Photos Of The Week 48

Elections in Egypt, elections in Congo and Occupy movements being evicted. That just about sums up week 48 of 2011. [70 photos total]

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Egyptian protesters march with a huge flag during a rally at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 25, 2011. Egypt's ruling military council appointed Kamal Ganzouri on Friday as prime minister to form a national salvation government to replace the cabinet which resigned this week. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
Defected army soldiers backing anti-government protesters perform weekly Friday prayers during a rally to demand the trial of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa November 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah) #
Palestinian children stand to form Pablo Picasso's Dove of Peace as part of a project by British aerial artist John Quigley and the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), at the foot of the Mount of Temptation in the West Bank city of Jericho November 25, 2011. It took some 1000 children from United Nations schools to create the project produced as part of the Peace on Earth project, a global musical prayer for peace which will be broadcast globally from Bethlehem's Manger Square on Christmas day, a U.N. press release said. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad) #
Horses graze in a snowless meadow next to a patch of artificial snow from a snow cannon test during sunny autumn weather in the eastern Swiss mountain resort of Lenzerheide November 25, 2011. Following an extremely dry November with high temperatures, some ski resorts in the Swiss Alps have postponed their season opening weekends due to a lack of snow. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann) #
Workers load Christmas trees into a lorry on the Duncombe Park Estate in Helmsley, northern England November 25, 2011. The estate has fifty thousand fir, spruce and pine trees growing on a forty acre site, with some three thousand of the five thousand trees per year cut being sold for Christmas to the public and commercial clients. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis) #
Borussia Moenchengladbach's supporters light flares during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Cologne in Cologne November 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender) #
Louisiana State University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) warms up his defensive team during pregame against the University of Arkansas during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana November 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner) #
Cormorants perched on a tree are silhouetted as the sun rises at Taudaha wetlands in Kathmandu November 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
McMaster Marauders' Bradley Fochesato celebrates as he is picked up by teammate Ben O'Connor after they defeated the Laval Rouge et Or in their Vanier Cup college football game at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #
Thailand's Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri fumigates a building after floodwaters receded in Ayutthaya province November 26,2011. Thailand's worst floods in 50 years have killed 610 people and devastated industry, but the situation is slowly improving, with water receding in many affected areas. (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang) #
A combination photo shows vehicles submerged in floodwaters at the Honda factory in Ayutthaya province (top) November 14, 2011, and after the waters receded November 26, 2011. Thailand's worst floods in 50 years have killed 610 people and devastated industry, but the situation is slowly improving, with water receding in many affected areas. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (top) and Athit Perawongmetha) #
German riot police cross a small river as they follow anti-nuclear protesters near Lemgrabe, November 26, 2011. The Castor (Cask for Storage and Transport Of Radioactive material) train is carrying 11 containers of spent German nuclear fuel on route from France after being reprocessed, to the nuclear waste storage facility of Gorleben in north eastern Germany this weekend. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch) #
Drivers, some of whom were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, sleep on top of their trucks at a fuel terminal in Karachi November 26, 2011. NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging U.S.-Pakistan relations, already deeply frayed, further into crisis. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain) #
A dancer from the Guangzhou Military Region Soldier Acrobatic Troupe performs the Chinese Acrobatic Swan Lake in Beijing, November 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #
An Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida November 26, 2011 . The unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, launching a $2.5 billion nuclear-powered NASA rover toward Mars to look for life habitats there. The 20-story-tall booster built by United Launch Alliance lifted off from its seaside launch pad at 10:02 a.m. EST (1502 GMT), soaring through partly cloudy skies as it headed into space to send NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on a 354-million mile (556 million km), nearly nine-month journey to the 'Red Planet'. (REUTERS/Michael Brown) #
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany reacts after securing pole position in the qualifying session for the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo November 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Nacho Doce) #
Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen (R) heads to score his goal against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London November 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh) #
Opposition UDPS supporters run through a cloud of teargas outside N'Djili airport in Kinshasa November 26, 2011. Police in Congo blocked President Joseph Kabila's main rival at an airport in Kinshasa on Saturday to stop him staging an election rally after at least two died in violence across the central African state's capital city. Two days before presidential and parliamentary elections, rival factions hurled rocks at each other and gunfire was heard across town. (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) #
