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  • Nov. 26: A student, center, taunts riot police on horseback in front of Rijksmuseum, rear, during riots in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Police clashed with high school students in several towns and cities in the Netherlands on Monday, the second day students went on 'strike' to protest government plans to increase the number of hours they must remain in school. At Amsterdam's Museum square, riot police used water canons against some of the 1,000 demonstrators and charged them on horseback after students pelted them with apples, eggs and bottles.
  • Nov. 26: Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a meeting sponsored by pro-Kremlin party United Russia, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Putin accused the United States on Monday of pushing the OSCE not to send observers to monitor Russian parliamentary elections next week.
  • Nov. 26: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets with supporters at his home before leaving to register as a candidate for Pakistan's elections in Lahore. Sharif, fresh from a triumphant return from exile, registered Monday as a candidate for Pakistan's crucial elections.
  • Nov. 26: Pakistan's opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, top left, distributes traditional sweets to her supporters as she arrives at city court to submit her nomination papers for the parliamentary election, in Larkana, Pakistan. Bhutto says a broad opposition coalition still could decide to boycott if President Pervez Musharraf does not take steps to ensure the election is fair.
  • Nov. 26: This photo, supplied by the Aiken County, S.C., County Sheriff's Office, shows a fake $1 million bill, which a man tried to use to open an account in an Aiken, S.C, bank. Alexander D. Smith, 31, was charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of forgery after he walked into the bank and tried to open an account by depositing the fake $1 million bill, said a sheriff's spokesman said.
  • Jockey Bill Hartack poses with his three Kentucky Derby horse-racing victory trophies at his Miami Springs, Fla. home in this May 24, 1964, file photo. Hartack, the Hall of Famer and five-time Kentucky Derby winner, was found dead in a cabin while on a hunting vacation in Freer, Texas. He was 74. He died Monday from natural causes due to heart disease, said Dr. Corinne Stern, the chief medical examiner in south Texas' Webb County.
  • Nov. 26: A woman walks past posters on Schubert Alley on a rainy day in New York. All-night negotiations failed to end a stagehand strike that had shut down most Broadway shows for the prior two weeks.
  • Nov. 26: Artist William Burge from Houston, Texas, sits in his art-car ‘Phantoms’ at a presentation prior to the Essen Motor Show 2007 in Essen, Germany. The car is based on a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle and will be shown at the automobile fair in Essen from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9.
  • Nov. 26: An Indonesian environmental activist 'waters' another dressed as a tree during a protest against the destruction of Indonesia's forests in Jakarta, Indonesia. According to some activists, Indonesia is destroying forests at a faster pace than any other country, mostly due to illegal logging and the introduction of palm oil plantations.
  • Nov. 27: Cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins football team perform for U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Brigade combat team of the 101st Airborne Division at Patrol Base Dragon, about 12.4 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Miami safety Sean Taylor, center wearing hat, celebrates with his mother, Donna Junor, left, and great-grandmother Aulga Clarke, right, seconds after hearing he was drafted by the Washington Redskins as a first-round pick in the NFL draft, at a friends house in Tavernier, Fla., in this April 24, 2004, file photo. Taylor died early Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, a day after he was shot at home in Palmetto Bay, Fla., by what police say was an intruder. He was 24.
  • Nov. 27: Smoke billows as books burn in a damaged public library that was vandalized and set on fire in Villiers-le-Bel, a northern Paris suburb. Rioting in the tough suburbs of northern Paris took a dramatic turn with the use of firearms against police, officials said Tuesday. Police unions said some 80 officers were hurt overnight. The violence was triggered by the deaths of two teens in a crash with a police car Sunday in Villiers-le-Bel.
  • Nov. 27: Activists of Asom Gana Parisad Pragatisil burn an effigy of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi during a protest against the violence in Gauhati, India. Police arrested three people for allegedly stripping naked and beating a female protester as thousands of tea plantation workers continued their protest over a weekend attack on their political demonstration by local residents, officials said.
