A worker passes by the statue of Vladimir Lenin, abandoned in the backyard of the Mogosoaia Palace in Romania, on Monday. The statue was removed from a square in Bucharest in 1990. This week Romanians commemorate 20 years since communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Bucharest during an uprising on Dec. 22 after ruling Romania for 25 years. More than a thousand people are reported to have lost their lives during the Romanian revolution. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A two-month-old king penguin chick (c.) holds the ends of its feet off the frozen ice and snow at the Edinburgh Zoo in Endinburgh, Scotland, on Monday. The chick, the first king penguin to be born at the zoo in over five years, still doesn't have a name because it's still to young to tell if it is male or female. David Moir/Reuters
Afghan children gather around an Afghan National Police officer providing security for a shura, or a meeting between US Marines, local government officials and villagers in the Garmsir district of the volatile Helmand province, Afghanistan. Kevin Frayer/AP
A dog dressed in an coat and boots waits as her owner chats with friends in Kiev, Ukraine. The temperature in the Ukrainian capital was about 3 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
Buddhist novices walk to their rooms as they finish their lunch at a monastery in Patanaw, Burma (Myanmar), on Monday. Khin Maung Win/AP
The sun rises over the Swiss and French Alps next to Geneva Lake in Tartegnin, Switzerland, on Monday. Laurent Gillieron/Keystone/AP
President Barack Obama is swarmed by kids when he visits a Boys and Girls Club in Washington on Monday to read a holiday book and give out cookies to the children. Charles Dharapak/AP
Villagers living near the slopes of the Mayon volcano in the Philippines board a truck during a forced evacuation on Monday. The Philippines raised the level of alert around the country's most active volcano on Sunday, warning of a possible hazardous eruption. A 'no-go zone' of up to six miles around the volcano has been established. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Travelers wait in a winding security line at Reagan National Airport after a massive snowstorm shut down air travel in the region over the weekend. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
People ice skate in Central Park in New York City on Sunday after heavy snow blanketed the East Coast over the weekend. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
Members of the honor guard stand in formation during a welcoming ceremony for French Prime Minister Francois Fillon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Monday. Andy Wong/AP
Firefighters rescue a German Shepherd after it fell through thin ice at Prairie Creek Reservoir on Monday in Muncie, Ind. According to rescue workers, the dog was in the water for over an hour. Firefighters were able to break the ice and help the dog swim to shore. Chris Bergin/The Star Press/AP
Unidentified government officials stand on used vegetable oil tins donated by the US at a food distribution center near Jijiga, Ethiopia. Aid workers in Ethiopia will investigate how foreign humanitarian relief supplies are delivered after opposition political parties alleged that their members were being denied food ahead of elections in May. Barry Malone/Reuters
Two pro-reform Iranian women attend the funeral ceremony of the Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, in the holy city of Qom, Iran, on Monday. AP
NATO says it has seen an 'unusual level of air activity over European airspace,' involving 19 Russian bombers and fighters on Wednesday alone. But the flights are more message than menace, experts say.
Large numbers of Russian warplanes scarcely seen in European airspace since the cold war's end are suddenly setting off alarms all along Black Sea and Atlantic coasts, NATO alleged Wednesday. NATO says the planes performed extended maneuvers that often involve several aircraft and skirt close to national boundaries.