Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Workers prepare the head of the giant "Hercules" sculpture in the Ruhr Valley in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The 18-metre "Hercules" by Germany's famous contemporary artist Markus Luepertz was placed 80 metres high on top of the former coal mine Nordstern head frame this morning. The new landmark is a highlight of the European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010, that ends in a final ceremony in front of the mine next Saturday. Image Credit: AP

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Snow falls over the Bund, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Shanghai, China. Image Credit: AP

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Pemayangtse monastery in Pelling in the Himalayan state of Sikkim, India. The Dalai Lama is in Sikkim, which borders with China as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao begins his three-day visit to New Delhi. Image Credit: Reuters

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Cadets stand in formation before an oath-taking ceremony at a cadet military school in Minsk, Belarus. About 150 first batches of cadets took part in the ceremony in Minsk's first newly opened cadet school. Image Credit: Reuters

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
A passenger sleeps at the Athens International Airport during a 24-hour nationwide strike. Striking Greek workers will ground flights, shut down schools and paralyse public transport in a nationwide walkout on Wednesday, the culmination of protests against austerity laws aimed at stemming a debt crisis. Image Credit: Reuters

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Passengers drag their luggage around Changi International Airport's arrival hall in Singapore. The international airport said its passenger numbers have surged this year to a record high as a recovering global economy and two new casino resorts encouraged tourists to visit the city-state. Annual passengers surpassed 40 million on Wednesday for the first time, Changi airport said in a statement. Image Credit: AP

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
A pink Trabant car is covered in snow on a parking area in Dresden, eastern Germany. Wide parts of the country were hit by heavy snowfalls, causing accidents and traffic chaos. Image Credit: AFP

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Juraj Markovic, 61, takes a bath in the natural thermal spring near the village of Kalameny, Slovakia as the outdoor temperature dropped to -6 degrees celsius. Kalameny's thermal spring is one of many non commercial natural spas that can be found in Slovakia's Liptov region. Image Credit: AFP

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Mules transport containers with gravel, sand, cement and water to a electrical construction project on a mountain near Nianjia village of Longnan, Gansu province December 15, 2010. Mules are often used as a form of transport in Longnan, which has mountainous areas difficult for vehicles to reach. The average cost for using the mules is 80 yuan (USD 12) a tonne per km. Picture taken December 15, 2010. (Reuters)

Day In Pictures: 15 Dec 2010
Cast members (L-R) Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Dustin Hoffman arrive at the premiere of the movie "Little Fockers" in New York December 15, 2010. (Reuters)


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