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Plunging off the Cliff

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Dec. 31, 2012

Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer soars through the air during his trial jump at the second stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in southern Germany.

David Ramos/Getty

A-Hunting We Will Go

Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 30, 2012

Participants, wearing traditional Catalan costume, chop down the chosen pine tree during 'La Festa del Pi' (The Festival of the Pine) in the village of Centelles.  

Alexander F. Yuan/AP

Lazy Saturday

Beijing, China
Dec. 29, 2012

A swimmer pours cold water on himself while a man passes by on a chilling winter day.

David Ramos/Getty

Flour Fight

Ibi, Spain 
Dec. 28, 2012

A Reveler takes part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' which take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them and a group called 'La Oposicio' which try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village.

Altaf Qadri/AP

Outrage Over Gang Rape Continues

New Delhi, India
Dec. 27, 2012

Protesters shout amidst continuing demonstrations against the gang-rape and mutilation of a young woman that took place in a moving bus on Dec. 19. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged Thursday to take action to protect the nation's women while the young rape victim was flown to Singapore for treatment of severe internal injuries.

Lakruwan Wanniarachchi, AFP/Getty

Anniversary of Tsunami Landfall

Peraliya, Sri Lanka
Dec. 26, 2012

Young Sri Lankan Buddhist monks watch the ocean on the eighth anniversary of the Asian tsunami. Over 31,000 died and one million were initially homeless following the 2004 disaster.

Andrew Burton/Getty

Holidays in Ruins

Breezy Point, Queens, New York, USA
Dec. 25, 2012

Edward "Roaddawg" Manley, a volunteer and honorary firefighter with the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, is handed an ornament from a volunteer who identified herself as "Nancy," while decorating a Christmas Tree amidst homes destroyed during a massive fire that broke out during Superstorm Sandy.

Farooq Naeem, AFP/Getty

Pakistani Christmas

Islamabad, Pakistan
Dec. 24, 2012

A minority Pakistani Christian hangs Christmas decorations in Islamabad. There is a tiny Christian minority in Pakistan, where only three percent of the population of 167 million are estimated to be non-Muslim.

Kevin Frayer/AP

Resistance to Rape

New Delhi, India
Dec. 23, 2012

Protesters shield themselves as Indian police beat them with sticks during a violent demonstration near the India Gate against a gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus last week. The attack a week earlier sparked days of protests across the country.

Debbie Hill / UPI-Landov

Christmas in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, West Bank
Dec. 22, 2012

A Greek Orthodox Priest sits in the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed to be the site where Jesus Christ was born.

John Moore/Getty

Shrine Shelter

Newtown, Connecticut  
Dec. 21, 2012

Stuffed animals sit covered to protect them from the rain at a streetside memorial. Church bells rang out at 9:30 EST to mark the one-week anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 

Vladimir Konstantinov/Reuters

Presidential Pupil

Rostov-on-Don, Russia 
Dec. 20, 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reflected in the glasses of a cadet watching Putin's annual news conference on TV at the cadet school outside a southern Russian city. Putin said on Thursday a U.S. law that punishes Russians who abuse human rights was poisoning ties with Washington but signaled support for a retaliatory ban on Americans adopting Russian children.

Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / Reuters-Landov

Its the End of the World

Kootwijkerbroek, The Netherlands
Dec. 19, 2012

Pieter van der Meer prepares his lifeboat for the upcoming 'global apocalypse.' van der Meer and 35 others will take refuge in the boat during the Dec. 21 end of the Mayan calendar.

Pool photo by Jeremy Selwyn

Royal Visit

London
Dec. 18, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II sat in on a Cabinet meeting for the first time on Tuesday, taking a seat between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to observe the weekly discussion of government business.

Musadeq Sadeq/AP

Bombing in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan
Dec. 17, 2012

A car bomb exploded outside of a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital,  destroying an exterior wall and wounding dozens inside, company representatives and police said.

Ng Han Guan/AP

National Meeting

Pyongyang, North Korea
Dec. 16, 2012

North Korean military officers attend a national meeting of top party and military officials on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Marco Longari/AFP, via Getty

Besmirched Ballot

Cairo, Egypt 
Dec. 15, 2012

An Egyptian woman walks past a wall stained with ink by voters who tried to clean their marked fingers at a polling station in the historical City of the Dead district in Cairo. Egypt's opposition cried fraud in the first round of a divisive referendum on a new constitution, accusing President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood of rigging votes to adopt the Islamist-backed text. 

Menahem Kahana/AFP, via Getty

Starry Sight

Ein Gedi, Israel 
Dec. 14, 2012

Israelis float in a hot water spring on the shore of the Dead Sea as they watch the sky looking for Geminid meteors streaks above the Judean desert early in the day. The meteor display, known as the Geminid meteor shower because it appears to radiate from the constellation Gemini, is thought to be the result of debris cast off from an asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon. The shower is visible every December.

Manu Brabo/AP

Funeral in Aleppo

Aleppo, Syria
Dec. 13, 2012

FSA fighters carry the body of his comrade killed by Syrian Army in Azaz, Aleppo province, Syria.

Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters-Landov

Protest

Athens, Greece
Dec. 12, 2012

Municipal workers rally in front of parliament against state sector layoffs demanded by the country's international lenders.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo

Syria Camp

Atmeh, Syria
Dec. 11, 2012
Abdullah Ahmed, 10, who suffered burns in an airstrike,  stands outside their tent at a camp for displaced Syrians in the village of Atmeh, Syria. This camp is sheltering some of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians uprooted by the country's civil war.

Dondi Tawatao / Getty Images

March to Manila

Manila, Phillipines
Dec. 10, 2012

A group of indigenous tribespeople, farmers and fisherfolk are traveling 350 kilometers by foot from the northern region of Casiguran, Aurora to the capital city of Manila in an effort to stop the construction of an export processing zone called APECO, or the Aurora Pacific Ecozone and Freeport Authority. The farmers say the project has already displaced 3,000 families in the area and will remove their sources of livelihood and disrupt their lives. A total of 12,000 hectares of farm and coastal lands has been appropriated for the project.

Mohammed Salem, Reuters / Landov

Listen Here

Gaza City
Dec. 9, 2012
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal speaks with Kadejah, the sister of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the day after he delivered a speech before thousands of supporters vowing to take all of modern-day Israel "inch-by-inch."

Abir Sultan / EPA-Landov

Happy Hanukkah

Jerusalem
Dec. 8, 2012

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights the first Hanukkah candle inside his home in Mea Shearim.

Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images

Swimwear Streak

Sydney, Australia
Dec. 7, 2012

Sydneysiders take part in the 'AIME Strut the Streets' in an attempt to break the Guiness record for the world's largest swimwear parade. The event was organised to raise funds and awareness for the not-for-profit charity organisation, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. 

Carl de Souza / AFP / Getty Images

Voter Registration

Kaijado Province, Kenya
Dec. 6, 2012

Maasai people queue for voter registration in the village of Ewuaso Kedong. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has taken biometric computer equipment to populations in remote tribal areas in order to ensure that the chance of voting fraud is decreased for the country's forthcoming elections in March 2013.

David W Cerny / Reuters-Landov

Merry Christmas

Prague, Czech Republic
Dec. 5, 2012

Revelers celebrate Saint Nicholas Day Eve, the start of Christmas for Czech people. Participants dress as Saint Nicholas or devils and approach children to determine if they have been naughty or nice.

Juan Medina, Reuters / Landov

Depressing Displacement

Madrid, Spain
Dec. 4, 2012

Sagario Urena looks through a window as she waits for her eviction. Urena, a former phone operator for a taxi company, lived as a tenant in a house from 1992 to 2010 with her parents and two sisters, but the family was kicked out when Urena became unemployed and stopped making the monthly rent payments two years ago. The family then occupied the same house where they had been living since 1992, but were evicted on Tuesday morning.

Stefan Wermuth, Reuters / Landov

Turner Prize Awarded

London, United Kingdom
Dec. 3, 2012

Artist Elizabeth Price poses for a photograph in front of her video installation 'THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979' after winning Britain's Turner Prize, awarding her £25,000, at Tate Britain in London.

Mahmud Hams, AFP / Getty Images

Spectators

Gaza City, Gaza
Dec. 2, 2012

Palestinian school girls watch members of Hamas as they march during a rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the group.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters-Landov

Gaza by Candlelight

Gaza City, Gaza
Dec. 1, 2012

Osama Hejazi, 12, stands amidst the rubble in Gaza City. Hejazi survived an Israeli air strike on his family's home—his father and two younger brothers were killed.

Andrew Biraj, Landov / Reuters

Factory Survivor

Savar, Bangladesh
Nov. 30, 2012

Ale Noor, 35, who survived a devastating fire at a garment factory, sits inside her slum room. Noor, an operator of Tazreen Fashions garment factory, escaped the fire which killed more than 100 workers on November 24. According to Noor, she broke her left leg after jumping from the fourth floor to escape the fire.

Sean Dempsey / WPA Pool / Getty Images

Somber Visit

Windsor, England
Nov. 29, 2012

The Amir of Kuwait talks with the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (R), as he visits Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior. The Amir has been on a three day State visit to the United Kingdom.

Dai Kurokawa / EPA-Landov

Reflection

Goma, Congo
Nov. 28, 2012

Internally Displaced Person (IDP) children are reflected in a pool of water caused by the previous day's rain in Mugunga IDP camp.

