General view of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The Egyptian military on Monday assumed joint responsibility with the police for security and protecting state institutions until the results of a Dec. 15 constitutional referendum are announced.
Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions, close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people.
Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on board a mock tank as they commemorate International Human Rights Day near the Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines, on Monday Dec. 10, 2012. The group called the Aquino administration as alleged human rights violators.
Spanish police officers carry a member of the Mortgage Victims' Platform (PAH) outside Bankia headquarters after members of the platform occupy the bank during a protest against evictions in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. One in four people in Spain are now unemployed as the economic crisis tightens its grip. Spain is now under increasing pressure to come up with a first-of-its kind insolvency law for the country that would allow mortgage debtors to turn in their keys and face limited liability.
Nafissatou Diallo, who claims she was sexually assaulted by former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrives at a Bronx courthouse Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 in New York. The outcome of the sexual assault lawsuit may soon be decided in court. Lawyers for both will update a judge Monday on the status of settlement discussions.
The 2012 Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics David J. Wineland from the U.S. walks away after receiving his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The Nobel awards are always awarded on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. The prizes for laureates in medicine, chemistry, physics and literature are awarded in the Swedish capital Stockholm, whilst the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the same day in Oslo, Norway.