Shiite women take part in a reenactment of the battle of Kerbala during an Ashura procession in Istanbul. Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered in Istanbul's Halkali district to commemorate the Ashura religious festival, the day when Imam Hussein, one of the prophet Mohammad's grandsons, was killed during a battle in AD 680 in Kerbala, a city in modern-day Iraq.
A TP Mazembe soccer supporter mugs for the camera during the club World Cup semifinal soccer match against Brazil's SC Internacional do Porto Alegre at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
South Korean postmen dressed as Santa Claus leave the post office headquarters on motorbikes to deliver Christmas gifts to poor people for their charity campaign in Seoul, South Korea. The campaign involves about 50 postmen.
Sofia University students carry chairs on their heads during a protest against the severe budget cuts in state funding for higher education, Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, accompanied by Prince Philip, inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at Windsor Castle, England. The Sheikh is on a two-day state visit to Britain, the first since 1985, which is seen as important in strengthening already strongly established business links with one of the Gulf States most financially powerful nations.
Men paint faces of artists participating in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad, India. The Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, an evil ruler who had abducted Rama's wife, Sita Devi. Rama killed Ravana to free Sita. The burning of effigies of Ravana, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a close. It was celebrated on Oct. 17.
The Allahabad High Court in India today announced the Ayodhya verdict, dividing a religious site disputed between Muslims and Hindus.
A devotee poses during the 42th Hare Krishna Festival of Chariots in central London, Sunday. Devotees of Lord Krishna pulled three 40 foot high chariots from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square in celebration of Indian culture and spirituality in this annual festival.
Policemen practice laughter therapy near their camp in Allahabad, India, on Wednesday.
Participants of the Wave Gothic Festival pose in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Saturday.