Christian children from the village of Bouebou, some 40 kms (30 miles) North of Bangui, Central African Republic, are packed in the trunk of a taxi to flee sectarian violence Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. Over 500 villagers have fled towards the capital Bangui fearing repression from Seleka fighters following the killing of Muslim residents by the Anti-Balaka militias Monday Dec. 2 nearby. The UN security council is scheduled to pass a motion allowing French troops to deploy in the country in order to protect civilians and insure security by all necessary means.
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, looks over documents before a closed-door meeting with other Farm Bill negotiators on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. There is agreement on many parts of the legislation but significant differences remain over funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps.
Window washers descend the 36-story Centennial Tower downtown skyscraper, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Atlanta.
Passengers on a Metro-North train view ongoing repair work near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, where a fatal derailment disrupted service on the Hudson Line of the railroad Sunday, Dec. 1. The line was running at ninety eight percent capacity today, according to Metro-North.
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and growing economic inequality, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Washington. The president said the income gap between America's rich and poor is a "defining challenge of our time." Obama said income inequality has jeopardized the nation's middle class. And he is urging Washington to take steps to ensure that the economy works for everyone.
John Dennis Apel, stands in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, following an argument on the right to protest at a military base. Apel had been barred from entering any part of Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast, including the protest area on a public highway that passes near the main gate.