Muslim woman watch FOMAC troops stand guard outside the Nour Islam mosque where 16 bodies are being loaded in a truck for burial in Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. More than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting in Central African Republic, aid officials said Tuesday, as France reported that gunmen fatally shot two of its soldiers who were part of the intervention to disarm thousands of rebels accused of attacking civilians.
Gay rights activists attend a protest meeting after the top Indian court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The Supreme Court threw out a 2009 New Delhi High Court decision that struck down the law as unconstitutional, dealing a blow to gay activists who have argued for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society. The top court said it was for lawmakers and not the courts to decide the matter.
A Syrian refugee man holds his son near his tent as a heavy snowstorm batters the region, in a camp for Syrians who fled their country's civil war, in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The United Nations refugee agency says it is "extremely concerned" for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees scattered across the region amid a snowstorm with high winds and torrential rains.
A Lebanese man tries to avoid getting soaked by high waves crashing on the seafront, at the Beirut corniche, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Lebanon is under the effects of a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, dropped torrential rain and snow and pushed temperatures below freezing in northern Lebanon and some areas of the Bekaa Valley, which is dotted with informal Syrian refugee settlements.
The Monte Carlo Casino is reflected in a giant decoration between Christmas trees, in Monaco, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Every year, Christmas decorations adorn Monaco city .
People attend the lighting of the skies in South African national flag colours at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg as part of the commemorations honouring former president Nelson Mandela in Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.