Mukhtar Khan / AP Photo

Fire in Kashmir

Srinagar, India
Nov. 27, 2012

A woman wails after her house was gutted in a fire. At least two houses were damaged by a fire Tuesday.

John Thys, AFP / Getty

Spilled Milk

Brussels, Belgium
Nov. 26, 2012

A police officer uses a shield to protect himself from milk being sprayed by dairy farmers, during a protest against European Union agricultural policies. Farmers demonstrated at the European Parliament in Brussels today with tractors and fake cows calling on political leaders to act on falling milk prices caused by overproduction in Europe.

AFP / Getty Images

Ashes

Nov. 25, 2012
Savar, Bangladesh
A Bangladeshi Army soldier walks past rows of burnt sewing machines after a fire at the Tazreen garment factory killed 112 people. 

Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP-Getty Images

Ashura

Nov. 24, 2012
Karbala, Iraq

Thousands of Shiite Muslims pray at the shrine of Imam Hussein during the celebration of Ashura.

Felipe Dana / AP Photo

Indigenous Filming

Nov. 23, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A indigenous man films a press conference in the Indian Museum next to the Maracana stadium. Indigenous leaders reiterated their determination to fight the destruction of the Indian Museum, set to be demolished as part of the renovation of the Maracana stadium that will host next year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Giving Thanks

Nov. 22, 2012
Rockaway, New York

Residents gather for a free Thanksgiving dinner at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Rockaway. A number of organizations are providing free Thanksgiving meals for residents of the Rockaways which was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters-Landov

Happy Anniversary

Nov. 21, 2012
Cairo, Egypt

Protesters return to Mohamed Mahmoud street one year after clashes with police lead to at least 40 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Phil Moore, AFP / Getty

Seized by Rebels

Nov. 20, 2012
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Residents of Goma gather at the Volcanoes Stadium, at the request of M23 rebels attempting to offer reassurance to citizens. The rebel group, who reportedly have received support from Rwanda, overtook the city from the Congolese military the previous day.

Tony Karumba, AFP / Getty

Machete Attack

Nov. 19, 2012
Nairobi, Kenya
A man bleeds out after he was attacked with machetes by people of Somali ethnicity. Clashes broke out a day after a bomb exploded in a minibus, blamed on sympathizers of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. Non-Somali Kenyans have turned on Somalis and attacked their shops and stalls, accusing them of being responsible for the bomb. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Bulent Kilic, AFP / Getty Images

Smoldering Stock

Nov. 16, 2012
Ras al-Ain, Syria

Sacks of wheat burn following air strikes by Syrian regime forces near the border with Turkey. France raised the prospect of providing Syria's rebels with defensive weapons as Turkey joined it and the Gulf Arab states in recognizing the newly unified opposition while fighting raged inside Syria.

Karim Kadim / AP Photo

Window Cleaner

Nov. 15, 2012
Baghdad, Iraq

A man cleans the window at an old house used by Khalil Pasha, the last Ottoman governor for Baghdad.

Daniel Ochoa De Olza / AP Photo

Austerity Enforcement

Nov. 14, 2012
Madrid, Spain
Riot police apprehend a protestor during a general strike. Spain's General Workers' Union said the nationwide stoppage, the second this year, was being observed by nearly all workers in the automobile, energy, shipbuilding and constructions industries.

Ali Hassan / Reuters-Landov

Out of the Fire

Nov. 14, 2012
Gaza City

Palestinians help to evacuate an elderly woman following Israeli air strikes.

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Homecoming Parade

Nov. 13, 2012
Dundee, Scotland
Emma Pead from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery the Highland Gunners takes part in Homecoming Parade. The Regiment is taking part in two Homecoming Parades in Dundee and Inverness to mark their recent return from operations in Afghanistan.

Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung, pool photo via Getty Images

Portugal Bailout

Nov. 12, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho speak before a meeting on the patio of the Forte Sao Juliao da Barra in Oeiras. Chancellor Merkel is visiting Portugal to pledge her support as the government renegotiate the terms of a €78bn bailout.

Ariel Schalit / AP Photo

Shelling in Gaza

Nov. 11, 2012
Gaza

Mortar shell marks are seen on a wall as a person closes a broken window of his house in a community along the Israel Gaza border. Israel's prime minister says his country is ready to strike harder against Gaza Strip militants if they don't stop attacking the Jewish state. Hostilities escalated sharply over the weekend, as militants fired rocket salvos from Gaza and Israeli strikes killed six Palestinians.

Anjum Naveed / AP Photo

Malala Day

Nov. 10, 2012
Islamabad, Pakistan

Lamps burn in a circle around a portrait of 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai.  The lamps were placed by women supporters of Pakistan People's Party on an observed day of appreciation for the young activist who is being treated in Britain after an assasination attempt by the Taliban.

Allison Joyce / Getty Images

Future Nation

Nov. 6, 2012
Staten Island, New York

3-year-old Fiana waits for her parents to vote in the presidential elections at a temporary polling site in Midland Beach.  Damage from Superstorm Sandy required several polling statiions to be relocated under temporary polling tents.

Nic Bothma, EPA / Landov

Cape Kites

Nov. 3, 2012
Cape Town, South Africa

Kiters fly kites during the 18th Cape Town International Kite Festival. International kite flyers from Turkey, India, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa showcased their kites during Africa's biggest kite festival in aid of the Cape Mental Health organization.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Sunrise Station Scurry

Nov. 1, 2012
New York City

People walk through Grand Central Terminal as the sun rises during a subdued morning rush. Some trains are back up and running into Grand Central following shutdowns in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Subway train service in the city is back in a limited capacity, but with much of lower Manhattan still with out power, trains are not running there and busses are replacing them.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Sandy Destroys

October 31, 2012
Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Rescue workers, lower left, walk past homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.

Jessica Hill / AP Photo

Impact

Oct. 29, 2012
Bridgeport, Conneticut

A Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy reaches Seaside Park in Bridgeport.  The massive storm is the largest ever to hit the east coast and is expected to cause mass flooding and power outages for a large portions of New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Conneticut.

Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters-Landov

No Monti Day

Oct. 27, 2012
Rome

Posters promote a day of demonstrations against government austerity policies.

Fayez Nureldine, AFP / Getty Images

Mecca March

Oct. 26, 2012
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Thousands of Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca. Pilgrims pelt pillars symbolizing the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the hajj as Muslims worldwide mark the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command in the holy city of Mecca.

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Landov / Reuters

Resting Vigil

Oct. 25, 2012
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A Muslim Pilgrim rests on Mount Arafat during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.  Mount Arafat, also known as the Mount of Mercy, is where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his "Farewell Sermon" to Muslims accompanying him for the Hajj towards the end of his life on March 9th, 632 CE.

Pascal Rossignol / Reuters-Landov

Through the Looking Glass

Oct. 24, 2012
Lezennes, France

A Roma family builds a shelter at a new camp near Lille after being evicted from Villeneuve d'Ascq.

Zain Karam / Reuters-Landov

Children at Play

Oct. 23, 2012
Aleppo, Syria

Children play on swings in war-torn Syria.

 

Marc Piscotty / Getty Images

Early Voter

Oct. 22, 2012
Denver, Colorado
Michael Miera  casts his ballot under a mural of state landmarks at the Denver Elections Division building. Early voting is taking place in many battle ground states including Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida.

Dar Yasin / AP Photo

Protective Procession

Oct. 20, 2012
Lariyar, India
An unidentified woman touches the face of Farooq Ahmed during his funeral procession. Hundreds attended the funeral of Ahmed a day after he was killed in an open fire carried by gunmen on a military convey and at a hotel in Indian-controlled Kashmir Friday, according to the police.

Hasan Shaaban / Reuters / Landov

Explosion in Beirut

Oct. 19, 2012
Beirut, Lebanon
An injured woman is comforted by relatives after a massive car bomb was triggered in central Beirut. One of the top Lebanese intelligence officials, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, was killed in the blast and is believed to be the target of the attack. Former prime minister Saad Hariri told CNN that he had no doubt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind it.

Ben Job / Landov-Reuters

We are Malala

Oct. 15, 2012
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Students hold pictures of schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban, during a tribute at the Pakistani Embassy, October 15, 2012. The Taliban attempted to kill Yousufzai, 14, last Tuesday, for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls.

Said Khatib, AFP / Getty Images

Mourning

Oct. 14, 2012
Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip
Relatives of Palestinian militant Yasser al-Atal mourn during his funeral.  Atal, a militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was among three people killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Hugh Gentry / Reuters-Landov

Treading Water

Oct. 13, 2012
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Competitors wait for the start of the Ironman World Championship triathlon.

Niranjan Shrestha / AP Photo

Pride Games

Oct. 12, 2012
Katmandu, Nepal

A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community waves a gay pride flag during the opening ceremony of the 1st South Asian LGBT Games organized by Blue Diamond Society. According to Sunil Babu Pant, first openly gay politician in Nepal and head of Blue Diamond Society, around 250 LGBT community members are participating in the festival. 

Mast irham / EPA-Landov

Bath Time

Oct. 10, 2012
West Java, Indonesia

A mentally ill patient, Ujang, takes a bath at a small mental rehabilitation center in Bekasi. October 10 is World Mental Health Day.

Ruslan Shamukov / ITAR-TASS-Landov

Fire and Light

Oct. 9, 2012
St. Petersburg, Russia
Firefighters battle St. Petersburg’s largest fire in decades.

Bagus Indahno, EPA / Landov

Young Guns

Oct. 6, 2012
Jakarta, Indonesia 
A young boy plays with a gun on top of a military vehicle at the defense equipment exhibition marking the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian Military in The National Monument.

Beawiharta, Reuters / Landov

Military March Madness

Oct. 5, 2012
Jakarta, Indonesia 

Indonesia's naval officers march during a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian National Military at the tarmac of Halim Perdanakusuma airport. 

Andrew Biraj / Reuters-Landov

Golden Buddha

Oct. 3, 2012
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

People visit a Buddha sculpture a day after Muslims attacked and set fire to one of the local Buddhist temples.

Shen Da, Xinhua / Landov

Lunar River Surge

Oct. 1, 2012
Zhejiang Province, China

Tourists gather to watch the surging tide on the bank of Qiantang River in Haining City, east China. More than 170,000 tourists came here to watch this annual natural spectacle caused by the gravity of the moon.

Said Khatib, AFP / Getty Images

Lift Up

Sept. 30, 2012
Rafah, Gaza Strip

A Palestinian man helps a smuggler out of a tunnel along the Gaza-Egypt border.  The tunnels are a vital lifeline for supplies of food, clothes, building materials and fuel into the impoverished Palestinian territory subjected to an Israeli blockade since 2006.

Ariel Marinkovic / EPA-Landov

Look to the Light

Sept. 27, 2012
Santiago, Chile

A demonstrator looks out the window of a police truck after being arrested during a student protest.

Yannis Behrakis / Reuters-Landov

Tens of Thousands Take to the Streets

Sept. 26, 2012
Athens, Greece

Riot police are engulfed in flames after protesters threw petrol bombs during a 24-hour labor strike. The officers suffered little to no injuries.

Juan Karita / AP Photo

Bolivia Miners Protest

Sept. 25, 2012
El Alto, Bolivia

Miners stand on the side of a highway blanketed with stones to block traffic on the outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia. Large stones were placed by Miners on three principal highways blocking traffice into Bolivia's captial city.

Zain Karam, Reuters / Landov

Armed With A Guitar

Sept. 24, 2012
Aleppo, Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter, carrying a weapon on his back, plays a guitar as he walks through a street near Aleppo.

Menahem Kahana, AFP / Getty Images

Kaparot Ceremony

Sept. 23, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over his family during the Kaparot ceremony. The ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, the most important day in the Jewish calendar.

Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

Demonstrating Disapproval

Sept. 22, 2012
Bint Jbeil, Lebanon

A Lebanese girl holds a copy of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, as she attends a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, for the latest in a series of protest rallies organized by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Arabic writing on her headband reads "at your service God's Prophet."

Mahesh Kumar A / AP Photo

Rupee Rumble

Sept. 21, 2012
Hyderabad, India 
Indian police officers detain a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activist during a protest. Students and activists were protesting against the Andhra Pradesh state government's decision to put a cap of Rupees 35,000 (US$ 625) on funds released under the fee reimbursement scheme for engineering and other professional courses. 

Noel Celis / AFP-Getty Images

After the Flames

Sept. 19, 2012
Manila

Children walk above destroyed houses after a pre-dawn fire killed two and left at least 800 homeless.

Paulo Whitaker, Reuters / Landov

Dry Rehearsal

Sept. 18, 2012
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Water polo players warm up before training at a public swimming pool. 

Fadeichev Sergei / Itar-Tass-Landov

Back at It

Sept. 15, 2012
Moscow, Russia

In the first big rally since June, tens of thousands return to the streets of Moscow to protest the continued rule of Vladimir Putin.

 

STR / AFP / Getty Images

Embassy Ambush

Sept. 14, 2012
Chennai, India

Indian policemen walk past smashed windows of the US Consulate building, caused by a mob of demonstrators protesting against an anti-Islam film. Eighty-six people were arrested on Friday after a group of several hundred Muslim protesters threw stones and smashed windows at the US consulate.

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

We the People

Sept. 13, 2012
Colorado, USA

Reflected in a teleprompter, supporters listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado.

Esam Omran Al-Fetori, Landov / Reuters

Recording the Mayhem

Sept. 12, 2012
Benghazi, Libya
The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames, and an unidentified man takes photos. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack.

John Moore / Getty Images

Shoulder To Cry On

Sept. 11, 2012
New York, NY
Jillian Suarez consoles Eloy Suarez following ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Diptendu Dutta, AFP / Getty Images

Hindu God Workshop

Sept. 10, 2012
Kumartoli, India
An Indian artist works on an idol of the Hindu god Biswakarma at the artisan village, known locally as Kumartoli, in the state of Siliguri in Northern India. Biswakarma is the Hindu god of architecture and machinery, and will be worshiped across the country on September 17.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

Festival of the Winds

Sept. 9, 2012

Sydney, Australia

Kites fly in the sky during the annual Festival of the Winds kite flying festival on Bondi Beach.

Kevin Coombs / Reuters-Landov

On the Waterfront

Sept. 8, 2012
London, England
A child plays by the River Thames.

Carlos Barria, Reuters / Landov

Media Mob

Sept. 7, 2012
Shanghai
, China
Chinese actress Sun Li is surrounded by microphones as she arrives at Vogue's 4th Fashion's Night Out: Shopping Night with Celebrities event at a hotel in downtown Shanghai. Local celebrities join the magazine event which ends the night with a shopping marathon along the most luxuries brands including Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

David Goldman / AP Photo

Soundcheck Swing

Sept. 6, 2012
Charlotte, N.C.
North Carolina delegates Denise Adams, left, and Charles Evans dance on the floor as musician James Taylor sings, "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You," during a soundcheck at the Democratic National Convention.

Misha Japaridze / AP Photo

Put Your Paws Up

Sept. 5, 2012
Moscow, Russia
A Greenpeace activist dressed as a polar bear sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom's headquarters.  Russian and international environmentalists are protesting Gazprom's plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic.

Adam Pretty / Getty Images

Lively Living Dead

September 3, 2012
Tokyo, Japan

Zombies perform on the red carpet for the 'Resident Evil: Retribution' World Premiere at Roppongi Hills. The film will open on September 14. 

Carl De Souza, AFP / Getty Images

Ethiopians Enduring Elements

August 31, 2012
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

An Ethiopian woman cries during a candle lit vigil in Meskal square. Tens of thousands of people returned to the square for a second day as they braved rainy conditions to mourn Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died on August 20, 2012. Zenawi body is lying in state until his official funeral which will be on September 2, 2012. 

Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo

Victory Lap

August 30, 2012
London, England

Jessica Long of the United States jumps before winning the Women's 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Not Again

August 29, 2012
Braithwaite, Louisiana

People sit in the back of a truck atop a levee after being rescued in Plaquemines Parish. Dozens were reportedly rescued after floodwaters topped levees in the area as Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf.

Eduardo Verdugo / AP Photo

Stand Clear of the Closing Door

August 28, 2012
Mexico City, Mexico
Commuters on the metro surround a large statue of Saint Jude, the Catholic saint of lost causes. Thousands of St. Jude followers travel to the church of Saint Jude Thaddaeus every 28th of the month, as part of a monthly pilgrimage in his honor.

Charles Dharapak / AP Photos

RNC Gears UP

Aug. 27, 2012
Tampa, FL

Delegates watch a video presentation during an abbreviated session of the Republican National Convention

Johannes Simon / Getty Images

Follow the Lederhosen

August 26, 2012
Muensing, Germany

Participants dressed in traditional Bavarian lederhosen competed in the city's ox-racing championship, which takes place every four years.

Joe Klamar / Getty Images

Honoring Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012
Hollywood, California
A person walks by a plate dedicated to U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin and Michael Collins on Hollywood Boulevard.  Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, died on August 25. Armstrong was commander of the Apollo 11 mission that made the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969.

John Moore / Getty Images

Family Portrait

August 24, 2012
Logan, Kansas
The Becker family, including Darren, his wife Dorothy and their children Renee 15, Katie, 17 and Charlie, 19, display their weapons collection at the family farm.

Simon Akam / Reuters

Over the Rainbow

August 23, 2012
Freetown, Sierra Leone

A child carries an umbrella in pouring rain in the slum of Susan's Bay in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. Sierra Leone's government has described the current cholera outbreak in the West African state as a "national emergency."

Emile Kouton, AFP / Getty Images

Unrest in Togo

August 22, 2012
Lome, Togo

Togolese security forces clashed with opposition supporters in the capital Lome

Gary Granja, Reuters / Landov

Eruption

August 21, 2012
Tungurahua, Ecuador
Large clouds of ash billow from the Tungurahua volcano.  Authorities are encouraging residents living near the volcano to evacuate due to increased activity of the volcano.

Pedro Armestre, AFP / Getty Images

Tinder Box

August 20, 2012
Torneros de Jamuz, Spain

Wildfires have broken out across Spain during the last few weeks of sweltering heat

Vincent Kessler / Reuters

French Dip

August 19, 2012
Paris, France

A young man jumps in a fountain near the Eiffel Tower as a heatwave continues to hit continental Europe.

Mohamed al-Sayaghi / Reuters-Landov

Taking a Bath

August 18, 2012
Sanaa, Yemen

Men shower in a traditional Turkish bath in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival.

Francois Lenoir, Reuters / Landov

Protesting Putin's Punishment

August 17, 2012
Brussels, Belgium
Banners depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen through a mask during a protest in support of members of the female punk band Pussy Riot in front of the Russian delegation to the European Union. A Russian judge found the women guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for staging an anti-Kremlin protest on the altar of Moscow's main cathedral. 

