Ant, a British Giant Rabbit, sits with a white mouse on its head at the Whitehouse Farm Center in Morpeth, England. NEWSCOM
Lindsey Vonn clears a gate during the first run of the Women's World Cup Slalom Skiing Competition in Flachau, Austria, on Jan. 12. Giovanni Auletta/AP
Pages of burnt religious books are seen among debris at a damaged church in Tizi Ouzou, Algiers, on Tuesday. The Protestant church was ransacked and set ablaze on Saturday night, according to the congregation's leader. Ouahab Hebbat/AP
A submerged car lies in the frozen Union canal near Winchburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday. Two men were charged with reckless conduct after the car, which was being driven on the frozen canal, plunged through the ice. David Moir/Reuters
Onlookers watch a cluster of shanties burning in Calcutta, India, on Tuesday. According to a local news agency, fire broke out in a shanty town near Bidhanagar train station on Tuesday due to a gas cylinder explosion, burning the homes and disrupting local train service. Bikas Das/AP
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the funeral mass for Jean Biden, the mother of Vice President Joe Biden, on Tuesday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. Susan Walsh/AP
Mitsubishi's driver Carlos Sousa and co-driver Matthieu Baumel compete during the tenth stage of the 2010 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between La Serena and Santiago on Tuesday. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
A Brazilian Indian participates in a protest in front of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) in Brasilia on Jan. 12. The Indians want an audience with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Justice Minister Tarso Genro to discuss the restructuring of the foundation. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
A photo taken from video shows the scene of a bomb blast in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday. A remote-controlled bomb killed a Tehran University nuclear scientist, media reported. Reuters TV/Reuters
Activists for Northe Korean human rights fly a 'Balloon of Robert Park for the Unification of North Korea at the end of the North Korean Genocide,' which contains leaflets and other materials for people in North Korea. The balloon was launched at the Imjingak Pavilion near the demilitarized zone. The Obama administration's new envoy for human rights in North Korea, Robert King, said Monday the United States was trying to obtain information about Robert Park, an American activists who was arrested for entering North Korea on Christmas Day. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters
A Hindu holy man waits for devotees to take blessings from the fire that burns in his holy lamp near the river Ganges in Haridwar, India, on Tuesday. Haridwar will host the Kumbh festival on Jan. 14. According to Hindu mythology, Kumbh is celebrated in four places in India where drops of the nectar of life are said to have fallen during a tug of war between the gods and demons in ancient times. Saurabh Das/AP
Pakistanis are reflected in a mirror, displayed for sale at a furniture shop, on the roadside in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A woman reads a book as she enjoys the warm weather at Las Teresitas beach on the island of Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands on Tuesday. While much of Europe has been hit with heavy snowstorms and severe freezing, beach-goers in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa are enjoying the sun and warm temperatures in the area. Santiago Ferrero/Reuters
A large sinkhole is seen in Frostproof, Fla., on Monday. Two other sinkholes developed late Monday night near US Highway 27, causing the highway to be shut down in both directions. Pierre DuCharme/The Ledger/AP
The government intends to combine three separate regions of Sanjiangyuan to create China’s first national park, setting aside an area the size of Pennsylvania. China is also working to set up a series of other trial national parks around the country.
More than 2,700 miles before the Mekong River drains into the South China Sea, before it winds past the ancient Khmer temple of Vat Phou and the poppy fields of the Golden Triangle, it begins on the Tibetan Plateau in western China. Tibetan Buddhists believe the spiritual source of the river is an alpine lake called Zaxiqiwa. Scientists have argued for decades over the river’s geographical origin. Not one of them doubts that it trickles down from a glacier high in the serrated mountains. The question is which one.