A woman holding a toy sword walks past an advertisement for the iPhone in Beijing Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier.
A woman wearing a headscarf sits at the shuttered entrance of a bank on Athens' main Syntagma Square, in Greece's capital on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The graffiti on the shutters reads "Victory for the Struggle at Universities and Polytechnics." Athens University has been closed for 14 weeks due to a strike by administrative staff against personnel cuts imposed as part of Greece's bailout agreements.
Syrian refugee girls, Fatima Teeme, right, and Sara Teeme, from Homs, read a book inside their tent, as their father Ibraheem Teeme speaks to The Associated Press, at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. NRC began distributing stoves to Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in Jordan on Monday, as bitter winter weather made living conditions worse.
Palestinian rescue volunteers ride a boat with residents in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Rescue workers evacuated thousands of Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction equipment to pluck some of those trapped from upper floors.
Men run in at back to help pull the cover off as a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela is unveiled by President Jacob Zuma, second left, watched by Mandela's oldest grandson Mandla Mandela, fifth left, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The statue was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations which occur annually on Dec.16 at the Union Buildings, which this year fall on the structure's centenary.
An anti-government protester sleeps near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Thailand's armed forces took center stage in the country's ongoing political drama, showing off its gentler side by hosting a forum over the weekend to allow the leader of a protest movement to present his demand for an immediate change of government.