December 5, 2013

    Published December 05, 2013


    Fireworks lit the sky during King Bhumibol Adulyadej birthday celebrations, in Bangkok. Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej marked his 86th birthday with a call for national unity, but failed to offer guidance on how his polarized nation might find its way out of its bitter political conflicts.


    Palestinian rescue members pulls a car stranded on a flooded street after heavy raining in Gaza City.


    Christians from the village of Bouebou, some 40 kms (30 miles) North of Bangui, Central African Republic, flee sectarian violence, Dec. 4, 2013.


    Newly-graduated Afghan midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor's House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.


    The lights are turned on for a giant menorah at the Reading Power Station in Tel Aviv, on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, Dec. 4, 2013.


    Masaharu Nakagawa (bottom, L), chairman of the Upper House Special Committee on National Security, is surrounded by lawmakers during a vote on a state secrets act at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan.


    Waves lash the ferry pier on the North Sea coast in Dagebuell, Germany, as storm front Xaver hits the country.


    A baby of palm cockatoo, also known as the Goliath Cockatoo, is seen at the Zoo in Prague, Czech Republic.


    The unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" taken by NASA's Cassini mission


    A firefighter standing near a Conoil petrol filing station directs his colleagues as to which direction to apply their hose, during a fire opposite the Nigeria National Petroleum corporation (NNPC) headquarters in Abuja.


    Santa Clauses bunny hop through Times Square as they deliver holiday PEEPS and spread cheer in New York, Dec. 4, 2013.


    Young crossbreed dogs cuddle up in a small basket at Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf, in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Dec. 4, 2013. Gut Aiderbichl is a place of mercy for rescued animals.


    People walk along the snow covered Tverskoi Boulevard during a major snowfall in central Moscow, Russia.


    A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds the sharks in Budapest's Tropicarium, Hungary.


    A man plays violin as he roller-skates on a sqauare on a hazy day in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.


    Officials in boats monitor the scene where dozens of pilot whales are stranded in shallow water in a remote area of Florida's Everglades National Park, USA, Dec. 4, 2013.

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