Li Na of China, left, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus pose with the trophy after their tennis invitation match in Hua Hin, southern Thailand.
Rescuers work at the site where a plane careered off the runway at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.
Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost) picks up a child as people gather at a New Year tree, in front of a mosque, in a square decorated for New Year celebrations in Chechnya`s provincial capital Grozny, southern Russia.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful that gathered in St. Peter square
A woman covers her mouth and nose as she walks past an active fire at Port Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Pakistani firemen try to extinguish a fire following a blast in Karachi.
Faithful carry a small-scaled boat filled with flowers into the waters of Copacabana beach as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Serena Williams of the US reacts after winning a point during her first round match against Varvaro Lepchenko of the US during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia.
People line up to buy roasted chestnuts at the Strasbourg Christmas Market outside the Kremlin in Manezh Square, with the State Historical Museum and the Kremlin in the background, in Moscow.
Free Syrian Army fighters fire at enemy positions during heavy clashes with government forces, in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo, Syria.
A Nepalese Gurung community woman attends celebrations marking Tamu Loshar in Katmandu. Tamu Loshar is the New Year of the Gurungs, an indigenous community who also call themselves "Tamu."
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter`s Square, at the Vatican.
Members of the student wing of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans as they try to break through a police cordon during a protest after the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a moving bus in New Delhi.
Cricket fans hold a national flag and wait to enter the venue of the first one-day international cricket match between India and Pakistan, in Chennai.