December 15, 2011

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 4:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Nepal Buddhist Bell

1A Nepali Buddhist offers prayers under a large bell at Boudhanath Stupa. The stupa, which is one of the largest in the world, is a UNESCO heritage site. (AP)


Spain Weather Waves

2A photographer waits for the arrival of a big wave to break on the Basque Monument ''El Peine de los Vientos'' during high winds in San Sebastian, northern Spain. Authorities predict gales in northern Spain this weekend with winds expected to be around 120 kph. (AP)


US Army Iraq

3U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Adam Schuessler waits to board an Air Force C-130 transport plane to leave Iraq at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center. U.S. forces formally ended their nine-year war in Iraq Thursday with a low-key flag ceremony in Baghdad, while to the north flickering violence highlighted ethnic and sectarian strains that threaten the country in the years ahead. (Reuters)


China Chocolate Warriors

4A guest takes a photo of terracotta warriors, made of chocolate, displayed at a new chocolate theme park in Shanghai, China. (AP)


South Africa Gallows Museum

5Nooses hang in the gallows at the Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. The government opened the gallows Thursday as a monument to those who were executed before the practice was stopped in 1989 and abolished in 1995. In the background are plaques to remember political prisoners who were executed. (AP)


Sudan Stock Exchange

6An engineer tests the new electronic trading system at the Khartoum Stock Exchange.  Sudan, struggling to restore its economy after years of war and the break-away of newly formed South Sudan, aims to expand its tiny stock market to trade gold and commodities. (Reuters)


Brazil Airline Merger

7A TAM airline plane flies past the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's antitrust regulator approved the merger between TAM Airlines and LAN of Chile. The merged company will be Latin America's largest airline, known as Latam. (AP

Sri Lanka China Arts

8Sri Lankan fire dancers perform outside the Lotus Pond, a new performing arts theater in Colombo. The 3.08 billion rupee (USD 27 million) theater, officiated by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, was built with aid from China. (AFP)


Italy Downhill Skiing

9Marco Sulllivan, of the United States, is airborne during a training session for the first European downhill race of the World Cup season in Val Gardena, Italy. (AP)


Lion Cub Jordan

10A four-month-old lion cub, originally from Africa, is seen inside its cage at Jordan's zoo in Yaduda. (Reuters)


France Eiffel Tower Skating

11Ice skaters slide use the ice rink set 57 meters above the ground on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Lodged between two of the tower's immense latticed steel legs, visible in background, the rink is not big at 200 square meters, but adds a new dimension to the breathtaking views from Paris' best-known landmark. It will remain open until Jan. 31. (AP)

China Peking Opera

12A student attaches her glasses to a face mask during an event promoting the traditional Chinese art of Peking opera at a university in Liaocheng, Shandong province, China. Students taking part in the event designed their own masks. (Reuters)


France Christmas Tree

13A large Christmas tree decorates the central ground floor at Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris. (AFP)

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