A protester wears a skull mask during a demonstration to mark International Human Rights Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. Tatan Syuflana/AP
Canadian Maxime Gingras jumps during morning training for a FIS freestyle moguls event in Suomu, Finland, on Thursday. Mike Ridewood/CFSA/The Canadian Press/AP
Palm trees and Christmas trees decorate the square in front of the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco on Thursday. Lionel Cironneau/AP
An Airdale named Lisa sits politely on her grooming stand after being brushed at the Crown Classic Dog Show in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday. Thousands of dogs will compete throughout the weekend in the last large, national dog show before the Westminster Dog Show in New York City in February. Amy Sancetta/AP
In Dharmsala, India, exiled Tibetan children in traditional costume perform at the Tsuglakhang temple to mark the 20th anniversary of the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Guests attend the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm Town Hall on Thursday. Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix/AP
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the torch parade from the balcony of their hotel in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday. Earlier, President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. Susan Walsh/AP
Lim Eun-ji of South Korea competes in the Women's Pole Vault final of the East Asian Games in Hong Kong on Thursday. Kin Cheung/AP
US Marine Lance Cpl. Grayson Barnette speaks to two young Afghan children during a patrol in Khan Neshin in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Kevin Frayer/AP
Members of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland gather at the Black Watch Memorial at Aberfeldy in Scotland, on Thursday. The Black Watch assembled at the memorial and marched through Aberfeldy in appreciation of the support offered during their recent deployment to Afghanistan. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
People cross waste water flowing out of industrial units in Jammu, India, on Thursday. The $10 billion a year proposed by rich nations to help the poor adapt to climate change is 'not sufficient' and the gap between what is offered and what is needed could throw a wrench into the Copenhagen climate conference, according to American billionaire investor-philanthropist George Soros. Channi Anand/AP
Paul Dreher, a building maintenance employee, waves to a co-worker after checking for ice and snow damage to the roof in downtown Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. Cold wind followed the snowstorm that struck the Midwest and drove temperatures far below zero. Nati Harnik/AP
A coalition of Indian and international NGOs, religious leaders, and affected communities gathered at the Lotus Temple in Delhi to release sky lanterns with the message 'Save the Climate Act Now' written on them. The function was organized by Greenpeace, Christian Aid, and Oxfam India to target world leaders meeting in Copenhagen at the United Nations Climate Change Summit. Peter Caton/Greenpeace/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.