A caparisoned elephant is seen during the annual temple festival in Kochi, southern India. The festival features a colorful procession of decorated elephants and drum concerts.
Hezbollah: President Michel Suleiman asked Saad Hariri to stay on as caretaker prime minister after the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah and its allies resigned Wednesday and brought down Hariri's government.
Detail of the right eye of Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece the 'Mona Lisa' painting: Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti, president of the Italian National Committee for Historical, Cultural and Environment Heritage, claims he has found the letter 'S' in the woman's left eye, the letter 'L' in her right eye, and the number '72' under the arched bridge in the backdrop of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting.
Dana Rizzuto, of Clearwater, Fla., a Salvador Dali look-alike, poses for a photo during a parade before the grand opening ceremony for the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.
An Indian boy holds up his national flag before his team's AFC Asian Cup Group C soccer match against Australia at Al Saad Stadium, in Doha, Qatar.
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.
Chefs pose in Doha, Qatar, on Dec.16, after entering the Guinness Book of World Records for making the largest cake in the world, which is made in the shape of Qatar. The event was organized to mark Qatar winning the hosting rights to soccer's 2022 World Cup. The cake is 24 feet by 12 feet and took 25 cooks 1,176 hours to make.
The Enough Project provides a summary of recent developments related to the Jan. 9 Sudan referendum.
A girl celebrates at Souk Waqif in Doha after the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Summer temperatures which can soar to above 50 degrees Celsius and a concern about lack of infrastructure did not deter FIFA on Thursday from awarding the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.
As the South American giants face off, economists test a theory about the timing of effort exertion in a finite-length bilateral industry contest. In other words, is it risky to anger Brazilian players with early goals?