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Inside Aleppo

August 16, 2012
Aleppo, Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter carries the body of a fellow fighter during clashes in Aleppo.

Shariful Islam / Xinhua-Corbis

Holiday Travels

August 15, 2012
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Trains are packed with people traveling ahead of the three day Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Andy Wong / AP Photo

Understudies

Aug 14, 2012
Beijing, China
Young girls train with a performer at the Peking Opera summer camp organized by the Peking Opera House. The two-day workshop was held to attract the public to the Chinese traditional performance.

Juan Herrero, EPA / Landov

Close Encounter

August 13, 2012
Basque Country, Spain

Matador Alejandro Talavante falls as he fights a bull at Illumbe Bullring during the San Sebastian’s Big Week festival.

Stefano Rellandini, Reuters / Landov

Head Over Wheels

August 12, 2012
London

Hungary's Andras Parti tumbled during the men's cross-country mountain bike event. He was helped off the course by medics.

Aaron Favila / AP Photo

Moving Over Mud

August 11, 2012
Quezon City, Philippines

Residents carry a pig over mud as they return it to their pen as floods recede in the outskirts of Quezon City. Officials will mobilize thousands to clean up the Philippine capital in the wake of torrential monsoon rains and flooding as evacuees return to clear mud and debris that swamped their homes.

Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

Ruby Rhythmic Ribbon

August 10, 2012
London

Joanna Mitrosz of Poland competes during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena.

Rolex Dela Pena, EPA / Landov

Deluge Continues

August 9, 2012
Marikina City, Philippines

Residents are evacuated after days of monsoon rains have left the areas surrounding Manila flooded

Jay Directo, AFP / Getty Images

Stranded

August 8, 2012
Manila, Philippines

A child sits on a post on a flooded street. More than one million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods amid relentless monsoon rains.

Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Black and Blue and Gold

August 7, 2012
London
South Korea's Kim Hyeon-woo stands on the victory stand after defeating Hungary’s Tamas Lorincz for the gold medal in the 66kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT

Synchronized Beauty

August 6, 2012
London

North Korea's Jang Hyang Mi and Jong Yon Hui compete in the preliminary round of synchronized swimming.

Kai Pfaffenback, Reuters / Landov

Blue Streak

August 5, 2012
London

Slovenia's Marija Sestak competed in the women's triple jump final during the 2012 Olympics.

Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Lifting's Last Leg

August 4, 2012
London

Aliaksandr Makaranka of Belarus competes in the Men's 94kg Weightlifting final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jorge Silva / Reuters

Power Plunge

August 3, 2012
London

Sweden's Anna Lindberg performs a dive during the women's 3m springboard preliminary round at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre.

David J. Phillip / AP Photo

In Deep

August 2, 2012
London
Denmark's Lotte Friis starts in a women's 800-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Bikas Das / AP Photo

Candlelight Clip

July 31, 2012
Kolkata, India
A barber cuts a customer's hair despite a power outage. India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours.

Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

Quiet in Chaos

July 30, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel

A boy looks on as tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews attend a celebration marking completion of a seven-and-a-half year daily study-cycle of the entire Talmud.

Chris McGrath / Getty Images

Uplifting Moment

July 29, 2012
London, England

Jingbiao Wu of China competed in men's 56kg weightlifting on Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Athar Hussain / Reuters-Landov

Evening Prayers

July 28, 2012
Karachi, Pakistan

A boy arrives at a mosque in Karachi during the holy month of Ramadan.

Markus Schreiber / AP Photo

Last Leg To London


July 27, 2012
London

New Zealand's Caroline Lenamore runs with her horse Lenamore during horse inspection for the equestrian competition at Greenwich Park, the site for the equestrian and modern pentathlon events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Julie Jacobson / AP Photo

Eye on the Prize

July 26, 2012
London

An Italian gymnast performs on the beam during training at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Ilya Naymushin / Reuters-Landov

Summer in Siberia

July 25, 2012
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

A man jumps into the Yenisei River.

Xiao Yijiu, Xinhua / Landov

Opening the Floodgates

July 24, 2012
Yichang, China

Police patrol the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River as flood water is released.  The dam experienced its largest flood peak of the year, with a flow of 70,000 cubic meters of water per second. 

John Javellana, EPA / Landov

Burning Effigy

July 23 , 2012
Quezon City, Philippines

Filipino protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a demonstration on the day of his State of the Nation Address

Christopher Weddle, Centre Daily Times / Getty Images

Cover Up

July 22, 2012
State College, Pennsylvania

Penn State employees covered the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium before removing it on Sunday. The school's president ordered its removal after a report showed Paterno and other university officials failed to act on charges of sexual abuse by one of his longtime coaching lieutenants, Jerry Sandusky.

Noah Seelam, AFP / Getty Images

Ramadan at Dusk

July 21, 2012
Hyderabad, India

Indian Muslims offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid. Like millions of Muslim around the world, Indian Muslims celebrated the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, and smoking as well as sexual activities from dawn to dusk.

Paul J. Richards, AFP / Getty Images

Clinical Catnap

July 20, 2012
Wise, Virginia

Tim Gordon of Wise, Virginia catches a nap in the trunk of his car as he waits to get into the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic, where he is patient number 1,117 out of 1,500 for the day. Over 3,000 patients will be seen on the multi-day event at what is the US's largest free health clinic for dental, vision, wellness, women's health, lab testing, and health education. The clinic is staffed by volunteers from medical schools, hospitals, and civic organizations. Patients come from thousands of miles away and camp out in the muddy parking lot for a chance at the free health care. 

Sergei Grits / AP Photo

Watery Embrace

July 19, 2012
Minsk, Belarus

Young people stand together to support themselves in anticipation of a wave from the oncoming bus.

Bogdan Cristel / Reuters-Landov

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

July 18, 2012
Pau, France

Tour de France riders line-up behind a poster marking the former South African President's 94th birthday.

Karpov Sergei, ITAR-TASS / Landov

Bathing Beauties

July 17, 2012
Moscow, Russia
Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather on Strogino beach.

Bogdan Cristel, Reuters / Landov

Crop Rotation

July 16, 2012
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

Riders in the 15th stage of the Tour de France raced between the cities of Samatan and Pau in the country's south.

Lee Jae-Won, Reuters / Landov

Here's Mud in Your Eye

July 15, 2012
Boryeong, South Korea

A woman plays in the mud during the annual Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach.

Gene Blevins / Reuters-Landov

Double Rainbow

July 14, 2012
Searchlight, Nevada

A double rainbow appears after heavy monsoon storms over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada.

Heino Kalis, Reuters / Landov

One More Cast

July 13, 2012
Cocentaina, Spain

Firefighting planes fetch water from the Beniares reservoir to fight a wildfire next to the Sierra Mariola Nature Park in Cocentaina near Alicante. 

David Ramos / Getty Images

Knee Deep

July 12, 2012
Barcelona, Spain

Athletes attempt to clear the water jump during the Women's 3000 metre Steeplechase Final on day three of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.

Mario Cruz / EPA-Landov

Strike!

July 11, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal

Doctors stand idle outside Sao Jose Hospital on the first day of a 2 day nationwide doctors' strike over sweeping austerity cuts to the health budget.

Susan Walsh / AP Photo

Housecall

July 10, 2012
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

President Barack Obama discusses middle class tax cuts with Jason and Ali McLaughlin during a visit to their home. 

Dada Ruvic, Reuters / Landov

Not Forgotten

July 9, 2012
Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Bosnian Muslim man prays near coffins prepared for a mass burial at the Memorial Center on July 9, 2012. The bodies of 520 recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves, in Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP Photo

Gory Days

July 8, 2012
Pamplona, Spain

Spanish bullfighter Rafaelillo slays his foe during the annual San Fermín festival.

Ahmad Masood / Reuters-Landov

July 7, 2012
Mumbai, India

A worker carries chickens from a truck at a poultry market in Mumbai.

Ali Jarekji / Reuters

Mass Marriage

July 6, 2012
Amman, Jordan

Brides speak to their grooms during a mass wedding ceremony in Amman July 6, 2012. An Islamic charity organized a mass wedding for 46 Jordanian and Syrian couples who are unable to afford expensive ceremonies.

Juan Karita / AP Photo

Jungle Protest

July 5, 2012
La Paz, Bolivia

A police officer uses pepper spray on an Amazon Indian man wielding a stick in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Police were working to evacuate a group of Amazon Indians who were camped several days near the presidential palace to protest a road that President Evo Morales plans to build through a nature reserve.

Marco Luzzani / Getty Images

Spring Training, Italian Style

July 4, 2012
Olbia, Italy

Parma Football Club players running on the beach during a Pre-Season Training

Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Weary Traveler

July 3, 2012
Yida, South Sudan
New arrivals wait in long lines for hours to register with UNHCR at the Yida refugee camp.  The population at Yida refugee camp has swollen to well over 60,000 as the refugees continue to flee from North Sudan.

Dado Ruvic / Reuters

Cool Waters

July 2, 2012
Moscanica, Bosnia Herzegovina

A man jumps into a lake, formerly an abandoned mine

Mikhail Metzel, Pool, AFP / Getty Images

The Man Who Fell to Earth

July 1, 2012
Near
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan

Support personnel carry Andre Kuipers, a Dutch crew member and flight engineer in the International Space Station, shortly after he landed in the Soyuz TMA-03M capsule.

