A little girl stands in a plastic globe containing fake snow, as she smiles at two women standing outside, in Athens' festively decorated Klathmonos Square, on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Debt-crippled Greece is gearing up for its fourth austerity Christmas, amid hopes that 2014 may see a token return to economic growth after a six-year depression that has seen unemployment exceed 27 percent and left thousands depending on food handouts.
Quinton Reynolds, of Emeryville, wears a purple cape as he holds his daughter Qniyah Reynolds, 4, as he gathers with others outside of Children's Hospital Oakland in support of Jahi McMath in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. McMath was declared brain dead after experiencing complications following a tonsillectomy at the hospital.
An Egyptian policeman stands guard at the scene of an explosion at a police headquarters building that killed at least a dozen people, wounded more than 100, and left scores buried under the rubble, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. The country's interim government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attack, branding it a "terrorist organization." No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which came a day after an al-Qaida-inspired group called on police and army personnel to desert or face death at the hands of its fighters.
Indian children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sculpture titled World Peace by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik ahead of Christmas at a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare.
Ben Dragan, left, and his brother Charlie, from Vancouver, British Columbia, play in the surf at Santa Monica Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. Christmas Day brought 80-degree weather in Southern California, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a red flag wildfire warning.
A Marine carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Marine Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian, of Abington, Mass., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Wednesday, Dec.. 25, 2013. The Department of Defense announced the death of Vasselian who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Bedouins gather around the grave of Salah Abu Latif during his funeral in the Bedouin city of Rahat, southern Israel, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Latif was killed by a Palestinian sniper as he was working on the fence between Israel and Gaza. Israeli air and ground forces launched a series of attacks Tuesday on targets across the Gaza Strip, killing a young girl and wounding several in response to the deadly shooting of the Israeli civilian yesterday.
An elderly man offers prayers in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, is an ancient city dominated by the Newar community, and popular for its traditional architectural buildings, temples and unique festivals.
A Lebanese Army soldier stands next to a destroyed car at the scene of an explosion in central Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The state news agency said a bombing in central Beirut has killed several people, including Mohammed Chatah, a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
A South Korean protester burns an anti-Japan banner after police officers spray fire extinguisher during a rally against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Abe paid his respects at Yasukuni shrine honoring Japan's war dead in an unexpected visit Thursday that drew sharp rebukes from China and South Korea, who warned that the move celebrates his country's militaristic past and could further sour relations.