A young Pakistani Christian girl eats a piece of bread while playing with her friends (not shown) in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Spc. Amanda Perez smiles at husband Sgt. Miguel Perez as they have lunch at Camp Prosperity in Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday. The Perezes are one of six married couples who deployed to Iraq with the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a Texas Army National Guard unit headquartered in Houston. The couple met in the Guard and married at a courthouse in October during a break in training. Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle/AP
An Iraqi policeman surveys the site of bomb attacks in Ramadi, Iraq, on Wednesday. Twin suicide bombs killed at least 24 people and wounded over 100 others in an attack targeting the governor of Anbar province and other senior officials in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland. Yasser Faisal/Reuters
In this image provided by IntelCenter on Wednesday and taken from undated video by al-Malahim Media Foundation, the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, shows men whom IntelCenter indentifies as the senior leader of Al Qaeda in the region. From left to right: Abu Hurayrah Qasim al-Reemi, Said al-Shihri, naser Abdel Karim al-Wahishi, and Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi. Al-Oufi, who was once held in US custody in Guantanamo Bay, surrendered in Yemen recently and was handed over to Saudis. Al-Shiri was also once held in Guantanamo. IntelCenter/AP
A worker at the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Systems Integration Facility is filmed by the media as he plays the role of a passenger being screened by the Millimeter Wave technology in Washington on Wednesday. The TSA demonstrated two advanced imaging technologies that are used to safely screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats including weapons, explosives, and other objects concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact. Jason Reed/Reuters
Wild ducks are seen on the Jarun Lake in Zagreb, Croatia, on Wednesday. Nikola Solic/Reuters
A car is burnt out and destroyed in a bushfire near Toodyay, Australia. A major bushfire in the west Australian outback has destroyed almost 40 homes, officials said on Wednesday, as firefighters end a third month of fighting bushfires across the country. Nic Ellis/Western Australian/Reuters
Lava continues to flow from the crater of Mayon Volcano in the Philippines on Wednesday. Bullit Marquez/AP
The South Haven lighthouse is reflected in a puddle along the north pier as people walk down to watch the sunset in South Haven, Mich., on Tuesday. Jonathon Gruenke/Kalamazoo Gazette/AP
An Afghan man smiles as he walks past a billboard reading 'Football: The Universal Language,' in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Marko Djurica/Reuters
A group of street vendors put on costumes and accessories for the New Year in Manila, Philippines, on Dec. 30. The government has been discouraging revelers from exploding fireworks to celebrate the arrival of 2010 so people are buying safer noise makers for the celebrations. Pat Roque/AP
Balloons fly across the sky of Sao Paulo, Brazil during year-end celebrations on Dec. 30. Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Athletes ski during training ahead of the Tour de Ski competition in Oberhof, Germany, on Wednesday. The cross country event and Nordic Combined competitions start in the Thuringian Forest on Jan. 1. Jens Meyer/AP
The South African government charged Eugene De Kock for killing dozens with anti-apartheid activists during that era. The Christian Science Monitor covered his 1996 trial.
BySudarsan Raghavan, Correspondent
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 30, 1996, edition of The Christian Science Monitor right before Eugene De Kock, head of a deadly apartheid state covert unit, was sentenced to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison. The South African government granted him parole Friday after 20 years.