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.
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.
Youths raise their hands in a show of support for Laurent Gbagbo at a rally led by Gbagbo minister and youth leader Charles Ble Goude, in the Koumassi neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. While the United Nations and other world powers recognize rival Alassane Ouattara as the winner of November presidential elections, Gbagbo has refused to step down for more than a month after the presidential runoff vote. The 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS has threatened to remove the incumbent leader if ongoing negotiations fail.
For all the media drooling over WikiLeaks, the most serious implications of the leaked cables aren't on foreign diplomacy but on information security. The post-9/11 information age demands a rethink of how sensitive information is processed – by the government, but also by readers and reporters.
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.
Georgia on Friday accused 13 people, including four Russians, of spying for Russia after a four-year investigation.
US President Obama greets schoolchildren following his second annual back-to-school speech at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, September 14.
A runner leads a pack of El Pilar fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 13.
Hillary Clinton rebuked Russia on Monday for failing to live up to the cease-fire agreement it signed nearly two years ago with Georgia.
The first Georgia elections since the country's defeat in its brief war with Russia in 2008 were a triumph for President Mikhael Saakashvili. His party rolled to victory in major cities, and observers said the poll was reasonably fair.