Residents play with snow at the Carolina Park in Quito November 26, 2011 after an unseasonal snowfall. (REUTERS/Guillermo Granja) #
A sign is hung on a flag-draped tent in anticipation of a police raid to shut down the Occupy LA encampment outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California November 26, 2011. Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters will be evicted on Monday from their encampment in front of Los Angeles City Hall, city officials said on Friday. The nearly two-month-old encampment is among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting economic inequality in the country and the excesses of the U.S. financial system. (REUTERS/David McNew) #
Fireworks explode around a Christmas tree during the lighting ceremony at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro November 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Andre Durao) #
A long-tailed macaque licks an ice cube with fruits encased in it during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok November 27, 2011. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
Anti-nuclear activists lie chained to a concrete block on railway tracks near Lueneburg November 27, 2011. Hundreds of anti-nuclear demonstrators occupied the rails to block the CASTOR (Cask for Storage and Transport of Radioactive material) train carrying nuclear waste to the northern German storage facility of Gorleben. (REUTERS/Alex Domanski) #
Manuel Pfister of Austria competes during the first run in the men's Luge World Cup competition in Innsbruck-Igls November 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) #
A man stands on a pile of garbage at a dumping site on the bank of Bagmati River in Kathmandu November 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
Women, displaced for over three months by flooding, wait for medical check-ups at a relief camp for flood victims in the Mirpur Khas district of Pakistan's Sindh province November 27, 2011. Floods in August hit Sindh province in the south of Pakistan, killing at least 430 people and disrupting the lives of nine million. Many people are still camping out in the open with little food, water or shelter ahead of winter. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) #
Colombian police sergeant Luis alberto Erazo gestures upon his arrival at the airport in Bogota November 27, 2011. Colombian FARC rebels executed four members of the security forces during a botched mission to free them from a decade as hostages, the most violent act by the group since troops killed its leader Alfonso Cano this month. Sergeant Erazo, who was also being held hostage by the FARC managed to escape and was found alive by the military on Saturday, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon Said. (REUTERS/John Vizcaino) #
A shipwreck survivor waves from a life raft to a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter piloted by Britain's Prince William in the Irish Sea west of the Llyn peninsula in north Wales in this still image taken from video November 27, 2011. One man has been found dead and five are missing after Swanland, a Russian-crewed cargo ship, sank in gale force weather overnight in the Irish Sea, Britain's coastguard agency said on Sunday. Two men clinging to life rafts were airlifted by a rescue helicopter co-piloted by Prince William, son of heir-to-the throne Prince Charles, a defence ministry spokesman said. (REUTERS/MoD/Crown Copyright/Handout) #
A man raises his arms towards an aid helicopter flying past his flooded house in the Sanghar district of Pakistan's Sindh province November 27, 2011. Floods in August hit Sindh province in the south of Pakistan, killing at least 430 people and disrupting the lives of nine million. Many people are still camping out in the open with little food, water or shelter ahead of winter. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) #
Thousands of offroaders light up the night at Oldsmobile Hill at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area during Thanksgiving weekend in Glamis, California, November 25, 2011. The holiday weekend brings tens of thousands of people out to ride the sand dunes with their buggies, sand rails and bikes. Photo taken November 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Gene Blevins) #
Workers install scaffolding at a new apartment building which is under construction in central Beijing November 28, 2011. China aims to build 36 million units of state-subsidised housing, also called affordable housing, between 2011 and 2015 in an effort to correct property prices that have risen out of the reach of many ordinary Chinese families. But the programme has run into funding hurdles in the face of investor skepticism about the ability of debt-saddled local governments to contribute and the relatively low profit margins offered by the cheaper housing. (REUTERS/David Gray) #
People look at flames rising from blown pipelines at al-Sabeel, in the western al-Arish city in Sinai November 28, 20111. Saboteurs blew up Egypt's gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel on Monday, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.The explosion was set off west of al-Arish in Sinai, witnesses said. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
A boy looks at a string of onions at his stall at the annual Zibelemaerit onion market in Bern November 28, 2011. Farmers sell up to 50 tonnes of onions and garlic during the traditional one-day fall market in the city centre of Switzerland's capital on the fourth Monday of November. (REUTERS/Ruben Sprich) #
Greenpeace environmental activists display a banner in front of the giant excavator in the CSA coal mine near the town of Most November 28, 2011. Activists protested against expansion of coal mining in the area. (REUTERS/David W Cerny) #
