galleryPhoto of the Day12.31.12galleryPhoto of the DayThe best images from around the world12.31.12 6:45 PM ETMatthias Schrader/APPlunging off the CliffGarmisch-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/GettyA-Hunting We Will GoBarcelona, 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/APLazy SaturdayBeijing, China Dec. 29, 2012 A swimmer pours cold water on himself while a man passes by on a chilling winter day. David Ramos/GettyFlour 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/APOutrage Over Gang Rape ContinuesNew 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/GettyAnniversary of Tsunami LandfallPeraliya, 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/GettyHolidays in RuinsBreezy 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/GettyPakistani ChristmasIslamabad, 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/APResistance to RapeNew 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-LandovChristmas in BethlehemBethlehem, 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-LandovIts the End of the WorldKootwijkerbroek, 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 SelwynRoyal VisitLondon 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/APBombing in AfghanistanKabul, 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 MeetingPyongyang, 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 GettyBesmirched BallotCairo, 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 GettyStarry 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/APFuneral in AleppoAleppo, Syria Dec. 13, 2012 FSA fighters carry the body of his comrade killed by Syrian Army in Azaz, Aleppo province, Syria. Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters-LandovProtestAthens, Greece Dec. 12, 2012 Municipal workers rally in front of parliament against state sector layoffs demanded by the country's international lenders.