Technician Richie Beanan irons the United States flag on the back of the stage before the Iowa Caucus night rally of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Des Moines, Iowa, January 3, 2012.
A Cambodian riot police officer fires tear gas at residents during a forced eviction at the Borei Keila complex in Phnom Penh January 3, 2012. Local human rights group Licadho said that police officers and residents were injured in a face-off when hundreds of armed authorities tried to evict families from their homes in a long running dispute with a local real estate firm well-connected with the government. The firm, Phanimex, plans to convert the residential complex into a commercial building. Licadho said that at least 12 people had also been detained following the violent clashes.
A man looks for recyclable items in the waters of river Yamuna amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 3, 2012. Temperature in New Delhi dipped to 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 degrees Fahrenheit), local media reported.
A man uses a machete to kill a buffalo during a Rambu Solo ceremony in Tana Toraja in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province January 3, 2012. Rambu Solo is a traditional death ritual practised by Tana Toraja residents. When a person dies, animals such as pigs, chickens and buffaloes are sacrificed as the locals believe the animals carry the soul of the deceased into heaven. The number and type of animal killed reflects the social status of the dead person. After the animals are killed, a feast is thrown and the body of the deceased carried up a hill into a resting house. The ceremony on Tuesday was for Agnes Datu Sarungallo, who died in August 2011. Her family killed 200 buffaloes and 500 other animals to feed to guests.
Policemen beat up a protester during a rally against fuel subsidy removal on Ikorodu road in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos January 3, 2012. Hundreds of demonstrators in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos shut petrol stations, formed human barriers along motorways and hijacked buses on Tuesday in protest against the shock doubling of fuel prices after a government subsidy was removed.
Afghan women clad in burqas walk past a tree in Bagram, north of Kabul January 3, 2012.
Finland’s Janne Happonen takes off from the ski jump during a practice session for the third event of the 60th four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 3, 2012.
Children react to the camera as they wait with their family inside a taxi in Mumbai January 3, 2012.
North Koreans attend a mass rally to “carry out the decision of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the joint calls of the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the militant tasks set forth in the joint New Year editorial” at Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang January 3, 2012 in this picture released by the North’s KCNA on Tuesday.
Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacts after winning a point against Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan during their match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament January 3, 2012.
Kim Han-mi, aged 2, watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo May, 8, 2002. With no choice but to defect to South Korea, the Han-mi family including her uncle and grandmother dashed into the Japanese consulate gate in Shenyang, China in May 2002. The scene where two year-old Ham-mi looked on in agony as her mother was being wrestled to the ground by the Chinese police was broadcast around the world and her photograph was transmitted worldwide.
A veiled woman casts her vote at a polling station in Toukh, El-Kalubia governorate, about 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Cairo January 3, 2012. Egyptians voted in the third round of a parliamentary election on Tuesday that has so far handed Islamists the biggest share of seats in an assembly that will be central in the planned transition from army rule.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during their Spanish King’s Cup soccer match against Malaga at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, January 3, 2012.
Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march from Grand Central Station to Times Square after a protest in Grand Central Station in New York, January 3, 2012.
A general view shows rows of tents set up for tropical storm Washi survivors in the southern Philippines city of Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao January 2, 2012. Thousands of homeless residents are still in evacuation centers more than two weeks after raging floodwaters brought by Washi swept their houses in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The deaths in the Philippines from Washi, one of the country’s worst natural disaster in two decades, has risen to 1,257 with about 1,100 missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Picture taken January 2, 2012.
People shelter under an umbrella during heavy rain in central London January 3, 2012. High winds and torrential rain caused transport chaos across northern Britain on Tuesday, bringing down trees and causing structural damage to several buildings.
Members of Sweden’s team celebrate after they defeated Finland in overtime during the semi-final of the 2012 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Calgary, Alberta, January 3, 2012.
The Iraqi police presents suspected militants, who were arrested in recent security operations, to the media at the Interior Ministry headquarters in central Baghdad January 3, 2012.
Buddhist monks take a ride on a swing outside the venue where Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is addressing a teaching session on the third day of the Kalachakra festival in the eastern Indian city of Bodhgaya January 3, 2012. The Kalachakra is a 10-day festival comprising Buddha teachings and meditations taking place at Bodhgaya, where Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment.
A newly released prisoner carries her baby while she exits the main door of Insein prison in Yangon January 3, 2012. Myanmar President Thein Sein has commuted death sentences to life in prison and cut the terms to be served by other prisoners in a gesture to mark Independence Day, state media said on Monday, but it appeared no political prisoners would be freed. Authorities in Myanmar started releasing prisoners held in the Yangon’s Insein prison on Tuesday.
Republican presidential candidate and Governor of Texas Rick Perry hugs supporters at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel in Iowa January 3, 2012, the day of the Iowa caucus.
South Africa’s Vos Ducan and co-pilot Robert Howie drive their Toyota during the third stage of the fourth South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2012 from San Rafael to San Juan January 3, 2012.
Doreen Lawrence walks outside the Old Bailey after two men were convicted of the racist murder of her son, teenager Stephen Lawrence, 18 years after he was stabbed to death near a south London bus stop, London January 3, 2012. Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of murder and will be sentenced tomorrow.
A vendor selling donkeys waits for customers in his shop at the Souq al-Milh marketplace in the Old Sanaa city January 3, 2012.