Athar Hussain / Reuters-Landov

Sleeping

June 30, 2012
Karachi, Pakistan

Six-month-old Anand sleeps in a hammock as his family takes shelter under a bridge.

STR / AFP / Getty Images

Free Float For Florida

June 29, 2012
Havana, Cuba

British-Australian World Champion Marathon swimmer and world record in open water swimming, Penny Palfrey, dives to swim towards the United States on from the Hemingway International Yacht Club. Palfrey will launch a historic attempt to swim across the shark-infested waters from Cuba to the United States. Palfrey, a 49-year-old mother of three and grandmother of two, is vying to become the first person to make the 103-mile (165-kilometer) swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage. The journey is expected to take three days. 

Sebastian Scheiner / AP Photo

Survivors Strut It

June 28, 2012
Haifa, Israel

Fourteen women ranging in age from 74 to 97 vied for the title of "Miss Holocaust Survivor" in a beauty pageant sponsored by Yad Ezer L'Haver, an organization that helps needy survivors.

Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Paying Homage

June 27, 2012
Srinagar, India

A Kashmiri Muslim woman grieves at the charred remains of the Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani shrine—also known as Dastigheer Sahib. A major fire gutted a 200-year-old, revered Sufi Muslim shrine on June 25.

Rahmat Gul / AP Photo

Small Steps

June 26, 2012
Jalalabad, Afghanistan


An Afghan boy practices walking on his prosthetic leg at the International Committee for the Red Cross Ortho Center, a facility for victims of land mines.

Eric Gay / AP Photo

Raising the Bar

June 25, 2012
Eugene, Ore.

Jamie Nieto competes in the men's high-jump finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Giuseppe Cacace, AFP / Getty Images

Wazza Up

June 24, 2012
Kiev, Ukraine

English forward Wayne "Wazza" Rooney attempted a bicycle kick during a quarter-final match against Italy in the Euro 2012 tournament. England lost to Italy in penalty kicks.

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters-Landov

Awaiting the Future

June 23, 2012
Cairo, Egypt

Supporters of candidate Ahmed Shafik protest against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy. Egyptians find out Sunday who their next president will be.

Paul Ellis, AFP / Getty Images

Perished Pink Princess

June 22, 2012
Derby, England

The coffins bearing the bodies of six children who died in a house fire are carried into St Mary's Church for a funeral service. Mick and Mairead Philpott have been charged with the murders of their children Duwayne 13, Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack 8, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5, in the blaze on May 11, 2012. 

Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images

Title Drive

June 21, 2012
Miami

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives against Thabo Sefolosha #2 and Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Eyad Baba / AP

Goodbye

June 20, 2012
Rafah, Gaza Strip

A Palestinian man kisses the body of a Gaza militant killed in an Israeli strike, during his funeral at the main Mosque in Rafah.

Munir Uz Zaman, AFP / Getty Images

At Their Mercy

June 19, 2012
Taknaf, Bangladesh
Mohammad Rafique, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar (rear center), begs a Bangladeshi official not to send his family back to Myanmar. Rafique's wife Amina Akhtar (right) gave birth to a child in Bangladesh after they fled ethnic violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Emilio Morenatti / AP Photos

Hang Up Your Boots

June 18, 2012
Oviedo, Spain

8,000 mineworkers at over 40 coal mines in northern Spain continue their protests against government action to cut coal subsidies

Bob Edme / AP Photo

Braking Dawn

June 17, 2012
Le Mans, France

Competitors race at daybreak during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kevin Frayer / AP Photo

Soggy Sari

June 16, 2012
Mumbai, India

An Indian girl dries a sari following rains as monsoon clouds are seen over the skyline on Marine Drive along the Arabian Sea.

Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Hotel Holiness

June 15, 2012
Manchester, England

The Dalai Lama faces the media during a press conference at The Lowry Hotel.

Amr Nabil / AP Photo

Pointed Revolt

June 14, 2012
Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian protesters in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Yawar Nazir / Getty Images

A Sea of Purple

June 13, 2012
Srinagar, India

Indian police douse protesting government workers with purple colored water cannons.

 

AP Photo

A Brief Respite

June 12, 2012
Aleppo, Syria

Free Syrian Army fighters take a break and swim in a pool on the outskirts of town.

Youssef Boudlal, Reuters / Landov

Reaching Out

June 11, 2012
Casablanca, Morocco

A taxi driver allegedly beaten by police while protesting government-imposed gas-price hikes.

Anjum Naveed / AP Photo

On Golden Pond

June 10, 2012
Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistanis are silhouetted on the bank of Rawal Lake on the outskirts of the capital city.

Christophe Ena / AP Photo

Roland Rewards Russian

June 9, 2012
Paris, France

Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the trophy after winning the women's final match against Sara Errani of Italy at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium.

Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters / Landov

Merchant Midst Malcontent

June 8, 2012
Kathmandu, Nepal

A girl selling water to the anti-government protesters wipes her face during the hot day at a rally. The rally was organized by the various opposition parties to protest against the Maoist led government decision of announcing for fresh election after the dissolution of Constitution Assembly which failed to produce a new constitution and demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. 

Andy Wong / AP Photo

Marching Orders

Beijing, China
June 7, 2012

A Chinese military officer watches members of a honor guard march into a hall for a welcome ceremony for Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, unseen, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters-Landov

Worth a Thousand Words

Cairo, Egypt
June 6, 2012

A mural in Tahrir Square depicts former president Hosni Mubarak and Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi morphed into one. 

John Cantlie, Pool / Getty Images

Smiling on England

June 5, 2012
London, England

A police officer enjoys a moment near Buckingham Palace as crowds flock to see the royal family during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Ahmad Jamshid / AP Photos

Through the Eyes of Children

June 4, 2012
Kabul, Afghanistan

Children on a street in Kabul. The war in Afghanistan reached its 11th year in 2012.

John Stillwell, AFP / Getty Images

Behind the Thames

June 3, 2012
London, England

Spectators watch the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames. Hundreds of row boats, barges, and steamers filled the river as Queen Elizabeth II sailed through London.

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP Photo

Aerobatic Arrangement Aglow

June 2, 2012
St. Petersburg, Russia 

The Russian aerobatic group "Russkiye Vityazi" (Russian Knights) fly their Sukhoi SU-27 jet fighters during a local airshow in Pushkin military airport outside St.Petersburg. 

Steve Helber / AP Photo

Sorrowful Sailor's Send-Off

June 1, 2012
Norfolk, Virginia 

U.S. Navy Gunners Mate, Steven Joyce, puts his head in the lap of his wife, Damara, as he says goodbye as his ship the USS Carr prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk en route to the Persian Gulf. The ship is part of the group leaving with the floating Special Operations base ship USS Ponce for deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Mohammed Ballas / AP Photo

Remains Returned

May 31, 2012
Ramallah, West Bank

Members of the Palestinian security forces arrange flags on coffins containing the remains of bodies of 91 militants transferred from Israel to the Palestinian Authority.

MOHAMMED SALEM

Window Dressing

May 30, 2012
Cairo, Egypt

Children look through the window of their home in Cairo.

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Hats Off, Sailors!

May 29, 2012
Annapolis, Maryland

Graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Brendan Smialowski, AFP / Getty Images

Flood of Memories

May 28, 2012
Washington, D.C.

A woman is reflected in the Korean War Memorial, which bears the engraved faces of servicemen.

Michael Kooren, Reuters / Landov

Sync and Swim

May 27, 2012
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Team Switzerland seen underwater at the Free Combination finals of the European Diving and Synchronized Swimming Championships.

Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters / Landov

Belarus Border Brigade Bash

May 26, 2012
Goroshki, Belarus 

Border guard cadets display their skills during the celebration for Border Guards' Day, which is held on 28 May, at the "Stalin Line" memorial near the village some 30 km (19 miles) west of Minsk.

Channi Anand / AP Photo

Midday Monkey Mischief

May 25, 2012
Jammu, India 

A couple monkeys quenches their thirst as another takes a dip on a hot summer afternoon. 

Maks Levin / AP Photo

Kiev Kerfuffle

May 24, 2012
Kiev, Ukraine

Lawmakers from pro-presidential and oppositional factions fight during a parliamentary session. The fight was over a bill that would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country.

Alkis Konstantinidis / EPA-Landov

Closed for Business

May 23, 2012
Athens, Greece

A man smokes in front of a closed pharmacy during a 24-hour strike of pharmacists in Athens. The pharmacists are protesting unpaid dues from the state health care institute.

Joe Penney, Reuters / Landov

Cigarette Break

May 22, 2012
Bassikounou, Mauritania
A member of Mauritania's National Guard takes a break from escorting a humanitarian convoy in the Sahara desert near the border between Mauritania and Mali. Mauritanian officials have increased security in the area in response to the heightening risks from armed groups in northern Mali. 

Ivan Alvardao, Reuters / Landov

World Unrest

May 21, 2012
Valparaíso, Chile

Anti-government demonstrations rage in Chile.

Anatolii Stepanov, Reuters / Landov

Gay Group Leader Attacked

May 20, 2012
Kiev, Ukraine

Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay Forum of Ukraine, is beaten as he met with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay-pride parade was cancelled.

STRDEL / AFP / Getty Images

Summery Swim

May 19, 2012
Dimapur, India 

A young Indian cools off in the Dhansari River. Many parts of India are experiencing a heat wave as temperatures rise with the onset of summer.

