December 27, 2013

    Published December 27, 2013


    A Toronto Hydro worker tries to restore power, behind frozen tree branches, in the Scarborough suburb after an ice storm in Ontario, Canada. Over 30,000 residents have been left without power since the storm hit on Dec. 22, local media reported.


    A protester from a right-wing, conservative and anti-Japanese civic group chants slogans denouncing Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine as he holds a placard that has been set alight, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.


    Lebanese security forces and firefighters inspect the scene of a a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut. The huge explosion killed Mohamed Chatah (Shatah), former finance minister and adviser to Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri and left at least five people dead and dozens injured.


    Russian soldiers stand in line to pay their last respects to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favored weapon of guerrillas worldwide, during his funeral ceremony in Mytishchi outside Moscow.


    Supporters of slain premier Benazir Bhutto gather on the sixth anniversary of Bhutto's assassination, at a rally in Lahore, Pakistan.


    Waves crash over Church Rock in strong winds at Broad Haven, in Wales. More flood warnings were issued for England, Wales and Scotland as strong winds and heavy rain returned to Britain.


    A Filipino trader blows a horn in front of the electronic board during the last day of trading this year at the Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati, south of Manila. The Exchange index rose to a record high of 7,403.65.


    A man walks past a wall adorned with graffiti painted by various artists to promote peace, along a sidewalk in Karachi, Pakistan.


    Workers and a crane are seen next to a newly-built ice sculpture castle ahead of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, in Heilongjiang province, China. According to festival organizers, nearly 10,000 workers were employed to build the sculptures, which require about 180,000 square meters of ice and 150,000 square meters of snow.


    Supporters of Turkey's PM Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans as they gather to welcome his arrival at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. A Turkish court blocked a government attempt to force police to disclose investigations to their superiors in a setback for Erdogan's attempts to manage fallout from a high-level corruption scandal.


    This handout image released by the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in the ice at sea off Antarctica. The ship, with 74 people on board, has been trapped in ice about 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D'Urville since Dec. 24. (Andrew Peacock/www.footloosefotograph


    Australia's Chris Rogers, right, is struck on the head off the bowling of England's Stuart Broad, left, during their Ashes cricket test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.


    Astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, is shown in this NASA handout photo released Friday, as he participates in the second of two spacewalks which took place on Dec. 24, 2013.


    The sun sets over a field of reeds near Briesen, eastern Germany.

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