Spectators watch a traditional pig race at the Swiss agriculture fair OLMA in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on Thursday. Ennio Leanza/Keystone/AP
The Czech Republic's national soccer team player David Rozehnal heads balls during a practice session in Kunice, Czech Republic, on Thursday. The team will face Poland in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match on Saturday. David W. Cerny/Reuters
A child flies a kite at the Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town, South Africa ahead of the weekend's 15th Cape Town International Kite Festival. The preview took place for children from Cape Mental Health's Imizamo Yethu Special Care Center and organizers expect 20,000 spectators and entries this weekend. AP
A woman photographs US artist Jeff Koons' artwork 'Rabbit,' a 53-foot helium balloon, which is suspended in the South Hall of the Covent Garden in London, on Thursday. The piece, designed for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2007, is on display for the first time in the UK in conjunction with Tate Modern's current exhibition 'Pop Life: Art in a Material World.' Luke MacGregor/Reuters
French climber Alain Robert, also known as 'Spiderman,' scales the 456-foot Ariane Tower in La Defense, the business district of Paris. Robert climbed without ropes and harnesses and it took him about an hour to scale the building. Robert has also climbed the Canary Wharf building in London and the Petronas Tower in Indonesia. Benoit Tessier/Reuters
An Israeli border police officer fires a tear gas canister during clashes with Palestinians at the Kalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jersusalem. Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Liberman declared Thursday that there is no chance of reaching a final accord with the Palestinians any time soon, casting a shadow over US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell's latest efforts to get peace negotiations going again. 'I am going to say very clearly - there are conflicts that have not been completely solved and people have learned to live with it, like Cyprus,' Liberman said. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
On Thursday during a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs holds a photograph of President Barack Obama blocking a shot by his personal aide Reggie Love at a basketball game. Jim Young/Reuters
A Palestinian boy touches a dyed donkey at Marah Land Zoo in Gaza City on Thursday. Two white donkeys were dyed with black stripes and delighted Palestinian children at the small Gaza zoo. The children have never seen a zebra in the flesh before, but a real zebra would have been too expensive to bring into Israel-blockaded Gaza via the smuggling tunnels under the border with Egypt, said zoo owner Mohammed Bargouthi. Mohammed Salem/Reuters
A US Marine takes up position in a cornfield during an operation to clear the area of Taliban insurgents in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
A lamb stands with its mother at an enclosure at the OLMA agriculture and food fair in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
A woman sits near a government run school turned relief camp near Chickmanchal, India, on Thursday. The worst floods to hit the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in a century have killed about 280 people, destroyed millions of acres of cropland, and contaminated grain stocks in millions of homes. Aijaz Rahi/AP
SSG Kevin Zwijacz from the US Army rests at a police station in Baraki Rajan in the Logar province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 8. Nikola Solic/Reuters
Before his late-night Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis called a group of mostly Christian refugees, telling them, 'You're like Jesus on this night,' forced to flee because there was no place for them.
ByNicole Winfield, Associated Press
Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.