  • Nov. 27: Humanoid robot Twendy-One carries a tray of breakfast during a demonstration of the robot designed to be safe to take care of the elderly at the university laboratory in Tokyo. The 3-foot, 8-inch-tall and 244-pound battery-powered robot has been developed by professor Shigeki Sugano, right, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the university.
  • Nov. 27: Crew members of the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk stand in a line on a deck on their arrival at its home port in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. The Kitty Hawk and its battle group returned to Japan after being refused entry for a port call in Hong Kong, where the ships were to mark the Thanksgiving holidays.
  • This undated booking photo released by the Galveston County Sheriff's office shows Kimberly Dawn Trenor, 19, of Spring, Texas. Trenor is the mother of Riley Ann Sawyers, 4, known as 'Baby Grace,' a young girl found in a storage box on an island off of Galveston, Texas. Trenor and Royce Clyde Zeigler II, 24, were arrested early Saturday and charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence. On Tuesday it was learned that Trenor told police she and the girl's stepfather beat and tortured the child to death, court documents show.
  • Nov. 27: An Afghan security guard uses an extinguisher after a homicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The car bomber ignited a huge blast near two armored vehicles used by U.S.-led coalition troops in Kabul, killing at least two civilians and destroying the wall of a nearby house, witnesses and officials said.
  • Nov. 27: Firefighters battle a house fire in Davenport, Iowa. The house contained three apartments and all residents escaped unharmed. The cause of the blaze, which heavily damaged the house, was not immediately known.
  • Nov. 27: This image provided by ABC shows the two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves, right, and his professional partner, Julianne Hough, who were crowned champions on the fifth season of 'Dancing with the Stars' during the two-part finale.
  • Nov. 27: President Bush, center, walks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, to the opening session of the Mideast conference at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. A cannon is seen in the background. Bush hopes the Annapolis conference will be the launch of the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years.
  • Nov. 27: Firefighters are silhouetted by a raging fire as it destroys a horse barn at the Burgundy Hill Farm in Marcy, N.Y. The fire killed 25 of the horses that were boarding there, while 11 of them were rescued and two remained seriously injured on Tuesday. Fire officials said they will probably never know what caused the barn blaze.
  • Nov. 28: A Japanese man reacts as the humanoid robot baby he is holding begins to cry at Japan's largest robot convention in Tokyo. The 'Real Care Babies,' which cry if they are not treated with love and care, help to teach people about infant care.
  • Nov. 28: A new lava dome rises out of what several weeks ago was a lake in the crater of Mount Kelud, in Blitar, East Java, Indonesia.
  • Nov. 28: Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, left, salutes to his successor, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Musharraf stepped down from his powerful post as Pakistan's military commander a day before he was to be sworn in as a civilian president as part of his long-delayed pledge not to hold both jobs.
  • Nov. 28: Palestinian police officers swing their batons at a protester during the funeral of Hisham Baradei in the West Bank city of Hebron. Baradei was shot in the chest and killed by Palestinian police during a demonstration against the U.S.-sponsored Annapolis meeting in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, medical officials said.
  • Nov. 28: Pope Benedict XVI looks on after the weekly general audience at the Vatican. The pontiff on Wednesday urged stepped-up efforts to stop the spread of the HIV virus, saying he feels 'spiritually close' to those suffering from AIDS.
  • Nov. 28: Flames and smoke are seen after an oil pipeline fire in Clearbrook, Minn. The fire killed two workers who were repairing the pipeline, which carries crude oil from Canada to the Midwest, authorities said.
  • Nov. 28: Emergency boats work to put out a fire at the Kab 121 oil platform belonging to the Mexican state-owned oil company PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico. Since a drilling rig slammed into a production platform on Oct. 23, killing at least 21 workers, a total of 11,700 barrels of oil, about 420 a day, have seeped into the Gulf, PEMEX Assistant Director for Exploration and Production Pedro Silva Lopez told reporters invited to fly over the site with company and environmental officials. PEMEX previously estimated the spill at nearly 13,000 barrels.