An Egyptian woman reads a ballot paper before casting her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Cairo November 28, 2011. Egyptians queued up to vote on Monday in the first big test of a transition born in popular revolutionary euphoria that soured into distrust of the generals who replaced their master, Hosni Mubarak. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
A U.S. Army soldier of the PSD 3/1AD Special Troops Battalion takes five with an Afghan boy during a patrol in Pul-e Alam, a town in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan November 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas) #
Police clear the street of protesters near the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall Park after the midnight deadline for eviction from City Hall Park passes in Los Angeles, California November 28, 2011. The Occupy L.A. encampment has been on the lawns of City Hall since October 1, outlasting major encampments broken up by police in big cities across the nation. The Occupy protesters claim the right to peaceful assembly on public property at any hour but city officials claim otherwise. (REUTERS/David McNew) #
Workers install a Benetton billboard advertisement showing a composite image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) kissing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Tel Aviv November 28, 2011. The image, part of a series of pictures of world leaders kissing each other on the lips, was Benetton's latest advertising campaign that went on display in their European stores two weeks ago. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner) #
A crowd of supporters parades ahead of opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) leader Etienne Tshisekedi's convoy as he drives to a polling station in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, November 28, 2011. Violence erupted at four polling stations in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the vast country held its second elections since a war that killed more than five million people. (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) #
Soldiers stand guard atop a military vehicle as they guard the perimeter of a ranch used by hitmen to kill their rivals in the town of Cerralvo on the outskirts of Monterrey November 28, 2011. Hitmen make use of the ranch to torture, kill and burn their victims, local media reported. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo) #
Protesters yell anti-American slogans while burning a poster of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, to condemn the Pakistan government's support of the U.S., in Multan November 29, 2011. U.S.-Pakistani relations are at one of their worst points in memory after the NATO strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops, but can recover, Washington's top military officer said on Monday. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
A black-headed gull (larus ridibundus) swoops in for food at Dianchi Lake in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, November 29, 2011. Tens of thousands of black-headed gulls fly to Kunming from Siberia to spend the winter each year since 1985, local media reported. (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #
Environmental activists promoting the use of solar and wind energy engage with locals on the Durban beachfront, November 29, 2011. The city is hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17), which runs until December 9. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings) #
Police chase protesters as they enter the gate of the British embassy in Tehran November 29, 2011. Dozens of young Iranian men entered buildings inside the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday, throwing rocks, petrol bombs and burning documents looted from offices, Iranian news agencies reported. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
A boy pulls a boat used to transport commuters across the river at Yangon's port November 29, 2011. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will test Myanmar's tentative democratic reforms this week in a high-stakes visit that could mark the resource-rich Asian nation's return to the world stage after more than 50 years of political isolation. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
A man walks past derelict terraced houses in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, November 29, 2011. Britain's economy will stagnate until mid-2012 and could easily fall back into recession, the government said on Tuesday, a grim outlook that puts its debt reduction plans in jeopardy and will mean more austerity for longer. (REUTERS/Phil Noble) #
Yovana Yumbo Ruiz, 8, diagnosed with the Tetra-amelia syndrome, lies on the floor during a rehabilitation session at the clinic La Luz in Lima, November 29, 2011. Dr. Luis Rubio, the head of Yovana Yumbo Ruiz's medical case, is rehabilitating her with the hope of putting a bionic arm on her in the future. (REUTERS/Mariana Bazo) #
Firefighters rescue people from the roof of a building after a fire broke out at hawker stalls on Fa Yuen Street at Mong Kok in Hong Kong November 30, 2011. Nine people were killed and at least 24 others injured after the fire broke out, according to a government radio station. The cause of the fire is still unknown. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) #
The sun rises above an Orthodox Church in the town of Novogrudok, 150 km (93 miles) west of the Belarussian capital Minsk November 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Vladimir Nikolsky) #
A girl walks between lanes of an empty highway connecting old Myanmar's capital Yangon and new capital Naypyitaw November 30, 2011. Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years on Wednesday, launching an historic mission to press the reclusive country's new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
Anti-government protesters, with men and women separated, take part in a rally to celebrate the anniversary of South Yemen's independence from British colonial rule, in Sanaa November 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi) #
Freeride skiers carve their way down a steep slope of crushed rocks, in the western Austrian village of Haiming, some 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Innsbruck, November 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) #
