An autumn storm brings joy to wind surfers, but passengers on the ferry from Newcastle to Ijmuiden were less happy after they were stranded, off Ijmuiden, Netherlands, Nov. 30, 2006, as a result of stormy weather.
Iraq In Focus
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, looks at President George W. Bush during a joint press conference in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. Mr. Bush said that he and al-Maliki have agreed to speed a turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces but that U.S. troops would remain in Iraq as long as needed to strengthen the prime minister's authority.
Pope Benedict XVI, bottom, seen during the Divine Liturgy in Honor of the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle celebrated by Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. The pope is on a four-day visit to Turkey.
A local train burns after it was set afire by protestors demonstrating against the desecration of a statue of B.R. Ambedkar, one of India's prominent freedom fighters and a leader of low-caste people, in Ulhasnagar, northeast of Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov 30, 2006. Low-caste groups burned trains, buses and clashed with police in western India in violence that left at least two people dead and 40 injured.
A Pakistani woman clad in a full burqa takes part during an AIDS awareness campaign event in the conservative city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. World AIDS day will be marked on Friday, Dec. 1, to increase awareness about the disease.
Out Like A Lamb
A woman and her two dogs take advantage of the warm Florida sun Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, along the Davis Islands' yacht basin in Tampa, Fla. A comparatively slow Atlantic hurricane season will close without fanfare Thursday, more than two months since the last named storm formed.
Waiting For Fidel
A resident of Old Havana places a portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro over a balcony in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. Castro's supporters in the Caribbean island of 11 million fervently wish he will at least appear for the military parade Saturday marking the semi-centennial anniversary of the boat landing from Mexico of rebels who launched the Cuban revolution that triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959.
Mukhamad Al-Shameri, an owner and breeder of hunting birds, trains a falcon in the village of Gyzel outside Vladikavkaz, Russian Federation, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. Al-Shameri has about 50 hunting birds.
Ice hangs from trees in front of Jesse Hall, the campus administration building at the University of Missouri-Columbia, in Columbia, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006.
Authorities and locals view the scene of a freight train derailment and the car flattened by the rail cars Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at a rail crossing in North Baltimore, Ohio.