  • Nov. 28: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit during the 75th tree-lighting ceremony in New York. Thirty-thousand lights adorn the 84-foot Norway spruce, which will stand through Jan 7.
  • This photo provided by the El Dorado Police Department shows Emily Sander of El Dorado, Kan., who has been missing since last Friday when she was seen leaving a bar with suspect Israel Mireles. Sander is believed to be the victim of foul play and authorities were investigating whether her Internet porn star status had anything to do with her disappearance. On Wednesday divers searched a reservoir near El Dorado.
  • Nov. 28: A Mexican Navy soldier patrols as 26 tons of cocaine burn behind him in Manzanillo, Mexico. The drugs were seized from a ship in the port city of Manzanillo in one of the biggest drug busts on record.
  • Nov. 28: Alexandra Meissnitzer of Austria races down the course for the ninth-fastest time in the first training run for the Lake Louise World Cup women's downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.
  • Nov. 29: Philippines Marines aim their rifles toward the Peninsula Hotel after a shot was fired in Manila's financial district of Makati. Government troops and a police SWAT team stormed the five-star hotel that dissident military officers commandeered after walking out of their coup trial and demanding that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resign.
  • Nov. 29: Former chess champion Garry Kasparov is greeted by his supporters at his home after having been released from jail in Moscow. The sign reads 'Freedom to Kasparov.' Kasparov, one of President Vladimir Putin's most celebrated foes, was released from a Moscow jail Thursday after serving his five-day sentence for leading a protest march.
  • Nov. 29: Sudanese anti-riot policemen stand alert outside Khartoum court, Sudan, where Gillian Gibbons, a British teacher accused of insulting Islam by naming a teddy bear ‘Muhammad,’ attends her trial. Britain's foreign secretary said Thursday the persecution of Gibbons springs from an innocent misunderstanding.
  • Nov. 29: Employee Christine Mueller, center, adjusts the hat of a Santa Claus impersonator in the job agency in Rostock, northern Germany. Some 50 people dressed as Santas are available to appear at Christmas celebrations from the end of November to Christmas Eve for company or private events.
  • Nov. 29: Sinead Kerr and John Kerr of Great Britain perform on their compulsory dance during the NHK Trophy Figure Skating Grand Prix in Sendai, northern Japan.
  • Nov. 29: U.S. actress Mia Farrow takes part in a protest against the violation of human rights in Darfur at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Germany.
  • Nov. 29: A young bull runs between vehicles on a road in Ciudad Rodrigo, central Spain. The bull escaped from a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse and was eventually caught by police, according to news reports.
  • Nov. 29: Pakistani lawyers throw projectiles at police during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan. Violent clashes broke out in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore between police and lawyers protesting the rule of President Pervez Musharraf on the day he was sworn in for a new five-year term as Pakistan's civilian president.
  • Nov. 29: An Indonesian dancer performs the traditional lion dance 'Reog Ponorogo' during a protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Hundreds of traditional Reog dancers staged the colorful rally accusing Malaysia of stealing the traditional dance following local media coverage over a Malaysian government heritage Web site that put an almost identical dance under the category of 'Malay Traditional Dance.'
  • Nov. 29: Rex Snyder speaks to front office manager Roberta Reimers about checking in with his 19-month-old bison, Bert, at the Marriott Hotel in Ogden, Utah. Snyder, a Wyoming resident, is in town for the annual Western Bison Association Show and Sale.
  • Nov. 30: Luciano Ghirga, lawyer of American student Amanda Knox, speaks to the media outside Perugia's court in Italy after a hearing. Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were in court Friday for a hearing to determine whether they will remain jailed as suspects in the killing of a British student. A judge must rule on requests by the defense to release Knox and Sollecito, who have been jailed in connection with the killing of Knox's flatmate, British 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.
