)

5A protester runs with a teargas canister, which was earlier fired by riot police, during a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of fatal clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)

6Men dressed as revolutionary soldiers sleep before a military parade to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the Mexican Revolution at Zocalo Square in Mexico City. (Reuters)

7A devotee holds a lamp as she waits for sunrise to offer prayers during the Chhat festival in Kathmandu. Hindus in Nepal celebrate the four-day festival that honors the sun god by praying at sunrise and sunset and giving offerings to seek blessings for their families. (Reuters)

8Fog hangs between pine trees in a forest near Neubrueck, eastern Germany. Meteorologists forecast cloudy sky and temperatures around 5 degrees Celsius for the region. (AFP)

9Taslima Akhter sits with her six-month-old daughter Fatema among the burnt remains of homes in a slum after a fire at Hazaribagh in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of people were still living under the open sky after a deadly fire, which killed at least 14 people and burnt 500 thatched houses on Sunday. (Reuters)

10Workers stack dried mud bricks inside a kiln where they are fired at a traditional brick manufacturing site in Sanaa, Yemen. The bricks are made from clay and straw, and are widely used in the construction of houses due to the low cost. (Reuters)

11Ice, a 5-month-old North American Puma female cub, plays in the snow at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters)

12The sun rises over the banks of the Rio de La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Reuters)

1The National Thanksgiving turkey and its alternate are seen during a press conference at the W Hotel in Washington, DC.

2Martial arts group TAL performs a non-verbal martial arts demonstration in the Korean traditional art of Taekwondo during the opening ceremony of the K-art hall Taekwondo Theater in Seoul, South Korea. (Reuters)

3A man tries to mimic military sculptures while he poses for photos at the 798 Art District in Beijing, China. The 798 art district is a thriving community of about 400 galleries, shops and restaurants on the eastern edge of Beijing. (AP)

4Faithful wave during Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (AFP)

5Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday voiced support for diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza on the 8th day of the conflict and spoke of his concern at the escalating violence. (AFP)

6A Palestinian girl writes on a blackboard inside a classroom where displaced families are staying after evacuating their homes earlier this week to take shelter at a United Nations (UN) school in Gaza City. (AFP)

7A man feeds pigeons outside the Taj Mahal hotel, one of the targets of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India. (AP)

8A woman covers her nose as she walks past garbage piled up in the middle of the street in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz province in Andalucia, southern Spain. (AP)

9Mechanics of the Herzogstand cable car inspect parts of the lift during the annual safety revision in front of the small village of Walchensee in southern Germany. (AFP)

10A withered sunflower is encased in ice near Merklingen, Germany as temperatures hit the freezing point in wide parts of the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. (AFP)

1Cheerleaders make their way down 6th Ave during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Reuters)

2A man wearing a turkey hat watches the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Reuters)

3View of the car-free Champs Elysee avenue in Paris for a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. (AP)

4People wait at traffic lights in the suburbs of Frankfurt, Germany , on a foggy Thursday evening. (AP)

5Blood stains are seen on the cobblestone ground outside The Drunken Ship pub in Rome’s central Campo dei Fiori square, Italy.  Police say dozens of masked hoodlums attacked Tottenham fans out drinking ahead of their Europa League match against Lazio, sending seven of them to the hospital. (AP)

6Lebanese Army soldiers from the anti-riot unit march during a military parade to mark the 69th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence from France in Beirut. (AP)

7Australian artist James Cochran, also known as Jimmy C, poses for a portrait wearing 3D glasses in front of his near-finished piece entitled Girl with Spheres in 3D on the outside wall of a cafe in east London, England. (AP)

8A Chinese couple is seen through a gap between doors as they pose for their wedding pictures at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing. (AP)

9Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) jumps during his introduction before the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (AP)

10A pigeon sits on a Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Indian Parliament premises on the opening day of the winter session in New Delhi. (AP)

1Performers do a pole dancing routine to promote the Miss Pole Dance South America 2012 competition in Buenos Aires. The competition will be held on November 24-26. (Reuters)

2Puerto Rican boxing legend, Hector Macho Camacho, was shot in the head Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He has since been pronounced brain dead while his family struggles to come to terms with removing him from life support. He is shown here at the Premio Lo Nuestro Music Awards in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

3First lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha, behind the first lady, and Malia, left, and family dog “Bo” flashes a thumbs up as they welcome the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C. at the North Portico of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

4German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks out from behind raindrops on her car window as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. The prospect of failure hangs over a European Union leaders’ summit intended to lay out the 27-country bloc’s long-term spending plans. (AP)

5A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. Their house is the only building left standing on a road which is paved through their village. REUTERS/China Daily

6Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to supporters outside the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Opponents and supporters of Mohammed Morsi clashed across Egypt, the day after the president granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear can allow him to be a virtual dictator. (AP Photo/Aly Hazaza, El Shorouk)

7A model presents a dress featuring chocolate, during the chocolate dress fashion show, as part of the 1st Chocolate Fair presented in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

