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Holiday calendar: Japan's baby island is here to stay

Clouds of steam and other volcanic gases mark the birth of Niijima, a new volcanic island off the coast of Japan, in a space snapshot captured by NASA's Earth Observing 1 satellite. Niijima rose up from the Pacific last month, about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Tokyo and …

Buff bodyguards seen as new status symbol by Chinese elite

Former soldier Chen Yongqing has big ambitions for his bodyguard training school, charging 500,000 yuan ($82,400) a year for each protector, as China's rich and famous look to bolster their safety and sense of importance. Chen's company Tianjiao, which he says is China's first …

Step into the void for a vertigo-inducing view of the French Alps

Visitors to the French Alps are being invited to "step into the void" in order to take in a magnificent — and vertigo-inducing — panorama of the landscape around Mont Blanc. The Chamonix Skywalk, which opens to the public on Saturday, is a glass box perched …

Holiday calendar: Red and green lights glow in space

Red and green are traditional Christmas colors, and they're also the colors of the aurora — as seen in this top-down view from the International Space Station. "What you can't see in this image is the astonishment on the face of the astronaut who took it [on Dec. 6] as …

Gaza floods force thousands to flee their homes

Torrential rains in the past week have caused heavy flooding in the Gaza Strip, with thousands of people evacuated from their homes and seeking refuge in schools and makeshift shelters, Agence France-Presse reports. The flooding was so severe that many homes could only be …

Holiday calendar: A child's face, visible from space

A child's face stared up from 11 acres' worth of sand, soil, glass, stones and string in Northern Ireland's largest city — and DigitalGlobe's WorldView 2 satellite stared back. The face, situated on the grounds of the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction, is part of a&nb …

Severed hand attached to man's ankle to keep it alive

Doctors at a hospital in China saved a man's hand by grafting it to his ankle after it was severed in an industrial accident, according to reports in the Chinese media. Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an accident in the factory where he worked but it could not be reattached …

From the archives: Shovels, not plows, cleared snow off NYC streets

This weekend's storm made for messy travel in Gotham, but at least we're armed with modern snow removal equipment. That wasn't the case in New York City in 1908, when horse-drawn wagons were used to remove the white stuff: And shovelers cleared streets by hand:

Holiday calendar: Where the Middle East snow shows

In some places, December is a time to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow — but not in the Middle East. A snowstorm paralyzed Jerusalem last week, and although Gaza didn't get in on the snowfall, torrential rains forced thousands to flee their homes. This view from the M …

Renegade cow escapes truck, attacks farmer

A cow attacks a farmer after it escaped from a truck in Liangdun village in the Chinese province of Anhui on Sunday. The 700 kg (1,543 lb) cow attacked several farmers who tried to apprehend it and was eventually shot dead by police, local media reported. -- Reuters

Beaming Kim Jong Un tours fish factory, ski resort in sign of business as usual

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un spent a whirlwind weekend making public appearances around the country, days after the shock execution of his uncle exposed hitherto unseen rifts in his government. A series of photographs released by the country's state news agency — …

Cheeky elf's pose upstages first family's Christmas photo

A cheeky elf stole the show at the 32nd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert on Sunday evening, pulling a cute face while posing for a photo with the nation's first family. Five children, past and present patients at the Children's National Medical Center, presented donated …

Fire rages through Guangzhou skyscraper

A fire broke out in an unfinished high-rise building in the Chinese city of Guangzhou on Sunday. Around 380 firefighters responded to the blaze at the 25-storey Jianye Mansion, Getty Images reports. Xinhua reported that the fire was extinguished early Monday after raging for over …

Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in Pretoria

A 30-foot bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is unveiled by South African President Jacob Zuma, second left, watched by Mandela's oldest grandson Mandla Mandela, fifth left, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.

Skating on a prayer? Rainfall obscures thick ice

A skater speeds away on rain-topped ice on Lake Orlangen, south of Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday. The ice is now between 3 and 4 inches thick and can easily hold the weight of the skaters.

Holiday calendar: Snaky Colorado River tricks the eye

Is this a dragon snaking over the slopes of the Lonely Mountain, as in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"? Actually, you're looking at the Colorado River snaking through Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It's just the orientation of the picture from DigitalGlobe's GeoEye 1 sa …

What's this? Curious child takes off Pope's skullcap

A curious boy takes off Pope Francis' white zucchetto, or skullcap, during a meeting with children and volunteers of the Santa Marta Vatican Institute at the Vatican on Saturday.

Horse and rider go head over heels at Cheltenham

Daryl Jacob riding Saint Roque falls at the last fence in The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse on Dec. 14, 2013, in Cheltenham, England.

Fisherman casts his net in Myanmar

A fisherman works on Dec. 2, 2013, on Inle Lake in Myanmar. Editor's note: Image was received on Dec. 14.

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