  • This photo released by the Colombia's Presidency on Friday shows U.S. contractor Keith Stansell in an unknown location. Colombian officials on Friday released newly obtained videos of rebel-held hostages, among them three U.S. defense contractors and a former presidential candidate, the first images in years providing evidence the captives may be alive.
  • This photo released by the Colombian government on Friday shows Colombia's former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt in an unknown location. Colombia's Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo said that photos and videos of Betancourt were confiscated after the arrest of three suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
  • This photo released by Colombia's presidency on Friday shows Colombia's police sergeant Julio Cesar Buitrago in an unknown location. Colombian officials on Friday released newly obtained videos of rebel-held hostages, among them three U.S. defense contractors and a former presidential candidate, the first images in years providing evidence the captives may be alive.
  • This photo released by the Colombian government on Friday shows Colombia's former Sen. Luis Eladio Perez in an unknown location. Colombian officials on Friday released newly obtained videos of rebel-held hostages, among them three U.S. defense contractors and a former presidential candidate, the first images in years providing evidence the captives may be alive.
  • This photo released by the Colombia's Presidency on Friday shows U.S. contractor Marc Gonsalves in an unknown location. Colombian officials on Friday released newly obtained videos of rebel-held hostages, among them three U.S. defense contractors and a former presidential candidate, the first images in years providing evidence the captives may be alive.
  • This image taken from a tape and released by Colombia's Presidency on Friday shows U.S. contractor Thomas Howes. Colombian officials on Friday released newly obtained videos of rebel-held hostages, among them three U.S. defense contractors and a former presidential candidate, the first images in years providing evidence the captives may be alive.
  • Nov. 30: In this photo released by the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper, Pope Benedict XVI signs his second encyclical document, 'Spe Salvi' ('Saved by Hope') as Bishop Fernando Filioni, right, looks on, at the Vatican. Benedict XVI strongly criticized modern-day atheism in the major document released Friday, saying it had led to some of the 'greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice' ever known to mankind.
  • Nov. 30: Soldiers and rescuers search the crash site of a passenger plane near the town of Keciborlu, in Isparta province, Turkey. The Atlasjet plane crashed shortly before landing in the mountainous region early Friday, killing all 57 people on board. The cause was not immediately known.
  • Nov. 30: A rare Westland Lowland gorilla looks out from a crate as four of the gorillas are transferred to a plane destined for Cameroon at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. The four gorillas, which are involved in a five-year international tussle, arrived in Kenya after they were flown from South Africa on their way to a wildlife sanctuary in Cameroon.
  • Nov. 30: Leftist protesters stage a 'die-in' during a rally in front of the Philippine National Police headquarters in suburban Quezon City north of Manila calling for the release of their leader, who was arrested during Thursday night's hotel siege. More than 100 military officers and their supporters were under arrest and others were being sought following a failed attempt to trigger a 'people power’ revolt against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
  • Dec. 1: A bundle of inflated condoms is seen floating near a statue during the commemoration of the World AIDS Day in Jakarta, Indonesia. The HIV epidemic in Indonesia is among the fastest-growing in Asia.
  • Dec. 1: A group of Santas sit in a rollercoaster in the Europapark in Rust, southwestern Germany. Some 2,520 visitors dressed as Santa Claus came to the opening of the winter season to Germany's biggest leisure park.
  • Dec. 1: Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen lands after rolling in midair as he crashes after striking a boulder in his Ford Focus WRC during the Halfway stage of the Wales Rally near Llandovery in Wales. Mikkelsen and his co-driver, Ola Floene, walked away from the crash uninjured.
  • Dec. 1: Chinas Zhang Zi Lin, celebrates after winning the Miss World beauty pageant contest in Sanya, Hainan island province, China.

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