Boris Roessler, EPA / Landov

'Blockupy' Bunny Brandishing

May 18, 2012
Frankfurt Main, Germany 

German anti-riot police forces carry away a protester and her stuffed animal during an anti-capitalist protests. Despite a ban on demonstrations the 'Blockupy' alliance within the anti-capitalist 'Occupy' movement had organised a demonstration through downtown Frankfurt to protest against banks and the European austerity policy. 

Biswaranjan Rout / AP Photo

The Heat is On

May 17, 2012
Bhubaneswar, India

A village boy leads his goat past a parched pond. Huge swathes of rural farmland has turned dry as farmers await the annual monsoon rains.

Patrick Clemente / Landov

From Brawler to Prince Charming

May 16, 2012
Cannes, France

Alec Baldwin carries his fiancee Hilaria Thomas up the red carpet at Cannes.

Patrick Kovarik / AP Photo

So Long, Farewell...

May 15, 2012
Paris, France

Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave the Elysee Palace after the handover ceremony.

Dai Kurokawa, EPA / Landov

Images Not to Forget

May 14, 2012
Kigali, Rwanda

Photographs of people murdered during the 1994 genocide are displayed at the Kigali Memorial Center.

Ahmad Gharabli, AFP / Getty Images

Police Pull Palestinian

May 12, 2012
Silwan, Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli riot police detain a Palestinian man in a car whose rear window was smashed during clashes between Palestinian youth and the Israeli police. Israel is to reply to a letter from Mahmud Abbas voicing the Palestinian president's grievances over the failed peace process, a senior Palestinian official said.

Ammar Awad, Reuters / LAndov

Samaritan Sect Starts Saunter

May 11, 2012
Nablus, West Bank 
Members of the Samaritan sect walk in the early morning during the traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Passover atop Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus. The Samaritans, who trace their roots to the biblical Kingdom of Israel in what is now the northern occupied West Bank, observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. 

Al Bello

High Dive

May 10, 2012
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sharleen Stratton of Australia dives during the Womens 3m Springboard Semi Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 1 of the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on May 10, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Agung Kuncahya B. / Xinhua-Landov

Grief

May 9, 2012
Jakarta, Indonesia

A relative of one of the passengers aboard the Russian plane that went missing in Indonesia weeps at the Halim Perdana Kusuma airport.

Lionel Bonaventure, AFP / Getty Images

Winner, Meet Loser

May 8, 2012
Paris, France
France's outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy and president-elect Francois Hollande, right, take part in a ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany during World War II at the Arc de Triomphe.

Keith Bedford, Reuters / Landov

A New Kind of Dictator

May 7, 2012
New York City

'The Dictator,' a.k.a., Sacha Baron Cohen, held a news conference today ahead of his film opening.

Sergey Ponomarev / AP Photo

Moscow Melee

May 6, 2012
Moscow, Russia

Riot police dispersed opposition protesters on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president.

Darryl Webb, Reuters / Landov

Chasing the Moon

May 5, 2012
Phoenix, Arizona
A runner makes his way along a trail in view of the "super-moon" at Papago Park.

Rob Griffith / AP Photo

Fashion Flash Forward

May 4, 2012
Sydney, Australia

Models present creations during Australian Fashion Week.

China Daily, Reuters / Landov

Panda Transfer

May 3, 2012
Sichuan Province, China

Researchers dressed in panda costumes carry a cage as they transfer giant panda Tao Tao to a new living environment at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province May 3, 2012. Tao Tao, 21-months-old, and its mother Cao Cao are being transferred to a bigger living environment with a higher altitude and a more complicated terrain, which marks the beginning of the third phase of their training to be reintroduced to the wild.

Shawn Thew / EPA-Landov

Hair-Raising

May 2, 2012
Washington, DC

Marine One lands on the South Lawn of the White House as President Obama returns from a surprise trip to Afghanistan.

 

Charlie Riedel / AP Photo

Warming Up

May 1, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky
A trainer walks a horse off the track at Churchill Downs after a morning workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

Jens Wolf, DPA / Landov

Kaleidoscope Country

April 30, 2012
Schwaneberg, Germany

Tulips blossom on a commercial flower field in Germany.

Efrem Lukatsky / AP Photo

Lip Service

April 29, 2012
Donetsk, Ukraine

WBA world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, right, of Ukraine is punched by American Paul Malignaggi during their WBA World welterweight title fight. Paul Malignaggi won the fight and title.

Joel Saget, AFP / Getty Images

Sweet Socialist Smooches

April 28, 2012
Paris

A campaign poster of France's opposition Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French Presidential election Francois Hollande covered by lipstick kisses.

Ross D. Franklin / AP Phot

Phoenix's Flying Fans

April 27, 2012
Glendale, Arizona
A young Phoenix Coyotes fan is tossed in the air as fans around her cheer on their team as Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, stands in front of the goal during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The Coyotes won 4-3 in overtime. 

Tatan Syuflana / AP Photo

Beef, Well Worried

April 26, 2012
Jarkarta, Indonesia

Beef vendors wait for customers at their stall at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 26, 2012. Indonesia became the first country to suspend imports of U.S. beef Thursday following the discovery this week of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease.

Rafael Marchante / Reuters-Landov

Carnation Revolution

April 25, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal celebrates the 38th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution coup, which put an end to 48 years of dictatorship.

 

Ng Han Guan / AP Photo

Commander Came Calling

April 24, 2012
Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea's new commander-in-chief, Kim Jong Un is displayed on a giant screen during a concert on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army.

Guillermo Legaria, AFP / Getty Images

Counting Ammo

April 23, 2012
Bogotá, Colombia

Allegedly intended for FARC and gangs, Colombian police seized 160 rifles, 150 grenades, 25 pistols, and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition.

Carsten Koall / Getty Images

Through the Tulips

April 22, 2012
Schwaneberg, German

Workers tend a tulip field as springtime finally takes hold in Germany following the coldest Easter weather in 50 years.

Leon Neal, AFP / Getty Images

Synchronized Semblance Swimming

April 21, 2012
London

France competes in the teams' Free Routine during the FINA Olympic Games Synchronized Swimming Qualification competition, a part of the "London Prepares" series of test events, at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in east London. Russia went on to take the gold medal with Spain taking silver and Japan receiving bronze. 

Martin Meissner / AP Photo

Gun Show

April 20, 2012
Essen, Germany

A bodybuilder on stage with a toy gun at the FIBO Power in Essen, Germany, Friday, April 20, 2012. The FIBO is a leading international trade show for fitness, wellness and health.

Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo

100 Days Out to the Olympics

April 18, 2012
New York City

With 100 days until the London Olympics, the U.S. team demonstrates the high jump in Times Square.

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Smithsonian Stows Space Shuttle

April 17, 2012
Chantilly, Virginia  

Hailey Osborne, 12, tries on a toy space helmet in the gift shop at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Hundreds of people gathered at the museum early in the morning to watch the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery which was tethered to the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet. The oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space-shuttle program, Discovery will be placed on permanent display at the museum.

Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters / Landov

Just Do It!

April 16, 2012
Boston, Mass.

After his legs cramped up, Remus Medley walked on his hands across the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

David Guttenfelder / AP Photo

Red Light District

April 15, 2012
Pyongyang, North Korea

North Koreans watch a fireworks display along the Taedong River to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the country's late founder Kim Il-sung.

Nir Elias / Reuters-Landov

Let There Be Light

April 14, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel

Orthodox Christians take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.

David Guttenfelder / AP Photo

Big Reveal

April 13, 2012
Pyongyang, North Korea

Military members walk past two statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il after an unveiling ceremony.

Hasan Jamali / AP Photo

Tear Gas Attack

April 12, 2012
Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain

A Bahraini anti-government protester reacts to tear gas fired by riot police Thursday in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, on the edge of the capital of Manama, where clashes erupted after a march in support of jailed opposition political leaders. Anti-government graffiti on the wall includes "Steadfast" and "From the land of the honorable, we reject Al Khalifa," referring to the ruling family.

Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters-Landov

Evacuation

April 11, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka

A mother rests with her baby by the side of a road as they evacuate their home. An 8.7 magnitude earthquake near Banda Aceh in Indonesia triggered a tsunami warning throughout the Indian Ocean.

Martin Mejia / AP Photo

Trapped Miners

April 10, 2012
Yauca del Rosario, Peru

Clothing used by miners dry on a rock wall outside the entrance of the Cabeza de Negro gold-and-copper mine where some miners are trapped. Authorities say nine miners trapped inside the wildcat mine since April 5 are being supplied with sports drinks, soup and food while emergency responders work to free them. 

Bobby Yip, Reuters / Landov

Still Our Dear Leader

April 9, 2012
Pyongyang, North Korea

North Koreans attend the inauguration of a mosaic portrait of Kim Jong-il.

Sunday Alamba / AP Photo

Regatta Have It

April 8, 2012
Lagos, Nigeria

Men in costumes parade from their boats after a regatta held during the Lagos Carnival. The carnival will culminate on Monday as dancers and masqueraders walk through the streets of Lagos' two main islands.

Olivia Harris, Reuters / Landov

Knockout!

April 7, 2012
London, England
People take part in International Pillow Fight Day in Trafalgar Square.

Amel Emric / AP Photo

Twenty Years Later

April 6, 2012
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
11,541 red chairs are displayed along a main street representing the 11,541 Sarajevans killed during the Bosian war which started 20 years ago today.

