Greek presidential guards perform ceremonial duties in front of the Greek Parliament during a no-confidence debate by lawmakers in Athens Thursday, Nov. 3 2011. Greece's embattled prime minister says he has invited opposition conservatives to join talks on a major European debt deal, ignoring calls to hold an early general election. Papandreou on Thursday insisted he never would have put the question of whether Greece stays in the joint euro currency to a popular vote.
Activists of the Occupy Frankfurt movement have set up a fire near the Euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Stocks rose sharply Thursday as the Greek prime minister bowed to massive political pressure to scrap a referendum on a European bailout plan. A surprise rate cut from the European Central Bank also helped boost sentiment following days of turmoil in financial markets.
Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba, seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. The Hajj will begin on November 5.
Protesters help an injured Occupy Oakland demonstrator after a police-fired projectile struck his leg on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Following a mainly peaceful day-long protest by thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators, several hundred rallied through the night with some painting graffiti, breaking windows and setting file to garbage cans.
An Occupy Oakland protester waves a flag next to a bonfire in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
A visitor walks on stones placed for pedestrians near lanterns in the shape of traditional dolls set up on a stream as part of the Seoul Lantern Festival, which will be held from Nov. 4-20, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Thai residents are transported in a truck through a flooded street in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Thailand's worst floods in more than half a century continued to creep into Bangkok.