Parents and their children demonstrate against a measure requiring parents get a waiver saying they have received information about the benefits and risk of immunization, during a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures while posing for photographs after recording her annual New Year`s speech at the chancellery in Berlin.
Protesters chant slogans against Iraq`s Shiite-led government in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq.
Union members, supporters and labor leaders protest Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers will convene again the first week in January in hopes of fixing the nation`s worst case of underfunding state employees` pensions, a problem approaching $100 billion and mounting by $17 million per day.
An Indian paints as he mourns the death of a young woman who was recently gang-raped in a moving bus, to urge the government to make several key reforms to ensure safety of women, in New Delhi.
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a multiple fatality accident where a tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down a steep embankment, authorities said.
World number one tennis player Victoria Azarenka of Belarus speaks during a news conference during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts to a line call during her first round match against Anna Tatishvili, of Georgia, during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
Members of the Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party shout slogans condemning the recent gang rape incident in India during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, talks with Myanmar engineers, as she visits a road repairing site in Kaw Hmu where she won a parliament seat during by the April by-election, in Yangon, Myanmar.
Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the pre New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney.
Indian schoolgirls form numbers representing the year 2013 during a prayer ceremony in Ahmadabad.
A giant portrait of former president Nelson Mandela adorns a cooling tower of a now defunct power station in Soweto, South Africa.
Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra.