Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. takes a break from the Senate floor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, after a bipartisan budget compromise cleared a procedural hurdle, advancing past a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote that ensures the measure will pass the Democratic-led chamber no later than Wednesday and head to the White House to be signed into law. When enacted, the measure would ease for two years some of the harshest cuts to agency budgets required under automatic spending curbs commonly known as sequestration.
Waka, aged 2, a severely malnourished child sits on the floor at Bangui's pediatric center in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. According to UNICEF's doctor Celestin Traore, even though malnutrition is high in the country, the problem is worsening due to the conflict. Traore expects to see over 150 malnourished children daily in the coming days as the humanitarian situation worsens. Over 1600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence.
A lone runner traverses the bike and running path along Lake Michigan at the North Avenue beach as temperatures hover around freezing Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Chicago.
Family members of Pakistani fishermen arrested by Indian authorities rally in Karachi, Pakistan demanding their release, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. There are hundreds of fishermen, both Pakistani and Indian, who have stumbled across the border and been taken prisoner by both countries.
A group of children perform during a Christmas show for kids of the Romanian airforce personnel, outside Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. During the event a man wearing a Santa Claus outfit arrived on a Puma helicopter and distributed gifts to the children of the servicemen.
A Pro-European Union activist in sunglasses in Ukrainian national colors shouts during a rally in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Weeks of angry pro-European Union protests as well as Western pressure have forced Yanukoyvch to make some concessions to the opposition. Last week Yanukovych called for an amnesty for some of the activists detained.