A German Greenpeace activist fixes a poster which reads, 'In Copenhagen 2009, Mrs. Merkel make history: Save the climate,' on the golden Victoria statue atop Berlin's Victory Column on Friday. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
A zoo keeper at the Duisburg Zoo in Germany feeds milk to a newborn baby giraffe on Friday. Ina Fassbender/Reuters
Farmers demonstrate on the Champs Elysees in Paris by burning tires and straw on Friday. The farmers blocked off the famous avenue to protest grain prices that have fallen below the cost of production. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP
This factory in the Siberian city of Tomsk, Russia makes up to 110 million incandescent bulbs a year. Starting Jan. 1, 2011, Russia will ban the production and sales of incandescent lamps with a power rating of more than 100 watts. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Sgt. Major Damir Mikocinec from Croatia's Army ISAF contingent completes exercises with his dog, Cash, inside their base in Camp Warehouse in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. Nikola Solic/Reuters
Britain's Sinead Kerr and John Kerr perform during the Ice Dance Original Dance program in the Bompard Trophy event at Bercy in Paris on Friday. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Brazil's soccer legend Pele greets students during the inauguration of the Olympic Center Rei Pele in Samambaia, Brazil, near Brasilia. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roberto Jayme/Reuters
People stand around lighted earthen lamps during celebrations on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Chandigarh, India, on Friday. The lamps are traditionally used during Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, to decorate homes. Ajay Verma/Reuters
A model displays a creation by Manav Gangwani on the fourth day of the HDIL India Couture Week in Mumbai, India, on Friday. Rajanish Kakade/AP
Afghan boys eat ice cream as they sit in a van in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. Altaf Qadri/AP
A wooden boat carrying 260 Sri Lankan asylum seekers is detained by the Indonesian Navy in Cilegon Harbor of Indonesia's Banten province on Friday. Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Australian government would not accept the boatload of Sri Lankans. Indonesia is a frequent transit country for asylum seekers aiming to get to Australia from conflict-torn countries. Dadang Tri/Reuters
Europeans were solidly against intervention in the Middle East just a few months ago. Now they are lining up behind the US-led operations against the Islamic State in Iraq – in large part because they see the group as a domestic threat.
The decision of four European countries to join France in battling the Islamic State in Iraq does not mean Europe is suddenly turning hawkish. All five countries, including the United Kingdom, have stopped short of striking Syria, and their decision to join the US-led coalition translates more into political weight than military power.