Attila Balazs, MTI / AP Photo

Holy Thursday

April 5, 2012
Nyiregyhaza, Hungary

A young girl rehearses for a performance recalling Easter folk traditions in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary.

Alkis Konstantinidis / EPA-Landov

Death in Athens

April 4, 2012
Athens, Greece

Tear gas fills Syntagma Square during a protest over a financially strapped elderly man's suicide. The 77-year-old retired pharmacist reportedly shouted 'I do no want to leave debts to my children' before he publicly shot himself, spurring an outpouring of sympathy and anger from the public.

 

Rod Lamkey Jr., The Washington Times / Landov

Primed and Ready

April 3, 2012
Washington, D.C. 

A desk serving as the "authorized poll watchers" station sits empty in the pre-dawn hours at the Randle-Highlands Elementary School precinct, as the nation's capital holds it's Republican presidential primary.

Hamad I Mohammed, Reuters / Landov

Molotov Rebellion

April 2, 2012
Salmabad, Bahrain

Riot police and protesters clash at a morning procession for Ahmed Ismael Abdulsamad, allegedly killed over the weekend by government forces.

Lucas Jakcson, Reuters / Landov

Shaven Image

April 1, 2012
Miami, Florida

A man sported an image of Trayvon Martin on his hair during a rally to protest his killing.

Mark Blinch / Reuters-Landov

Surfs Up

March 31, 2012
Toronto
A surfer approaches Lake Ontario in near freezing temperatures as part of "the Freshest Wave" competition.

Ammar Awad, Reuters / Landov

Clash 'Land Day'

March 30, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli border police officers use pepper spray on a Palestinian demonstrator during a rally outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Land Day.  Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up protesters throwing stones on Friday as the annual rallies turned violent. Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arabs in 1976 during protests against government plans to confiscate land in northern Israel.

Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo

Debt Crisis

March 29, 2012
Barcelona, Spain

Mirian Burrueco, 30, reacts behind the broken glass of her shop stormed by demonstrators during clashes at the general strike in Barcelona. Spanish workers livid over labor reforms they see as flagrantly pro-business staged a nationwide strike and tried to bring the country to a halt by blocking traffic, closing factories and clashing with police in rowdy demonstrations.

Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

Passover Prep

March 28, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel

Men help remove messages and prayers written by thousands of people addressed to God from the cracks in the Western Wall in preparation for the upcoming Jewish Passover holiday in Jerusalem, Israel. All the notes once collected will be buried in a special place at the Mount of Olives, according to Jewish law.

Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

On Your Mark

March 27, 2012
Seoul, Korea
President Barack Obama (second from right) and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (right) find their places for a group photo at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. 

Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

Flying High

March 26, 2012
Towcester, England

A rider midjump at the ladbrokes.com Handicap Steeple Chase at Towcester racecourse in England.

Issouf Sanogo, AFP / Getty Images

Voted

March 25, 2012
Fatick, Senegal

A woman displays her inked finger after voting at a polling station in Fatick, Senegal. Senegalese voted in a run-off election in which the 85-year-old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade is fighting off a mass opposition effort to foil his controversial bid to stay in power for a third term.

Ahmed Jadallah, Reuters / Landov

Unrest

March 24, 2012
Manama, Bahrain
A woman blocks riot police from arresting an anti-government protester during clashes in the district of Sitra.  Demonstrators were protesting the government's organizing of the F1 Grand Prix next month.

Bay Ismoyo, AFP / Getty Images

Toy Soldiers

March 23, 2012
Islamabad, Pakistan
Orphans point toy rifles during a parade for Pakistan's National Day celebration. 

Yusuf Ahmad / Reuters

Burn Baby Burn

March 22, 2012
Makassar, Indonesia

Students burn tires during a protest against the government's plans to raise fuel prices near a fuel station in Makassar. The government has planned to raise fuel prices by at least a third to ease state coffers pressured by high oil costs, even though that may push up inflation.

Rebecca Blackwell / AP Photo

Through the Roof

March 21, 2012
Dakar, Senegal

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade toured the suburbs of Dakar in advance of the country's presidential run-off election. Wade will face his former protege Macky Sall in Sunday's vote.

Mustafa Najafizada / AP Photo

Happy New Year

March 20, 2012
Kabul, Afghanistan

Women celebrate the Persian New Year Nowruz in Afghanistan.

SERGIO MORAES

Olympics Bound

March 19, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian Olympics team member Cesar Castro trains for the upcoming games in London.

Paul Todd, Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

Anchors Aweigh

March, 18, 2012
Auckland, New Zealand

Sailors depart Auckland in an ocean race.

Reuters-Landov

Uprising

March, 17, 2012
Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain

Protesters continue to clash with riot police just south of Manama in Bahrain.

Chris Keane, Reuters / Landov

Exhilaration

March 16, 2012
Greensboro, North Carolina

Lehigh Mountain Hawks head coach Brett Reed celebrates after his team upset the heavily favored Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.

Mario Ruiz, EPA / Landov

Stuck in the Middle

March 15, 2012
Santiago, Chile

A man is arrested during a rally of high school students in Santiago, Chile.

Jorge Cabrera / Retuers-Landov

Mourning

March 14, 2012
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

A person leans on the window of a church during a mass for the victims of the February 14 prison fire. The devastating fire killed 360 inmates.

Dinesh Gupta / AP Photo

Lines in the Sand

March 13, 2012
Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

Indian and U.S. army soldiers performed drills during a two-week joint military exercise.

Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

The Sky Is Falling

March 12, 2012
Ashdod, Israel


Israeli school girls take shelter next to a bus during a rocket attack from the nearby Gaza Strip.

Valery Hache, AFP / Getty Images

Chilling on the Rivera

March 11, 2012
Nice, France

A Sunday sunbathe on Nice's Promenade des Anglais.

Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo

Staying Strong

March 10, 2012
Idlib, Syria

Free Syrian Army fighters console a comrade after an ambulance carried an injured friend to a hospital during fierce fighting against government troops in northern Syria.

Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters / Landov

Rough and Tumble

March 9, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey
Limei Xie of China competes in the women's triple jump qualification during the world indoor athletics championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena.

Samir Hussein / Redferns via Getty Images

Starstruck

March 8, 2012
London, England
Florence Welch of the indie-pop band Florence And The Machine performs at Alexandra Palace.

Kevin Frayer / AP

Holi

March 7, 2012
Vrindavan, India

Hindu devotees celebrate Holi—the festival of color—at the Banke Bihari temple.

Shirlaine Forrest, WireImage / Getty Images

At The Races

March 6, 2012
Chester, England

Model Chloe Huntley prepares for the start of the racing fashion season at the Cheshire Racecourse.

Thomas Peter, Reuters / Landov

Moscow Heats Up!

Mar. 5, 2012
Moscow

Thousands of protesters took to the streets to challenge Vladimir Putin’s election victory.

Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP / GETTY IMAGES

And They're Off!

March 4, 2012
Mora, Sweden

Fifteen thousand skiers start the 88th Vasaloppet cross-country marathon, one of the oldest, longest, and biggest ski races in the world.

Pierre Verdy, AFP / Getty Images

Moonwalk

March 3, 2012
Paris
Models walk on the runway during the Viktor & Rolf fall fashion show.

Wu Hong, EPA / Landov

Sim City

March 2, 2012
Qingdao, China

Residential buildings cover the landscape of downtown Qingdao in China's Shandong province. China's four biggest state-owned banks said they will continue implementing the differentiated housing-loan policy as the housing prices in China continue to decline.

David Goldman / AP Photo

Smile!

Mar. 1, 2012
Sarasota, Florida

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, left, of Taiwan, waits with teammates to have their picture taken during the team's photo day during baseball spring training Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Sarasota, Fla.

Sarah Conrad / Landov

Destroyed

Feb. 29, 2012
Branson, Missouri

Carissa Westfall helps salvage products from Nature's Sunshine Health Foods store in Branson, Mo., after storms that spawned tornadoes ripped through the Midwest.

Kirill Kudrayvtsev, AFP / Getty Images

Detained

Feb. 28, 2012
Moscow

An activist of the opposition holds flowers as she sits in the police bus after a rally in Moscow.

Stan Honda, AFP / Getty Images

An Early Bloom

Feb. 27, 2012
New York

A Japanese Quince flower at the Central Park Conservatory Garden, shows the effect of the Northeast’s mild winter.

Aamir Qureshi, AFP / Getty Images

Nothing to See Here

Feb. 26, 2012
Abbottabad, Pakistan
Pakistani security forces began demolishing the compound where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by American soldiers last May.

Ammar Awad, Reuters / Landov

Grief-Stricken

Feb. 25, 2012
Al-Ram, Israel
Relatives of 23-year-old Palestinian Talat Ramia mourn during his funeral in the West Bank. Ramia, a Palestinian protester who participated in clashes against Israeli soldiers near a checkpoint in the occupied territories on Friday died of a bullet wound, a Palestinian hospital official said.

Ahmad Masood, Reuters / Landov

Eye of the Storm

Feb. 24, 2012
Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan boy who works at a bakery watches a protest through the window. Twelve people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest day yet in protests that have raged across Afghanistan over the desecration of copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO military base.

Lehtikuva / Reuters

Hello, Spring!

Feb. 23, 2012
Ranua, Finland

Palle-Jooseppi, a male brown bear, wakes up after winter hibernation at the Ranua Zoo.

