A diver of the Prefectura Naval Argentina inspects the Rio Limay, covered with ash from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain at the mountain resort of San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina's Patagonia on Thursday. Some towns in Patagonia remain blanketed in volcanic ash. Airline activity is getting back to normal after days of chaos caused by a towering ash cloud, but Andean towns are covered in a thick blanket of ash that is disrupting water and power supplies. Chiwi Giambirtone/Reuters
People attend the White Dinner event in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday. Participants attending the dinner, which takes place at a different place in Paris every year, are required to be dressed in white and bring their own food, drink, and cutlery to the event. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Vancouver Canucks hockey fans riot in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday night, following the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey final. Angry, drunken revelers ran wild Wednesday night after their team's loss, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles, and dancing atop overturned vehicles. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press/AP
Drivers make their way through a flooded section of Old Shell Road underneath a railroad trestle near Sage Ave. in Mobile, Ala. as rainy weather moved across southwest Alabama on Thursday. G.M. Andrews/Mobile Press-Register/AP
Two newborn fawns, less than five hours old according to a neighbor, rest in tall grass Thursday, near the base of Canfield Mountain in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Jerome A. Pollos.Coeur d'Alene Press/AP
A Syrian refugee girl watches from the scratched window of a minibus that ferries her and others to a camp after crossing into Turkey, near the village of Guvecci on the Syrian border, on Thursday. At least 150 more refugees crossed into Turkey on Thursday afternoon, increasing the number of refugees to more than 9,000. Vadim Ghirda/AP
New York Yankees batter Brett Gardner reacts after getting a shaving cream 'pie' in the face after he hit a walk-off single to beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the 12th inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Thursday. Ray Stubblebine/Reuters
In this photo taken late on Wednesday, demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament in Athens' main Syntagma square to point laser beams at a nearby building. Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens Wednesday as a major anti-austerity rally degenerated into violence outside Parliament, where the struggling government was to seek support for new cutbacks to avoid a disastrous default. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Demonstrators are sprayed by a police water canon during a protest by students and professors near La Moneda government palace in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday. Thousands of students and professors went on strike and clashed with police during a protest to demand non-discriminatory access to education, and against government plans to reform and privatize part of the Chilean education system. Roberto Candia/AP
A National History Museum employee shows an ancient coin during official presentation of 21,000 pieces of cultural artifacts, ancient coins, jewelry and other antiquities originating from Bulgaria, which are being unveiled at Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday. A Canadian court ruling decided that the antiquities were illegally exported from Bulgaria to Canada and will be returned and put in the care of the National History Museum. Valentina Petrova/AP
A girl dressed as a Smurf takes part in a promotional event in the Andalusian village of Juzcar, near Malaga, southern Spain, on Thursday. The facades of the houses were painted blue as part of a global promotion for the Sony Picture film 'The Smurfs,' which will premiere in New York City on June 24. Jon Nazca/Reuters
A woman poses in her hat on Ladies Day, the third day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England on Thursday. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
The Chinese government says it has cleaned up rumors and and libelous information on the Internet. Observers argue the government crackdown has lead to self-censorhip and curtailed speech.
Didi Tang, Associated Press /
November 30, 2013
The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.