German Bundeswehr army soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wear Santa Claus hats as they attend a Christmas celebration at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, on Dec. 22.
A combine harvester cuts rye in a field in the eastern German city of Rathenow on Aug. 2. Farmers in the region are expecting a worse than average harvest this year.
Members of the tough task contingent are engaged in physical scramble up the side of a building during the national fire brigade extinguishment tough task maneuver at the fire-fighting training base in Shenyang City, in northeast China's Liaoning province on July 9. Special fire fighters for tough commitments demonstrate their stunt skills, including a 5,000-meter run with heavy loads, fire extinguishing in air, and rescue from collapsed sites.
The trial of Deng Yujiao, who stabbed an official demanding sex, highlighted the power of the Internet to rally popular support.
The Beijing Games have been dogged with global criticism on everything from censorship to pollution. But Chinese people still see them as their government does: a great coming-out party.
From gourds to politics: Lu Banglie uses the legal system to protect farmers' rights.