8Camel herders sit in a group at Pushkar Fair in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. Many international and domestic tourists throng to Pushkar to witness one of the most colourful and popular fairs in India. Thousands of animals, mainly camels, are brought to the fair to be sold and traded. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

9Snowboarder Bryce Macdermott of Calgary arrives for a day of carving on the mountain during a snow storm in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. REUTERS/Mike Blake

10An Israeli soldier, left, hugs a comrade, center, to congratulate him for his birthday at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

1Injured protesters help each other escape from tear gas fired by riot police in Cairo. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decree that put his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst opponents, who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters)

2A Bangladeshi firefighter inspects a burnt garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than a 100 people died Saturday night when a fire raced through the multi-story garment factory. (AP)

3A car is pulled from flood water in Hathern, central England. (Reuters)

4University students dressed as battered wives hold banners in front of an office of China’s Civil Affairs department, where local people register for marriage, in protest of domestic violence, during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Hubei province. (Reuters)

5Iranian mourners cover themselves with mud, during Ashura, marking the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, at the city of Bijar, west of the capital Tehran. Hussein, one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved saints, was killed in a 7th century battle at Karbala, Iraq. (AP)

6Blood is seen on the floor of a mosque as an Indian Shiite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession marking Ashura in New Delhi. (AP)

7Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass for the newly elected cardinals, in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. (AP)

8Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. perform during the gala exhibition at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Sendai, Japan. (AP)

9Migrating cranes fly tpgether in front of colored clouds during the sunset near Straussfurt, central Germany. (AP)

10A monkey eats fruits on top of a sculpture during the Monkey Buffet Festival, in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok. (Reuters)

1Police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Farmers drove their tractors into the European Quarter for a two-day demonstration to protest what they believe are unfair milk prices. (AP)

2A worker cries during a protest after a devastating fire in a garment factory over the weekend which killed more than 100 people in Savar. Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated on the outskirts of Dhaka after Bangladesh’s worst-ever factory blaze. (Reuters)

3Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, center in red robe, greets students after delivering his lecture on ‘Science and Religion’ at the Christ University campus in Bangalore, India. (AP)

4A Palestinian schoolgirl is seen through a hole in a blackboard days after an Israeli strike hit a school in Gaza City. Israel launched an offensive on Nov. 14 in a bid to halt months of Palestinian rocket attacks. (AP)

5Internally displaced Congolese gather at the Mugunga 3 camp west of Goma, eastern Congo. Regional leaders meeting in Uganda called for an end to the advance by M23 rebels toward Congo’s capital. Residents fled some towns for fear of more fighting between the rebels and the army. (AP)

6A protester is seen during clashes with riot police in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Protesters have returned to the square and the new president is in the firing line, but the military, that until earlier this year was at the center of Egypt’s turbulent politics, is staying out — and is likely to keep it that way. (Reuters)

7A man paddles his kayak by a fountain during sunset at Ada Ciganlija Lake in Belgrade, Serbia. The weather forecast predicts good autumnal weather conditions in Serbia for upcoming days. (AP)

8Nepalese visually-impaired cricket players share a light moment during a practice session for the Twenty20 Blind Cricket World Cup at Pulchowk Campus Grounds in Katmandu, Nepal. The first-ever World Cup will be held Dec. 2-Dec. 13 in Bangalore, India. (AP)

9A Lady Gaga fan poses in costume for a portrait as he stands in line for the singer’s show at the Jockey Club in Asuncion, Paraguay. The first 500 people in line were to get the best seats to see Lady Gada in concert during her ‘The Born This Way Ball’ tour. (AP)

10Vendors put final touches to their booth at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market in Berlin’s Mitte district. The Christmas market opens tonight. (Reuters)

11A man basks in the sun to keep himself warm as he sits on the premises of a temple at Bashantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters)

12A Nihang or Sikh warrior performs ‘Gatkha’, a traditional form of martial arts, during a religious procession in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. The procession is held annually in the region ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith.  (Reuters)

1Nazma Akhter, a leader for the garment workers cries during a protest against the death of colleagues after a devastating fire in a garment factory, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Reuters)

2The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (C), talks to Britain’s Prince Philip (R) as he inspects members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England. (Reuters)

3An abandoned wheelchair stands outside a burned out workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt, in the Black Forest region in south west Germany. Fourteen people died Monday after a fire broke out in the workshop. (Reuters)

4A view of an underpass in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine. Workers Tuesday raised the first section of a colossal arch-shaped structure that is eventually to cover the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power station. (AP)

5A Palestinian woman walks past a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in Gaza City. Palestinian authorities Tuesday opened Arafat’s grave and foreign experts took samples from his remains as part of a long-shot attempt, eight years after the iconic leader’s mysterious death, to determine whether he was poisoned. (AP)

6Egyptian protesters, seen through the shattered glass of a guard booth, clash with security forces near Tahrir square, where an opposition rally has been called in rejection of President Morsi’s seizure of near absolute powers, Cairo. (AP)

7Protesters throw flares in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Farmers drove their tractors into the European Quarter of Brussels since Monday for a two-day protest against what they believe are unfair milk prices. (AP)

8A part of the historic Titanic Inquiry Plan that went on display at Titanic Belfast museum in Northern Ireland. The plan, the world’s most valuable Titanic artifact, was a vital reference tool used in the inquiry and markings indicating where Titanic struck an iceberg remain on it to this day. (AP)

9A cat invades the field of play during the third day of the second test cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP )

10Penguins clad in Christmas-themed outfits walk during an event at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)

1Thai fans perform South Korean rapper PSY’s Gangnam Style dance before a performance by PSY in Bangkok Wednesday night – his first show in Asia outside of South Korea. (AP)

2A Bangladeshi opposition supporter sports a decorative hat during a 18 party alliance meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP)

3Stacks of bricks, 960 in total, that symbolize the number of murders per week in Brazil, are seen at the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasilia with the National Congress building in the background. Rio de Paz (Peace River), a non- governmental organization affiliated with the Department of Public Information of the U.N. and its members, placed these stacks of bricks to draw attention to Brazil’s homicide rate, according to organizers. (Reuters)

4Protesting Buddhist monks walk in Letpadaung mine, Monywa town, northwestern Burma. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying Letpadaung mine defied a government order to leave, saying they will stay until the project is halted. (AP)

5Medical workers hold their hospital robes over the ledge of a terrace in Carlos Haya hospital as they take part in a protest by public health workers in Malaga, southern Spain. (Reuters)

6Wax figures of Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are unveiled by models wearing costumes depicting the Queen’s guards, during a media briefing for the opening of the Madame Tussauds Tokyo wax museum, Japan. (Reuters)

7Laborers work at the new Corinthians Stadium, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Reuters)

8A 500-meter-long (547 yards) red carpet runs along Courtenay Place to the Embassy Theater (top) at the world premiere of the movie, The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey,  in Wellington, New Zealand. (Reuters)

9U.S. Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during a concert that is part of her Dance Again World Tour in Hong Kong. (Reuters)

10A three-day-old baby male Asian Elephant walks in his enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England. (Reuters)

1Yunho (L) and Changmin of South Korean boy band TVXQ perform at a Kpop festival in Hanoi, Vietnam. Seventeen South Korean music bands gathered in Hanoi Thursday as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Vietnamese-South Korean diplomatic relations (Reuters)

2Protesters wave Serbian flags during the Serbian nationalists protest in Belgrade. A U.N. war crimes tribunal Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo and two of his former Kosovo Liberation Army comrades of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in Kosovo’s war for independence. (AP)

3A group of people walk on the beach past sections of boardwalk damaged by the storm surge of superstorm Sandy in Long Beach, New York. (Reuters)

4A girl with the Palestinian flag painted on her face attends a rally supporting the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP)

5An anti-Mursi protester – a paramedic – tries to stop another protester from throwing rocks at riot police along a road leading to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)

6Honor guards march at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall during a heavy snowfall in central Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)

7Daruma dolls, believed to bring good luck, are lined up at craftsman Sumikazu Nakataa studio Daimonya in Takasaki, northwest of Tokyo. (Reuters)

8Prince Nicolas Romanov of Russia holds a letter signed Nicki, written by his ancestor, Tsar Nicholas II, during an auction preview in his apartment in Rougemont, east of Geneva, Switzerland, November 29, 2012. (Reuters)

9Villagers transport bamboo downriver to sell in Lebak regency, Indonesia’s Banten village. (Reuters)

10A cross country skier skis on a track in the western Austrian village of Seefeld, west of Innsbruck. (Reuters)

1Syrian children look through their car window as they cross into Lebanon with their families at the border crossing, in Masnaa, eastern Lebanon. (AP)

2Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reaches for supporters as she leaves a public meeting close to Letpadaung mine in Monywa, northwestern Burma. Suu Kyi is urging a negotiated resolution to protests over a military-backed copper mine. (AP)

3A Palestinian protester holds a placard in front of Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem, marking the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state by the United Nations. (AP)

4Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House as it is bathed in red light to mark World AIDS Day. Organizers announced that Sydney was the first of dozens of cities around the globe to observe the day by illuminating major landmarks with red light. (Reuters)

5A municipality worker holds a banner during a rally against state sector layoffs demanded by the country’s international lenders, in central Athens. The banner reads: ‘No to layoffs’ (top) and ‘I can’t take it any more.’ (Reuters)

6People run during snowfall in central St. Petersburg. Temperatures in Russia’s second city dropped to around -6 degrees Celsius (21.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday. (Reuters)

7A boy separates starched sarees, a traditional Indian garment for women, left to dry on the roof of a cotton factory in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, India. (Reuters)

8A visitor looks at a self-built car ‘Finnjet’, built by 70-year-old Antti Rahko during a press presentation prior to the Essen Motor Show in Essen, Germany. About 600 exhibitors will present their latest developments at the trade fair from Dec. 1-Dec. 9. (Reuters)

9A retired soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) plays a flute at a farewell ceremony near Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. (Reuters)