Team Ukraine competes during the synchronized swimming free combination final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in 2010.
Members of Brunei's armed forces march past the royal dais during the 27th celebration of Brunei National Day in Bandar Seri Begawan.
An aluminum hand grasps a Fiat 500 in Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture 'Vroom Vroom' in London on Jan. 24. Mr. Quinn is the son of late actor Anthony Quinn.
A southern Sudanese man with his face covered in mud attends a rally in Juba. Sudan is heading for an acrimonious split but while southern leaders want political independence from the north, economic realities may keep them uncomfortably dependent on their former foes. Most analysts expect the south -- which produces almost 75 percent of Sudan's 500,000 barrels per day of oil -- to secede after January.
A family lights sparklers in front of a cathedral during the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
A group of elderly Chinese women wearing Christmas hats take a dip in the icy waters on a frozen river in Shenyang, northeastern China's Liaoning province on Dec. 20. Winter swimming is especially popular amongst the elderly and retired as it's believed to benefit health, and also said to increase the level of mental awareness, and release stress.
Snow covers bicycles on a bridge in Amsterdam's city center. Most schools in the Netherlands will close their doors Friday for two weeks of Christmas holidays.
South Korean Christians sing a hymn in front of a Christmas tree on top of the Aegibong Peak Observatory just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Gimpo, South Korea, on Dec. 21. South Korean military allowed Christians to erect a Christmas tree on top of the observatory controlled by South Korean marines, which is located about 1.9 miles south of North Korean territory, while the North warned against it, according to local media.
Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, cuddles a Karakachan (Bulgarian shepherd) dog after receiving him as a present from Bulgaria's prime minister, Boyko Borisov, (not pictured) in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Nov. 13. Mr. Putin said on a live TV broadcast on Dec. 16 that he loves his new puppy, despite the messes he leaves around the house.
Antigovernment ''red shirt'' protesters launch floating paper lanterns into the sky during the rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand.