Japan`s Crown Princess Masako smiles at her residence Togu Palace in Tokyo. Masako, wife of Crown Prince Naruhito, turns 50 years old on Monday, Dec. 9.
Residents wait in line to enter a polling station to vote in front of a wall painting depicting late president Hugo Chavez during municipal elections in Caracas, Venezuela.
Netherlands` Xan de Waars, right, celebrates with teammates as Australia`s Carrie McMahon, left, looks on during the women`s field hockey World League final game, in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina.
A contestant bites the tail of one of the bulls to make it run faster, as he races a pair of bulls at an oxen race competition held at a paddy field in Malappuram, Kerala state, India.
Riot police stand guard as a vehicle goes up in flames after a riot broke out in Singapore`s Little India. A rare riot broke out in the Little India neighborhood apparently after a Bangladeshi worker was hit and killed by a bus, a local television channel reported.
A sculpture made with real animal feathers titled "Fantasia" by artist Enrique Gomez de Molina is displayed at Art Miami, in the Design District neighborhood of Miami.
Emergency personnel respond to an accident on southbound Interstate 43 (I-43) south of Mequon Rd near the N. Port Washington Rd overpass in Mequon, Wis.
Barbara King, of Newark, holds a large photograph of Nelson Mandela, as a large group marches in remembrance for South African leader Nelson Mandela in downtown Newark, N.J.
Australia`s Mitchell Johnson waves to the crowd after beating England during the fifth day of the second Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia, in Adelaide.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama put their hands over their heart as the National Anthem is played during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Netherlands` players pose for photographers with the trophy after defeating Australia 5-1 during the women`s field hockey World League final game, in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal celebrateS his 86th Birthday at Village Nalaas near Rajpura.
Fire men dousing a fire at a chemical factory at Jeedimetla, Hyderabad.
An Indonesian soldier walks away from the fire after a commuter train collided with a truck hauling fuel on the outskirts Jakarta.
An exile Tibetan raises slogans during a protest against the alleged human rights abuses of Tibetans by the Chinese government outside the Chinese embassy on the eve of World Human Rights Day in New Delhi.
A mourner places a candle outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
French physicist Claude Cohen Tannoudji, 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics winner interacts with students at the Indian Institute of Information Technology.
Civil services aspirants protest outside Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday against the new examination pattern of the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC).
BJP`s Delhi in-charge Nitin Gadkari is greeted by party`s chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan with sweets during a meeting at his residence in New Delhi.
This combination of photos shows progress of cleanup efforts of debris once scattered across the airport on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, top, a day after Typhoon Haiyan struck, and on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, commercial flights become more regular one month after, in Tacloban, Leyte province.
This photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com Ivan Rudenko, torch bearer with an Olympic torch runs with his torch during the Olympic torch relay in Omsk on the Irtysh River in Siberia, Russia.
Helicopter pilots at their passing out parade at Naval Air Station Arkkonam near Chennai.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani during the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 2013 in Mohali.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar talks to the media at the Assembly in Patna.