A new beluga whale calf is seen at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium on Tuesday. His mother Puiji gave birth to the whale head first, which is rare for beluga whales who are usually born tail first. The baby beluga is 162 pounds and five feet, four inches long. Brenna Hernandez/Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium/AP
A pure gold artifact shaped as Japan's Mount Fuji is examined by Japanese jewelry maker Ginza Tanaka while on display during an unveiling in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday. The gold creation weighs almost seven pounds and will go on sale on Dec. 16. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
FedEx personnel sort boxes at the company's Memphis World Hub during the company's busiest-overall-volume night of the year in Memphis, Tenn. FedEx moved 1.7 million packages overnight on Tuesday. Lance Murphey/Reuters
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy stands near a Hanukkah Menorah after a lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Dec. 15. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
People gather near a crater caused by a bombing in Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan on Tuesday. A suicide car bomb exploded in a market close to the home of a politician in Pakistan's most populous province, killing more than 20 people and wounding 70 others. Saleem Raza/AP
The Feyzin oil refinery is seen near Lyon, France, on Dec. 14. Laurent Cipriani/AP
Two snowboarders are obscured by blowing snow and ice as they ride the ski lift at Timberline Lodge in Government City, Ore., on Tuesday. Heavy overnight snowfall with more precipitation expected over the next few days is making search efforts for two missing climbers on Mount Hood difficult. Don Ryan/AP
Lava glows while cascading down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from Lingnon Hill in Legazpi, Philippines, on Tuesday. Authorities started evacuating people from around the nation's most active volcano. Mount Mayon, famed for its near-perfect cone shape, started to release lava earlier this week and vulcanologists are expecting a major eruption in the next few days. Erik de Castro/Reuters
President Barack Obama waves as he prepares to leave after speaking at Home Depot in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday. Susan Walsh/AP
A statue of Romanian 19th century poet, playwright, and politician Vasile Alecsandri is seen covered in snow on Tuesday in Moldova. John McConnico/AP
Goalkeeper Damian Albil of Estudiantes de la Plata jumps to catch the ball against the Pohang Steelers during their Club World Cup soccer match in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday. Kamran Jebreili/AP
Part of Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier is seen near El Calafate in the Patagonia province of Argentina. Scientists warn that the glaciers in the Andes are melting because of the effects of climate change. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
A flock of migratory flamingos takes off from a pond on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, India, on Tuesday. According to ornithologists, the number of birds migrating this year could be fewer due to indiscriminate habitat changes. Ajit Solanki/AP
Family and friends of Lance Cpl. Adam Drane watch as his coffin is driven through the streets of Wootton Bassett, England, on Tuesday. Drane, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglican Regiment, was the 100th British soldier to die in Afghanistan this year and was killed on Dec. 7. Andrew Winning/Reuters
For more than two years he put generals in charge of everything from food distribution to new oil and mining projects, but the increasingly embattled Maduro seems aware that the military could one day engineer his downfall.
When Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reshuffled duties in his deeply embattled government earlier this week, it wasn’t the changes at the top of the transport and fishing ministries that caused a buzz.