A woman wearing a gas mask glances as police force people on the street to move during a police raid of the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall Park in Los Angeles, California early November 30, 2011. Occupy L.A. protesters have been camping on the lawns of City Hall since October 1, outlasting major encampments broken up by police in big cities across the nation. (REUTERS/David McNew) #
A Los Angeles police officer walks through debris after the Occupy LA encampment was dismantled outside City Hall in Los Angeles November 30, 2011. The nearly two-month-old encampment is among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting economic inequality in the country and the excesses of the U.S. financial system. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
A model prepares to present the new Speedo brand swimsuits Speedo FASTSKIN3 for the U.S. Olympic team during a news conference in New York November 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) #
Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson (L) is greeted by club mascot Fred the Red before their English League Cup soccer match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, November 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Phil Noble) #
Loadmaster Sergeant Ken Ryan of Canadian Force's 463 Squadron greets his daughter Jocelyn after his CC-130J Super Hercules landed at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton November 30, 2011. The aircraft and crew of Task Force Canuck marked the end of deployment in Afghanistan with a round the world journey that began from their departure from Kandahar. Task Force Canuck formally ceased operations in Afghanistan on November 16. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill) #
Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain listens to a question from a reporter during a news conference in Manchester, New Hampshire November 30, 2011. Cain plowed ahead with his struggling U.S. presidential campaign on Wednesday, vowing not to be pushed out of the race by allegations of an extramarital affair and calling the charges ''character assassination.'' (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #
A terminally ill man receives treatment at a hospice for those dying of AIDS, at Wat Prabat Nampu Buddhist temple in Lopburi on World AIDS day December 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang) #
A girl poses for photographs in front of a Christmas tree decorated with Teddy bears during a promotional charity event for the upcoming Christmas holiday season at Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas Hotel in Seoul December 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak) #
A soldier waits before a military parade to celebrate Romania's National Day in central Bucharest December 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #
Supporters of South Ossetian Presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva warm themselves near a fire during a rally in the central square in Tskhinvali December 1, 2011. A court in Georgia's Moscow-backed breakaway region of South Ossetia has thrown out the results of a vote for president and ordered a new election in March, after ruling on November 30 that one of two run-off candidates committed foul play. (REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko) #
U.S. Army soldiers of the 125 BSB Medical Company surgical team of Task Force Mustang and Afghan National Army soldiers carry a U.S. Army soldier, injured by gun shots, on a stretcher in Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan December 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas) #
A car is pictured under a tree branch that had broken off following a wind storm in Pasadena, California December 1, 2011. The powerful wind storm with gale-force gusts left much of the Los Angeles area strewn with toppled trees and downed power lines on Thursday, slowing rush-hour traffic and knocking out electricity to over 300,000 customers. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) #
New York-based artist Miru Kim lays with two pigs in a a glass enclosure as part of an art installation called I Like Pigs and Pigs Like Me (104 hours) in Miami, Florida December 1, 2011. The live presentation is part of the Art Basel contemporary art fair which runs till December 4. (REUTERS/Hans Deryk) #
A swimmer dives into the icy water of a lake of Beiling park in Shenyang, Liaoning province December 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) hugs Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they meet at Suu Kyi's house in Yangon December 2, 2011. Clinton held a final meeting with Suu Kyi on Friday as she wrapped up a landmark visit to Myanmar which saw the new civilian government pledge to forge ahead with political reforms and re-engage with the world community. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun) #
Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Arron Asham (45) fight during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Washington December 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Ann Heisenfelt) #
Deaf ballet student Vitoria Torres (L) and her handicapped classmate Julia Carruci rehearse Don Quixote at the Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind, in Sao Paulo November 5, 2011. The Association was founded by ballerina and physiotherapist Fernanda Bianchini in 1995, when she decided to teach classical ballet to the blind for free. Since then her classes have been opened to the deaf and mute, and even to children and youths with other handicaps. Bianchi says that the school's main goal is to teach self-esteem to the students. Picture taken November 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Nacho Doce) #
A girl wearing a traditional headband flashes the victory sign during a rally to demand the trial of Yemen's outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa December 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi) #

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