Saturday, December 10, 2011

[] Amazing Events in Pictures



A van parked in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles and another car are shown damaged by trees early Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 as high winds up to 50 and 60 MPH tore through the southland. High winds flipped over trees and trucks and knocked out power to more than 300,000 California customers

Iranian protesters burn the British flag outside the embassy in Tehran on November 29, 2011. More than 20 Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran, removing the mission's flag and ransacking offices

Protesters mass on Victoria Embankment during a march on November 30, 2011 in London, England. More than 2 million public sector workers are staging a nationwide strike over cuts to their public sector pensions. The strike began at midnight leading to the closure of most state schools, disruption to rail and tunnel services, delays at border areas inside airports and ferry terminals and the postponement of thousands of non-emergency hospital

A cannonball stunt gone wrong, the new £2 coin and 
the world's most expensive car crash make our weekly photo retrospective.
A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon, Ashura, 
the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of 
the Prophet Mohammed PBUH, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.
A man selling balloons rides a bicycle down a street on a winter's day in central Beijing, China.
US Army Sergeant James Linville from Brandon, Florida and Justin Herdman from Dover, Arkansas of the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 
1st Cavalry Division, relax as they order McDonald's meals after arriving in Kuwait from Camp Adder in Iraq on 7 December at Camp Virginia,
 near Kuwait City, Kuwait. Lt. Wilson had been looking forward to fast food after spending seven months serving in Iraq.
A man dressed as Santa Claus visits the Southern College of Optometry where he received an 
eye examination in Memphis, Tennessee.
 After his exam he visited with children who were also there to get their eyes examined.
 The college was hoping to instill the importance of good eye care in their young patients.
A ram named 'Changmao' has formed an inseparable bond with a female deer named 'Chunzi' at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park in Kunming. 
Chinese Web users have flooded the wildlife park with pleas for the amorous male sheep and female deer to be allowed to stay together 
after their mating habits raised concerns.
A California police officer stands near the exit hole of a cannonball after it hit the top floor of a house. 
The cannonball was misfired during the filming of an episode of the Discovery Channel show 'MythBusters' at the 
Alameda County Bomb Disposal Range. Sheriff's spokesman JD Nelson told a local paper that no one was injured 
and the home's residents didn't even wake up until the dust was settled literally on top of them.
Rescue workers use ropes to evacuate people after a fire broke at a hospital, in Kolkata, India, on Friday. 
The fire swept through the hospital trapping many people and sending emergency workers scrambling to evacuate
 patients and medical staff from the smoke-filled building.
North Lanarkshire Council Workers clearing snow from Lorne Gardens Sheltered Housing in Scotland 
after six inches of snow fell on Sunday night and Monday.
An image released by NASA shows Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
 It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone - the region around a star where liquid water,
 a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. NASA has found the new planet outside our solar system that's eerily similar to Earth in key aspects. 
Scientists say the temperature on the surface of the planet is about a comfy 72 degrees. Its star could almost be a twin of our sun.
 It likely has water and land.
Police officers investigate damaged Ferrari cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki,
 southwestern Japan. Thirteen sports cars, including eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes-Benz, were involved in the accident,
 slightly injuring 10 people.
To celebrate the launch of the Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary brochure, 
world-leading paper artist Paul Jackson unveiled an origami sculpture of 
Sleeping Beauty Castle made out of brochures at St Pancras International station, London. 
The 3m-high structure took three weeks to build and over 50,000 folds of paper to create. 
Indian army soldiers in camouflage take part in an exercise called "Sudarshan Shakti" 
at Bugundi in Rajasthan state's Barmer desert near the India Pakistan border.
This picture released by Britain's Royal Mint shows the new 2 pound sterling coin with the Queen's head, 
right, and the reverse with the image of Charles Dickens, made up from some of the titles of his most famous novels,
 which has been created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth on 7 February 1812.
This picture of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall with bridesmaid Eliza Lopes appears on their 
official 2011 Christmas card. 
Taken by the Press Association's John Stillwell it shows them on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London following
 the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Matt Bright is thrown from his horse during the bareback riding event in the eighth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Pictured is Pusuke, the world's oldest living dog according to Guinness World Records. 
The fluffy tan Shiba-mix dog from Tokyo, Japan, was recognized as the world's oldest living dog
 until he died on Monday after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat or go on his morning walk.
 Pusuke died at the age of 26 years and eight moths.
Pearl Harbor survivor James Cook salutes at a ceremony remembering the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Malaysia's Aquaria KLCC "Scuba Santa" feeds a pet Giant Blotched fantail ray named "Khudsiah" 
at the underwater park ahead of Christmas in Kuala Lumpur.
Activists form a giant lion's head as they call for an end to global warming during the second week of the climate conference in Durban,
 South Africa. The conference is focusing on efforts to move towards a future agreement to legally bind all nations to emissions targets, 
including China and the United States.
A giraffe licks its lips at the Houston Zoo in Houston. The Houston Zoo started its Gift of Grub campaign to raise money
 to help feed the more than 6,000 animals at the zoo. It costs more than $600,000 a year to feed the animals, 
and due to the abnormal weather conditions across the country the cost of feeding the animals has gone up.
Seamen are greeted by their families after the HMS Ocean returned to the UK after a seven and a half months deployment.
 A viral video of their Chrismas cover 'All I want for Christmas' took the Web by storm after it racked up over a million views.

First lady Michelle Obama, with Kermit the frog, sings songs with daughters Malia, left, and Sasha Obama after the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec., 1, 2011

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