December 13, 2013

    Published December 13, 2013


    A pro-European protester crosses himself during a religious service on Independence Square in Kyiv. Ukraine's opposition sat down for talks with President Yanukovych on Friday for the first time since mass protests broke out three weeks ago.


    Jerusalem's Old City and the Dome of the Rock in the compound, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, are seen following a snowstorm of rare intensity that blanketed the Jerusalem area and parts of the occupied West Bank.


    People wait in line to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela on the third and final day of the former South African president lying in state at the Union Buildings in downtown Pretoria.


    A Bangladeshi man cries after his vehicle was set on fire by Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami activists during violent protests in Dhaka that followed the execution of their JI party leader Abdul Quader Mollah Thursday.


    A heart is emblazoned with crosses to commemorate the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut. December 14th marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage by a lone gunman.


    A view from the Jizerske Hory mountains, near Bedrichov, around 70 kilometers north of Prague, Czech Republic.


    A North Korean man uses a flashlight as he and other subway commuters gather around a public newspaper stand on a train platform in Pyongyang to read headlines about Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, who was executed as a traitor.


    Chad Cuneo displays Mega Millions lottery tickets he purchased at a newsstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th will bring them good luck in the  game.


    Christians gather in a makeshift camp for internally displaced people set in the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic. Over 30,000 have gathered there after days of sectarian violence, prompting the U.N. to start food distribution a kilometer away.


    Thailand's Supachai Maneenat, left, returns a shot from Myanmar's Aung Pyah Tun, right, during their men's sepaktakraw match at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Naypyitaw, Burma.


    The Vatican Christmas tree is lit up after a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.


    United States' Steven Holcomb celebrates after driving to a win with brakeman Steven Langton in the two-man bobsled World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York.


    Indian sportsmen return to shore after canoeing practice as the sun sets at the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, India.


    Santa Claus snow globes are displayed at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris.

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