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. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A firefighter walks on a dam of sand bags erected to contain the river Oder near the Polish border. The river had swollen to critical levels after temperatures had risen, sending ice floats down stream and clogging up the water bed. Thomas Peter/Reuters
Water flows from a water fountain at the Boys and Girls Club in Concord, N.H. The federal government will announce its plan to lower the recommended limit for fluoride in water supplies - the first such change in nearly 50 years. Jim Cole/AP
A laborer works inside a second-hand automobile parts market in Kolkata, India. Asian factory output powered ahead in December to underline emerging markets' lead in the global recovery although data showed an increasing inflation threat in the region even as growth is tepid in developed economies. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
A young immigrant from Burkina Faso washes sheep to be displayed for sale, at Abidjan's largest animal market in Port Bouet on the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Animal sellers say the country's political crisis has stemmed the flow of sheep, goats, and cattle from Ivory Coast's northern neighbors and increased transport costs. Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Dr. Debbie Douglas, curator of Science and Technology, touches one of William Parker's 1972 Plasma Sculptures on display at the MIT 150 Exhibition at the MIT Museum, celebrating Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 150 year anniversary, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brian Snyder/Reuters
An employee poses for photographers in front of artist Paul Gaugin's 'Sunflower' at Christie's auction house in London. Christie's pre-sale estimate for the 46 lots of its impressionist and modern art sale on February 9, 2011 is from 73,880,000 to 109,060,000 pounds ($114,630,000 to $169,216,000). Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
A woman attends a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. Georgians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
Belgium's Prime Minister Yves Leterme (c.) and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban hold the European flag during a ceremony in the Cupola Hall of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest Jan. 6. The ceremony, attended by members of the Budapest diplomatic corps and Hungarian dignitaries, marks the start of Hungary's rotating six-month presidency of the European Union. Andras Kovacs/Reuters
US Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel H. Diaz is framed by Christmas decorations during an interview with the Associated Press, in his apartment, in Rome. The US ambassador to the Vatican says in an AP interview that Washington's relationship to the Holy See is too strong to be undermined by WikiLeaks revelations, which included comments on Vatican diplomacy in the sex abuse scandals and claims of anti-Semitic sentiments harbored by some Vatican officials. /Pier Paolo Cito/AP
South Korea's Park Ji-sung takes part in a training session for the Asian Cup soccer tournament at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters
Two people look at a flooded street in Petigny, near Couvin, Belgium. Several rivers burst their banks due to heavy rain, and the melting of snow, flooding several towns villages in the Walloon region, local media said. Thierry Roge/Reuters
Tribal Rabha women and children at a relief camp at Kukurkata, about 90 miles west of Gauhati, India. Members of rival ethnicities attacked one another with machetes in India's troubled northeast earlier in the week, leaving at least three people dead. As the clashes spread, police opened fire, killing another person. Rival Garo and Rabha communities have long-standing disputes over land in the area. Anupam Nath/AP
People light candles before a midnight Christmas service at the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana January 6. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
For more than a decade, Europe has been accustomed to relying on German leader Angela Merkel for strength and stability. But with her bid to form a new government in tatters, the continent may have to look elsewhere for leadership.
Earlier this spring, when President Trump threatened to drop out of a major climate accord and berated fellow NATO members on his first trip to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied the continent.