Photos Of 2012 Week 50

Sometimes it is really tough calling the images you see on this site as totally cool. Week 50 was going rather well until some lunatic with an assault rifle walked into an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and shot dead 20 6 and 7-year-old children and 6 teachers. May they all rest in peace and may the US gun lobby finally see sense and positively work towards gun control which works for all parties. [72 photos total]

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German Bundeswehr army soldier with the QRU monitors the area from an Afghan local police checkpoint in the village of Qeysar Kheyl during a mission near Baghlan (FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS) #
A barber shaves a customer's beard at a roadside shop in Peshawar (FAYAZ AZIZ/REUTERS) #
An employee from the electricity board works on newly installed overhead power cables in Allahabad (JITENDRA PRAKASH/REUTERS) #
ISS crew member Canadian astronaut Hadfield is pictured through a window attending a training at Baikonur cosmodrome (SERGEI REMEZOV/REUTERS) #
Cadet lies on grass after collapsing during a promotion ceremony at a police school in Bogota (JOHN VIZCAINO/REUTERS) #
Handout photo shows a damaged house among toppled trees and crops in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo (MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS) #
Protesters against Egypt's President Mursi cheer for Republican Guard soldiers for not taking action to prevent them from breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo (MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS) #
Women sew an art work based on a sports car model on the outskirts of Beijing (JASON LEE/REUTERS) #
Singer Ne-Yo performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Gardens in New York (CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS) #
A Palestinian keeps guard during a rally marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, in Gaza City (SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS) #
People stroll after a snow fall at the Chalet-a-Gobet in Lausanne (DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS) #
Captive bred Sumatran orangutan Tsunami looks on as she wears eye tracking equipment at Malaysia's National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur (BAZUKI MUHAMMAD/REUTERS) #
A giant ferris wheel fills the Paris skyline behind the Luxor Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde in central Paris (CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS) #
Participants in the annual Santa Speedo Run leave the starting line in Boston (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
Interior Ministry troops attend their oath ceremony in front of the World War Two monument 'Mother of the Motherland' in Kiev (ANATOLII STEPANOV/REUTERS) #
Anti-Mursi protesters walk in front of graffiti on the wall of the presidential palace in Cairo (AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS) #
A fisherman casts his net into the Kathajodi River in Cuttack district, about 25 km (15 miles) from Bhubaneswar (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
Forest officials ride tame elephants as they try to free an injured elephant from a mud pit in Goalpara district in Assam (STRINGER/INDIA/REUTERS) #
Designated top candidate of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) for the 2013 German general elections, Steinbrueck delivers his speech during the extraordinary party meeting of the SPD in Hanover (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
Children walk as the sun sets in Kabul city (MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS) #
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman van Rompuy and European Parliament President Martin Schulz laugh during a news conference in Oslo (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
Brad and Jay McCanta kiss to a cheering crowd on the steps of City Hall after getting married at Seattle City Hall (Cliff DesPeaux/REUTERS) #
Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung is blocked by security guards as he tries to approach Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong (BOBBY YIP/REUTERS) #
Harry Jackson, 13, the head chorister at St Paul's Cathedral School sings Christmas carols during a photo call inside the Cathedral in central London (ANDREW WINNING/REUTERS) #
Handout of Sydney-based 2DayFM radio announcers Christian and Greig leaving a TV studio after giving an interview in Sydney (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
Students read the Koran at the Jamia Binoria Al-Alamia Seminary Islamic Study School in Karachi (ATHAR HUSSAIN/REUTERS) #
A view of the devastation caused at the height of Typhoon Bopha in the coastal town of Boston (ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS) #
German Chancellor Merkel and President of France Hollande shake hands during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS) #
A bull figure is pictured in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt (LISI NIESNER/REUTERS) #
Monte Carlo casino is reflected in a giant Christmas decoration in Monaco (ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS) #
A Mexican marine slides down a zipline during training at a military base in Chetumal (HENRY ROMERO/REUTERS) #
A protestor poses for a photograph as he takes part in a solidarity march from the Chinese Consulate to the United Nations Headquarters in support of Tibet in New York (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS) #
A police officer gestures to pedestrians to use the other side of the street at the site of a shooting near Columbus Circle in Manhattan New York (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
