The bogus second conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon turned prominent dissident, calls for both President Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Putin's protégé, to stand up strongly for the rule of law in Russia.
Mikail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's wealthiest man, was sentenced anew for corruption in what his supporters claim was a politically motivated trial.
Traffic police officers dressed in Christmas outfits ride their motorcycles to a Christmas celebration organized by the police institution for underprivileged children in Lima, Peru, on Thursday.
Police in Belarus arrested more than 600 activists protesting Sunday's election that handed President Alexander Lukashenko a fourth term. He told opponents Monday, 'You are messing with the wrong guy.'
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.
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.
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.
Alina Kabaeva is gracing the January cover of Russian Vogue. Notable in her own right for being a Gold medalist and Russian parliamentarian, the spotlight instead is on her rumored affair with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Mark Zuckerberg, who's been portrayed in a Hollywood movie this year and has seen his social media empire grow ever larger, has been named TIME magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2010. Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook in 2004.