An Egyptian protester leaps over a puddle of water near Tahrir Square in Cairo,Sunday, Dec. 18. Troops and protesters are clashing for the third straight day in Cairo, pelting each other with rocks in skirmishes near parliament in the heart of the Egyptian capital. AP
Sea gulls swim as a Hindu devotee takes a dip in River Ganges on a cold and foggy morning in Allahabad, India, Sunday. A cold wave has gripped large parts of northern India, while dense fog disrupted road and rail traffic at several places. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
An empty guard tower sits at dusk as soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division prepare to depart in the last convoy from Iraq at Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Mario Tama/AP
Specialist Shunterika Lewis from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division laughs while preparing to depart in the last convoy from Iraq at Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, near Nasiriyah, Saturday. The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and left a country still grappling with political uncertainty. Mario Tama/Reuters
Swimmers wearing Santa Claus hats play football on a frozen lake before winter swimming in Shenyang, Liaoning province,China. Sheng Li/Reuters
A resident rummages through debris following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan de Oro city, Philippines, Saturday. A tropical storm triggered flash floods in the southern Philippines, killing scores of people and leaving more missing. Froilan Gallardo/AP
A member of a local winter swimming club takes a bath in the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celcius (minus four degrees Fahrenheit) in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Sunday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Steven Holcomb, in front, Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and Curtis Tomasevicz of the US compete during the four men bobsled World Cup race in Winterberg, Germany, Sunday. Martin Meissner/AP
Buffalo Bills cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Orchard Park, NY, Sunday. Gary Wiepert/AP
St. Louis Rams fans are seen in the stands during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, in St. Louis. Tom Gannam/AP
Syrians living in Malta carry a Syrian flag as they march to demonstrate against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a protest in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters, in Valletta. Darrin Zammit Lupi /Reuters
Retired Episcopal bishop George E. Packard (l.), who is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, climbs a ladder to illegally trespass on a privately-owned piece of land near Juan Pablo Duarte Square in New York City during a march Saturday. Andrew Burton/Reuters
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-MN), talks to the media and supporters outside the Harvest Baptist Church during a campaign stop, Sunday, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Eric Gay/AP
People light candles as thousands gather to commemorate the passing of former Czech president Vaclav Havel at Venceslaw's square in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday. Havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia and become a hero of the epic struggle that ended the Cold War, died Sunday in Prague. He was 75. Petr David Josek/AP
Catholic bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that had encouraged welcoming them with respect and delicacy. Paragraphs concerning divorce and remarriage also failed to pass.
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.