Visitors walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge decorated in Christmas lights in North Vancouver, British Columbia (ANDY CLARK/REUTERS) #
A clown is seen during celebrations on the International Day of the Clown in Cancun (STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS) #
The Christ the Redeemer statue casts a shadow on passing clouds atop of Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro (GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS) #
A view of the coastal town of Banganga that was devastated at the height of last Tuesday's Typhoon Bopha in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines (ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS) #
A family rides on a motorcycle after receiving a carton of relief supplies at the coastal town of Banganga that was devastated by last Tuesday's Typhoon Bopha in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines (ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS) #
A man walks at a park during a snowfall in downtown Sofia (STOYAN NENOV/REUTERS) #
Handout picture of New Zealand SPCA dog Monty driving a modified Mini Countryman in Auckland (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
An illegal miner smokes a cigarrette during a break from digging at coal mine in the village of Stranjani, near Zenica (DADO RUVIC/REUTERS) #
Patrouille Suisse Northrop F-5E Tiger II jet release flares during a flight demonstration at a Swiss Air Force commando handover ceremony at the Swiss Army Airbase in Duebendorf (MICHAEL BUHOLZER/REUTERS) #
An anti right-to-work protester is seen outside of Michigan's state capitol building in Lansing (REBECCA COOK/REUTERS) #
Customers grab boxes of Hostess Brands Twinkies at a Jewel-Osco grocery store in Chicago (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS) #
A boy does a headstand at sunset on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro (GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS) #
Policemen surround an officer, who was injured by a vehicle in Times Square, Midtown Manhattan in New York (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
Roman Catholic pilgrims travel in a boat as they accompany the statue of Our Lady of Conception during an annual river procession and pilgrimage along the Caraparu River in Santa Izabel do Para (STRINGER/BRAZIL/REUTERS) #
Actor Samuel L. Jackson gestures as he attends the Django Unchained premiere in New York (ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS) #
Deputies of ERC display banners against new government's education law during weekly cabinet control session at Parliament in Madrid (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
Horse stands in woods as it is tied to a tree in Xianghe (PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS) #
Worker welds steel board at a shipyard in Taizhou (WILLIAM HONG/REUTERS) #
Combination picture shows Pope Benedict XVI posting his first tweet using iPad tablet after his Wednesday general audience at Vatican (GIAMPIERO SPOSITO/REUTERS) #
Workers try to adjust the position of a spherical pod named Noah's Ark, designed by Chinese inventor Liu in Xianghe (PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS) #
Serbian police officers detain Miskovic in Belgrade (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
French Republican Guard stand at attention during a ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Paris (JACKY NAEGELEN/REUTERS) #
A man walks past Beaumont a stranded British ship on the beach of Xago near Aviles (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
A priest throws blessed water at Basilica's square during celebrations marking the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City (EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS) #
Software pioneer John McAfee is escorted by immigration officers to the Guatemalan Airport in Guatemala City (JORGE DAN LOPEZ/REUTERS) #
Bieber performs at the Jingle Ball 2012 in Atlanta (TAMI CHAPPELL/REUTERS) #
The skeleton of a victim of the Nanjing Massacre is seen at the Nanjing Massacre Museum, Jiangsu province (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS) #
Man photographs St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney as it is illuminated by a 75-metre-high projected display titled Lights of Christmas (TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS) #
Video grab from KCNA shows Unha-3 rocket launching at North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, in Cholsan county (KCNA/REUTERS) #
A frost covered telephone box stands in Newhaven, central England (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
Police personnel attend a mass to pray for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/REUTERS) #
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un smokes a cigarette at the General Satellite Control and Command Center in this picture released by the North's KCNA news agency in Pyongyang (KCNA/REUTERS) #
A person swims as people walk on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during winter in central Beijing (JASON LEE/REUTERS) #
Handout photo of state police personnel leading children from the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown (MICHELLE MCLOUGHLIN/REUTERS) #
U.S. President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown during a press briefing at the White House in Washington (LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS) #
The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
Visitors to Capilano Park look out at the pointed peaks of The Lions covered in snow in North Vancouver (ANDY CLARK/REUTERS) #

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