Ali Ali, EPA / Landov

Through the Looking Glass

Feb. 22, 2012
Jabaliya, Gaza Strip

A family passes through a market in the Jabaliya refugee camp.

Andrew Winning, Reuters / Landov

Jackknife

Feb. 21, 2012
London, England
Chen Ruolin of China dives in the semi-final of the women's 10m Platform competition at the FINA Diving World Cup at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

Hohammed Huwais, AFP / Getty Images

We're With Hadi

Feb. 20, 2012
Sana, Yemen

Yemeni women show their support for the sole presidential candidate, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

Mark Ralston, AFP / Getty Images

Fierce Winds

Feb. 19, 2012

Sanya, Hainan Island

Teams compete during the stage-one start of Leg 4 to Auckland in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Roberto Escobar / EPA-Landov

Devastation

Feb. 18, 2012
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Wreckage from a market fire still smolders.

Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Casting A Long Shadow

Feb. 17, 2012
Shelby Township, Michigan

The shadow of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is cast on a doorway as he speaks during the Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition rally. 

Manish Swarup

Exiled

Feb. 16, 2012
New Delhi, India

Indian police detain Tibetan exiles during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy.

Kyodo-Reuters-Landov

Happy Birthday!

Feb. 15, 2012
Pyongyang, North Korea

Synchronized swimmers perform a program titled "We protect North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un at the risk of our own life" as part of a festival to mark the 70th birthday of North Korea's late leader, Kim Jong-Il.

Mariana Bazo / Reuters

Be Mine

Feb. 14, 2012

Lima, Peru

Dancing on Valentine's Day at the Canevaro home for the elderly.

Craig Ruttle

She's Ready for Her Close-up

Feb. 13, 2012
New York, NY

Standard Poodle Sophie gets groomed for the Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP / Getty Images

Enough!

Feb. 12, 2012
Athens, Greece

Protesters run by a burning building during demonstrations against austerity plans being debated by lawmakers.

Radu Sigheti / Reuters-Landov

Bucharest Blues

Feb. 11, 2012
Bucharest, Romania

Icy weather continues to hammer Europe. Parts of Romania were hit by heavy blizzards and an estimated 60,000 people have been left stranded by the severe winter weather.

Jose Sena Goulao, EPA / Landov

Under the Sea

Feb. 10, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal

A boy watches clownfish from an observation window inside an aquarium at the International Fair.

DPA / Landov

Feb. 9, 2012

Ahrenshoop, Germany

Sail Away

Two men drive along the frozen Bodden river in an iceboat in Ahrenshoop, Germany.

Bernat Armangue / AP Photo

Feb. 8, 2012

Jerusalem
Bananas!

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a feast on arbor day.

Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty Images

Feb. 7th, 2012

Short Campaign

Jyoti Amge, 18, the world's 'shortest woman living (mobile),' sits in a car while campaigning for a local right-wing political party.

Gene Duncan / Gene Duncan

He Really Went Disney World

Feb. 6, 2012
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates his victory with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Lucy Nicholson / Landov

A Giant Catch

Feb. 5, 2012
Indianapolis

Mario Manningham makes a game-changing catch, as New York edges New England in the Super Bowl.

Andreas Solaro, AFP / Getty Images

Snow at the Colosseum

Feb. 4, 2012

Rome, Italy

The Italian capital was paralyzed Saturday after the heaviest snowfall in 27 years.

Thomas Kienzle, AFP / Getty Images

Bird Bath

Feb. 3, 2012
Munich, Germany

A pair of pigeons land on a frozen fountain.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters-Landov

It's Cold Out There

Feb. 1, 2012
Kiev, Ukraine

A man smokes in sub-zero temperatures near a subway station in Kiev.

Chris Schneider / AP Photo

Devoted

Jan. 31, 2012
Fort Collins, Colorado   
A Ron Paul supporter wore a sticker on his head at an event at Colorado State University.

Nacho Doce

Finding Beauty

Jan. 30, 2012
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Backstage at the Miss Brazil Plus-Size Beauty contest.

Ryan Pierse, Pool, EPA / Landov

Australian Open

Jan. 29, 2012
Melbourne, Australia
Novak Djokovic celebrated his victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men's final.

Anja Niedringhaus / AP Photo

Bare Bones

Jan. 28, 2012
Davos, Switzerland
Nude Ukrainian activists protest outside the World Economic Forum. 

Ricardo Moraes, Reuters / Landov

Tragedy

Jan. 27, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rescuers work amidst the debris of a collapsed building.  At least 22 people were still missing after four bodies were recovered from the rubble.

Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Economic Blues

Jan. 25, 2011
Bath, UK

Officials announced the UK economy shrank by 0.2% during the last quarter of 2011.

Ishara S. Kodikara, AFP / Getty Images

Jail Break

Jan. 24, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka


Guards carry an injured colleague to safety during a prison riot, which left 25 inmates and four guards wounded, according to officials. The inmates, who were protesting over poor quality of food and overcrowding, set fire to a kitchen and an administrative building.

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Back in Business

Jan. 23, 2012
Cairo, Egypt

Parliament begins its first session since the revolution.

Feng Li / Getty Images

Dragon Dance

Jan. 22, 2012
Beijing, China

Chinese folk artists prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dragon.

Rebecca Blackwell / AP Photo

Child's Play

Jan. 21, 2012
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Neighborhood kids horse around outside their homes in Equatorial Guinea, a co-host of the The African Cup of Nations soccer competition that begins today.

Marco Longari, AFP / Getty Images

Disputed

Jan. 20, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel

A Palestinian demonstrator waves his national flag in the yard of a disputed house occupied by Israeli settlers in the mostly Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

PA Photos / Landov

Eye on the Ball

Jan. 19, 2012

Melbourne, Australia

Great Britain's Andy Murray in action against France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin during day four of the 2012 Australian Open.

Lungelo Mbulwana / AP Photo

Back-to-School Blues

Jan. 18, 2012
Krugersdorp, South Africa
Bongile Bewana cries in class on the first day of school at the Thembile Primary School, in the Kagiso Township.

Morne de Klerk / Getty Images

Tour Down Under

Jan. 17, 2012
Adelaide, Australia

Riders compete on the road between Templers and Freeling in South Australia during stage one of the Tour Down Under cycling race.

Saurabh Das / AP Photo

Pucker Up

Jan. 16, 2012
New Delhi, India

Soldiers mounted on camels rehearse for a military ceremony.

Life Lesson

Jan. 15, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel

Jewish school boys look from their classroom at a protest in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

Dibyangshu Sarkar, AFP / Getty Images

To the Sea

Jan. 14, 2012
Gangasagar, India

Saris dry in the wind while Hindu pilgrims gather at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal for a swim in the holy waters on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day in Hinduism.

Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images

Heads Up

Jan. 13, 2012
Edinburgh, Scotland

A worker repairs the Royal Yacht Britannia in a dry dock at Forth Ports.  The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now a tourist attraction, has been power washed to remove the barnacles and will be repainted.

Wu Hong, EPA / Landov

The Reaper

Jan. 12, 2012
Jiaozhou, China

A farmer cuts and gathers reeds in eastern China's Shandong province.

Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

Pink Elephants

Jan. 11, 2011
Nodia, India

India's Election Commission has ordered the covering up of elephant statues, the symbol of the Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of next month's elections.

Maritime New Zealand / Reuters / Landov

Going, Going, Gone

Jan. 10, 2012
Tauranga, New Zealand

Debris floats around the stricken cargo ship, Rena, as it sinks after splitting in half amid bad weather.  Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Mt. Maunganui on October 5, 2011 and has spilled 350 tons of oil, and almost 100 shipping containers.

Pius Utomi Ekpei / AFP / Getty Images

Flames of Fury

Jan. 9, 2012
Lagos, Nigeria

A protester jumps over a bonfire set up during a protest against soaring fuelprices.

Andrew Biraj / Reuters

Men at Work

Jan. 8, 2012
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Workers pour liquid iron as they make a propeller for a ship.

Muzaffar Salman / AP Photo

Remembrance

Jan. 7, 2012
Damascus, Syria
Mourners throw rice, as is tradition, while guards carry the coffin of a Syrian officer at a funeral procession in front of Al-Hassan mosque.  The slain officer was one of 11 killed during a suicide bombing on Friday.

Gabriel Bouys, AFP / Getty Images

Newly Minted

Jan. 6, 2012
Vatican City
Marek Solczynski, from Poland, and Charles John Brown, from the United States, lay on the floor before being appointed bishops by Pope Benedict XVI at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican.

Robin Utrecht, AFP / Getty Images

High Tide

Jan. 5, 2012
Dordrecht, Netherlands
A man watches flood waters rush past his house window in Dordrecht.  Gale force winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour, as well as heavy rains, are expected along the Dutch coast, which sits below sea level.

Matt Rourke

Next Stop New Hampshire

Jan. 4, 2012
Pittsfield, N.H

Workers listen to Jon Huntsman give a speech.

Rick Wilking / Reuters

Starch and Stripes

Des Moines, Iowa
Jan. 3, 2012

Technician Richie Beanan irons the United States flag on the back of the stage before the Iowa Caucus night rally of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Amy Sancetta / AP Photos

Winter Finally Arrives

Jan. 2, 2012

Bentleyville, Ohio

High winds and heavy snowfall hit northeastern Ohio.

Jason Kempin / Getty Images

Sealed with a Kiss

New York, New York
Jan. 1, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Lady Gaga celebrate the new year in Times Square.

 

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