December 17, 2013

    Published December 17, 2013


    The tower of the Allerheiligen church in Reitham and the mountains of the lake Tegernsee area are silhouetted against the dusk sky in Warngau, Germany.


    Syrian refugees look through a window inside a refugee center as they wait for a distribution of humanitarian aid by volunteers of the Bulgarian Red Cross in Sofia.


    Afghan girls collect thorn to use for cooking and heating in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan.


    In this handout image provided by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UN soldiers stand guard as civilians arrive at the UNMISS compound adjacent to Juba International Airport to take refuge. Sporadic gunfire rang out in the capital Juba overnight as the military "cleared out remnants" of a faction of soldiers accused of mounting a coup attempt, the country's foreign minister said.


    Flowers are seen on the sands of a beach in Meco, near Sesimbra as people watch the waves after one university student died and five others are missing when the group of seven were swept away by a huge wave on a beach in Portugal on Dec. 15.


    An aerial view of Mexico City at night, Dec. 16, 2013


    A Syrian man helps an injured man following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood.


    Typhoon survivors sell goods in a makeshift store next to a ship that was swept ashore by Super Typhoon Haiyan last month, in Tacloban city in central Philippines.


    French highliner Julien Millot performs on the 380m high Paradiski cable way, designed by French creator Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in front of Mont Blanc in La Plagne, Dec. 2013.


    A woman pulls a cart loaded with plastic bottles through falling snow in lower Manhattan in New York City. A winter storm pushed into the northeast U.S. with several inches of snow forecasted for the New York City area.


    North Korean girls carry firewood on their backs as they walk on the banks of the Yalu River, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, Dec. 16, 2013.


    A surfer trains at the famous spot of Anchor Point in Taghazout Beach, southern Morocco.


    Miss International Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines waves on stage after being crowned Miss International Beauty Pageant 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.


    A sculpture is silhouetted against the full moon in Hanover, central Germany, Dec. 16, 2013.


    Sculptor Juuso Partanen of Finland carves a sculpture near other sculptures based on characters of comic strips at the Brussels Ice Magic Festival, Belgium.

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