A United States Marine from the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines searches a building during an operation in the Garmsir district of the volatile Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.
Credit: AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
A man rides in a bus with frost on the windows in Moscow, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.
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The rising sun tops a spruce tree, bringing dazzling sunshine but little warmth to Fred Brancuto and his dog, Augie, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in Portland, Maine.
Credit: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty
Mexican soldiers escort an unidentified man during his presentation to the press in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. The suspect was arrested during an operation Wednesday in Cuernavaca, Mexico where, according to navy officials, drug cartel chief Arturo Beltran Leyva and three members of his cartel were slain in the shootout with sailors.
Credit: AP Photo/Miguel Tovar
Members of Korea's accordion orchestra, wearing Santa Claus costumes, perform during a concert to celebrate Christmas at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea with over half the population being Christians.
Credit: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
Smoke and Bricks
A Pakistani boy, looks at a brick factory at the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.
Credit: AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen
Snow in Paris
A white pigeon flies in the air under snow next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.