Two demonstrators jump from the top of a bonfire in Parliament Square, as students demonstrate against planned tuition fee increases in London, England, on Dec. 9. Dominic Lipinski/AP
Police officers scuffle with demonstrators, and the media, during a student protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
British students try to remove barriers set up by British police officers during scuffles following a protest march on Dec. 9 in London, England against government plans to triple tuition fees. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Police officers try to control demonstrators during a student protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Police officers stand in Parliament Square, before a student protest, in London, England, on Dec. 9. Andrew Winning/Reuters
Thousands of students march through the streets of central London to the Houses of Parliament on Dec. 9. Sang Tan/AP
Standing on the plinth of a statue of wartime leader Winston Churchill, British students protest in London, England, on Dec. 9. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Students march during a protest against proposed tuition fee rises in Birmingham, England, on Dec. 8. Darren Staples/Reuters
Students protest against proposed tuition fee rises in Birmingham, England, on Dec. 8. Darren Staples/Reuters
A student protests in Parliament Square in London, England, on Dec. 9. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.