Antigovernment ''red shirt'' protesters launch floating paper lanterns into the sky during the rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Sukree Sukplang /Reuters
Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland poses next to the Nobel diploma and Nobel medal placed on the empty chair during the ceremony in Oslo City Hall to honor in absentia this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Heiko Junge/AP/Pool
A 2-week old male baby elephant is dwarfed next to his 25-year old mother, Nandong, at the Singapore Zoo's Night Safari in Singapore. This baby is the first baby to be born in the enclosure after nine years and had a birth weight of 151-kilograms. The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari ensures that its animals in captivity have habitats as close to that of the wild as part of its wildlife conservation efforts. Elephants are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Wong Maye-E/AP
Activists of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front hold torches during a protest march to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar, India. Mukhtar Khan/AP
A girl takes pictures as she visits the Gallery of Russian Ice Sculpture in Moscow. Mikhail Metzel/AP
Visitors look at a giant Christmas tree made of 29,000 plastic mineral water bottles displayed to celebrate Christmas at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tatan Syuflana/AP
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, react as their car is attacked in London on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. An Associated Press photographer saw demonstrators kick the car in Regent Street, in the heart of London's shopping district. The car then sped off. Charles's office in Clarence House, confirmed that "their royal highnesses' car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening, but their royal highnesses are unharmed." Protesters erupted in anger after legislators in the House of Commons approved a plan to triple university fees to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year. Matt Dunham/AP
Restorer Beat Roos sits in the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 made famous in the James Bond movies "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" which featured Scottish actor Sean Connery, as it is displayed for the first time since a total restoration at the Transport Museum in Luzern. The car, which was purchased at an Arizona auction for $2.09 million by Aston Martin specialist and restorer Roos for an anonymous client, is on display at the museum for three days. Romina Amato/Reuters
US Navy deck crew members take a rest on the USS George Washington aircraft carrier during "Keen Sword" US-Japan joint military exercise over the Pacific Ocean. Itsuo Inouye/AP
Lucy, the daughter of British soldier Christopher Davies waves as his coffin leaves the church after his funeral in St Helens, northern England. Guardsman Davies, who was shot in an ambush while patrolling in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province, was the 100th member of the UK armed forces to die in Afghanistan this year. Darren Staples/Reuters
A hiker walks past snow covered signs in Winterberg, Germany. The weather forecast predicts more snow and temperatures below freezing point. Frank Augstein/AP
A woman relaxes in Szechenyi Bath during a winter morning in Budapest. Bernadett Szabo/Reuters
Exiled Tibetan children perform traditional dance with a portrait of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to commemorate the receiving of the Nobel Peace Prize by the Dalai Lama in 1989 at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
With Israel's occupation of the West Bank grinding on toward the half-century mark, and with Prime Minister Netanyahu's election-week declaration that no Palestinian state would be established on his watch, hard questions arise.
ByDan Perry, Associated Press
Is Israel a democracy? The answer is not so straightforward, and it increasingly matters given the diplomatic fallout over hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election last week.