Animal rights activist Park So-youn holds stray dogs rescued from a village on Yeonpyeong Island damaged by North Korean artillery shelling, as South Korean marines stand nearby. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak labelled North Korea's artillery attack on a southern island a crime against humanity and said Pyongyang will pay the price for any further provocation. North Korea fired shells at the island off the peninsula's west coast on Tuesday, killing two civilians and two soldiers and destroying dozens of houses. Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters
Haitians throw ballots into the air after frustrated voters destroyed electoral material during a protest in a voting center in Port-au-Prince on Sunday. Haiti's elections ended in confusion as 12 of the 18 presidential candidates denounced 'massive fraud' and called for cancellation of the results as street protests erupted over voting irregularities. Voters' frustration at not being able to cast their ballots due to organizational problems at many polling stations boiled over into street protests. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi clasps hands with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (l.) and Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba as they pose for a photo during the third European Union-Africa summit in Tripoli. Francois Lenoir/Reuters
An Egyptian soldier stands guard on a watch tower on the border between Israel and Egypt, about 19 miles north of Eilat. Last week Israel began work on constructing a barrier to seal off part of the border with Egypt's Sinai Desert from where many of the migrants enter the Jewish state. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
Brox the cocker spaniel runs through the snow at Scotch Corner in northern England. The weather forecast is for more snow showers in parts of eastern England and Scotland. Nigel Roddis/Reuters
Demonstrators in Kiev (Kyiv) protest a new tax code. The Ukrainian government may amend its tax reform plan and let small businesses retain their tax breaks, the Finance Ministry said after weeks of protests by entrepreneurs against the new tax code. Thousands of people have rallied almost daily in Kiev since the parliament passed a new tax code on Nov. 19, which would make many small businesses no longer eligible for a small fixed tax – a step business owners say will bankrupt them. Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters
Tungurahua spews ash and steam during an eruption in Banos, about 81 miles southwest of Quito, Ecuador. Tungurahua, which means "Throat of Fire" in the local Quechua language, has been classified as active since 1999, and produced a strong eruption in 2008. It is one of Ecuador's eight active volcanoes. Carlos Campana/Reuters
The 67-foot Capitol Christmas tree is unloaded at the US Capitol after being driven from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. Larry Downing/Reuters
Omani soldiers, dressed in traditional uniform, march during a celebration marking the 40th National Day of the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat. Yousef Allan/Reuters
An elephant and its trainer wait outside the main stage tent before the start of their performance at the Rambo Circus in Mumbai, India. The Rambo circus travels all over the country throughout the year. It has a seating capacity of 2,000 people and tickets are priced from 150 rupees ($3). According to Rambo Circus owner Sujit Dilip, the ban on the use of wild animals, the lack of new artists, and various restrictions by the government have resulted in the drastic decline of the circus industry in India. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Campaigners hold placards displaying the symbols of international currencies during a campaign urging world leaders to fulfil their promises on the global climate fund at Democracy Square in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Over 300 campaigners gathered as international climate talks opened today in Cancun, Mexico. Chor Sokunthea/Reuters
Surfers carry their surfboards on a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, after surfing in the Mediterranean Sea. Nir Elias/Reuters
Four-year-old Abbass Ali, an ethnic Hazara Afghan boy, weaves carpets at a workshop in the outskirts of Peshawar. Pakistan. Fayaz Aziz/Reuters
Children look for recyclable materials from a municipal landfill in Managua, Nicaragua. A bloc of left-wing Latin American nations will push lofty goals at world climate talks this month but without the fireworks they set off during the failed negotiations in Copenhagen last year. With the next round of climate negotiations in the Mexican resort of Cancun from Nov. 29 until Dec. 10, the left-wing Latin American bloc is once again set to play a high-profile role in the quest for a binding pact to slow global warming. Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters
US officials call for release of leading pastors detained in China. Pastor Li Guanzhong and his wife were detained Jan. 29, days after the head of China's biggest megachurch was sent to a 'black jail.'
Days after authorities plunked China’s most prominent Protestant leader, Joseph Gu, into an isolated “black jail,” police in the same eastern coastal province of Zhejiang have detained another leading pastor who has been defying the Communist Party on religious grounds.