December 19, 2013

    Published December 19, 2013


    Protestors wearing masks depicting pictures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso take part in a demonstration against austerity on the first day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium.


    A general view of Christmas decorations and lights at the home of the Duszenko family in Polkowice, southwestern Poland. Since 1999, the Duszenko family from Lower Silesia has always decorated their house and garden before Christmas, Dec. 18, 2013.


    Pro-European integration protesters form the Ukrainian word for "Lustration" at Independence Square in Kyiv.


    Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India.


    An employee of DHL, a division of German postal service Deutsche Post, unloads parcels from a transport vehicle at the company's logistics center in Gross Schwass near Rostock. During the pre-Christmas period, around 12,000 parcels per day are handled at the center, which is the double the usual amount, Dec. 18, 2013.


    A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay shows Russian torchbearers carrying the torch ahead of ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, Moscow, Russia, Dec. 18, 2013.


    A passenger plane flies past the moon on its final descent to Heathrow Airport in London, Britain.


    Young Indian Gujjar nomads walk with their flock through thick fog on the outskirts of Jammu, India.


    At the entrance of Madagascar's Queen Palace, also called ----Rova, stand old cannons. The landmark is located at the top of Analamanga hill and stands out in the skyline of the city.


    North Korean employees work at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the Joint Industrial Park in Kaesong.


    Internally displaced boys stand next to barbed wire inside a United Nations Missions compound in Juba, South Sudan.


    Bangladeshi police baton-charge an activist to stop him from marching towards the Pakistani Embassy in Dhaka.


    People enjoy the eco-friendly Christmas tree set up at the Basilica de San Francisco explanade in La Paz, Bolivia. The tree of 14 meters high was made with some 50,000 plastic bottles, Dec. 18, 2013.


    Bolivian squirrel monkey gets a special treat from their keepers of sultanas and wax worms that were set out on a Christmas tree at London Zoo in England, Dec.18, 2013.


    A man ice fishes at Lake Michigan Water Trail Launch Site in Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 18, 2013.

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